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Cole looked at her with tear-filled eyes. “I want
him to suffer, not have the pleasant send-off you
have in mind.”
Zafira wiped a tear from Cole’s cheek. “Do you
remember what I told you when you asked what
happens when I take a soul?”
“Yeah. You consume their energy until nothing is
“The process takes a very long time. Imagine
being trapped in a cell for decades with no way
out. In the cell, insects slowly eat away at your
body, stinging and chewing at your flesh. Even
when you’re nothing but bones, they continue to
chew at you, and you feel every bite. That is
precisely what it’s like when I consume a soul.”
Cole envisioned what Zafira’s scenario would feel
like. It was not vicious enough, in his opinion.
Still, it was far worse than anything he could do
“Besides,” Zafira smirked, “who said anything
about a ‘pleasant’ send-off?”
He did not know what she had in mind, but Cole
knew from the wicked look on her face that it
would be far from pleasant. “Fine,” Cole
He knelt down and grabbed Frank by his bloody
collar. “Enjoy your stay in Hell!”
“F–k you!” Frank mumbled through his swollen,
After one last punch to Frank’s battered face,
Cole stood, leaving him to his fate. Zafira’s eyes
glowed red as she waved her hands. Frank was
levitated in mid-air and then engulfed by a portal
that quickly closed, removing him from the room.
“Where did he go?” Cole asked.
“My lair. This place is inadequate for my plans.”
Zafira turned to Cole. “Go home. You do not want
to see what happens next. I’ll come to your
apartment the moment I’m finished.”
“Just make him suffer,” Cole said coldly.
Zafira summoned a portal. “Promise me you’ll
wait for me at your apartment.”
Cole nodded. “I promise.”
Zafira smiled. She stepped through the magical
portal, leaving Cole to his grim thoughts.
Cole’s tormented mind had plenty to digest. He
left Frank’s house for his apartment. He would
wait for Zafira as he promised.
The magical gateway disappeared above Frank;
he fell to the floor. He looked around, unsure of
where he was or how exactly he got here. He had
to find a way out, and fast.
Before he could get his bearings, Stacy, the red
skinned devilkin, pounced on Frank and sank her
razor sharp teeth into his arm.
“I see you’ve met my pet,” Zafira giggled over
Frank’s screams as she entered the room.
“Help! Somebody help me!” he cried out.
“No one will hear you. This place is sealed by
magic; no way in or out without my approval.”
Zafira snapped her fingers. Stacy released Frank
and heeled at her Mistress’ side like an obedient
Doberman. Frank struggled to move, writhing on
the floor. Zafira extended her arm with an open
palm. Frank rose off the floor and gravitated to
Zafira’s hand, his throat docking in her firm grip.
She examined him clinically. “You look appalling.
Cole did a fine job on your face. I’m sure he
would have beaten you to death if I hadn’t
“What are you? What is he to you? Whatever he’s
paying you, I can pay more. I know people,
important people. I can get whatever you want.
It’s yours — just let me go!”
“Cole is very special. I have spent centuries
looking for someone like him. Nothing you have is
more valuable than him.”
Zafira released her grip. Frank flew through the
air towards the back wall of her lair. He slammed
against the wall with a loud thud, helplessly
pinned. Clothes shredded away from his body
with a wave of Zafira’s hand as if his garments
were only wrapping paper. Then, leather straps
sprang to life, binding his wrists and ankles.
“Comfy?” Zafira asked, curling her lips in a vicious
“Wha- What are you going to do to me?”
Zafira sashayed to the wall and gripped Frank’s
quivering chin. “First, I can’t have you looking like
this. Don’t mistake this as an act of kindness or
mercy. I want your body pristine so that I can
admire my handiwork when I’m through with
To Be Continued