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. HNE - After the End 2 .Heaven's Not Enough (c) Jessica L. Cohen 2008 - 2012
Ashes. The strong smell of smoke. Licking flames of red and orange. A blazing inferno.
Mifflador watched his home burn as the pyre reflected the depth of his fury. His comrades had not all escaped. The soldiers he had lost Mrna, Kessith, Furdga half of his little ragtag horde were forever consumed by the flames, their bodies fried along with their bloodied souls souls doomed to fates worse than Hell could offer.
The trick to Earth-walking was simple, but with that sinful act came the most dire of consequences.
Years ago, the Gates of Hell had been flung open by some unknown source, yet no demon hesitated in fleeing the pit. No one stopped to ask who or why until they were knee-deep in human remains, a garrison of furious angels, and an abundance of fire. It was Hell on Earth, and no one seemed to know who started it. The demons fought off the Heavenly Host without question, merely des
All Here For A ReasonI turned onto a shady, well-manicured driveway that, for all intents and purposes, looked harmless enough. Maple trees lined both sides of the street, and a parade of Canadian geese marched across the road to a wide duck pond with a flamboyant fountain. There were blooming crepe myrtles and rose-of-sharons, and as I grew closer to my destination, neatly trimmed gardens with neatly trimmed bushes.
I stopped to let the geese pass. They looked at me; one hissed. I honked my horn and moved around them.
At the end of the road sat a collection of grayish buildings and a number of signs directing me to the appropriate parking lot. "Welcome to Ten Creeks Hospital," said one of them. "Please enjoy your stay." I parked in the visitor's lot. Surely I wouldn't be staying.
I was shaking when I got out of my car. I had spent the morning getting high. One foot in front of the other, flip-flop noises, hot sidewalk. Mulberry and magnolia trees, freshly shaved grass. A bench and pan for smokers. A set o
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