Title: Illusions And Truths
Sequel to: Omens
Universe: Morning Star Series
Characters: Chloe Sullivan, Castiel, Midnight, Lois
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: So it mightn't be the Apocalypse, but something is definitely up, especially close to Chloe. And she might've noticed it, or paid better attention, if she wasn't so caught up in her relationship with Cas FINALLY starting to turn romantic.
Written for my paranormal25
150 Prompt Table. Prompt # 108. Illusion Des Sosies.
Midnight had gone back to the club and had taken Lois with him to keep her safe, while Chloe, Constantine, Angela and Castiel readied to go look for Gabriel. Out of them all Constantine was the one who (reluctantly) had more contact with the fallen angel, and he knew the places where he might be. Angela was just itching for an excuse to let loose on the angel turned human, and now she the perfect opportunity to do so. Despite the fact that Gabriel was still human, he obviously had some magic on his side, and so they went prepared for a fight.
Constantine led the group to Gabriel's apartment, and yet it was abandoned, showing signs of having been empty for a while now.
In the middle of the apartment was a book.
Inside of the book was an address.
Obviously Gabriel had known that they would discover his part in this, and had readied for the battle that would happen.
"This is a trap." Castiel announced, frowning.
"No shit." Constantine shook his head, closing the book with a snap. "But we don't have another choice. Gabriel's up to something again, and remember how that ended the last time."
Angela touched her stomach, flinching, obviously remembering how Mammon had tried to be reborn through her flesh.
"Can you zap us to this direction?" Constantine turned to Castiel.
"Yes, I have the ability." The angel nodded slowly. "But I do not think that it is wise considering that we are all in agreement that this is a trap set by my brother." His intense blue eyes rested on the women. "And if his past acts are anything to go by, he will be after them."
"I'm no good to him now." Angela shook her head. "If anything he attacked Chloe."
"But his people said they were on my side. He's not going to want to hurt me." Chloe argued. "He probably has his retinue around him as protection and wants to talk to us face to face so that we can know what it is he wants."
"I do not like this." Castiel frowned. "His previous actions prove that Gabriel is not the sort of person to talk things out. He plans and then he puts his plans into action."
"Look Angel boy. Either you zap us there, or we take a taxi." Constantine raised an eyebrow. "Either way, we're going to this address."
"Yeah." Angela nodded, chin raising.
Castiel looked between them before turning to Chloe. "Reconsider."
"You don't have to come if you don't feel its right." Chloe reached over and placed his hand on his arm.
The Angel looked down at her and sighed, shaking his head.
Suddenly light enveloped them, and when it was gone they were standing in the middle of an abandoned warehouse, and there, sitting on a makeshift dais, was Gabriel. Around him people Chloe had never seen before stood, though the injuries of two of them betrayed which two had been the ones she'd gone up against.
"Welcome, Morning Star." Gabriel tilted his head slightly, golden curls bouncing. "I am so glad that you were able to make it."
Chloe raised an eyebrow. "Gabriel."
Gabriel's sharp gaze then went to Castiel. "Brother."
Castiel nodded, eyes narrowed, wary.
"What the fuck are you after now, Gabriel?" Constantine snarled, taking a step towards the sitting fallen angel.
"You know John, you were given the most amazing opportunity. Lumiel himself was dragging you to hell and you were saved, given another chance." Gabriel raised an eyebrow. "You'd think you would have refined your vocabulary."
"Listen here you pissant-." Constantine took a menacing step towards him, lifting his gun...and then in a blink of an eye he was gone.
"John?" Angela looked around them, horrified.
Chloe narrowed her eyes at Gabriel. "What did you just do to him?"
"Don't worry, I didn't hurt him." Gabriel reassured, a slow smirk adorned that androgynous face. "I just need a little guarantee."
Angela suddenly gasped, and in the blink of an eye she was gone too.
"A big guarantee." Gabriel's smirk grew victorious.
Chloe growled and would have went at the bastard if Cas' hand hadn't come down on her shoulder.
"This isn't angelic magic." He hissed, keeping her at his side. "This is more powerful."
She turned to him, eyes narrowed. "What's stronger than angelic magic?"
"God's magic." Gabriel responded, snapping his fingers, a long rod in bloom appearing in his hands.
Chloe's eyes widened. "Is that-?"
Castiel's eyes widened in horror. "No brother! You didn't!"
"Oh, but I did, Castiel." Gabriel smirked. "It was very easy to tip off the hunters as to where Lilith had been hiding the Ark of the Covenant, out of my reach. Demons cannot use the rod, only an angel or one with angelic blood in their veins can use Aaron's Rod that Bloomed, so she meant to keep it away from me so that I could never use it and regain power." He chuckled. "It is fitting that I use it now that I have been stripped of my angelic power and wings considering that it is I whom our Father used to siphon some of his power into it." Gabriel eyed the rod nostalgically. "Do you remember those days, Castiel? When humans actually tried to do Father's bidding?"
"There are still people alive today whom try to follow Him." Castiel responded darkly.
"Not for the right reasons." Gabriel tutted. "Some want to be able to boast of being more pious than their neighbor. Some are scared of perdition. And some because it is expected of them. Not one do it because they truly love Father."
"What? And you're the perfect example of an obedient child?" Chloe snapped. "You tried to bring Mammon into this world! Your Father abandoned you and your wings were cut off."
"He's your Father too, Chloe." Gabriel didn't seem affected by her comment. "You might not be my brother Lumiel, but you have his tainted grace in you, and that makes you my Sister."
"I'm an only child." She narrowed her eyes.
"You are very stubborn, it is the humanity still in you." Gabriel told her. "And as for your question, for a while I was depressed, thinking that my Father had abandoned me too, but then I realized that He had given me the greatest gift. I could mingle better within the human rank, go places barred to angels by deep magics, and through that I was finally able to find the location of the Ark, and the holiest of artifacts. Thanks to my Father's foresight and unfailing wisdom I was given the key to greater power than I had had before with my wings." Gabriel rested the rod on his lap. "And with this and the other artifacts I have what I need to once more do my Father's will. I am His sword."
"Phallic imagery aside," Chloe narrowed her eyes. "If you're so High and Mighty now, then why have your people pretend to be me and Midnight? Why try to kill Lois?" She smirked. "There's something you're not saying."
"Do you yet not understand?" Gabriel asked, standing. "Do you truly believe that everything that happened has happened by chance? That you were opened as a Vessel when Lumiel escaped his prison and the chains that kept him bound and restricted in this world? You believed it only mere chance that all the other presences were so unbearable and made him seem like the best choice? Chloe, Sam Winchester might have been chosen by Azazel to be Lumiel's Vessel, but you were chosen by Heaven to be his instead."
Chloe's eyes widened in horror. "What?"
Cas' eyes narrowed. "That's a lie."
"Oh no, I assure you, it's true. I knew of this before my fall." Gabriel responded. "You see, heaven had seen how the future would be if Lumiel pursued Samuel Winchester as a Vessel, and it ended in the Vessel jumping back into the pit, trapping him and Lumiel once more."
"What would be wrong with that future?" Castiel wanted to know. "In it we win."
"No. In it we lose one of the strongest, if not strongest, angelic being...again." Gabriel responded. "And heaven didn't want to lose that power to hell once more. You see, they feared Lumiel because they knew he wouldn't be able to be killed, not even by Michael. Why keep so powerful a being locked up, useless, when you could harness that power once more and use it as your own?"
Chloe felt her world beginning to spin.
"What heaven didn't expect was how tight those ties between you, your cousin, and the Winchester boys were." Gabriel continued. "They thought that as soon as Lumiel took control the fight would begin. You see, you were always supposed to die at the hands of Lois Lane, you were meant to be in hell, to be broken and lose all love and loyalty to anyone."
Her heart was racing.
"But Dean wouldn't accept Michael, and Sam and Lois were backing up his decision to say No. The three of them were sure that they could find another way to free you from Lumiel's hold." Gabriel gave a little sigh. "And so, how I hear it, heaven decided to give Dean a little nudge."
Chloe's eyes widened, remembering what Missouri had told her was the reason why Dean had accepted Michael in the end.
Cas' narrowed. "You lie! My Brothers and Sisters would never slaughter innocent children!"
"If it was for the sake of the greater good?" Gabriel raised an eyebrow. "Kill a few, save the world?"
Cas lowered his eyes, shaking his head.
Chloe was finding it hard to breathe.
"So Dean finally played into their plans and accepted Michael, who knew from the beginning that he was going to die, that there was no way he could win against Lumiel." Gabriel continued. "He gave his life and it was time for Lois to play the part heaven had ordained she play. It had to be Lois. Sam couldn't because he was an intended Vessel for Lumiel and they feared that our Brother might find a way to siphon some of himself into Sam if they came into contact."
Everything...everyone...had been manipulated.
They'd been puppets on the strings, controlled by cruel puppeteers.
"But even in her last moment, Lois hesitated." Gabriel continued with a sympathetic expression. "She didn't even notice it, her mind so confused, it was so easy for her mind to be influenced just long enough to have her kill you with the Spear of Destiny."
Chloe collapsed to her knees, reeling from all these blows.
"Heaven left you rotting in hell for as long as it would take to have you so broken that the moment you returned you wouldn't be Lumiel or Chloe anymore. You would have no loyalties or love for those whom you'd once known." Gabriel explained. "Only when they were sure of this, did they make it so that Castiel would stumble upon your file and bring your case up to the Council. Castiel himself was a pawn in this game."
Castiel looked up, intense blue eyes wide.
"They then had Constantine, a man betrayed by his loved ones as well, a man who wouldn't encourage you to forgive them, take you out and train you. And they knew that with all these elements you would gravitate towards Midnight, to neutrality, where you could strengthen without them having to worry about your corruption before they could use you again." Gabriel tilted his head to the side. "This is why I am making guests of Constantine and Miss Dodson. As long as I have them, heaven will not have their help, nor yours. Their lives are my insurance."
"If you're so sure that you're doing Father's will, why do you need a bargaining tool?" Castiel asked.
"Because not all of our siblings follow our Father's will, Catsiel, they will want to stop me before I do what has to be done." Gabriel replied easily.
"Let John and Angela go. I won't do anything. Just let them go." Chloe stood, taking in a deep breath.
"I think I'll keep them." Gabriel responded. "Heed this warning, Morning Star. If you join forces with heaven, you will have sentenced both of them to hell. Do you understand?"
"Yes." Chloe nodded.
"Chloe." Cas frowned at her.
"Do I have your word then?" Gabriel asked curiously.
"You have my word, as the Morning Star, that I won't join forces with heaven, even if they threaten to kill me." Chloe swore.
"Good." Gabriel grinned. "And thanks to your cooperation, I promise that they will not be hurt. No one you know or care for, not even your little cousin, will be touched. Not even after what I am about to do."
And then, with the blink of an eye, Cas and Chloe were standing alone in the abandoned warehouse.
"Why would you agree to those terms?" The angel frowned at her. "Heaven-."
"Fuck heaven!" She snapped at him, before taking in a deep breath. "Cas, take us to Midnight."
"Gabriel can't be telling the truth." Castiel shook his head, in denial. "He can't."
And with a blinding light, they were gone.