short story, story promptKaili and Devlin have a chance to save the world, but they must work together in order to achieve this goal. Can a descendant of angels and a half-demon do it?


 

“This will never work!” Kaili said with a sigh. “There is no way it will ever work between us.”

Devlin kicked at the ground. “You’re just going to give up on us? You won’t even give it a chance?”

“I want to, but I also have to be realistic. I’m descended from angels, you’re a half-demon. It’s not going to work.” She frowned at him. “Not to mention the trouble we will cause in the divine realms if anyone was to find out about us.”

“If your issues about this arrangement are because of the divine realms, then you’re right -this won’t work. But Kaili, they’re so caught up in their own war that they don’t have any idea what’s going on down here. If we want this, we have to fight our own battles for it.”

She bit her lip before hesitantly nodding. “I know. In my heart, I know that everything you’re saying is true, but I’m not used to taking advice from demons.”

Affronted, he crossed his arms. “From the first time you met me, have I ever lied to you?”

Blushing, she shook her head. “No, of course not.”

“In fact, who was it that tried to trap me in Purgatory forever by feeding me false information?”

Her blush grew stronger. “I apologised for that already,” she mumbled. “I was simply following my training.”

“That’s the problem with you angel types; you always think that every demon, devil or sprite is evil and can do no good.” He poked a finger at her. “And yet you’re the ones lying and manipulating others into doing what you want and to get your own way.”

Ashamed, Kaili dropped her eyes to the ground. Devlin was completely right. The angelic races only saw the evil in the demon races. They never looked any closer than the outward appearance of a creature. If it was a demon, then they’d send it to Purgatory for eternity. No one wanted to be sent to Purgatory.

Devlin dropped his accusing finger and leaned back against his flashy red and black chariot. “Look, I know you’re not like all the others. You’re actually trying to change and you’re willing to do something about this situation, but if you’re too scared to continue on this path, then quit now and you’ll never see me again.”

“Never see you again?” she echoed, surprised. “Surely I could still see you even if I decide not to join you?”

He shook his head, setting one foot in his chariot and getting ready to depart. “I couldn’t risk it, Kaili. I trust you, but I don’t trust your angel friends. They will do anything to send the most notorious half-demon to Purgatory, even use you against me. You either have to be with me or not.” He held out a hand. “What’s your choice, Kaili? Will you help a demon save the world?”

She eyed the proffered hand. “I suppose saving the world takes more than one person.” She took his hand, gasping as he whisked her onto his chariot and sent the fiery horses flying into the air.

“We’ve got a lot to do,” he told her with a wicked smile.


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