“What are you” one of the hordes of Demons that surrounded Denika and the others asked.
“What are we, well that’s a bit tricky. How do we explain the history of humanity in just a few minutes?” Denika said.
“We’re not great, but we’re a bit better than you lot? I think that covers it.” Denika joked much to the monsters annoyance.
“You have no idea the agonies we can dream up for you, the suffering we’ve seen in the pit, the”
Whilst the Demonic spirit was boasting, Denika summoned up a massive energy ball with all of her strength against the spirits, but as the smoke cleared she saw much to her horror that they weren’t phased at all.
“Well that was a bit anti climactic.” She said with regret.
The Demons then effortlessly knocked Denika and the others out, but their leader stopped them from going too far and killing either the time travelers or the slaves.
“No these are strange aliens, the leaders above will want to interrogate them.”
Up above in one of the mines Florence meanwhile had been completely overpowered by the Demonic spirits. She had fought valiantly, but she ultimately had no way of dispatching the Demons and they were able to dogpile on her.
The Demons however unlike with Denika and the others, were so enraged that they tried to kill Florence. Not knowing anything about the weaknesses of her breed of Vampire, the monsters tore large chunks of flesh out of her stomach. One of the Demons pulled her intestine out, whilst another stuck its hand right through her chest and grabbed her heart.
“Why won’t you die” The Demon screamed as it crushed her heart in its hands.
Suddenly however the Demons started to fade away into smoke. “What, what’s happening, what are you doing you freak.” The leader screamed at Florence.
“I have no idea. I wish I could take credit for it as it’s brilliant but sadly?” Florence said whilst spitting up blood.
The Demons in the mine soon all faded away into nothing but mist.
As Florence’s natural healing powers kicked in and she tried to stand she was helped by an alien similar to the slaves, but dressed in what looked like a military uniform.
“I assume you were responsible for this?” Florence asked as she held her guts in.
“Yes, my name is Cricex. I am a member of the resistance. The exorcism I used disipates the Demoninc spirit. It takes a few minutes to kick in. Hasn’t been useful in years as the machines these creatures normally wear protects them. Hardly anybody has bothered to learn the exorcism in fact apart from me. Thank you for ejecting the Demons from their robot bodies. I assume that was your doing?”
“No it wasn’t I don’t know who or what did that, or if it’s permanent or not, which is why we have to hurry.”
“Yes you’re right we need to make our way to control.”
Cricex lifted out a disc.
“This contains the enchantment that will banish the Demons as a code. If we find a way to stick this into their mainframe it will spread as a code throughout all of their machines, stopping them from climbing back into them.”
“But there will still be hundreds here?”
“Yes but we can banish them, also the Demons can’t stay in this reality for an extended period of time. They’ll eventually vanish back to their own world, which can then be sealed off.”
“Well let’s not waste any time then. They’ve taken one of my friends, the others, I’m not so sure of. I hope they got away. I know that some of them must have as I can’t imagine what else short circuited the Robots machines.”
“Wait I have to tell the prisoners here about the spell so they can defend themselves when more of the Demons come along.”
“You can’t worry about them now.” Florence said.
“We have an entire planet to think of.”
“I’m not going to leave them to those monsters.” He said firmly.
“Well in that case give me the spell, I can speed it up. I hope. I’m not sure this will work or if the magic will interfere. My hypnosis is very delicate you know, but still.” Florence said.
After reading the exorcism (and getting the pronunciation right which took Florence a few minutes much to her annoyance,) she was able to hypnotise the workers in the mine, many of whom had still just carried on working. Florence gave the slaves the command to repeat the exorcism, which she then spoke, if any of the Demons arrived.
“I can’t guarantee that will work, but it’s the best we can do for now.” Florence said.
The ship Carlene and the Circus Master had stolen spun completely out of control. Whilst Carlene tried to wake the Robot up, the Circus Master did his best to try and pilot the vehicle.
“It’s not like if you slap him he’ll wake up.” The Circus Master said. It had taken the Vandal a few minutes to get used to the controls. On his many travels through time and space the Demon had learned how to pilot many ships, but after a few false starts which nearly crashed the ship he had managed to barely get a handle of some of the controls. The technology was fairly primitive by the Vandals standards even if it was unfamiliar.
Unfortunately however just as the Circus Master had stablized the vessel, the Demonic horde had managed to catch up with them. The monsters had sat back and laughed in amusement as the vessel looked like it was going to crash, but now that it had begun to stablise the Demons weren’t prepared to let the prisoners slip away again.
Several of the monsters held the ship in place, whilst others phased through and started to attack.
Just as before the Circus Master was able to absorb the Demons, but as more and more kept pouring through however he had to stop. The Vandal had gone far beyond his limit and “eaten” so many of the monsters that they their evil was now beginning to affect him and he collapsed.
Fortunately however the remaining Demons that had attacked fled. Demons were not known for their bravery.
Carlene and the Alien slave tried to help the Vandal up, but he still clutched his sides in agony.
“I can feel some of them inside me. See their memories. The pain they’ve lived through in their own hell dimension. No wonder they’re so angry all the time.” He joked, though Carlene looked worried.
“I just have a bit of indigestion, but I’m afraid I don’t think I can eat another one of those nasties without getting a really upset tummy.”
“There’s hundreds of them outside.” The slave said in panic. “What are we going to do.”
Just then the Robot raised its arm.
“Oh thank god love, I thought you were dead.” Carlene said as she tended to him.
“I have never been alive” the robot said in a faint voice.
“My power is about to go but here.”
The Robot printed out a small bit of paper from its chest unit.”
“The enchantment, it’s the only thing that can hurt the Demons.”
The Robot then collapsed. With no choice Carlene read out the enchantment. (The Circus Master was in no fit state. He had collapsed on the floor, writhing from the pain in his stomach.)
After reading the spell aloud nothing happened, except that several more Demons came bursting through the walls screaming in rage.
The Demons had managed to bring the Strange Boy back to their headquarters. Along the way the child Vampire had killed one of the Demonic spirits by slashing at him, but they had nevertheless managed to restrain the Demon child for now.
“It’s like us master.” One of the underlings said. “Only stronger. Even in our robot bodies.”
“I know. It caused a plague in the mine, infected so many of our workers. That thing set us back about 30 years in one afternoon. We should cut its head off now.”
“No please” one of the Demonic scientists at the back said.
“This is a creature from hell just like us, but it’s clearly higher up on the food chain than our kind.”
“That wouldn’t be difficult” Their leader said with regret.
“What’s even more fascinating is that when I get close to this creature I can sense there is something natural about it. Like there are still traces of a lesser natural in there. I want to find out what the key to this beasts secret is. Through any means necessary.”
On board the ship the Demons had swarmed the Circus Master. Whilst he had managed to fend a few off with his claws, the rest of the Demons had overwhelmed him and viciously beat and clawed at the Vandal.
The only thing that kept the Vandal alive was that the Demons didn’t know his kinds weaknesses and that they wanted to prolong his death. They slashed and slashed at him, and tore the Demons guts out, but he was still in more pain from the Demons inside.
Carlene meanwhile used the gas bombs from inside her beehive to try and slip through the Demons whilst protecting the slaves. The smoke did confuse the Demons, but as there were so many of them it didn’t really make much difference. She kept reciting the enchantment, being not sure if she had said it correctly.
The monsters slashed blindly managing to hit Carlene, and the alien slave, who Carlene did her best to try and shield. Whilst he was hit several times, fortunately Carlene was able to shield him from any serious blows.
After a few minutes however several of the Demons vanished, thanks to the enchantment.
“The spell it worked. Took its sweet time but still.”
“Great” The Circus Master said sarcastically as he held up his intestines.
“The good news is my stomach isn’t hurting anymore because those Demons tore all of my guts out.”
As Carlene helped the Circus Master up, his wounds already beginning to consume him, the Demons within almost brought him to his knees again. He had greatly underestimated the Demon’s who weren’t simply consuming his stomach, but borrowing their way into his very soul.
Still the Vandal fought through the pain and took control of the ship once more. He only had minutes before the spells energy would dissipate and more Demons would be coming.
The Circus Master piloted the ship at a tremendous speed to the point where Carlene and the alien were thrown off of their feet, with Carlene managing to catch the alien before he plummeted down to the cargo hold as the Circus Master had even upturned the ship as he took it higher.
The Circus Master took the ship out of the atmosphere of the planet in a couple of minutes and into space where it crashed into several meteorites. Worse than that the ships engine was beginning to overheat too.
Carlene could see that the Circus Master was not himself. His face had begun to twist into a more Demonic form, unlike a Vandal.
Hurling herself forward with her Vampiric strength. (Which was risky as she almost missed the Circus Master and went straight out of the window.) Carlene tackled the Vandal and pulled him off the controls, causing the ship to narrowly miss a massive asteroid.
The Circus Master however then jabbed his claws straight through Carlene’s stomach and spine.
The Vampire however reached into her beehive and pulled out a silver knife. (A weakness of the Circus Masters breed of Vandal) and stabbed it into his arm.
“I’m sorry darling but I don’t have time to talk this over.”
The Circus Master dropped Carlene and screamed from the pain in his arm. After he pulled it out however he then held it above his heart.
“I’ll do it, believe me I’ll do it.” The Vandal said after which the Demons began to release their hold on him, for now.
“Thank you Carlene. I’ve bitten off more than I can chew it seems.”
“I thought those Demons were supposed to die when you sucked em up?”
“Yes they normally are, but the fragments of various Demonic spirits have hung on in there and have merged together. It’s why I can’t eat too many at once, I have to wait until they’ve been completely dissolved or digested or whatever you want to call it.”
“So do we just exorcises them or something?”
“I’m afraid not, the creature possessing me isn’t a conventional Demon anymore. I have to overpower it and wait until it is consumed. If it takes over however then it can hold it off and.”
“I don’t mean to be rude or anything” the alien slave interrupted but we’re heading for that planet.
Up ahead the Circus Master and Carlene could see out of the front of the ship a small completely blue planet. The Vandal tried to take control of the ship, but unfortunately when the Demon had possessed him it had burnt out the engines.
To Be Continued.