Main Arc #2

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When last we left our heroes, Guriel got reassigned. Ben's response to that is to go on a bender, while Guriel goes out and relandscapes a park.

The next morning, Razas tells Ben that there's a third verse to the prophecy, which makes Ben grumpy. Ben takes Steven to the park, where he has a talk with Raph -- and Ray, who has a message from Guriel.

Ben goes out for groceries and ends up getting ambushed again. In the meantime, Razas gets a visit from Simon. And then Lucifer shows up. How is this Razas's life?

And Ben decides that, since Steven is getting bigger and bigger, a rabbit-breeding operation might not go amiss.

Ben and Raz go out drinking, and run into Simon, who pushes him to tell Ben what Lucifer's plans are. And the night ends in disaster when Ben beats the absolute shit out of a guy who (probably) deserves it, but (probably) didn't deserve to be put in the hospital.

And Ben really thinks that Lucifer should put the crack pipe down, because there's no way he's going to go Fluffy the Angel Slayer for the Other Side, you know?

Ben wakes up hungover and cranky, hacks into Hell's website, and poses as Raz. Which backfires spectacularly when one of Raz's brothers decides to play a practical joke and sends them a venomous spider the size of a Pekingese. Raz makes him a list of magical items to obtain, and he goes out after them, only to run afoul of Simon again, who drugs him and hands him over to the tender mercies of Will's Pack. Which Simon then taunts Guri about.

And Ben wakes up in Gerard Wynter's basement, chained to the wall, and discovers that he's the newest (and unwillingest) member of Wynter's Pack. Razas is worried when he doesn't come home, and disguises it badly while Simon taunts him.

Will is a bit cranky about the whole situation, but at least Ben finally eats after three days. Simon gives Guri a little more insight into his motivations.

Raz gets a bit broody about redemption, and then Simon decides that it'll be a good idea to steal the grimoire and give it to Wynter. Razas and Giborel, Ben's new Guardian, have a long-ranging conversation while Ben's in an involuntarily-drug-induced sleep.

Guri wonders if he's being tested, and both Simon and Dad pay him a visit. Ben, in the meantime, doesn't particularly want to spend the full moon with his new Pack, but at least he wins a dominance fight and isn't the "Omega Pup" anymore. Giborel is beginning to realize what an "interesting" assignment this is. And Ben thinks he lives in "interesting times" and is unamused. Especially when he finds out that their demon prophet is a Fallen Seraph. But then Raz draws the protective circle on his chest that should stop demons from killing him, so Ben thinks all's right in his world, or as right as it can get at this point. Which, you know, it's not, actually.

Guri gets some time off and comes by for a visit, which goes about as well as it always does. Raph visits Ben in a dream about the gate and gives what comfort he can.

Will and Ben go on a field trip to Father Leo's church, where Will tells him he needs to fight smarter, not harder. Gib sees a light at the end of the tunnel and wonders if it's an oncoming train. He has a conversation with Michael that gives him a little more insight as to why Ben would trust a demon.

Wynter finally lets Ben go home, making it plain that he still considers Ben "his." And then Ben finds out that the sigil on his chest won't actually protect his life from demons. And, so, naturally, he confronts Raz about it. Which actually goes better than expected. Raz gives him a new sigil, and Ben verifies with Simon and Bel that it actually does what it's supposed to.

He makes a new friend (Siobhan) when he's locked in a cage with her. She finds him in a coffeeshop contemplating his new chest sigil. And then she's down because her demon boyfriend has to go into hiding. But then he's back and they're getting married and his wings have grown in! Ben falls afoul of some misguided Hunters, and Fran gets him cleaned up. And a demon comes after him, and Bel helps him out.

Siobhan has wings, and she asks him to look for Fran, whose shop has burnt down. Ben asserts that missing-persons cases are the worst, but tells Lester and Ghost that he'll do his best to find her.

Raz helps Ben clean house, and they enlist Simon's aid in getting a message to the Asylum. They also banish Nybbas, so maybe Ben can get some actual sleep. Ben talks to Guri, who tells him where he dropped Fran off, and also tells him more details about Jaf. Ben gets Siobhan in touch with Fran. He sees her later and she catches him up on the news, which is as good as can be expected.

Raz talks to Dad, with a little prodding from Jaf and a whole lot of WTF from Simon. And Janni comes home to find they've added a Hellhound to their household.

Siobhan has a birthday party, and Ben garners a new case. And Raph is excited that Dad's doing a new thing, but Simon's not as happy, and tries to get drunk, with minimal success. He gets to talk to Raz, finally, and decides he's happy for him. Gib and Guri are pretty pleased too, but Ben is a little freaked that both the grimoire and the sigil on his chest are glowing. But Raz finally comes home and tells Ben what he did. There is much rejoicing.

Ben gets stuck in elevators with Siobhan and Lester, and vows to take the stairs from here on out.

Simon gets a pet snake and shows him off to Guri. Ben meets Grace, a servant of Dad's. Simon gets think-y about traitors, which leads to Lucifer telling him to kill Guriel within two weeks, or else.

The Asylum brings the gate to LA, and Ben gets Fran to pray. He and Guri go to face off with it, and have a fine old time. Meanwhile, Simon admires Raz's new feathers, until Sahaquiel crash-lands in Ben's apartment and tells them that a spiritual gate has to fall before the physical one does. Simon goes haring up the hillside to tell them... well. Everything.

And then he repents. Which knocks down that spiritual gate.

After that, Ben and Guri kick down the physical gate. Guri nearly dies, but Simon pours out his newfound Grace and saves him. There is much rejoicing. Ben and Guri get Orders, and that's the end of the Prophecy Arc.

Date: 2011-11-24 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] presidingangel.livejournal.com
Just out of curiosity, have you considered writing this as a novel?

Date: 2011-11-24 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] werewolf-hacker.livejournal.com
That would be fun, but... they're not all my characters.

There's certainly enough here for one, though.

Ben has a novel, and a short story. So far unpublished, and they form backstory to all this. Ironically, not a single angel or demon makes an appearance in either one.

Date: 2011-11-24 09:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] presidingangel.livejournal.com
Have you looked around [livejournal.com profile] specficmarkets? Some of the calls might fit your Ben-centric stuff.

You guys have certainly come up with a very detailed, very interesting to read story arc. I'm impressed. If you ever need a Gabriel for something, give me a holler. :)

ETA: Fixing typo in the comm name. Oops!
Edited Date: 2011-11-24 10:00 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-24 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] werewolf-hacker.livejournal.com
I am stunned at how all this has metastasized. I mean, this is the #2 post, and we're well into the #3 now. And if you see Ben at SWS, please feel free to tag any post, any time. Gabe's an immortal Archangel; he fits all the timelines with the exception of [livejournal.com profile] chains_of_grace. And we could use more angels who aren't Raz and Simon and Guri in [livejournal.com profile] takemy_love/TML, for sure. Threads for that are here, and it's got two different timelines, which confuses some people.

I use Duotrope's Digest for the short stories. The novel is more problematic as I at one point had exhausted all the agents who didn't want a synopsis. I should do that search again at agentquery. Bound to be some new ones out there.

Of course, if I was writing new material I could sell rather than letting RP eat all my creative energy, that would be a plus...

Date: 2011-11-24 10:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] presidingangel.livejournal.com
Good SLs bring all the muses to the yard. :) I will, thank you. Gabe thinks very highly of Ben. Also, if Ben ever needs to unload about his time in Afghanistan, Gabe would be happy to listen, being archangel of war, it's in his job description. Plus, he tries hard to help soldiers, past, present and future. I'll have a read of the TML stuff, that's a great premise.

Ugh, the synopsis, I feel your pain. I finally managed to get mine down to 3 pages and get a contract, so happy is me.

RP's fantastic, it's amazing how many authors who do it.

Date: 2011-11-24 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] werewolf-hacker.livejournal.com
Oh, congratulations, that's awesome! I really need to get back on the writing and submitting horse again.

Date: 2011-11-25 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] presidingangel.livejournal.com
Thank you! Good luck with yours. :D

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