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THE SECOND SIGHT EPISODE 60
LEGION NO MORE
They were all bunched together, thousands of semi-transparent bas***ds.
Different shapes, different sizes.
Physically they were as indescribably frightening as they were repulsive. These were not in the class of the minis like Hideous had been.
These were the real deal; hairy, freak-faced motherf**kers that struck terror right into the heart.
I looked down at them.
In all their glory, although they were really frightening, they looked absolutely pathetic devoid of a host. Their stench was unbearable, and they kept on making a mumbling kind of sound, and it took me a while to realise that they were indeed speaking different ancient languages.
Here they were, all of them, hundreds and hundreds of demons!
Hordes of them, wicked and savage!
These were the motherf**kers who had smashed my Dad’s head against a concrete roof and killed him. These the damn freaks who had killed my mother and my grandfather!
Finally, we were here!
I saw that bunched together they had formed the figure of the great three-legged, three-fingered horned beast that my father manifested into, the same savage beast that had formed the Shadow-Thing that had terrorized and beaten the hell out of me some months back.
I’m gonna destroy y’all!
A few of them chuckled.
I looked for the one with the flaming eyes, and wasn’t surprised to see that it had floated to the fore. It looked like a giant spider. It was many-limbed, hairy and horned.
Its eyes flamed at me.
WHO THINKETH THOU ART? THE SON OF GOD? YE HATH ALREADY DONE THAT WHICH YE ARE EMPOWERED TO DO! YE CAN BANISH, BUT YE CANST DESTROY US!
It smirked with contempt, and I heard the little babbling coming from them.
They were chuckling. I even heard a few blasting sounds, and for a moment I almost laughed as I realised they were farting at me, scoffing me.
But I knew them now.
I knew how good liars they were and how they could twist the truth.
What they didn’t know was that I had matured in the game, and had picked up a few tricks on the way.
That froze them.
Suddenly I saw their shifting glances, and realised just how nervous they were.
SAYS THY CREATOR! THERE ART TIMES APPOINTED FOR JUDGEMENT. GO BACK TO THE GOOD BOOKS AND ACQUINT THYSELF WITH THE TRUTH. THY MASTER CASTETH US INTO SWINE. WE ASKETH IF HE COMETH TO TORMENT US BEFORE THE TIME APPOINTETH! THOU CANST TORMENT US BEFORE THE TIME SO APPOINTETH BY THY CREATOR!
I don’t know sh*t! I don’t know anything in the Bible. I just know that I want to destroy the lot of you. I wanna f**k you up big time, I swear!
THOU HATH NO POWER OVER US! ONLY THY MASTER CANST DESTROY US, AND EVEN THAT WILL BE ON THE GREAT DAY OF JUDGEMENT. YE SHOULD KNOW THAT! IT IS SO WRITTEN IN THE HOLY BOOK. IT IS SO APPOINTETH BY THY MASTER, AND NO MORTAL CANST CHANGETH THAT HOUR!!
Bullsh*t! I don’t know anything about that stuff. All I know is that I have this great faith, and the Bible says with faith I can do anything, baby, ANYTHING! And anything is anything! Like I can just go ahead and f**k you up with faith!
They were not mumbling and farting now.
I could see by the way they huddled close together and their alarmed glances that they were damned scared. Yes, they had a right to be.
The game was all about confusing your opponent’s mind. They had done that from old, quoting their way through the bibles until the Unblinds were reduced to pulp.
Not so me.
My greatest weapon lay in the fact that I knew next to nothing about the stuff in the Bible. All I had now was my faith in the supreme power I had been endowed with, and a true belief in the course my life had taken.
I was like a child revelling in his toy, daydreaming about the great feats I could achieve. I was a novice, and that made me a powerful professional.
You won, f**kface! You defeated us! You should banish us into the fishes in the sea, the birds in the sky, anywhere – but you cannot destroy us.
I giggled then. I giggled silly and shook my head at the bunch of stinking demons.
You’re scared, aren’t you? So scared that you’ve stopped that ye and thou and canst bullsh*t! So you can speak modern English, you blasted pieces of evil dung! But I didn’t win sh*t. Man, do you know how bad I’ll feel if after all that you’ve done I let you guys go scot-bloody-free into some damn fishes or birds?
(screeching, strident, terrified)
Listen to us,, goat! You do not have the power to destroy us! Let us be!
It was evident that they were all now absolutely terrified, and now they chattered with terror and panic reflected on their ugly faces.
I let it go on, revelling in the fact that for once they were spooked.
Leave us alone! We shall leave this earth alone, and not worry another human. We shall not persecute any of you anymore!
I was silent.
They noticed it and thought I was confused.
They began their babbling again.
What they didn’t know was that I was thinking about the most painful slow destruction that I could put on them.
Look, there are a lot of fishes beyond. Just command and we shall enter them, never to come to your world again!
I looked at them, and I was sure they saw the wrath on my face because they fell suddenly silent, and they began to whimper.
Who do you think I am – Jesus Christ?
You are taking things into your own hands! There are punishments attached to that! You cannot act like God and take His powers! You want to go beyond your powers! Surely, you wish to please your Creator? I don’t think you want to incur the displeasure of your master by doing what only He has the power to do!
Belt it, demon, that cheap shot is wasted on me. I remember in Sunday School teacher saying we should ask for anything we want from the Lord in the name of Jesus, and it shall be granted. f**k, I’m gonna ask the Lord for your destruction.
That was when they began to shriek with terrible fear, which was cut short abruptly when their leader spoke.
You stupid, foolish moron! You are misrepresenting the scriptures! That quotation mean food, clothe and shelter. Maybe healing and others! It did not mean if you want the sky to fall down, and ask it in the name of the Lord then the sky will fall down!
And why bloody not?
I said it fiercely, enjoying the game to its maximum.
They saw the futility of their ways in my face, and they heard it in my voice. When I raised my hand they began to screech and struggle.
Their fear made them stink, and at that moment I found nothing more pleasurable than to witness their terror. When I approached them they cringed from me, and their babbling of fear rose to a crescendo.
I raised my hand.
This is for my parents, demons. Burn, demons! In the name of Jesus just f****ng burn!
They tried to flee then.
Desperately they rose en masse, struggling with such ferocity that the ground shook and a mini-storm was whipped up.
And then they crashed back down, and the rocky surface cracked at the impact, forming a small crater that adequately accommodated them.
The Legion screamed.
It was a sound not fit for human ears. It was a sound of latent agony and terror. A terrible thing to hear, and it effectively cut off any exultation that still remained in my heart.
Their faces were contorted into lines of raw fear. They whimpered and gibbered in their alien language that ended in tortured wails.
Lightning split the sky as if a giant torch had been lit up there, lightning that was webbed, spread across the sky like a terrible mat, and then a flash of silver came down and hit the demons!
And they burned.
It was not amber flames, nor blue flame, nor red flame.
This was a black light, a harsh energy that cut and exterminated. It was so terrible to see their great agony, and I stepped back slowly from the crater, wishing I could block my ears.
In fulfilling what I wanted so badly, a part of me was gone, and I knew it would take a lot to bring it back.
The Legion continued to scream and screech for a long time in their agony, because there were thousands of them!
Finally silence reigned.
I walked slowly toward the crater. They were all gone, and inside there it continued to shine pure silver.
They were gone.
I walked slowly past the crater and stopped at the edge of Devil’s Drop.
I gazed into the boisterous roiling sea far below, and saw how it crashed violently against the rocks.
I understood why Frost had been sure that such a place wasn’t created by God.
I stared for a long time.
It was beautiful.
But my soul was laden with a sadness I could not push away.
The voice of Jack Frost suddenly cut into my numbed thoughts, and I turned slowly.
CHIEF INSPECTOR FROST
Hey, what happened here?
He was standing over the body of Jasmine, and his voice was horrified.
He knelt on one knee and took a good look.
CHIEF INSPECTOR FROST
Good Lord, she was shot?
Heard you got a serial killer dubbed the Portville Slasher.
CHIEF INSPECTOR FROST
Yeah, yeah. But what’s that got to do with this?
I nodded toward the body.
Knew her only as Jasmine, but she happens to be your serial killer.
He exhaled sharply, obviously shocked and taken aback.
CHIEF INSPECTOR FROST
Jesus! You don’t say! But what happened here? Who slipped her the bullet?
I nodded at the inert form of Andrew Okai.
He was just beginning to stir, and he was making little frantic sounds deep down in his throat. Somehow he hadn’t been directly responsible for Jasmine’s death, but he was guilty.
He had had the wish.
His crazy urge for power had made him drunk, and at the time the trigger had been pulled he hadn’t been totally submerged by the demons.
He had done it because he had intended all along to make a scapegoat out of one of them. I wish he had died, but that wasn’t so.
I couldn’t kill him in cold blood, no matter how bad he was, and thus I had no compunction in letting him take the full responsibility for the woman’s death.
He was an heir to his father’s riches, and could probably afford heavy representation in court and probably get minimal sentence once it was established that the victim had been a prolific serial killer, but I hoped he wouldn’t ride free.
If he did get away I would get him. He had sold his soul, and he was susceptible to further attacks from any passing senior-ranked demon horde.
Jack Frost’s medical team soon arrived, and they carted the body of Jasmine away. Andrew Okai was hurled none too gently to his feet, and although groggy they slapped cuffs on him, and led him away.
I watched it all with detached interest.
I was aware of the odd looks they gave me from time to time. They were all especially interested in that silvery crater, and I heard them discussing it in depth.
I said nothing, and I never meant to say anything. There would be speculations about that crater for a long time, but none of them would ever come even close to the real truth, I knew.
Soon I was alone with Jack Frost.
He came to stand beside me, and we gazed down at the cruel beauty of the Devil’s drop.
CHIEF INSPECTOR FROST
Whatever it was, it is over now, right?
It is over.
He sighed heavily and fingered his stubble.
CHIEF INSPECTOR FROST
Well, I’ll have a peaceful sleep tonight, anyway. I don’t know what happened here, and I know people are going to remember the sight of so many bald and naked pregnant women running down the hill for a long time. You did make a lot of people happy, though, and for that the politicians have asked me to extend a special thanks to you. Let’s save that, though, for another time right?
I nodded again.
Yeah, another time, most definitely.
He hesitated for a moment, looking at me hard.
But you look like sh*t. Come, I’ll give you a ride home.
I smiled sadly at him.
No, you go ahead. Wanna be here awhile.
He was quite for a long time, and then he smiled and saluted.
Without another word he turned and trudged back down the path.
I stared after him for a moment, and then I turned and stared into the heart of the Devil’s Drop.
I was there for a long time, before finally turning away and making the slow downhill walk back to the building.
I went outside and hailed down a taxi.
When I got out of the taxi Nicole came flying out of the house to meet me.
Her momentum almost knocked us over. She smelled like roses, and I held her tight, revelling in the comfort of her arms. I crushed her to my chest, and all the great love I felt for her came pouring out.
I kissed her as if she were the last drop of water in the Kalahari Desert.
Our kiss was fierce and violent, and it was mingled with our tears. Finally she tore herself free long enough to look searchingly into my face.
It is over?
My heart bled for her as I nodded.
It is over. Finally.
She nodded, and a radiant smile crept across her face.
Come inside and rest, my love. You deserve a long rest, and then we’ll talk about marriage, and babies, and the golden life that awaits us.
I smiled sadly at her.
Yes, my love, yes.
Pastor Anderson and his wife met us before we went through the door, and both of them hugged me long and hard. The woman’s face wasn’t looking so old and leathery now.
Her eyes weren’t so sad and terrified.
Sure, a little of the old feelings still lurked in there, but she was okay now. Hope had been born in her, and I knew that in a few weeks, maybe months, she would be alright and would bloom again.
Thank you, my son. Thank you very much!
Charles Bonner was the last.
He was in the living-room when we entered. He stopped in front of me and looked hard at me. His tiny old eyes were unfathomable as he stared me down.
Saw the news on television. They were all free. You saved them. It is done, isn’t it?
It is done, old man. Don’t ask me how, but I want you to know that the Legion perished.
He reached out and put his right hand on my shoulder.
Thanks be to God, son.
His eyes looked troubled as he looked at me, and I couldn’t meet his eyes.
After a moment he turned and quietly left the room.
Nicole took my hand and smiled happily at me, her heart written on her face.
Come with me now, my love. You need to sleep.
Hours later, as I lay drowsily on my bed, she kissed me again and headed for the door.
She stopped at the open door and turned.
She looked so fresh, so shy, so beautiful.
Yes, my Prince?
My throat went dry as a huge lump of pain got lodged there.
I fought for control and forced the tears down.
I love you, Nicole. I’ll always love you. Don’t ever forget that.
Her face opened up in a radiant smile.
It was a look of sheer happiness. She blew me a kiss, went out, and quietly closed the door.
On the stroke of midnight, I stood in the centre of my room.
It was the hardest and most painful moment of my life, and for a few minutes my body shook uncontrollably. I forced down the great pain in my heart and picked up my packed backpack.
I came out of my room and quietly shut the door.
The corridor was dark, and I walked slowly, almost reluctantly, to Nicole’s door.
For one wild moment I was tempted to go in, but I fought it violently. I knew that if I saw her sleeping I would never be able to do what I had to do.
I bent quickly and pushed the thick envelope under the door.
Quietly I slipped out of the house and walked my Chrysler which I had parked a short distance down the driveway. I had tears in my eyes when I tossed my backpack into the backseat and shut it.
I was moving toward the driver’s door when the dark shape materialised out of the shadows.
So, you creep away like a thief! I thought you were made of tougher grit than this, boy.
I gripped the door handle tight as I turned sideways to face him.
It has to be done, old man. You of all people should know that.
He stopped in front of me.
There’re a few lessons you still haven’t learned, son. That woman is a good woman, and she was given to you by God. The life of an Unblind is a harsh one, and you’ll soon realise that the only comfort you can ever get is to have a loving woman by your side. It is the only way you can beat the damn insanity and the constant stress that’ll be tearing you apart. You need her, dammit!
I looked at him, my face tortured, tears trickling down my cheeks.
I just can’t let her live like that! Can’t you understand that? I can’t expose her and our kids to such evil. You people have sentenced me to a cruel life. Can’t you see Nicole deserves better than this? See what being married to an Unblind did to her mother! I can’t do that to Nicole, no, never!
You’re a fool, boy! Can’t you see she loves you? Is it that you don’t care about the fact that you’re going to hurt her badly? That you’re really going to break the heart of that angel?
Enough, old man! Enough!
I opened the car door.
I got in and blindly inserted the key into the ignition.
He reached out and opened the door again because the window was wound up, and his face looked agonised even in the inadequate light.
You can’t run, boy, you can’t. Very soon you’ll come back to her, I know. You’ll soon realise that the life of an Unblind isn’t worth sh*t without the love of a good woman beside him. You’ll come back to us, son. Just don’t make it too late otherwise you’ll come at a time I’ll be with my forefathers.
I turned the key.
The engine kicked and throbbed gently, softly.
The tears now fell down my cheeks unchecked.
I loved her so! All I wanted was to be with her, to love her, and have her love me back.
But how could I sentence her to my life?
These demons were vindictive and terrible.
They never forgave, and they had patience.
I had vanquished the Legion, but there would be more, and I knew they would come after me, and use her or our children as weapons to get to me.
It was not safe for a woman to be by my side.
Especially Nicole, a woman I loved with all my heart.
An angel I would always love till my last breath.
It’s better this way, old man. I have to set her free. Please take care of Nicole, please.
In the dim light I saw the silvery shine on Bonner’s face, and saw that he was crying. I knew instantly that the hardness was a façade; he loved me like a son, just like I loved him like a father.
I’ll miss you, boy. You’ll come back to us once you realise your folly. That I know. That I’ll pry for.
For a moment there was great silence in the darkness. Neither of us trusted our voices anymore.
Slowly I offered him my hand, and he gripped it hard.
God go with you, and may He guide and bring you back to us.
He turned away and slowly melted into the darkness.
I closed the door, and it felt just like turning off my life.
I exhaled painfully, tremulously, and slowly set the car into motion.
Once, when I was well out of the Portville border, I stopped at a little restaurant to have breakfast. I bought a few things and stuffed them into the car. As I was going round to the driver’s seat a dark blue van shot past, going at great speed.
For one horrible moment my heart stopped beating.
There had been a man and a woman in the front seat. Their faces had been turned to me, and for one wild moment I thought I was staring into the frantic face of Elaine.
That aside, I thought I had seen the mark of the beast on the driver’s face, and just before the van zoomed past his eyes had been amber … like flames.
I exhaled slowly.
When I entered my car I saw that my phone was vibrating.
It was Nicole.
I stood staring at it for a long time until it stopped, and then I saw that I had missed twenty-one calls from her.
I saw also that she had sent me countless messages begging me to turn round and come back to her, that she would simply die without me, that she would be able to live without me.
I sat behind the wheel and leaned my head back.
I was weak, and I was vulnerable, and I needed her so.
I was now at the crossroads…
Behind me was love and the chance of a new loving family. Behind me was a woman’s pure love, of a chance of great happiness…and also the chance, even if remote, of having that woman attacked by demons…
Ahead of me was an unknown journey, a bleak future, a loveless existence filled with unknown battles with unknown hordes of demons.
There would be pain, there would be loneliness, there would be regrets and there would be more pain…
Where should I go?
As my tears fell I slowly switched off the phone, pushed it into the side of my backpack and with a broken heart I continued my journey…toward an uncertain bleak future!
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