In 2012 I published a novella, Angels and Gargoyles and offered it for free. Since then it has been downloaded 1675 times. I thought I would post it on my blog a little at a time for your enjoyment. I’ll post it once or twice a week. If you would like a free copy, go to http:/smashwords.com/b/149430. Here is Part 6. Enjoy.
A few days later Garth sent a message to Three asking her to meet him at a children’s hospital in New York City around sunset. Garth had arrived earlier with a few friends to protect a crack baby.
The baby was in an isolation room to shield it against infection. A heart monitor, oxygen tube, and IV tube ran through openings in the plastic cover of the small incubator. Evil demons would try to steal the baby’s soul this night and the gargoyles intended to stop them.
Garth wore a helmet and breast plate. Around his waist was strapped a short sword. The defenders included four silver eagles from the Chrysler Building, a griffin, and a wyvern. Only Garth carried a weapon. The other would use their claws and beaks to fight. They did not have long to wait.
“Smell that? Sulfur! They are coming!” said Garth.
“They are early tonight,” said one of the eagles.
A red circle formed on one wall. The center of the circle began to glow white hot, and then burst into flames.
Garth drew his sword as the gargoyles gathered around the incubator. Using the tip of his sword Garth quickly drew a circle big enough to encircle them and the incubator. Within seconds the gate to hell opened, and a collection of demons stepped through proceeded by a yellow cloud of sulfur. The first through was a centaur followed by a collection of harpies, imps, goblins and gnomes. Each was armed with an assortment of weapons. Once the demon horde gathered in the room, the gate to hell closed.
“Oh great!” said Willie. “These demons are from the legions of heliophobic demons. It is going to be a long night.”
The scarlet-hued demons began to move counter-clockwise around the Circle of Protection drawn by Garth. The gargoyles circled clockwise around the incubator. As long as they stayed within the circle they would be safe. The fiendish demons would attempt to force them out of the circle and then mercilessly attack them.
The centaur suddenly stopped circling and rush directly at one of the eagles. The eagle jerked backwards striking the incubator which in turn struck the wyvern on the opposite side, knocking him off balance. To keep from falling, the wyvern stepped outside of the Circle of Protection with one foot. Immediately, three imps grabbed the proffered limb, and dragged the poor wyvern out of the circle. Several gnomes jumped on the wyvern, and maliciously began to tear his wings.
Garth reminded everyone to stay within the circle, but watching the demons trying to pull the wyvern’s wings off was too much. All four eagles stepped out of the Circle of Protection to rescue their friend. More demons jumped into the fight, so the Griffin also left the circle to help, leaving Garth alone to stand guard over the baby.
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