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, 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.
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.