Phase 23

Work came sooner than expected after my sleepless night.  Lucas was gone that morning to who knows where, but he left something in the den that surprised me.  It was dark colored, long and short, and stood on four legs.  The broken coffee table had been replaced.  I walked to it slowly, not as if it would attack me or anything, but it was different.  I sat down on the couch and ran my hand along the smooth top wood.  The old was gone, the new is in.  Acceptance.


Regret visited me at work that day.  He actually didn’t surprise me, he walked through me door.  Literally.

I glanced up from the computer to see Regret walk through the door.  It startled me, but that was just something new I had never seen a guardian demon do.  He walked to my desk then grabbed my hand.  It didn’t burn as much as last night, but it still hurt like hell.  I cringed and shut my eyes tight.  I didn’t want to make a scene considering the walls to my office were completely glass.  How convenient.  He bent over my desk as I opened my eyes, and he stared right into me.  “Come with me.” He said boldly.  I was instantly in hi dark world.

“What is it?” I asked.

“Did you even wonder where Lucas was this morning?” He appeared in front of me from the darkness.  He stepped closer and closer, slowly.

“N-No?” I was puzzled, “where is he…?”

“He’s gone.”

“What do you mean gone?!”

“Don’t seem so surprised.  This day would come soon enough.” He folded his small arms in front of his ribs.

“What d you mean?” I asked, “what’s going on?”

“Mercy took Lucas away.”

“What?!” I stepped closer to him and he stopped in his track, two feet away from me, “Where?  W-what?  Why?!!”

“I can only guess that she took him away because of me.” He said, “because of what I did to her again.  And, I can only assume that she took Lucas away with her, far from here.”  This seemed to easy…

“Why are you telling me all of this?” I asked.

“Because…” Regret looked down and an eerie grin stretched across his bony face, “it’s fun to watch you suffer when the one you love has been taken away.  Both of them.”

“Son of a bitch…” I stopped myself then said, “B-both of them?  What do you mean!!?”

“I MEAN…” Regret’s voice was getting back to normal, strong, loud and authoritative, “LUCAS….. and DENZEL.”

“Shut up.  I don’t love Denzel.” I got tense quickly.

“You most CERTAINLY do, Roslyn.”  He stepped closer and I saw his hands begin to come up to me, about to grab my neck.  Quickly, I took my hands and grabbed his wrists.  My palms burned again, but I kept my eyes opened and stared him down.

“Don’t fucking touch me.” I threw his hands back down by his side and I turned to look away.  He began to laugh quietly then said, “you’d make a good one…”

“A good what!” I spun around with my angry words, but before I could confront him, I was staring at my computer again.  Then it finally hit me full force.

Lucas is gone and Mercy will make sure to keep it that way.

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