She shut the door and leaned against it, her mind racing. She’d done not one thing she’d gone in there to do. Instead of stopping the God forsaken wedding, she’d helped Griffin turn herself into a bride! What was she thinking?
“Perhaps not all of your soul has eroded after all.”
Alaria turned her head and sighed. “Hello, Gabe. What brings you here this afternoon?”
“I love a good wedding, and this one should be rather interesting, what with all the Warriors present and the most notorious Devil of all in attendance. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
“I’d escape while I still could if I were you. If you stick around, you might get roped into performing the damn ceremony.”
Gabriel pondered that idea briefly. “That’s a fabulous idea. I’m glad you thought of it.”
Alaria shook her head in disgust. “Angels.” She started walking down the hall. “Please tell me you didn’t come here just for the festivities.”
“No, I didn’t. I came to speak to you outside of the range of prying human ears. I can’t drag you into my room, but I can take you there if you go willingly. Will you join me for a few moments?”
Alaria studied him for a long moment. Not once since the Fall had he invited her into the chamber he maintained. Slowly, she nodded. “Sure. Let’s go.”
Within the time it took to blink, they were standing in the white room with the couches and the pitcher of iced tea. She sat when he gestured toward one of the two sofas, crossing one leg over the other, and folded her hands on top of her knee.
“What’s going on?”
“We have a problem. It’s come to my attention that Lucifer has developed an alternate plan. One that we didn’t anticipate, and one that we can’t stop.”
“I don’t know anything about it. What’s he doing?”
“He is gathering supernatural creatures. Witches, warlocks, wizards, anyone or thing that he can find that has any measure of magic and worships him. They are weaving a spell to open the gates to Hell regardless of the Choosing.”
Alaria whistled slowly. “That certainly complicates things. What do you intend to do?”
“Michael is gathering a squad to try and deal with it. The problem is that most of these witches are human. Our Father will not allow us to simply kill humans. This is the choice they are making, and He will let them see the consequences of it if they manage to succeed.”
“That’s some serious mojo to pry open the gates. No one has ever managed it before.”
“No one has ever seriously tried because both sides were relying on the Choosing to be the definitive thing. We all thought we would win, and they all thought they would. No one expected any other outcomes. Lucifer knows he’s losing, and he’s desperate to circumvent it. They’re developing another plan to try and deal with the loss of the Choosing. If they manage it, there will be no way to stop this war from spilling onto Earth.”
Alaria nodded. “I’ll be public enemy number one.”
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