After someone inside the club announced the arrival of the high priest, everything was silent and then everyone at the table got up and went into the club.
"Come on my beautiful lady" Tyller stood up and then took Annie's hand
Annie: But Elai and I haven't split the winnings yet.
I took the opportunity to get a brass knuckle, cigarettes and a lighter that were on the table
Elai: You can go Annie
Annie: Let's go Carmen
Tyller: I apologize but I think Carmen couldn't come with us
Annie: Why not?
Tyller: I don't think it would be a good idea to let the spotlight under our high priest be directed at your beast
Annie: She's not a beast! She is a lady!
Elai: Don't worry Annie, I'm staying out here with Carmen
Elai: After all, there is someone who is dying to spend a few moments alone with you
Annie made a face of complete disgust as I smiled and then she and Tyller walked into the club
Tyller behaved like a fanatic but I knew that as long as he was on Annie's side no one would come near her.
I looked at the streets and they were completely empty, only me and Carmen were there, so I took the opportunity and sat in a chair, put my feet on the table and lit a cigarette and put my backpack on the table.
Elai: Aah... This cigarette is a good one
Carmen however was trying to snoop around the inside through an opening in the door
Elai: It's no use Carmen, they won't let you in
Carmen: *Grows of concern*
Elai: Oh it looks like I'm starting to understand you
Elai: I know that guy is an asshole but his devotion to Annie will keep her safe
Elai: Come here, it would be troublesome if someone saw you and started screaming
Carmen then looks at me and the door a few times and then joins the table
Elai: Come to think of it, you two haven't split up all day, right?
Elai: I would ask you how you met but I wouldn't understand
Carmen: *I grunted in agreement*
Carmen then starts sniffing my cigarette curiously
Elai: Hmm? What was it ?
Elai: Do you want a cigarette?
Carmen then shakes her head in a positive sign.
Elai: Do you know how to smoke? Can you smoke?
Elai: How old are you?
Carmen then grunted as if answering my questions but as expected I didn't understand much
Elai: Ok ok I'll let you get one if Annie fights with me it's your fault
I lit a cigarette for Carmen and then I put it in her mouth
Elai: Okay, now you pull the smoke into your lungs like this
I pulled some cigarette smoke to show her how it was done
Elai: And then you release it slowly to enjoy
Elai: Did you understand?
Carmen seemed to have understood my instructions, so she inhaled the cigarette at an absurd speed until there was a small butt.
I got scared at the speed she had pulled and was starting to worry and then she expels all the smoke from her nostrils
We both stared at each other for a while without saying anything and then we started laughing uncontrollably
Elai: Hahah! That was amazing!!!
Elai: Do you think you can do that with the rest of the pack?
Carmen: *Grunted in approval
So I put the rest of the cigarettes in Carmen's mouth
Elai: They will freak out when they see this
So I took my cell phone to film while I lit the cigarettes
Elai: Hehe I just hope the next one to be lit isn't me
Elai: Are you ready?
Carmen: *Grunted, signaling positive
Carmen then drags all the cigarettes at once at a great speed, she inflated like a balloon until there were no butts left
Elai: And here we go
Carmen spewed so much smoke that she looked like a locomotive, she camouflaged for a while in the smoke even though we were out in the open
"Wow that was epic!" I said while coughing and waving the smoke with my hand
Carmen came out bouncing in glee like a child who has discovered a new trick, in a way it reminded me of Annie's reaction when she first threw a fireball
3:06PM Me: Guys, you guys need to see this! :D
3:06PM Me: *Video
I was so distracted playing with Carmen that I ended up missing the cult introduction, it's not like I cared but I had a mission to accomplish.
“Now that we've finished our introduction, let's discuss the city takeover project” that caught my eye, so I got up from my chair and positioned myself closer to the entrance to the club.
“Receive all our high priest Lord Adam Rickshark” everyone there then began to sing a song in an unknown language together
Elai: Do you know this Carmen language?
Carmen: *Grunches in denial
"Hmmm... This could mean that Carmem is new or that they have no idea what they are talking about" I quickly thought about the hypotheses
I didn't have a lot of time to waste so I texted Father John
3:07PM Me: Stop what you're doing and answer the phone
I started a video call and pointed my camera at the opening between the doors so I could see what was going on inside.
It was possible to see a small crowd hooded in a cliché way lit up by the lights coming off the stage and then a figure walked slowly out to the middle of the stage.
He was what you would expect from a goth man in his late 40s, he was dressed in a black suit and red tie, an overcoat that covered his knees, his hair reminded him of 20s tycoons and although he appeared to be perfectly fine, he held a cane with a big blue stone
Next to him was a beautiful woman, her red hair was like a fifties pinup, her body was like a model and alternated between smooth skin like a young girl and scales like a snake
His tight and highly suggestive clothes drew the attention of everyone there because of his beauty, but what caught my attention the most were his eyes
At that moment it was more than obvious to me that that woman wasn't human but her eyes killed the doubt of any imbecile who still questioned herself, her sclera was black and her irises glowed a blood red, plus there was a third eye on your forehead
All were silent without the need for the priest to order
Amidst the silence that woman looked at everyone as if she were analyzing their souls making the tension in the environment rise until in a moment she locks her gaze in my direction looking
Carmen instinctively assumed a battle pose and moved away from the door as if she had encountered a natural predator.
Elai: Carmen are you alright?
She was still fixed to the door and walking away, it was the first time I saw her act that way, if Annie was on our side she would probably know what to do.
Thinking about Annie, now that that demon appeared she could be under a great threat since that demon was able to make Carmen go into alert
I intended to be recording the scene but the cell phone could end up distracting me if something unforeseen happened
I ended the transmission hurriedly when I saw that my backpack was starting to glow like something was burning inside it.
I ran to the table to quickly open the backpack and then I threw away everything that was inside it at once and then I found what was burning was the horn I caught earlier.
It then fell like ready-forge metal on the side of the brass knuckle I won. I didn't know how many degrees that horn was but it was hot enough to melt the asphalt and the brass knuckles
The hot mass was already starting to sink to the ground when a strong thump like a stick resounded through the party atmosphere outside
"You'll still have plenty of time to play Ascla" the high priest said in a serene tone
Ascla then answers his master with some unrecognizable grunts just like Carmen
“It was just a little gig you say, soon I'll let you introduce yourself freely” he said in a menacing tone as if he were already many steps ahead of everyone.
Elai: Carmen, can you understand her?
Carmen: *Grows positively*
Elai: What she did was far more threatening than a "good afternoon" isn't it
Silence had taken over the place and that mass that had melted the floor had already cooled
I decided to get closer to see if anything else had happened. There was a kind of asphalt husk in the place.
So I broke that shell using the side of my scythe that had no cut
After a few blows the shell broke and gave off hot steam, I took a small jump back to avoid being hit
As soon as the steam dissipated, something shiny came out of the crater and flew towards me.
Instinctively I covered myself with my left hand, I was ready to lose my hand or worse at that point but what happened was the opposite
When the glow faded I could see my hand clearly, in it was a new knuckle with the same texture as the horn that was burning moments ago
It fit my hand perfectly, it had its weight but it didn't compare to my scythe, it was the perfect contrast I needed.
I was never that type of person but as soon as I saw how the new knuckle fits in my hand I felt a strong desire to test what it was like to punch it
"Hmmm... Not bad" I threw a few punches in the air like a boxer who was fighting with his shadow
Carmen was staring at me as if she didn't understand much
Elai: What is it? If Annie can test her toy before using it, so can I
Elai: Annie! I forgot
The euphoria of witnessing the creation of a new weapon distracted me from my main objective.
Then I realized that I had received new messages from Father John
3:11PM John: Elai?
3:12PM John: Did something happen?
3:12PM: Answer Elai
He must have been upset, I suddenly hung up after the woman looked at the camera
3:14PM Me: Don't worry I'm fine
3:14PM John: Thank you God! What happened ?
3:15PM Me: In a better opportunity I'll tell you the details but for now I should call you again
3:15PM John: I think I've seen enough, just make an audio call and shoot whatever you think is important
3:16PM Me: Right
I think even a cleric was able to realize that maybe I should be more concerned with keeping myself safe than with the images.
I started an audio call and went back to the club door
Conveniently they had similar problems inside, I could hear the sound of fire extinguishers being used
I remembered that there were no windows there and I didn't know if there was any kind of ventilation system, so I walked away from the door and sat in the chair again after picking up my things from the floor and asked Carmen to join the table.
A short time later the doors of the club opened and smoke could then come out.
No one came out of the inside, but the high priest had a good view of the outside and that included me and Carmen
All eyes then turned to me and Carmen who were pretending not to eavesdrop
"Fascinating! We seem to have more visitors,” the high priest said in apparent curiosity
"Come my children, join me on stage"
“No need to worry about us! We're fine out here!” I squealed as I gave a friendly thumbs up.
"I will have to insist on my invitation, join us!" Although he was cordial, what he did was not a request, it felt like a sort of summons.
At that moment all I wanted was not to draw attention, so disobeying a direct order could put me as a target for a hunt
"Let's go Carmen" I called Carmen to accompany me but she didn't seem to want to go in with me
"Come on, it will be easier to see Annie from above" I tried to convince her and it worked
We walked into the club and people automatically split into 2 like we were some kind of celebrity.
It didn't take me long to see Annie and Tyller in the crowd, so I motioned for her to come over to us.
Tyller wanted to go along but Annie looked at him without saying a word and he quieted down.
Annie: What have you gotten yourself into Elai?
Elai: Me? I was just minding my own business until the hot demon decided to heat things up
Annie: That one is the high priest of the sect, do you know what that means?
Elai: No, if I didn't know you I would say you're scared
Annie: Of course not! Forgot who you're talking to?
“If you're done greeting each other, come on stage! I will not tolerate unnecessary interruptions!” Rickshark said in a more incisive tone interrupting our conversation
The 3 of us walked silently to the stage, Rickshark then ordered us to stay behind him.
Adam: Now let's continue the ceremony
Adam: Disciples of true freedom!
Adam: We received the blessing of our lord of darkness, our situation couldn't be better
Adam: We are in a new era! Demons have entered our world and are eliminating the weak
Adam: We were chosen to reign as kings over those who neglected the darkness
I was curious to know how Father John was reacting to the statements but I couldn't touch my cell phone at that moment.
Adam: We must take our first step as soon as possible through force
Adam: We will soon carry out an attack on Clark Church and set up a base of operations on its ashes.
The entire audience then started cheering and screaming words of hate and repudiation of the church.
I was hoping to stay out of disputes between the churches but what they are planning is to bypass the church and kill innocents if necessary.
I already knew which side I should be on in this attack but what about Annie? As much as she didn't show sympathy for the other side I wondered if she would be cold enough to attack people who are only there to survive
Adam: Let's team up with demons to achieve our goals
Adam: You will have 12 hours to get a decent partner, no matter what method
Adam: The most powerful will have the honor to sit beside me when the time comes.
Adam: You are dimissed
Adam: Hail Satan!
All but me shouted in response "hail Satan" as if they were soldiers praising their king
Adam: You 2 and the sheep, come with me
I was in doubt if I should follow your orders but Annie and Carmen followed in your footsteps without saying a word
The hallways were tight and Carmen's fur was squeezed between the side walls.
Annie: Calm down my dear, soon we'll get out of this tight place
I remembered to end the call with Father John as it would be much harder to disguise myself
We walked to a room that was at the back
The room was totally different from the rest of the club. While the club was full of lights, various screens and high technology, the room we entered was simply decorated but reminiscent of very old houses.
"Have a seat" Adam then stopped and cordially offered one of the sofas for Annie and me to sit
We sat next to each other while Carmen rested next to Annie
"Serve them Asclas" The demon promptly opened a bottle of wine and poured it into 3 glasses
It was hard not to look directly at her, in a strange way it was like something really forced us to look at her
Adam: I see you are interested in Ascla
Annie and I instinctively looked away from Ascla who was standing next to his master.
Adam: There's no need to be ashamed, Ascla is an experienced succubus, seducing humans is literally their purpose for existence.
Adam: Introduce yourselfs children
Annie: My name is Annie Walker, nice to meet you
Elai: Elai Rivers
Adam: What's the reason you guys came to us?
Annie: I just couldn't not come to the occultists' first date since darkness came.
Adam: Oh! I see you came to join us
Adam: What about you Mr Rivers?
Elai: I'm only interested in your knowledge
Adam: Knowledge is power as the ancients said
Adam: What is your goal in this new world?
Annie: I will become the empress of this world
Adam: That's a fascinating answer, I see the ambition in your eyes
Adam: What are you willing to do to fulfill your goal?
Adam: Everything you say... Haha, that's what we'll see
Adam then looks at me and gives me an evil smile
Adam: Miss Walker, kill your friend now!
Elai and Annie: What?
Adam: You said you're willing to do anything for your goal.
Adam: Come on! Kill him
Adam had just put Annie in a dangerous situation, she disobeyed a direct order from the high priest or killed me in cold blood
I had to do something, I trusted Annie but going against the order could kill us 2
Elai: You are asking her to kill an ally
Adam: Allies, friends, servants are all words used to name tools we use at our leisure
Elai: So you see everyone here as tools
Adam: Precisely, those who can't follow orders are like useless tools
Elai: Naturally if a tool fails to do its job you discard it
Adam: We seem to understand each other easily Mr. Rivers
Elai: I must assume that you should be able to get rid of everyone here alone
Adam: Where do you want to go Mr Rivers?
Elai: If you want to get rid of me, why don't you do the job yourself?
Adam: Insolent! Are you challenging me ?
Elai: You just treated me like something disposable, so it's fair to say you should do the job in Annie's place
I had no choice, I would have to face the high priest right there if I wanted to save Annie and me
Adam: Oh I see, I let myself go for a moment
Adam: You're making this fuss because you're interested in saving your friend
Adam: Or maybe you're just scared to die
Adam then changes his expression to a serious one and stares into my eyes
Adam: You 2 will die if she doesn't kill you
Adam snaps his fingers and Ascla quickly appears on Annie's back and holds her head.
Adam: What will your choice be Miss Walker
Elai: You bastard! Order her to release Annie
Adam: You have no power here Mr. Rivers
Adam: I'll count to 3 and if Miss Walker doesn't kill you, Ascla will crush her head
Annie was desperately trying to free her head from Ascla's hands, Carmen couldn't move, she seemed to be under the same effect as before only worse
That monster! There was nothing I could do to save Annie at that moment, the rage was consuming me along with the adrenaline, all I could think about was attacking Adam with everything I had.
It was impossible that I could stop Ascla but I was ready to risk everything by attacking her master, if I couldn't save Annie I would avenge her and then leave with her
Everything happened in a split second, I looked at Adam like a tiger ready to exterminate his existence until he gave a command and Ascla let go of Annie's head.
Adam: Those eyes...
Adam: Those eyes are from someone who's not afraid to kill
Adam: You have an urge to kill me that spills over your body
Adam: That's the kind of tool I'm looking for!
Adam: You two have had enough fun for me
Adam: You are dismissed
Elai and Annie: What?
Adam: Were you deaf? Get out of my sight!
Carmen gets up and Annie takes my hand to pull me out of the room
As soon as we left, Adam said from inside the room "we'll meet more often Mr. Rivers" and then I closed the door while Ascla looked at me seductively
We walked outside the club in silence until we met Tyller and his group
“There they are! The celebrities in our group!” Tyller said as he pointed at us
So everyone who was there looked at the 3 of us who were coming
"How was the meeting with the high priest my goddess?" he had come back with the idiot face he made whenever he spoke to Annie
"Give me that!" Annie then took the bottle Tyller was holding and without hesitation drank all the drink and then threw the bottle on the floor.
"I want mooore!" She yelled in a nervous tone as she grabbed more and more bottles
That was her way of dealing with what happened to her, me and Carmen were just looking at Annie
Tyller: Chicken, what happened to you guys in there?
I could see Annie in the corner turning to listen to the conversation
Elai: No biggie, it was just the high priest welcoming
Tyller: Really? Is that just what happened?
Elai: Oh yeah, Annie got special treatment from the high priest's personal demon
Tyller: Special treatment? What kind ?
Annie then enters the middle of the conversation already drunk
Annie: Let's stop talking, let's have a party
Tyller and I stared at each other for a while
Elai: Did you hear her, let's go to the party
And then we joined the group again, I don't know how they were getting drinks but everyone was having fun like pirates especially Annie
The group managed to find an empty house while we were in the high priest's room, so we headed inside to continue the party.
At that point it didn't really matter who the house was, it was all messed up, the picture frames were all burned, there was no way to identify who owned the house.
My goal was to be on guard with Carmen to prevent Annie from getting into trouble but in less than 1 hour Carmen and I were already having fun with the group.
At one point Annie and I questioned whether Carmen could drink alcohol and to our surprise besides she could get drunk she eventually belched like a flamethrower
What happened from then on I have no idea, my memories went black and I only woke up a long time later in a room where there was just me, Annie and Carmen
I got up and my clothes were reeking of alcohol, cigarettes and other things I couldn't identify
"Aww! What time is it?" my head was pounding from the hangover
I went to look for my cell phone that was under some bottles
The clock read 11:06 PM and there were many unread messages
Elai: Wow! I think I overreacted this time, better let the people on the other side know that I'm alive
11:06PM Me: Hello
11:08PM Joseph: Hello?
11:08PM Joseph: You've been gone all this time and all you have to say is “Hello”? >:(
11:09PM Me: Eh... My bad, some things happened and I ended up forgetting to talk to you guys
11:10 PM Joseph: Man, we were worried about you, Father John could barely concentrate on his prayers as he thought about what might have happened
11:11PM Joseph: He asked Emilya to run the church and told me what was going on
11:12PM Me: I'll talk to him
11:12PM Me: John
11:14PM John: Thank God! you are alive boy
11:14PM Me: If he had an influence on what happened I'll thank him personally
11:15PM John: What happened?
I spent some time explaining to Father John about the rest of the ceremony, the “welcome” of the high priest and how I ended up with no news.
11:32PM Me: And that's what happened
11:33PM John: Oh young people!
11:33PM John: Although I disapprove of the way you alleviated the tension of almost dying I understand why
11:34PM John: So... what do you plan on doing?
11:35PM Me: Aah! This time I'll be on your side
11:35PM Me: I don't care for religious reasons but what those guys are planning is a massacre of innocents
11:36PM John: What about your friend?
11:36PM Me: I honestly don't know
11:37PM Me: I haven't had a good opportunity to talk to her since we left that room
11:38PM Me: I don't know what's on her mind, it would be better if she didn't get involved in this battle
11:39PM John: Elai, can I ask you a question?
11:40PM John: In a situation where it was necessary to neutralize Annie to defend other people, you would take the lead in the situation.
The question had taken me by surprise, I saved Annie because the 2 of us were in danger, but what would I do if she became the danger?
11:40PM John: No need to answer me
11:41PM John: I have to hang up now, if for any reason you're going back to church, let me know.
11:42PM Me: Right
Should I go back to church? What does Annie think about all this? Several questions filled my head until I heard the sound of someone falling out of bed
Annie: Oh my head
Elai: Oh you woke up
Annie: What time is it?
Elai: It's almost midnight
Annie: We enjoyed the night a lot
Elai: Yeah, I'm curious what we're going to call the "day" phases from now on
Elai: But what I'm most curious about is how you're not feeling cold
Annie: What do you mean by that?
I then made a sign with my eyes pointing down to show Annie that she was naked
Annie: Oh that! I didn't even notice
Annie: It's the first time you've seen me like this right?
Elai: You are right
Annie: So... Did you like it?
Elai: Of course I liked it
Elai: But we are friends, let's not get past that
Annie: You're right, it would be weird
Annie then put on her clothes and silence reigned over the room.
Annie: Aah! Whatever! Let's talk about the damn elephant in the room
Elai: Would you kill me if I hadn't done anything?
Annie: Why did you help me?
Elai: It's what friends do
Annie looked at me in surprise
Elai: If we had no choice I would let you kill me there so you could stay alive
Annie: Thanks! I'll find a way to repay you, save my words
I then flicked Annie on the forehead
Annie: Ouch! That hurt
Elai: Stop being an idiot, I didn't do it expecting a reward
Elai: To be honest, as soon as Adam said "2" I had already taken it upon myself to avenge you even if I died right away
If I don't know Annie I would say she was holding back the cry to show herself strong, if I pushed a little more she would cry, but I didn't feel right to do that
Elai: And now? What will you do ?
Annie: Power! I need more power!
Annie: I can't let something like that happen again!
Annie: I'm gonna get so powerful I'm gonna make that old bastard lick the floor
Elai: I don't know if you should say it so loud but I admire your spirit is strong even after all
Elai: What about the attack on the church?
Annie: What about the attack?
Elai: What are you going to do?
Annie: I don't have anything with them, I'm just going to witness to do field research
Annie: What are you going to do Elai?
Elai: You can already imagine
Annie: Um... I see
Annie: You want to go back there right?
Elai: Yes, it's likely that at that time they discovered something important
Elai: I know it's dumb to ask but do you want to go with me?
Annie: Yes! It's very stupid for you to ask that
We both laughed a little about the situation.
Elai: Aah! It's going to be a long walk back...
Elai: Do you think you'll be fine alone... I mean you and Carmen?
Annie: I'll be studying with Carmen, I'm still angry
Suddenly the idea came to me to pick up the empty bottles from the floor and put them in my backpack
Annie: Don't you think we're at the wrong time to think about sustainability?
Elai: Do you remember that vampire hunter game?
Annie: Aah yeah, so you wanna try that right?
So I finished getting the bottles and left the room
Elai: See you later
Annie: See you later