By now most of you know that Sacrifice is a 23,000 word prequel to Fall For Me. It tells the story of Grace and Seth, and what happened while they were in that castle. It is written in two parts: the first from Seth's POV, and the second from Grace's POV. It is meant to be read after Fall For Me, although it can be read first.
The piece below is the quote from the beginning of the book, along with the first chapter from Seth's part. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Being purg’d, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vex’d, a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears;
What is it else? a madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
William Shakespeare – Romeo & Juliet, Act I, Scene I
PART ONE – SETH
Michael and I had been fighting for almost an hour. Cloud dust plumed into the air as my feet struck the floor. My patience with him was growing thin. He couldn’t say anything that would change my mind. As far as I was concerned he was wasting his time.
“You can’t do it,” Michael said. “You don’t know what you’re giving up.”
“I know perfectly well what I’m giving up,” I said through clenched teeth.
“But why, Seth? Why leave when you can be with her every day?”
“Because I can’t be with her, can I? It’s against the rules.”
“It has to be better than what you’re planning. Imagine if she knew.”
“She won’t find out until I’m gone,” I shouted. “No one will find out. And if you tell anyone I’ll—”
“What?” Michael folded his arms over his chest. “Kill me? Hit me? What, Seth? What could you possibly do to me? I’m an archangel. I’m your superior, and as your superior, I’m telling you not to do this. Actually, I’m ordering you not to do this. Don’t think you can get anything past the Council.”
Michael stared at me with heavenly wrath in his eyes. My shoulders heaved as I tried—unsuccessfully—to contain my anger. I lunged at Michael and hit him in the chest. He stumbled backwards then righted himself and unfurled his pearl-white wings to their full span. He came at me with a force ten times stronger than my own, and I landed heavily on my back in the cloud dust.
“Grow up. Stop thinking about yourself for once; think about what this will do to her. It will crush her.”
Michael pinned me to the floor. I struggled beneath him, but he held me firmly in place.
“Get. Off. Me,” I said.
Finally, he did as I’d asked. I sat up, ran a hand through my hair, and watched Michael walk away. He kicked at the cloud dust as he went. The mist floated before settling back into place.
“You don’t understand,” I said. “I have thought about this. I’ve thought about it until my head feels like it’s going to split open. I love her.”
Michael turned to face me. “Then why is being beside her not enough?”
“There’s no room up here for her and my heart. Because when I’m with her, I want to break every vow I’ve ever made. And I can’t ask her to do the same.”
“Then I guess we’ve got a problem.”
I got to my feet and squared my shoulders. “Yes, I guess we do.”
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