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Cole’s hands stopped. “Why do you ask? You
would just read my mind anyway.”
“I’d much rather hear your answer, whatever it
may be. Just be honest.”
Cole paused for a moment, and then went back to
washing Zafira’s back. “You’re beautiful. Just…
When Cole finished her back, Zafira turned
around. She had a very genuine smile. “Thank
“You’re welcome.” Cole smiled back at her.
“We’ll find out who killed Maria, I promise. I just
need you to trust me, okay?”
Cole nodded his head in agreement.
“Its late, and you need your rest for tomorrow. I
can send you home.”
“Send me home?” Cole inquired.
Zafira stepped out of the shower, not bothering to
dry off, and walked to the wall where they had
entered. She placed her hand to the wall and the
portal appeared again — only this time, Cole
could see his living room on the other side.
Zafira gave Cole a little kiss on the cheek. “Good
“Good night, Zafira.”
Cole stepped through the portal and was standing
in his own living room. The portal behind him
vanished without a trace.
“Well, that’s convenient.”
Tired, Cole quickly turned towards the bedroom.
Tomorrow was going to be a long day, full of
“Over there,” Cole pointed to the concrete wall
under the overpass. “She made some kind of
Gabriel moved his hands across the wall. He
stopped when he found what he was looking for.
“Ah, well done Mr. Harvey. There are definitely
magical remnants of a portal here.”
The priest turned to Cole. “Thank you for coming
forward with this, Mr. Harvey. Succubi are a
blight upon this world, seeking only to consume
all in their path. You’d best leave now. If she sees
you here, she will not hesitate to kill you.”
“Are you sure you’ll be okay?” Cole asked,
pretending to be concerned for his safety.
“I’ve been ridding the world of demons all my life.
I’ll be fine. Go now — it’s too dangerous for you
Cole nodded. “Good luck, Father.”
Cole walked to his car and drove off, leaving
Gabriel to his fate.
The priest fingered the prayer beads that hung
from his neck. He mumbled an arcane
incantation. An eerie subsonic note filled the
aural space. Purple glyphs appeared and spun
clockwise. The portal to Zafira’s lair dilated open.
With his beads in one hand and a golden
sacrificial dagger in the other, Gabriel stepped
through the demonic gateway.
Once inside, Gabriel warily looked around. The
tidy room seemed empty. Gabriel grasped his
beads and t—-t his dagger into the air.
Do you think the priest will survive?
To Be Continued