Perching silently on a tree branch 500ft off the ground overlooking the entire town, I stared out across the pointed tops of the buildings before me as I scanned the area looking for my target. I frowned in frustration as my search proved fruitless.
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"Where is she." I muttered still scanning the area. I paused as I heard the quiet pitter patter of her heart beat close by. Listening closely I followed the sound with my eyes until I spotted a young woman in a dark purple coat and blue Jean's walking dejectedly away from a group of guys in front of a school. I narrowed my eyes as I noticed them laughing and pointing at her as they shouted harsh names in her direction. Some of those words I wished I hadn't heard. Sometimes this super hearing was a bit of a nusiance. I inhaled sharply as I heard the distinct crack of her heart. I could see tears slowly slipping down her face as she tried not to show her pain. This was not good this was the 3rd guy to reject her. If this continued her heart would shatter completely. If that happened her heart would turn to stone stopping her from ever loving again.
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"Amora you know you could just focus on your own charges instead of stalking mine." Turning my head to the side I sighed as I saw Amedues flying toward me his fluffy pink wings gently flapping behind him. I watched as he swiftly landed beside me making the branch wobble slightly as he stood there glaring at me.
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"Amedues you have had a total of 5 charges since becoming a cupid a month ago and already 4 of them have had their hearts nearly turned to stone."
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"Ok and? What's your point. So I have had some near fails big deal." My eye twitched at his laid back attitude.
"The big deal Amedues is if 1000 of your charges hearts turn to stone in a short amount of time. You will die. Even just 10 could make you gravely ill."
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"Yeah but they didn't so its fine."
"The only reason those people's hearts did not turn to stone is because I have been going behind you and locating their soul mates for you."
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"Wait a minute that's why I keep finding my charges already dating. I thought they just found them on their own." He shouted furious his hands clenched tightly in a ball.
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"You know it's rare for a human to find their true love without a cupids help." I replied ignoring his building anger.
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"You had no right to do that! They are my charges not yours." By this point his wings had turned red in his rage.
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"If I hadn't their hearts would have turned to stone by now. Even one stone heart can cause a tremendous amount of pain to a cupid Amedues. "
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"Besides I promised mom before she died that I would look after you." I noticed his wings twitch a little at the mention of mom.
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"I am not a little kid anymore Amora I am 18 now. I can take care of myself. Now if you will escuse me I have a charge to deal with." I watched silently as he angrily turned and soared into the air flying away. The young woman as well as the group of guys had both disappeared by this time. So shaking out my wings I got up from the tree branch and leaped into the sky heading for home. I was only a mile from home when I heard screaming to the right of me. Altering my destination I headed toward the sound. As I drew closer I noticed a crowd of humans pointing and shouting at something on the ground. Flying a little lower, but not enough to be seen, I gasped as I realized what it was that had the humans in disarray. Laying sprawled out on the ground breathing heavily as if struggling for breath was Rose a cupid I graduated with a thousand years before.
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I had to think fast if they saw Rose's wings unconcealed beside her they would know she was a cupid and not just an injured human sprawled out on the ground. Resulting in a new can of worms being opened. Swiftly looking around I spotted a pile of hay to the right of me a short distance from the crowd. Swooping down I stopped just above the pile and pulling out the lighter I took from one of my friends to keep them from smoking, I set the pile on fire. As soon as the first lick of flames began lapping at the hay I speedily took to the sky hiding behind a nearby cloud as I waited for the desired effect. The first group of humans was inches away from seeing her wings when the smoke from the fire finally reached their nose. I smiled in satisfaction as all the humans immediately glanced toward the flames now soaring into the sky. Seeing my chance I swooped down while they were still distracted and scooped Rose into my arms before flying away.
As the distance between us and the crowd grew wider I glanced behind me to see the humans confused faces as they tore their eyes from the fire and noticed the absence of the hurt young woman before them. Focusing back on the sky infront of me I swiftly landed in a little field far enough away from the crowd not to be seen by the crowd. Setting her gently down I knelt beside her as I tried to locate her injury. I frowned in confusion as I failed to spot any blood. Suddenly I felt her cold pale hands grab the collar of my shirt and pull me closer.
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"The heart. Beware the heart of darkness." She whispered her voice very weak by this point.
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"The heart of darkness? What do you mean?" I asked confused she didn't respond. Taking one last lungful of air she closed her eyes and lay still. Leaning in I placed my ear against her chest listening for a heartbeat. Only silence greeted me. She was dead.
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