Lucky number 13? Cursed number 13? Read on and find out as Revis and I bring you another segment of our little tale of family and demons. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Jake started chanting again but the demon rushed at them, even faster than it had when it still inhabited his mother’s body, and Jake felt himself yanked aside just before the creature could slash him with its clawed hands. The demon roared and spun towards him again, slashing with its hands, trying to grab him and puncture him at the same time, and once again Jake felt himself moved aside just in time.
It was a very weird sensation to be so detached from what his own body was doing. He didn’t have much time to dwell on it though as the demon rushed at him again and again. Each time it missed it snarled louder and eventually a layer of white foam began to form around its mouth, like a raging animal gone rabid.
“This will work better,” his father’s voice came to him, “if you could be in charge of moving yourself out of the way so I can focus on the magic.”
“That makes sense,” Jake replied glibly, and he immediately sensed his father smirking again.
Once more, he began to chant. Jake didn’t want to wait for the demon to rush him so he began to move in a circle around it, always trying to keep it in front of him while forcing it to spin likewise if it wanted to charge him. Then the chanting stopped and Jake’s armed raised and pointed towards the demon. Flames, not black but white, shot from his outstretched hands towards the demon.
Screaming echoed throughout the entire area. Whatever magic he’d just unleashed must’ve hurt it. The demon, Mocregork it had called itself, jumped backwards to escape the flames. It didn’t jump far enough. The white fire licked its flesh as it continued to roar in pain.
Jake smiled, but his father reminded him that the fight was far from over. To prove that point, the demon reached down, tore a chunk out of the ground, and threw it at him. He’d seen the entire movement, so he had time to get out of the way. As he did, however, his hands dropped as he darted to the side. When they did, the white flames disappeared. Mocregork must have anticipated that because he was moving toward him the moment the magic blinked out.
It took all Jake had to get away from the attack. Even then, he didn’t fully dodge the attack. Two of the demon’s claws dug lines into his back. They weren’t deep, though they didn’t need to be. The wounds burned with Hellfire, a bit of information that could’ve only come from his father. Soon enough, that pain went away, just like the pain in his leg.
“That’s about the extent of my ability to block your pain,” his father said. “If you get hit again, you’ll feel every bit of it.”
“Let’s try not to let that happen then.”
His voice began chanting again. Mocregork seemed to have no interest in getting hit by another spell because the demon rushed forward trying to disrupt the casting. Jake, in control of his body, if not his mouth or his mind at the moment, rolled under another slashing attack. The claws caught in the tatters of his shirt but missed his flesh. That didn’t keep Jake from feeling the searing the heat radiating off them.
After continuing his roll, knowing he needed to buy his dad time to finish the spell, Jake then sprang to his feet and moved swiftly away from the demon. He could hear Mocregork laughing and then all of sudden Jake had to jump away from another attack. The demon had somehow gotten in front of him again.
“This is my plane, you mortal fool. I can shape it how I desire. You can’t run away from me.”
“Who said I was trying to run away?” His dad had spoken through him, having just finished his chanting. And then Jake once again felt his arms move of their own accord. His pinkies and index fingers were pointed at Mocregork and then a blast of energy shot from his body, rocking him backward at the same time.
Jake scrambled to stay on his feet and then watched in awe as a wall of stone, twice his height, formed into the symbol of a cross and slammed into Mocregork. The large stone cross fell on top of the demon, pinning it to the ground. Smoke rose from every part of Mocregork touching the magic construct. An ear piercing shriek erupted from under the cross. Jake was forced to use his hands to cover his ears. He was afraid that if he didn’t, the demon’s cry would rupture his eardrum.
“Quickly,” his father urged. “We need to get over to him so I can cast another spell while he’s distracted.”
Jake made his way over to where Mocregork lay under the cross. The demon’s wail became louder and more intense with each passing step. His legs began to shake as he moved. Determined to not give up, Jake pushed himself forward until he was standing next to the howling demon. He felt his hands start to move away from his ears and he did everything he could to lock his muscles in place.
“Don’t fight me,” came the plea into his mind. “I need your hands to complete the spell.”
“But I’ll probably lose my hearing if I move them,” Jake protested.
“That’s better than losing your life,” his father countered, to which Jake had no argument.
Reluctantly, he let his father move his hands for the spell that would hopefully vanquish the demon.
It was all Jake could do to relax enough to let his father take control. The demon’s shrieks were so painfully loud that every instinct demanded he protect his ears. The sound enveloped him and rattled his teeth. His eyes watered. He tried to force his mind and thoughts away from it but couldn’t. It was too much.
In the few short seconds he was grappling with that internal struggle, his father had used his hands to draw symbols in the air and then chanted off another spell. His arms reached forward and white flames shot from his fingertips again. The fire spread over the stone cross and the demon, reaching from the tip of its horns down to its wickedly curved clawed feet, burning so brightly, so intensely, that Jake stumbled backwards a step so he didn’t get caught up in the flames.
“Hold steady,” admonished his father.
Jake was going to reply sarcastically but the demon suddenly disappeared and his father cursed. The flames died away as his father ended the spell.
“Get ready to move,” his father warned, “the beast likely flipped the plane on us again so it could get out from the cross. I’d hoped it wouldn’t be able to.”
Jake came up with another sarcastic reply but before he could give it voice, a snarl of pure hatred and pain rolled over him. He whipped his head around looking for the source. He couldn’t see Mocregork anywhere.
“Move. Move randomly. It doesn’t matter how or where. Just move so you aren’t a standing target for it!” There was panic in his father’s voice and Jake didn’t need to be encouraged more than that. He started zig-zagging, hoping it was at random, away from the cross.
Without thinking, he dove to his left. Jake always saw people in movies be able to roll back into a standing position when they do that move. It was at that moment when he realized that he was not an action movie star. He tried to roll with his dive and smacked his head against the ground as he did so. His vision went blank for a moment and if his head wasn’t momentarily spinning, Jake might have remembered how scary that was in his current situation.
As his mind recovered from the bump to his cranium, he felt his body respond to his father’s command, rolling off to his right. It once again crossed his mind about how strange it was to have so little control over his body, especially when the one controlling it was someone he just met hours ago. Wait. Had it been hours ago? Or just a few minutes? With all that had happened that night, it was hard telling. Time was not flowing as it normally did.
“Focus on the problem at hand!”
There was a hint of irritation in his father’s voice on that call. Jake wanted to do what was asked of him, but he couldn’t. His thoughts were swimming and he wasn’t able to get them under control. Irritation turned to sadness during his father’s next words. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do this. I was hoping we’d get a little more time together. Before I go, I just need to tell you that, even though I wasn’t around, I have loved you since I found out your mother was pregnant.”
With that, Jake felt his father leave his body and watched as his spirit raced for the demon.