The Halo Breed…
THE HALO BREED
HELL IN HADES
For the very first time in his life, the Halo Breed was terrified!
He was dimly aware that he was floating on water. It was a sort of balm over the horror of fractious pain that was suffusing his body.
But, more acutely, he was terrified by the darkness!
His eyes were gone!
He could not see!
This was not supposed to be happening, was it? He had fought to the best of his abilities! He had stood his ground through the hellish experience within the Hades! And he had not wavered from the path, even though he was without weapons, and exposed to foes no human could stand!
That demonic bird was a case of point!
He had not been prepared for such a predator, and there was no way he could have triumphed over a giant bird in the sky where he was most vulnerable!
He had rejected the easy path to failure even when his very soul had cried out to go through the Doorways!
So, why was he so mutilated?
Why was he so blinded?
Worst of all, why was he dying?
Were there other choices that he could have made that he had ignored?
Was he supposed to escape the bird by going through one of the Doorways that would send him back to Earth?
How on earth could Lord Lastor be defeated if Sena had chosen the easy way?
He had fought on and stayed the course towards the vital Cause, the all-important reason why he was in Hades; conquer Lord Lastor!
“So why am I blind?” Sena tried to scream as his body was suffused by sudden rage!
If this was what was going to happen to him, why had he been allowed into Hades? Was this the price he was going to pay by following the spirit of the late king through the portal in the first place?
His hands began to ball up with rage, but he was horrified by the fact that the pains were less intense now, and his heartbeats were beginning to slow down.
He could hear the slow hammering of his heart in his ear as the darkness continued to hold him tight. Now, he could barely feel the water on his skin.
Suddenly, he felt a wild jerking within him as if something had violently separated, and then he was aware of a lifting sensation as if he was slowly ascending!
And he was breathing easier!
Then, suddenly, he could see again… and what he saw horrified and terrified him so much that his vision clouded for a moment.
Sena could see his mutilated body lying face-down in a pool of water!
It was a very clear water that was as wide as his eyes could see. The area around his body, however, was deep crimson; he had bled a lot!
He could see tendrils of intestines and flesh floating beside the body!
And the view suddenly became a downward one, and his body seemed to retreat further down slowly!
“What is happening?” Sena tried to shout, but he could not hear his own voice. “What is happening to me? Why is my body going downwards from me? Somebody, please help me!”
But there was nothing, no one!
He tried to look around him, but somehow, he could not turn his head, or change his vision!
But as his body went further down, it dawned on him suddenly that the opposite was true!
His body was not going down!
He was rather rising!
“Goodness me!” Sena whispered with sudden dread. “I’m having an out-of-body experience! My soul has left my body! I must be dead!”
“Out of your body, yes, but you’re surely not dead, Breed of the Halos! Well done, well done! You have passed the Leap of Fate!” a gentle voice said beside him, and this time when Sena turned his head, he saw a very pale but handsome old man floating beside him!
The figure was very bright, so bright that Sena could barely look at him.
And he was winged.
“Who are you?” Sena asked with a little confusion.
“I am Gabriel, your LifeKeeper! On the day you die, you will see me, Sena of the Halos!”
“Then, surely I am dead!” Sena said with rising anger.
“You’re not dead,” Gabriel said. “You were tested by the demonic bird, but you stayed true. That was the Leap of Fate, and you passed! Your body will remain here in the Lake of Life, and it would be repaired and enhanced, ready for you to occupy, if you can complete your call!”
“How can I complete anything in this invisible form?” Sena asked, exasperated. “I cannot even see my own limbs!”
“You are a soul now!” Gabriel said sharply. “You have transcended!”
“Why?” Sena asked hotly. “Why have I transcended? I need my body to survive!”
“No, you don’t!” Gabriel said sharply. “The final leg of your cause is to face Lord Lastor in Hades, and you cannot enter the core of Hades with a human body! He’s been waiting for you, so you will have a little surprise for him when you show up as a soul”
“I am elucidated!” Sena said softly. “Forgive me for my impudence! I understand now!”
“As well you should!” Gabriel said and stopped floating.
Ahead of them was a gigantic, golden gate!
Beyond it was a magnificent, ethereal, celestial palace!
“Welcome to Rest, Breed of the Halos,” Gabriel said. “Here, you’re all alone. You will master the art of holding in your state. After that, a gate behind it will open, and you will find yourself in Hades with Lastor. Once again, well done, Breed of the Halos. You’re an amazing young man!”
“Thank you, Gabriel!” Sena said softly as he floated through the gates to the royal palace ahead of him.
Finally, he was at his last stop!
Somehow, even though he could not even see himself, even though Lastor was in his elements, as formidable as a mountain, Sena was no longer terrified!
This was how it was supposed to be!
He would learn. And he would find a way, and a means!
“What will be, will be!” the Halo Breed said softly.
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