Lilly Russell, Class of 2023

Wings

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Chapter One: The Fallen Angel

“Taehyung Kim. You have broken many a law this day. It is not the will of an Angel to take the lives of people on the world we were sworn to protect. You have lowered yourself to their level, forcing the council to do what must be done. You are no Demon, but you are no Angel. Restrain him”

The two guards rushed towards him, holding him down to where Taehyung had no choice but to fall to his knees. The two guards took his white, feathered wings and held them up.

Taehyung’s vision blurred a bit as he looked at his friends who had to watch this ultimate punishment. They all looked at him, saddened for their friend. Taehyung saw this as nothing but betrayal.

“Cut them off,” Said the Judge, handing one the oldest member of Taehyung’s group a sword, “and make sure he feels it.”

The Angel looked down at the blade, tears filling his eyes as he walked over to Taehyung’s wings muttering, “I’m sorry Taehyung…”

Taehyung’s eyes filled with tears as he tried to turn his head to his hyung, but it was no use, he couldn’t do it. Then again, why would he want to look at the man who was about to cut the only thing that made him an Angel, that made him valid.

Taehyung clenched his teeth as hard as he could, clenching his fists as well. His breath started to speed up as he heard the sword fly into the air.

The sword struck Taehyung’s wings, over and over again, causing Taehyung to scream in pain.

Tears ran down the hyung’s face as he kept striking until the wings finally fell, two stubs hanging on Taehyung’s back. 

The hyung dropped the sword, falling to the ground as he cried. He couldn’t believe what he had just done.

“Guards, remove the stubs. And escort these four Angels out please.” Demanded the Judge. And, of course, the guards did as they were commanded.

With a blurry, tear-filled vision, Taehyung watched his four old friends leave, his tears falling down his face as he bit his tongue while his wing stubs were removed. 

When they were removed, they were stitched up, leaving massive scars that were parallel to each other.

“Now, Taehyung Kim, you are no longer allowed in Kolleria. You are hereby banished for all eternity. If you dare come back, you will be executed. Do I make myself clear Taehyung Kim?”

Taehyung was on all fours, tears still falling from his face as he endured all the pain inflicted on him in just the past hour. 

{Earth, 25 hours after Taehyung’s Punishment}

Taehyung woke up with a start. Sweat dripping furiously from his forehead. He sat up and breathed heavily, feeling as much of his back as he could, and he wasn’t dreaming. His wings were really gone. 

Taehyung stood up, grabbing onto a nearby, low tree branch to gain his ballance.

“Excuse me sir, are you lost?”

Taehyung quickly turned around, his hand still gipping the tree branch as if his life depended on it, then again, it might.

The man standing before Taehyung had an evil smirk on his face, this dark aura surrounding his figure as he approached Taehyung.

“Oh, did those monsters up in Kolleria banish you to this place?” The strange man said as if he were mocking the High Court.

“No!” Taehyung quickly responded, “It was my fault, I betrayed the High Court.”

“Oh, but did you really?”

“Excuse me?”

The strange man took another step towards Taehyung, “Let’s say, maybe you did betray a law in Kolleria. I mean, you were just doing your job, weren’t you?”

Taehyung shook his head, “No, I killed someone.”

The man in front of him crossed his arms, “You killed someone? How stupid.”

“What?”

“You heard me. You were doing your job!! Protecting the people of this world.” The man began to walk in circles around Taehyun as he continued talking, “I mean, this person you killed, they must have been a threat to the people they were around.”

Taehyung looked down, what could he do? Disagree? It was true though, the man he had killed, he was a threat to the humans on earth. 

Taehyung looked back up at the man, making eye contact with him he said, “Who are you?”

The man smirked evilly at Taehyung, “Kim Namjoon, and I’m here to offer you the deal of a lifetime.”