#12 – What Do You Expect From Me? I’m Only Demonic.

Oct. 31st

11:00 PM


‘You have no right!’ I screamed. ‘Jackie! This is my body, not yours!’

I don’t think I’d ever been this hysterical in my life.

“Shut up, Eve, shut up shut up shut up! I need to save my family. I can’t focus if you keep screeching in my ear.”

‘You are so dead once I kick you out of here.’

Jackie was currently walking down the street, hidden by the shadows. She had managed to sneak out of the mansion with the help of Matt. He was supposed to meet up with us later. Apparently, Jackie didn’t care to tell him I was talking to her in my head.

“You don’t need to worry about that. I’ll probably be grounded until the end of time. Or dead.”

It took a while, but I could finally see through my own eyes. I still couldn’t take back control over my limbs, but at least I could blink when I wanted to. It gave me little joy to know that I was re-linked with sight. Slowly, my limbs had to start working with me again.

Right?

‘Why did you have to possess me? You couldn’t have just asked me to do something?’

“No. It doesn’t work like that. The demons are…they’re planning something.”

‘Yeah, the raising of the Devil. Right? I overheard your parents talking about it at the huge Council meeting where you got grounded then.’

“It’s not just that.” My head shook back and forth. It was unnerving hearing my voice talking…to me. “The demons will instantly know that I’m a demon hunter if I went in my body. A soul possessing someone else’s body can be mistaken as a demon. It will be hard for them to tell. However, tonight, when all demons are let loose to wreck havoc before the arrival of the Devil, I can blend in. What’s one more demon out of millions?”

‘Just tell me what your plan is, or the second I’m regaining power over my body, I’m kicking you out so fast you won’t be tell what hit you.’

“Tsk, tsk. Threats? Eve, that’s not like you.”

‘Not parent me.’

There was silence as Jackie hopped over a locked gate. I wasn’t surprised that we had arrived in a cemetery. The sounds of crows cawing in the trees sent shivers up my spine. Just the idea of crows made the place five times more creepy. Somehow.

“We’re going to raise the Devil before they can, so we can destroy him.”

‘What?!’ My mind froze as we neared the tomb.

“And I’m going to need all the soul’s I can get to help me do just that.”

#11 – Double Duty Time

Oct. 31st

9:00 PM


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.

Wait.

What?

“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.”

Matt sighed.

“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.”

#10 – Try Not To Die This Halloween. Please.

Oct. 31st

5:00 AM


Halloween.

The most dangerous night of the year.

Also the day that the demon hunters go bananas.

Apparently, the barrier between the demon world and human world is weaker on All Hallow’s Eve. A big surprise given how Halloween is all about happiness and ponies with rainbows.

But honestly, based on all the lore and horror movies I’ve seen, I’m not that surprised. It’s kind of scary how unsurprised I am. Besides the whole being possessed to kill some demon hunter slayer person that was trying to kill me and shot my roommate.

Yeah.

Besides that.

“You’re grounded.”

(Yeah, Jackie didn’t turn into a zombie, sorry!)

“I refuse that! I didn’t do anything!”

“You ran away from home, rented an apartment, got a human roommate, and nearly killed said human roommate. Tell me, where the ‘I didn’t do anything‘ comes into play, because I am dying to know.”

I guess Jackie didn’t have a good response to that. I wouldn’t either. Honestly, I’d just be super happy to be grounded and not have to go out to face the scary monsters. I might not be surprised they were real, but that in no way meant I was ready to die by the hand of one. AND LET’S BE REAL, with absolutely no training, there was no way I could kill anything before it killed me.

Maybe an ant.

I could probably take on a kid. If this was some weird Hunger Games crap.

But a demon toddler?

“That’s not fair.”

“Jackie, I am your mother. Fair is not in my vocabulary.”

I had to give it to the woman. She was as terrifying as Satan himself. Maybe it was the double edged swords at her back and the spiked helmet and chain mail. If Jackie’s Mom ever went head to head with the Ultimate Demon Bad Boy, I wouldn’t be surprised if she kicked his sorry spiky little red ass.

“I deserve to be out there tonight, more than anyone. I’ve been following them for more than a month! I know where their hideouts are and I could even get an in if I need to! I’m willing to die to get what we need and you’re not even listening to -”

Enough!” Jackie’s Mom snapped, jolting to her feet. I swear ice froze over the tall windows in the conference room. She slammed her fist down onto the wood of the table and it splintered. “You already died once. I don’t think you are taking that seriously enough. You violated the sacred laws that have been set. Tonight, you will not leave this house. You will help us as much as you can here with the injured.” She turned to the rest of the room, eyes filled with cold fire as she sucked in a breath of air and raised her fist. “Tonight! WE FIGHT!”

Shouts rang out throughout the room and there were cheers as the rest of the hunters slammed to their feet, chairs toppling over as they bellowed out their approval.

Matt grabbed my arm and pulled me away to keep me from being trampled.

“They’re acting like this is a war,” I murmured. “How often do they gather like this?”

Matt looked on at the group of hunters with a calmness I couldn’t understand. “Tonight’s special. There’s only one like this every one hundred years.”

“Whoa,” I breathed out. My eyes found Jackie easily. She was the only one still sitting at the table. Her eyes remained on the table before her. She liked slightly dazed. “Jackie must be devastated.”

Matt didn’t say anything.

Eve, Jackie’s voice snapped around in my head and I grimaced.

“What!” I yelped. Matt’s hand tightened around my arm. He didn’t take his eyes from Jackie’s still form. His arm was tense and he looked about ready to pounce.

Jackie. It’s Jackie. I looked back at her. You need to help me. I can’t let them go into this alone.

Her eyes were closed so tight I could almost see the crinkle lines from where I stood at the other end of the room.

What? I repeated.

I’m sorry.

And yet another moment in time where I was met with darkness.

I don’t recall blacking out this much before when I didn’t have a roommate. 

#8 – RIP Jackie Augustus

Oct. 29th –

“You should’ve seen her face when I shot her! Best kill ever, by far.”

It took me a while, but eventually my mind caught up.

Well, not really.

It was currently five in the morning. I had no idea what was going on. All I managed to figure out was that the voice in the living room was what woke me up. It felt like I had just fallen asleep a few moments ago and already, my life was being turned upside down.

“She never saw it coming! See? The Augustus line isn’t anything to be scared of.”

Definitely doesn’t sound like Jackie.

“Yeah, she was unarmed. I don’t know why she’s hiding out in this dump when her parents are filthy rich.”

What?

Apparently, at five in the morning, my mind and body don’t match up because I felt my legs propel me out of bed and towards the door while my mind was still screaming WHAT WHAT WHAT?

I don’t freak out often. So when I do, you sure as hell know it’s for a good reason.

My reason was because as I was slowly sneaking into the hallway, a pain struck the back of my head and all went blurry.

At first I thought I had been smacked upside the head with a bulldozer. That was until I realized the voice was still going on about how great it was and how so-and-so was going to be next.

Eve, where are you? 

My feet stopped.

That was new.

Eve?! Where did you go? 

Who the hell is this?! 

The hell is your roommate, dumbass. Get up. 

What? My brow furrowed as I clutched my head.

Jackie? 

What! I told you to get up! You can’t just lay there! 

Where are you? 

Oh for crying out loud – I’m dead. Alright? Didn’t you hear the stupid slayer? He shot me. 

He shot you.

He shot me and now if you don’t hurry up, he’ll shoot you too. 

Why? I didn’t do anything! 

You heard him. You’re a threat now. And you’re roommates with an Augustus. That’s already a death wish in my world. 

You never said that when you applied! 

You didn’t ask. 

Yeah! I didn’t think I needed to ask if you or your family was caught up in some sort of mafia, illegal…gang, murderer…activity! 

A pause before there was a crash in the kitchen and lots of swearing.

The voice yelled into the phone, “Send for bloody backup. She’s not alone.” Silence before: “WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE AUNT’S STILL OUT THERE? I THOUGHT YOU CAUGHT HER, YOU IMBECILE!”

Eve?

What.

Now you know.