TITLE: The Forces of Heaven and Hell Alike
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
Liam, a demon who saves more souls than he condemns, has been in a committed relationship with the angel Mikael for centuries. Neither Heaven nor Hell knows of their secret affair and they'd like to keep it that way. Isabel is an angel who wounded Liam in a minor confrontation the previous day, drawing the attention of the archangel Gabriel. He wants to use her as a soldier in a coming, larger battle against Liam, but she's young and must be properly trained.
“That's not the end of my news,” Mikael said, his voice unsteady.
Liam looked over to him, waiting, but the angel seemed in no hurry to reveal what else he needed to say.
Mikael closed his eyes, drawing in a deep breath like he was trying to center himself before he spoke again. He opened his eyes, his gaze steady on Liam. “Isabel's been paired with a more advanced angel.”
“Huh, okay,” Liam said, trying to contemplate what that might mean. “And what's this advanced angel supposed to do with her?”
“He's going to take her out on assignments and train her in the proper ways.”
“And?” Liam waited for Mikael to continue. He knew there was more that the angel wasn't telling him.
Mikael dropped his head, speaking to the floor rather than looking at Liam. “It's me.”
Liam was silent for a moment, stunned at the admission and unable to form a proper response. Finally, he managed. “What?”
“Gabriel thought that I could teach her, get her ready for whatever he has planned for her.”
“The bitch stabbed me!” Liam pushed off the wall to stand closer to Mikael. He could feel the blood rushing to his face, the veins in his neck standing out against his skin.
“Yes, she did, and for that I'm sorry. But she proved herself to Gabriel by doing so.”