Angels Fall First
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She walked down a long corridor not knowing where she was going. It was very dark but had candlelight leading the way. She heard a faint melody in the distance! "I know that melody" she told herself. She continued to follow the sound and kept going until she finally neared a room. It was very dark and gloomy. It too had candles. Once inside her eyes were fixed upon a very large old pipe organ, with music sheets scattered all over….. On top sat a Persian Monkey Music Box which played that familiar sound. As she neared the music box she heard a faint whisper "come… to… meee…." It’s faint deep ghostly voice calling out to her. She whirled around and saw no one. She then went back to the music box, and picked it up.
" C.h.r..i.s..t.i.n.e….." it called out again.
Turning around once more she gasped in fright as she saw a face.
A face with a white mask!
Bell screamed as she woke from her dream……
She breathed heavily and her mind raced as she felt beads of sweat fall from her forehead.
"What was that?" she asked herself placing one hand upon her face closing her eyes and taking deep breaths trying to regain composer.
"Belle!... is everything alright dear?” Someone called out to her urgently just beyond her bedroom door.
Belle sighed and sank her head back against her pillow feel silly that someone had heard her screaming.
"Yes Rebecca I just had a bad dream that's all" she replied calming herself.
"Well breakfast is almost done dear in about ten minutes. Were having pancakes today your favorite!" she replied sweetly.
"In that case I'll be there in five" Belle joked
She heard a chuckle from the other side of the door
"Alright dear see you then" Rebecca replied with a smile, then went back to the kitchen….
After the incidence with Belle and the Music box no one except Nadir questioned her about it. She honestly told him that she didn't know why she felt connected to it. Nadir believed her. She never lied before about anything. He saw it in her eyes, knew she was telling the truth….
But still how would she know about it? Could it be from her past? How? he thought..
Somehow he was going to find out………
Belle was alone in the stables; thinking. She had so much on her mind and so many questions….
That dream she had a day ago still played in her head. Was it a dream? or part of something else? she questioned silently. She was so deep in thought she didn't realize that she walked all the way to the back of the stables she rarely went back there. She was jumped when she heard movement from the last stall in the stable.
She glanced to the noise to see this magnificent black horse appear. It was a stallion.
She remembered the first time she saw the horse; it was when Nadir had returned from Paris. He never really stated why he went there to begin with. When he did return he had recovered some possessions from where he was, also bring back that beautiful animal.
People were very frightened to go near the animal. The horse seemed to have a very bad temper. She remembered the comment Andrew had made when they were trying to get it in the stall for the first time; something about having a temper just like its Master! He and Nadir had muttered other things as well but she couldn't hear them. She was still confined to a wheelchair at that time, and they were deep inside the stables, but she remembered the event anyhow.
Over the first year she came to live there Nadir had gotten another black stallion, a female in hopes to calm the beast.
The plan half succeeded. The beast welcomed the female and even mated with her! In time the pair brought a new edition to the stables. But with people on the other hand, the male stallion still acted aggressive. Nobody except for Nadir, and the supposed original owner of the horse, could go near him.
Belle remembered one time when she had asked Nadir who that horse belonged to?
"A very old friend" was Nadir’s response before walking away.
She just stood there looking at the beast. He too stared back but to her surprise the horse didn't try to scare her away like he usually did with the others. She had never gone to see the horse before…. She always kept to the others horses that were separated from him.
The horse stood calm before her. Belle thought this was a good sign. She took a deep breath and slowly reached out her hand to gently touch its nose. It suddenly backed away but still did not cause a fuss. She never moved her hand back she just kept it there. She didn't know why, but she somehow felt that the horse trusted her. She didn't know why. It was just a feeling she had.
She kept her hand out for about another minute. She was just about to give up and pull back when she noticed it starting to near her. Very slowly it came closer and brushed her hand. Belle smiled. She found herself stoking its nose and then mane afterward.
‘My God!’... Andrew thought from the sight before him. He had come looking for Belle when he discovered that she was in the stables. He couldn't believe what he was seeing. Belle was standing there stoking that beast; Erik's horse! That horse didn't like many people, but somehow it liked her!
"You're a nice horse aren't you?" Belle said playfully. "Why are you so mean to the others? and what is your name?" she questioned.
"His name is Caesar" Andrew replied cutting in.
Belle jumped at the voice. The horse on the other hand knew who it was and started to kick around the stall causing a fuss.
"Stop your fussing! You sound just like my brother!" Andrew said growing annoyed with the horse.
"Your brother?" she questioned, looking shocked
Confusion crossed his face before he realized what he had just said out loud.
"Yes I have an older brother" He replied; frowning.
Belle couldn't believe it. She knew Andrew for about two years now and not once did he ever mention of having a brother! Did Nadir and Rebecca know this? They must know they treat Andrew like a son. If they did know why did they never talk about him? she questioned herself.
As if reading her face and thoughts perfectly Andrew sighed once more before touching her arm to gain her full attention.
"I am sorry I never told you about him. Yes the others know of him" He started.
"His name is Erik Destler. He is three years older than I. He's a hard person to get along with. We were never really close, and still aren't. I have tried in the past to reach him. But because of my family’s history and the cruelties the world has shown him, it’s very hard for him to trust people. After awhile I gave up trying. This is why you have never heard of him. It wasn't because I don't care. It’s because of the ways things are." He finished with such sorrow in his voice.
"What possible cruelties has he endured to shut people out like this; especially his family? It’s horrible! he must feel so alone!". Belle replied feeling such sadness.
"No one ever helped him?" she questioned.
"Well to make a long story short I never saw much of him. I remember being very young, about four years old when my parents had sent him away. They had told me that it was for the best that he was the son of the devil. But I never believed them. I remember asking why? All they told me was that the devil had claimed him and left its mark on him. They told me that his deformity on one side of his face was because; he must have sinned in another life. They said this was his punishment for his sins!" Andrew finished as tears welled up in his eyes.
Belle was crying now from hearing all this. Somehow she felt she already knew this person and his pain. She couldn't explain it. She listened as Andrew continued.
"I tried to find him when I was a little older. I found out later that he was sold to a circus; to Gypsies. They treated him like a monster; beating him! I knew he wasn't a monster! Who could be a monster when I remember being so young how he stood by me when I was frightened by the dark. He would stay with me until I was calm or asleep he never left my side! No! He was no Monster and if he was much later; he world made him that way! I hated my parents for this! I wanted nothing to do with them when I found out. But I had to stay. I had nowhere else to go.”
He was crying like a child now. Belle pulled him into a hug.
"I am sorry for this for your brother’s pain. It must have been difficult. Did he ever escape the gypsies? Did anyone try to help him? I know you would have if you could." She said reassuring him..
He pulled himself together after the embrace…
"Thank you Belle. I wish my brother had met you in the past. You show so much compassion for someone you don't' know. He would have liked you I know it." He said at last bring tears to her eyes once more.
He was about to say more when they both heard footsteps. They both quickly wiped their wet faces.
Sarah had come in the stables looking for Andrew. She saw them there and had asked if things were alright when she saw their faces. When they both indicated that they were fine. Sarah didn't question. She knew sometimes from experience to leave well enough alone.
Sarah had wanted Andrew to come with her into town to meet some friends of hers. She wanted him to get out more often and socialize.
Andrew didn't protest he knew she was excited. Her good friend Danielle was home for a couple of months now, from Sweden. She was a dancer there in an Opera house. It was vacation time. Sarah wanted Andrew to go because Danielle had brought some of her friends down with her from the Opera house.
Sarah even invited Belle to come along but Belle gently declined. She had promised to help Rebecca later with some baking.
Belle thought a little horseback riding would be great to clear her head after all the emotions from earlier that day. She would be back in plenty of time to help Rebecca with the baking.
Rebecca even told her to go have a little fun.
Belle loved to ride…. When Nadir had first taught her how to ride she picked it up easily. She even helped take care of all the horses except for Caesar! Nadir took care of him. But maybe now that horse would trust her.
After helping Nadir with the horses in time he gave the female Black Stallion to her. Belle named her Grace.
Before leaving with Grace that afternoon Belle had told Nadir about getting close with Caesar. At first he thought she was joking until she went up to the horse and stroked his mane.
Nadir was shocked. Each day Nadir was learning something new about her. He stood there shaking his head dumbfounded as Belle left the stables with Grace. He looked back at Caesar with a confused look.
"Who was this girl?"
As she rode in the woods near the orphanage she heard the laughter of children nearby.
She followed their voices until it brought her to a fast flowing river. She spotted Serena, and little Nora. They were both playing on a rocky edge along the river. Belle neared them with her horse. She had to get them away from there before something bad happened.
The two girls saw her approach and both froze. They knew they were not allowed to play there.
"Serena!…..Nora!…. You guys know you are not suppose to be here!" Belle warned them both.
"Sorry Belle we just got bored at the house and"…Nora started
"And what would have happened if one of you accidentally fell in?" Belle replied firmly but calmly, after cutting in.
"Come you two…. if you come now I will not say a word of this…but if I ever catch you both hear again….I won't put up with this!" she warned.
They both nodded and started to come to her. Belle's heart stopped as she heard Nora yell as she slipped from the rocks plunging into the River.
"NORA!" Belle screamed after her.
"Serena! Listen to me! Run home and get Nadir!" she ordered.
Belle rode her horse as fast as she could to follow the river. She kept looking for Nora. She saw her head bobbing up and down from the current. Belle noticed ahead a huge fallen tree that was over the river. She made the Grace go faster to beat Nora to the tree.
Once there she jumped Grace and ran to the tree. As she climbed on top she saw Nora coming closer. Belle went on the smaller limbs of the tree to brace herself to catch her.
In town Andrew, liked socializing. He saw Danielle and the others girls. But there was one girl that caught his attention the most. He only saw the back of her head. He knew he saw her before, but he couldn't fully recognize her. She had bright blonde hair that went to her waist. It was also tied back by a ribbon. When she turned to face him he gasped. He did know her and she recognized him as well!
"Meg!" he said beating her to it. She stood there with her mouth open.
"Oh my god Andrew?" she replied just as shocked..
"Andrew you know her?" Sarah asked confused.
"Yes!" he replied; still looked at Meg.
"This is Meg Giry I met her and her mother years back, when I went to Paris with Nadir to visit a friend of mine!"
he replied back, with a hint of sarcasm.
‘Meg is here!’ Andrew thought. Nadir wondered for two years where the Giry's had gone and now he knew the answer! They were living in Sweden all this time. Now she was here for a visit with her friend Danielle. "Small world" he chuckled…..
After talking for a while, Andrew suggested to go back to the orphanage to see the others. Meg agreed instantly. She wanted to see them as well it had been to long since she saw them, and she knew they would have questions on why they left Paris. Andrew knew Nadir and Rebecca would be happy to see Meg again and finally get some answers.
On the road to the Orphanage, Andrew noticed a rider coming fast towards them…..
Serena, reached the house screaming for Nadir. Once she found him. He took off on a horse to where Belle and Nora would be. He knew the river well, and knew the trail.
On the way he noticed a buggy. He made his way faster toward it knowing it was Andrew and Sarah and their friends. He saw Andrew's confused face as he approached them.
"Andrew! We have to find Belle and Nora. Nora fell in the river and Belle is trying save her!" Nadir yelled.
As soon as Andrew heard the news, he told the ladies to hold on.
He drove the buggy as fast as he could!
Belle saw Nora coming closer and closer. She reached down and managed to catch her hand.
"Hold on!" she told her. Nora was cold and frightened but she listened.
With all of her strength Belle pulled her up on the tree with her. Belle sighed with relief thanking god she was alright.
Belle soon heard voices and saw a group of people from afar. She recognized Nadir and Andrew and Sarah but the others two she wasn't sure who they were.
Tired, from pulling Nora out of the cold water she told her to go and climb up the rest of the tree. She watched her go until she was safely on land.
Belle knew it was her turn and started to climb up.
She didn't make it very far.
She heard a snap then felt herself drop.
As she dropped she hit her head on part of the tree before plunging in the water.
"BELLE!" Nadir yelled watching her fall.
Andrew brought a rope he had in the buggy, he ran and helped tie it around Nadir’s waist.
Nadir dove in the river after Belle.
Belle was unconscious for the first few seconds but the cold water woke her. She could feel the blood from her forehead. She tried to keep her head out of the water. She was so tired. The current was so strong.
Suddenly she felt her foot get caught bringing her back under water. Her foot was caught in a log, which was pinned by large rocks. She struggled; trying to free herself but she was starting to lose air.
She felt so helpless she hated that feeling. She didn't know how long she was under water.
‘I'm going to die!’ She thought
Her lungs ached and longed for air. She slowly felt herself blacking out of consciousness.
Somehow Nadir managed to get her out of the water but she wasn't breathing. He remembered something that was taught to him long ago. He opened her mouth and breathed air inside filling her lungs with air.
After a couple tries she started to cough up water; turning her on her side.
"Is she going to be alright?" Andrew asked.
"I think so…" he replied.
Andrew was there with Nadir and Belle….
The rest of the woman were making their way to them.
Nadir looked up to them. He recognized one of the girls instantly. He hadn't paid attention to them before with all the commotion.
"Is that Meg?" Nadir questioned Andrew in surprise.
Before Andrew could answer.
Meg ran up to them to ask it they were all alright when she stopped dead in her track from the sight of Belle.
"Oh my GOD!" She gasped again with her hand at her mouth.
Everyone looked confused especially Andrew and Nadir.
Meg dropped to her knees in front of Belle. Her hands were still in front of her mouth. She started to cry her whole body shook. She just starred at Belle afraid that she would disappear at any moment.
"I..I can't believe it…oh my god! …….I can't believe it……." Meg cried over and over again.
"Meg! What’s wrong?" Andrew started to say.
Meg threw herself on Belle and hugging her.
Belle felt somewhat warm by the embrace. She opened her eyes and saw this face. The face was smiling and crying; looking somewhat familiar.
"Oh Christine your alive! I can't believe you’re alive!" Meg cried out even louder than before.
Belle didn't know what this girl was saying. She felt so weak she then passed out.
Meg panicked….. "CHRISTINE! No! Please WAKE UP!"…. She yelled…
At first Andrew stood confused looking to Nadir for answers who in return looked shocked!
"Meg! What are you talking about? Her name is Belle!" Andrew said while grabbing her arm to get her attention.
“No it’s not! ... Her name is Christine Daae!” She replied back.
Andrew stood frozen; it finally hit him when hearing her full name. He couldn't believe it. He just stared at her unconscious form!
Nadir's shocked expression had not changed. He just starred at Belle, or Christine rather.
Everything that he was trying to figure out about this girl for so long had finally made sense!
It was Christine Daae; Erik's Christine from the Opera House in Paris.
He knew of her but had never seen her.
That's why she recognized the music box. That's why Erik's horse liked her. She was his pupil; His love.
"Oh….My ….God!" was all he said.
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