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Reaping What Love Sowed (Part 3)

Past, Consequences

By Donna Fox (HKB)Published 6 months ago Updated 4 months ago 5 min read
Reaping What Love Sowed (Part 3)
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In case you missed Part One and Part Two. For part three, continue on:

One day when Cher was a teenager, I had stopped by to watch her in one of her soccer games. I stood off to the side and smiled as she gave me a wave before the beginning whistle blew. 

But she wasn’t the only one to spot me in the shadows, my only mentor Agrona also did. She had been nearby on an assignment when she saw me and popped over to say hi. That was when she laid eyes on Cher and realized what I had done.

“Is that-“

“Not here,” I hissed. Then grabbed her hand and with a snap of my fingers, we were in my apartment and away from prying eyes.

“What are you thinking?” She spat at me.

“Look, it’s not what it looks like.” I tried to explain.

“Not what it looks like?! It looks like you were watching a girl who technically doesn’t exist play a soccer game.” She retorted, her eyes bulging in anger.

I was speechless as she was right, that was exactly what it was.

“I thought you had taken care of her! You told me she would get lost in the woods and die!” Agrona shouted at full lung capacity.

“Fate had other plans for her,” I replied in a small voice.

“There is no such thing as fate, we are fate.” She shouted adding a foot stomp, her cheeks red in rage. 

“I made a mistake,” I admitted but felt no regret.

Suddenly there was a dull tapping sound of a beak clicking on a window pane that drew our attention.

Agrona walked over and opened the window, to accept a letter from the raven that appeared on the ledge. After she took the letter, it fluttered off and disappeared from view.

“Yeah, well now your mistake has us being brought before the council.” She huffed, collapsing into a nearby chair.

“They were oblivious for 10 years, how would they know about her now?” I asked as I walked to a chair near her.

“I don’t know but we are both being summoned in front of the Reaper’s Council. I have no doubt it has everything to do with your friend that doesn’t exist.” She explained, tossing the letter in my direction.

I let it fall to the floor and settle at my feet. Not wanting to touch the thing and make all this real.

“Why are they bringing you in?” I asked, taking a seat alongside her as I continued to ignore the letter.

“I was your mentor at the time.” She muttered in a barely audible whisper. “In their eyes, I am as guilty as you are.”

A stunned silence hung between us as I absorbed the consequences of my actions. But my fondness of Cher eclipsed any notion of regret that I might have felt in that moment, nothing could make saving her futile.

Days later I found myself in front of the council alongside Agrona. Through no fault of her own.

“We have come to a decision.” The Head Reaper began, “You Agrona have failed to properly train Mort and were negligent in that responsibility. As punishment, you will be stripped of your ranking that allows you to train reapers and you are no longer allowed to reap souls yourself. You are now dismissed.”

“Sir, if I may,” I interjected as Agrona began to leave.

“You may not-“

“I don’t think it’s fair to punish Agrona for something that I and I alone have done. She had no way of knowing what I did, the fault lies entirely with me.” I spoke, out of turn but felt a sense of urgency to defend my only true friend.

“She was your mentor and didn’t follow through on your work, as such she was negligent. You are not at liberty to defend her or have an opinion on this matter. Agrona you are excused.” The Head Reaper explained and made a gesture to shoo her out of the chambers.

I glanced over my shoulder and she gave me one last weary look before the door closed behind her. Which left me to stand alone before the council.

“Mort, you have violated the most basic of laws of our kind. You not only allowed a human to see you but have allowed it to live afterwards. You deliberately disobeyed a direct order not only from your mentor but the council of reapers. You have not only messed with your own destiny but that of countless humans that came in contact with your human.” The Head Reaper began.

“Her name is Cher David.” I interrupted foolishly.

“For this, we are sentencing you to a lifetime of enslavement as a death dealer, followed by a death sentence of your own.” He continued as though I hadn’t said anything. But held a smirk that suggested he was enjoying this.

“That being said, the fate of your beloved human is not so easily decided. Reaping her soul now would disrupt countless other destinies and possibly even cause a rift in the time continuum, which we cannot risk doing. So for the safety of countless others, we have no choice but to let her live on until her life naturally ends. At which time you will accompany her on her to the next plane and your time will end as well.” He finished, looking to the other council members in satisfaction.

“You are now excused to await your next assignment.” He added as though this weren’t one of the worst sentences they could bestow upon a Reaper.

“That’s it?” I asked without thinking.

“Were you expecting something more?” One of the other council members countered.

“I- uh… no. I just didn’t expect this.” I explained, trying to remain composed and hide the relief I felt.

“You are sentenced to death, there is nothing more we can do except work you to the bone until your time is up.” They explained, a note of dissatisfaction in their voice.

“I understand. Thank you.” I agreed, walking out in a hurry.

As the doors closed behind me and another trial began, I had only one thought in my mind. I needed to see her.

With a snap of my fingers, I appeared in a busy courtyard and there stood my girl. Her cherry-coloured hair blew in the wind and I sighed in relief as I saw that my Cher was safe, and would be for some time.

Part Four:

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  • The Invisible Writer6 months ago

    I really really liked delivering the letter with a Raven brilliant storytelling there. I’m curious to find out what being a death dealer entails… so on to part 4

  • ThatWriterWoman6 months ago

    Wow! What a conclusion to the trial! Now they are linked for life! I have a feeling the next part is gonna make me cry! A beautiful concept and very well written as always!

  • JBaz6 months ago

    October 25th ? Fine I’ll wait. Ok number three great build and all the parts flow beautifully together.

  • JBaz6 months ago

    Dang, I would like to leave a longer comment but have to go to four

  • Ahhh so Cher was a teenager when Agrona came to know what Mort did. Also, I have the same question as Mort on why is it just now the council finding out about this. Like what took them 10 freaking years? Looks like they're not doing a very good job either, lol! I felt so sorry for Agrona. I mean yes, she kinda didn't check to see if Mort did his job but instead of neglect, I saw it as the amount of trust she had in him. The Head Reaper was too hard on her. He practically rendered her useless. That's even worse than Mort's sentence. Though it is sad to know that he would die when Cher dies too. Oh God, you're gonna break my heart, aren't you? Lol. Good because I love heartbreaking stories. It stays longer with me. I saw your reply to Mark that you're sick. I'm so sorry to hear that. Sending you lots of love and hugs. Please have enough rest and eat well. Hope you recover soon ❤️

  • Rachel Deeming6 months ago

    Never commented on Part Two as went straight to Part Three! Love where you took this. Looking forward to Part Four.

  • Lamar Wiggins6 months ago

    That was pretty deep! Agrona got the worst from the hearing. She probably hates Mort, lol. But you made the reasoning of her not following through with the training make sense. Way to go with details like that to make a stronger plot! 🤩

  • Caroline Craven6 months ago

    Reaper’s Council. Zoiks! I love this. This could be a TV show! Great stuff!!!

  • Alexander McEvoy6 months ago

    Love this! The council’s decision, taking into account the impact Cher’s life would have on others is awesome! Now though, now I’m left wondering what exactly happened. Is there a difference between a life naturally ending and when the Reaper comes? So far so amazing!!

  • Mark Gagnon6 months ago

    As always, I'm enjoying this series. You may have left out a word or two where Mort is receiving his sentence. See you on the 25th!

  • Dana Crandell6 months ago

    OK, you've got me hooked. Looking forward to the next one. Just a suggestion: Links from the previous chapters to the next would be nice. Great job on these, Donna!

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