Timeline:

Soon.

 

This story takes place
right after
A Demon’s Plan (Part Four) – All End

 

 

“You.. you obstinate fool! You bargained my ‘Shal’ for the damned soul of a demon!”

 

 

“Yes.”

 

 

“Silly girl.. You should have bargained for your own.”

 

 

“I shall earn, my ‘own’.”

 

 

“Why would you do this? What is she to you, that you would make this bargain?”

 

 

“A friend.”

 

 

“A friend? She is a fiend.”

 

“She has no ‘friend’.”

 

“She can never have, ‘friend’.”

 

 

“She had me.”

 

 

“Another fiend.”

 

 

“Yes.”

 

 

“You truly are an unredeemable fool and not quite sane.”

 

 

“The fact that you will consistently see me a silly girl, I have never minded, for I have always been that.

 

“But reminded me, unfailingly, as a fiend, unredeemable, and alone, is sad..”

 

“Yes, I am a fool. And perhaps not quite sane as well..”

 

“But does my folly and relative lack of sanity have any relevance to the validity of the bargain?

 

“Will you, then, go back on your word?”

 

 

“No. I do not betray my word.”

 

 

“Then, I am content.”

 

 

“You could have asked.. for a lot more.”

 

“You could have wished for anything!

 

 

“I did not want a lot more. But I did wish for anything;

 

“That my friend was to be free.”

 

“That she would be allowed to work to save her soul.”

 

“And like any Mortal, that she could Ascend.

 

 

“She is the scion of Succubae.”

 

“She will always have lust.”

 

“She can never be free of that.”

 

 

“Then, she is already Mortal!”

 

 

“She is Sin. She cannot Ascend.”

 

 

“It is good, then, that the choice of Ascension is graced by ‘Compassion’ before it’s judged by ‘Wrath’.”

 

 

“Your faith in her is commendable, but misplaced. This, you must see.”

 

 

“It does not matter. I have made my choice. She will be free and she will have the chance to labor, and save her own, every day, and every night, and every walking moment of her life to attain her Ascension.”

 

“She will have the opportunity to be a woman to her man and to bear his children. With the sweat of her brows, she will grow the food from the dirt ere she puts it on their table. With the strength of her back, she will care and carry him, when he grows old. And with the pain in her heart she will fear, not for herself, but for them.”

 

“With tooth and nail, she will fight and bleed to protect what she has..”

 

“She will be the first among us to feel.. and understand compassion and love.”

 

“Hence, she will have a chance to earn her Ascension..”

 

“That is more than anyone has ever offered to any of my kind..”

 

 

“She will die.”

 

 

“All die. And All End. Until then, she will live happy. And when her time comes, she will die content, for she will have her children, and her children’s children around her.”

 

“She will have people who shall love her in life, and mourn for her in death. She will have people who will remember her. And the life-long labors of her deeds will walk this earth after her, thus she will never be forgotten, for her grueling deeds shall be a gift to her lineage; they will be free of the curse that beset her.”

 

“She will be known to all Mortals and not, as ‘the Fiend who Ascended’..”

 

 

“It is ludicrous and lunacy, to think she could be saved. And you bargained my ‘Light’.. my ‘Grace’.. for her..”

 

 

“We are, because you let it happen. You watched, with your kind, from your perch among the Heavens, as Mortals did what they did to us. Had you, perhaps, given us better options, we would never have been.

 

 

“I remember. Someone else said something similar. Once.”

 

 

“Perhaps you should have listened to her.. You ask me why I bargained your ‘Light’ and your ‘Grace’ for the soul of a fiend.”

 

“That ‘fiend’.. walks and carefully, every day. That ‘fiend’.. sleeps and fitfully, every night. Always in fear, always in terror that she might be ravaged, stained, and slain as her flesh is torn, shredded and gnawed off her bones, as her will, and her life is taken from her, at any moment.”

 

“She is alone and vulnerable, always.”

 

“Tell me. Who is to protect my fiend?”

 

“We. Were. Born.”

 

“Never were we asked, nor were we ever tasked with a choice.”

 

“Only born.”

 

“And thrown into pits before we could walk. We were fed by the lurid sins and the feces of Mortals.”

 

“We were broken, and beyond repair. We were made so we could never understand, never feel, never relate..”

 

“Always lose, but never mourn.”

 

“Yet, she found me. And together, we were two broken fiends who became friends in Hell.”

 

“That..”

 

“Was the only free choice..”

 

“We made.”

 

 

“You.. you could have bargained for the souls of so many.”

 

 

“I do not have so many.”

 

“I do not know so many.”

 

“I have but one.”

 

“And I know only that one.”

 

 

“Be damned, you and your fiend friend..

 

 

“I already am.”

 

“She. No longer..”

 

“She. Is free.

 

 

“You could have saved your Mortal friends.”

 

 

“I have. Their lives and their loves..”

 

“Bled for them, I have. Suffered pain and again for them. Lied and cheated for them. I have made them woe and abhor me so they would be reminded of the truly significant.”

 

“Abandoned all sound and reason, and traded the beat of my own heart for them..”

 

“..I have.”

 

“And burned for them.”

 

“I have…”

 

“Watched over them, day and night, above them and around them.”

 

“..I have.”

 

“Thus, with tooth and nail, I have worked to earn my Ascension..”

 

 

“It is likely she will kill the boy.”

 

 

“We only burn once. All these years, and her burn has never gone, never faded. It still simmers.. That is remorse. And that is love.”

 

“Who, among Mortals and nons, feel as we feel; always lost.”

 

“Who, among Mortals and nons, live as we live; always destitute.”

 

“And who, among Mortals and nons, suffer as we suffer; always scalded.”

 

“Judging the Half-Born must not be much of a challenge, when you shun us for being born the way we are. They have judged us to be fit for only one purpose. And you have judged us for merely being.”

 

“Are we thus doomed, Priceptine, to be treated the same by them, and you?

 

“In your willingness to pass unseasonable judgment and reign your wrath upon us, you fail to see what we have thus achieved..”

 

“One is an accident. A freak. A defect born of deficiency.”

 

“Two is not.”

 

“It is a promise.

 

“And it is hope..

 

“We have thus shown all, Mortals and nons, that they do not have to be what they were indoctrinated.”

 

“We have shown them that they are not doomed to their predicament, but that all could work for their Ascension.”

 

“This is the new precedence that we have set.. in Hell!”

 

“They will know..”

 

“..if there can be two, there can now be three.”

 

“And where there are three, there can be more..”

 

 

 

“You are naïve, and this was truly a depressing bargain;”

 

“A fiend, for my ‘Galad’..”

 

 

“This..”

 

“..was the best of bargains;”

 

“A ‘friend’.. for a stick!”

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
 

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  1. This was a short, follow-up, of the story;

    A Demon’s Plan (18+) (Part Four) – All End.

    Merisoul is a strange girl with strange impulses and stranger motives. She does not really understand even base emotions such as love, friendship, loyalty, care, sympathy, and compassion. She ‘feels’ them though.

    “Not comprehend. Only feel.”

    She sacrificed her own blood, on many occasions to save her mortal ‘friends’. She even went as far as to sacrifice her own life force, to save Inshala once, only because she thought the little girl was about to ‘understand’ love, even though she, herself, could not. In her mind, that justified the ‘trade-off’, as demented as that seemed.

    It is very possible she does not see the world as a mortal does; Life ends, and that is inevitable. What we do, and what we feel, however, are there to stay.

    What she does not have, she lives to make sure others around her do, because, as opposed to her, they have the capacity to do so..

    Thus she has, in secrecy, tried so hard to help Aager and Inshala by doing all the possible stupid things so they could talk and spend time together, going as far as getting herself burned. Udoorin and Lorna by pushing the young man, in particular, so he could brave up to asking the princess to marry him while trying to keep Anglenna off their back. Gnine, by trying to raise his spirits at times he felt low, and even giving him a part of her name. Bremorel, by inadvertently pushing her towards Thomas. And Arcantonic Palecog, by telling her “Those who love us, will miss us.”

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