Young Souls Chapter 7: Into the depths of Hell
Day 14: Hell
After recovering from the hospital, Draco went back to his house and grabbed the Faust which was hanging near his door. As he grasped it, he thought he saw an eye on his right hand but then again, he thought he was seeing things. He had no armor but he had a sword so, he called Tira and said
“Tira, call Sara, Atom, Eagle and Mia. Tell them to meet me at my place and tell them to bring a weapon.”
“Must I bring one too?”
“If you can.”
“Alright, see ya.”
At sunset, the gang arrived at Draco’s with random weapons. Atom had an antique sword, Eagle carried a sword from his planet, Mia grabbed her father’s pistol, Sara had a gun too and Tira had the most unusual. It was a bladed hoola hoop.
“Wow, where did you get that, Tira?” asked Mia.
“It was an heirloom in the family. I can’t let it go to waste now, can I?”
“Interesting weapon, Tira.” Commented Eagle.
“Alright guys, listen up. This is kinda freaky but we will try summoning a portal to hell.”
“Right….” Sara said nervously.
“It will be painful too because, we have to shed a bit of our blood.” Said Draco as he took a kitchen knife with him. “It’s part of the ritual.”
“This really is kinda scary. I wouldn’t want to do this but if it’s to save Joshua, then so be it.” Said Sara.
“Well, I’ll go first…” Draco cut his palm. “We will have to draw a circle out of our blood.”
They all cut their palms and a bloody ring was drawn on the ground.
“Now, all of you stand back. I’ll be using this now.” Draco raised the Faust and walked to the center of the circle. “You guys ready?”
They all nodded nervously. Draco plunged the sword into the ground and the bloody circle actually painted a glowing pentagram by itself. The Faust had runes on the flat side of the blade and the Faust floated off from the center and flew towards Draco at lightning speed. Draco’s right sleeve was severely torn but there was no wound. It seemed that there was something very wrong with his right arm. When the light died down, a large flaming circle was before them…
“Check it out…” said Eagle in awe.
“Is this the real thing?” Atom asked in doubt.
“I don’t know but we have to go in there. Just in case it’s dangerous, I might ask everyone to hold each other’s hands…” Draco gulped.
The six entered the portal and inside was a terrible sight to see. The sky was filled with ash, millions of souls were constantly tortured and demons were everywhere. Souls with bat-like wings and strange looking tails soared across the evil sky.
“Damn, this place if freaking me out…” Draco frankly said.
“It isn’t for me.” Eagle laughed.
“Don’t get too cocky, Eagle. There’s nothing good in these depths…” Sara said.
“She’s right. Now, let’s move on.” Tira walked ahead.
“If it isn’t Joshua…. Prince of the Zabel… You traitorous beast, your efforts to escape were worthless. I guess it’s time for you to face your eternal punishment.” Said Lord Malignus to a chained monster.
“You better shut your mouth up, lord.” Laughed Joshua.
Joshua was punched in the face by one of his guards. Joshua roared angrily at the demon king and then the lord finally spoke…
“Take him away. And prepare him. I want to hear him roar in anguish.”
They took him away and sent him into a dungeon. In the dungeon, he was pressed on to a spiked wall. The spikes were so sharp, they penetrated his back thus immobilizing him and moving even made it hurt more.
“You there, succubus!” said a guard.
Nearby was a succubus with brown hair and red eyes. She was leaning on a wall and she heard the guards call her.
“Watch him for us. We have other things to do.”
“Hey there, Joshua. What has it been like in the human world?”
“Shut up, Mariah. I need not answer your stupid questions.” Growled Joshua in pain.
“Oh but it seemed so interesting up there. Have you…. Met any human friends?”
“I said shut the fuck up.”
“Feisty little one aren’t you? I always liked your attitude. Now, why don’t you tell me? After all, talking to humans was kinda… boring now, wasn’t it?”
“Mariah, I swear… When I get loose, there will be nothing left of you.”
Mariah, the succubus, simply giggled and replied. “Oh, pain… I like that.”
Joshua tried to get off the spikes but every inch he moved hurt too much. He just stayed put there.
“You wouldn’t want to move now, wouldn’t you?” Mariah said as she put her leg around the Zabel.
“You’re a real bitch, you know that…”
“Of course I am. Aren’t all succubi?”
“Now, I want you to keep a secret but, I will have to let you loose for a while. If you stay pretty low, Lord Malignus won’t find out about this. Okay?”
“And if I attack any other opposing demon?”
“You’re bound to be caught. That is, if they manage to live through what you can do. If they respawn…. I’m sorry.” Laughed Mariah.
“Do what you want…. Except rape me.”
Mariah used her tail and cut off all the spikes stuck on Joshua’s back. He could move freely but before he walked out of the dungeon, he roared at Mariah.
“What’s the matter?”
“…. Bitch!” he yelled as he burst a hole through the wall.
Draco and his friends have come across a cliff and below was lava. They then encountered demons who flew past them but hovered right before them. One of them said…
“State your business!”
“Erm… We are here to find Joshua, prince of the Zabel and…”
“Yo, check it out! He thinks we’re going to send them there! HAHAHA!” laughed one of the demons. “Listen up, human. We won’t let you go there and we won’t let you escape…”
“Damn. I have the Faust! And if you get any closer, you’ll be sliced in half!”
“Good, then we’ll go for your less powerful friends.”
The demons swooped down at Atom and Sara and the two panicked. Tira, however, managed to pull one of the demons away from Sara and she sliced it in half. Atom tried to fight off the demon but he nearly walked off the cliff. Draco ran towards the demon and stabbed it in the back. He then pulled it out upwards thus slicing half of the demon’s body vertically.
“You guys ok?”
“I’m fine…” said Sara.
“Me too. I owe you one, Draco.”
Joshua ran across the blazing plains and he devastated every demon he saw. Everything he came across was destroyed and every demon he saw was sent to the respawn point. Joshua then saw familiar figures and tried to comminucate with them by roaring. Upon hearing the roar, Draco saw a Zabel.
“Guys! Look out! It’s one of Joshua’s kind!”
“A Zabel?” Tira asked.
“Right. We better get ready.” Mia cocked her gun.
Joshua just flew towards the group but Mia and Sara started shooting it. It slightly weakened him so he fell to the ground and got up again. He roared and said.
They did not listen. They all attacked him at once. And Draco, delivering the final blow, impaled Joshua with the Faust. When it was down, Draco went to retrieve the sword but Joshua weakly got up and started crawling towards them. All were moving backwards to try and save their own lives but Sara walked towards the wounded Zabel.
“Sara! What are you doing?”
Sara stroked the snout of the demon and the demon just closed its eyes and fell to the ground. She kneeled and tears ran down her cheeks.
“What have we done…..?”
“What? We attacked a Zabel. That’s what.” Eagle said.
“It’s not any other Zabel… It’s Joshua…”
The group was shocked.
“How can you tell?” asked Draco.
“Look at the scar he has on his face….”
“Damn… That is him. Joshua, can you hear me?”
The Zabel’s mouth opened and with a monstrous voice, he answered…
“You’re all… idiots…. Why did you…. Come here…..?”
“I’m sorry, Joshua…. I’m so sorry…..” Sara sobbed.
Joshua opened a wing and put it around Sara.
“Don’t cry…. I’m not going to die yet…”
“Whoa… We’re so sorry, Joshua.” Atom said. “I thought it was another of your kind which tried to attack us?”
“I was going to be….. fine…. When you… humans came here…. I am to… suffer more… Because…. You’ll all be… tortured as well…..”
“We better watch over you or else you’d be sent back there.” Tira said.
“And why weren’t you impenetrable here?” asked Draco.
“In this place…. I am more…. Like the creatures of your.. world… I suffer… but in your world…. I am invincible..”
“My my… What do we have here?” said a mysterious female voice.
Mariah, the succubus hovered down to the wounded monster. Joshua, seeing the succubus, furiously got up and roared at her.
“Joshua, what’s going on?” Sara asked.
“This is none of your….. business!”
“Oh but it is, prince. Why are you aiding a group of humans?”
“They… are… not involved, Mariah… leave them… alone.”
“Pity pity pity…. Joshua, you know you’re higher than that.”
“Shut up… If you… hurt them…. I’ll kill you…”