The real question is am I going to survive the night?
I am awake but I can’t see.
I can hear and I can feel myself moving. More like I can feel the air whipping through my hair and the cuts and bruises on my skin as I power through demons, cutting them down. Chopping of their rotting heads, their empty souls shrieking as they take to the air.
“Jackie, you can’t put Eve in danger like this!”
I winced. The voice was right by my ear. A little less noise, yeah?
“Well good thing you’re here to protect her, hm?” The voice muttered. That sounded kind of like Jackie. But her voice was weird. It wasn’t as high pitched as it usually was. Did she have a cough?
How long was I out this time?
“I’m here to make sure you don’t do anything stupid.” There was a pause where I was sure they were glaring daggers at each other. “And possessing Eve is very unwise. If this is just out of spite towards your mother then, I suggest you leave Eve out of your family drama.”
“She’s already a part of it, Matt. She was as part of it even before I became her roommate so don’t go throw that crap in my face saying it’s my fault.”
“It’s not.” Man, Jackie’s voice was loud. Louder than what I usually remember. She continued, “You knew her in middle school, right? Then high school? What really happened to her parents? When did they die? Why did you get moved to her hometown, Matt?”
More strained silence.
“This is bigger than any of us.”
“Then you don’t have to be involved!”
“Then who is? My parents?” Her voice lowered. “The demons are planning something that even they don’t know.”
“And, what? You know?” Matt snapped. Wow, I had never heard him ‘snap’ before. Matt didn’t get pissy. I did, sure, but Matt didn’t.
I cleared my throat and everything went silent again. ‘What’s going on?’
No one said anything. My voice didn’t make nearly as much sound as Jackie’s had.
‘Hello?’ I shouted.
“We’ve wasted enough time. Are you with me or not? Either way, I’m doing this. If I’m going to close that portal, I’m going to have to think like a demon.”
Matt sucked in a breath. “Don’t.”
“Which therefore means,” Jackie continued, “I have to be one.”