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The Darken Vessel: Minerva 15

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A Far Worse Fate Awaits ...

Amanda is hoping to just drop Julia’s car off and get a ride with Billy to pick up her own new vehicle. However, when she reaches the front porch, Diablo is sitting pensively in Julia’s lap. Billy hasn’t had a chance to administer the elixir yet. The cat hisses at her.

“So, you’ve come to return my car—good. Good.” Julia replies nastily.

“Is Billy here?” Amanda retorts knowing that as long as Демон has his evil influence on the woman, niceties would not be appreciated.

“He’s been expecting you. I wanted to talk to you before you left.” Julia begins.

“That won’t be necessary, Julia. I believe you’ve made your point quite clear regarding both Cami and me.” Amanda remarks trying hard to be civil.

“Oh yes—I see you brought that timid little creature with you.” Julia rejoinders smugly, referring to Cami.

“If you mean Cami, yes I have.” Amanda sneers, placing her tabby next to Демон. He bristles involuntarily as he recognizes who she really is.

‘That’s odd—I’ve never known Diablo to act this way around your cat. Usually it is the other way around. At any rate, let me go get Billy.” Julia excuses herself, leaving Diablo alone with the two ladies and Cami.

“You’re back—!” Демон mutters in horror.

“Yes, aren’t you delighted.” Cami mocks.

“But I didn’t think you would—” Cami interrupts him before he can complete his sentence.

“That I would ever be able to materialize? Become more than just a voice? You’re right Демон, you didn’t think.” At this point Cami is ready to strike a blow but Julia has returned just in time with her husband.

“Can’t you just leave him alone!” Julia shouts at Cami, then takes Diablo into her arms and cuddles him.

Billy gives his sister a knowing look. Retrieving his wife’s spare keys from Amanda, he hands them back to Julia and ushers the two young ladies into his automobile.

“See you later, honey!” Billy calls out to Julia as she waves and resumes her seating position on the front porch with Демон.

“Julia’s like two different people, Mandy.” Billy confesses. “On the one hand, she’s the wonderful woman who I married and on the other, the monster that defends Демон at every turn. I don’t know how much more I can take. If she’s not criticizing me regarding some alleged infraction, she’s smothering me with hugs and kisses. It’s driving me crazy!”

“Why haven’t you been able to get that elixir in her yet?” Katlin finally speaks, being silent through the entire fiasco.

“Sorry, hi Kat! I didn’t mean to ignore you. It’s just that blasted Демон! He watches me at every turn. Believe me, I’m doing my darndest to get it done. But how can I when I’m under constant surveillance?” Billy is frustrated.

“Hey, I understand. You are just going to have to keep trying. Megan feels like it would be better to wait until the Vorabend des Vollmondes.”

“The Vorabend des Vollmondes?” Amanda questions.

“It is the Eve of the Full Moon. This is the one time when Демон will be the most vulnerable. It is also the only time when Vlatka can deal with Демон herself. And when she does, let me just tell you—it won’t be pretty!” Katlin surmises.

“Yeah, it will be swift and permanent.” Billy adds.

“Will he be banished to the долина невозврата? Where he will spend an eternity with other evil beings in torment?” Amanda questions, vividly remembering what Chelsea Darby said happened with Great Aunt Emily.

“Worse. Пожар of Аид! Reserved for the vilest of beings.” Billy informs his sister.

“Wow!” Amanda remarks.

Пожар of Аид is the final home of the most vile spirits!

Пожар of Аид is the final home of the most vile spirits!

“Yeah …” Katlin chimes in. “From what I’ve heard about that place from Megan, it makes the долина невозврата look like a summer resort.” Katlin quips.

“By the way, how did things go when Демон got reintroduced to the new and improved Cami Gordon.” Billy questions.

“Демон definitely wasn’t happy to see her, was he Kat?” Amanda tries very hard to reframe from laughing.

“You could say that, couldn’t you.” Katlin giggles in agreement.

“Hmm, let me drop you off at Ethan’s workplace.” Billy suggests.

“Why would we be going there?” Amanda queries.

“Because there is where you’ll find a Pink Porsche waiting for you in the Abernathy Business Complex parking lot in Brampton.” Billy declares much to Amanda’s delight.

“A Pink Porsche! Are you serious, Billy? Am I to be the recipient of a luxury car from—”

“Henry Hamilton. Nothing but the best for his little Адвокат Адъюнкт of the 1st Echelon!” Billy joshes.

“Needless to say, I think that Henry is a little fond of you, Mandy.” Katlin teases.

“Yeah—just a little.” Cami purrs in merriment.

“I didn’t realize—” Amanda is interrupted by Cami.

“You will find that there are a lot of fascinating things regarding the Guardian of the Northern Lands. When he loves … he goes all out. Heaven help anybody or anything that comes between Вячеслав and his Queen!” Cami proclaims.

“His Queen?” Amanda inquires.

“I have said enough.” Cami replies and turns her head toward the window.

The rest of the trip is travelled in silence. It takes about 20 minutes for them to arrive at the parking lot of the Abernathy Business Complex.

“Well, there it is …” Billy proclaims, pointing to the beautiful vehicle.

As everyone exits Billy’s Beige Lexus, Amanda almost runs to her new automobile.

“It’s beautiful!” Amanda cries.

“I will see you later, Mandy. I’ve got to devise a way of getting that elixir down Julia. Don’t forget our meeting later on this evening.” Billy reminds.

“Billy, why don’t you invite Dr. Shirley Crenshaw over for a cup of tea. Give her a call on your way back home. Explain the situation to her and I am positive she will be able to lure Демон away.” Katlin insinuates.

“Good idea, Kat. There are a few things I need to discuss with Dr. Benjamin Riley as well. It’s sure to bore Демон and give me the break that I need to slip a little something into Julia’s mug.” Billy recites, deciding that this will be the only way he can achieve his goal.

“That’s settled then. Good luck, Billy. Hop into the Porsche Katlin, and Cami. We’ve only got a few hours before the conference.” Amanda decides and away they all go.

To Be Continued …

The Darken Vessel: Minerva 16

  • The Darken Vessel: Minerva 16
    Julia has finally been released from the evil influence of Демон and is being briefed on the coming events by her husband, Billy. Amanda has her new Pink Porsche and is busy with Katlin. Most importantly, it is the Vorabend des Vollmondes!

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