Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds
by Carissa Andrews
Publication date: November 12th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
The final five angels have been located and averting the apocalypse means somehow recreating the birth of Christ.
Morgan never expected total annihilation would come down to the actions of five misfit angels. But as each one’s hidden angelic power unfolds, so does the sinister truth… the entire Jesus storyline has been wiped from the collective consciousness, leaving a tear in the fabric of reality.
The final five need to figure out how their gifts are meant to fit together in order to set things right. However, coming to terms with the responsibility resting on their shoulders doesn’t come easy. To make matters worse, the demons have found them and unless they get on the same page quickly, the darkness will consume them all. But how can they make things right when the thing that’s missing happened more than 2000 years ago?
One thing’s for sure. If they fail, existence ceases.
If you love books like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s American Gods or Good Omens, Joe Hill’s Nos4A2, or Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman) Blaze, then you’ll love Awakening!
I take a deep breath, pushing open the door to one of the small residence rooms. If I weren’t feeling this woman’s energy so strongly, it would be entirely possible to witness her fading in and out of this space. But as I walk into the small, ten- by-ten-foot space, it’s clear she’s not going anywhere.
Switching from a resting position, the elderly woman shifts to a seated one, giving us all a once-over. Her cheeks are a rosy pink, and she fluffs the gray hair slightly matted to her head.
“Well, it’s about damn time. I thought I was going to die in this sterile box waiting for you lot to get your asses in gear,” she says, chuckling.
We all exchange glances, but it’s Gabe who steps forward.
“Do you—are you aware of who we are?” he asks, his eyebrows furrowing. “Why we’re here?”
“Of course I do, Gabriel. You don’t get to be my age without picking up on a thing or two,” she winks, wisdom and a dash of humor sparkling in her bright blue eyes. “Now, are you gonna get me outta this mess, or what? I don’t think I can stand another minute in this place.”
Mike steps forward, “Ma’am, I’m Mike,” he says, thrusting his hand out to her. “Nice to make your acquaintance.”
“Very nice to meet you, Michael,” the woman says, taking his hand. “You can call me Bea. Now, be a doll and help me get outta this bed and into some more comfortable clothes, would you?”
Mike does as he’s told, holding his hand steady as she pulls her legs up and over so she can rest on the edge of the bed. Her hospital gown is slightly tattered, as though it’s seen too many washes in its time, and she raises a finger toward the small chest of drawers beside the window.
“Pick anything outta there. I trust you, Michael,” Bea says, again running her hands through her hair to fluff it up. “I must look a fright. I haven’t been able to put on makeup for a year and a half, and I desperately need to visit my hair stylist.”
Braham stays back, hovering in the doorway and observing everything from a distance. His eyes are guarded, and I can tell he’s taken aback. Bea is the first angel I’ve come in contact with who’s in an older vessel. In all honesty, I figured it was a deliberate design that we were all younger—at least young enough to maneuver quickly when needed.
Mike walks back from the drawers with a pair of hot-pink capris and a lovely bright-floral-pattern button-up shirt.
“Will this be alright, Bea?” he asks.
“Do you see what I’m dressed in? Honey, you could pick up rags outta the dumpster out back and it would look better than what I’m in,” she laughs, urging him forward with an outstretched hand. “Come here, come here.”
She waves him over, taking his offering and bending down to cram her legs into her pink capris.
Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, award-winning graphic designer, indie author coach, and internationally bestselling author from Crosslake Minnesota. She is the President of the Lakes Area Writers Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit for writers in central Minnesota, as well as the owner of Author Revolution, LLC – an organization geared toward helping new authors navigate the waters of indie publishing. For 2020, Carissa has her sights set on becoming a NYT or USA Today Bestselling Author with her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches. You can learn
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