I'm being followed. She finds me. Talks to me. Threatens me. She wants me to do something for her. Something big. Something important. Something horribly wrong. She's everywhere - in my dreams, in the streets...she finds me no matter where I go. If I don't do as she says, she will do something bad to me. Very bad. Unimaginable. There's no place safe. Where do I hide? What do I do?


11. Chapter 10

Exultant. Triumphant. Victorious. 

That's how Irastiyoth felt as she sat back on her majestic throne with the air of someone who had already won an impossible battle. Everything was going according to her plan. Soon, she would have all she had ever craved for. The centuries she had spent in hell, plotting the destruction of the Earth, would not be wasted. Her demons would not fail her.

Aeistha stood next to her, forehead wrinkled in worry. Aeistha, silly she is, thought Irastiyoth. She should start believing in my plans.

Someone was emerging from the shadows, the silhouette growing clearer and clearer until Irastiyoth found a man of about twenty years of age, young and perfectly-built, standing before her. He wore an expression that was undoubtedly one of unwavering dedication and devotion, but his eyes were blank as though he did not know what he was doing. 

"Olfenger," Irastiyoth addressed him. "Is your host protesting?"

"Hardly," he sneered. "Humans are weaker than we had imagined, my lady."

She laughed. "What news have you brought, Olfenger?"

"Our forces have spread to other countries, my lady," he said, his voice trembling with excitement. "There is mayhem in the United States, complete wreckage in Australia and disasters in Asia as well. I daresay we might achieve our goal earlier than we had anticipated!"

Irastiyoth chuckled at this. "My dear Olfenger, as you very astutely stated, humans are weaker than we had imagined after all. You have brought me the best news of the day, Olfenger, and you will be rewarded for that. Meanwhile, make sure our forces are taking over as many bodies as possible."

Olfenger looked disturbed. "Of course, my lady, but..." he hesitated. "But what about the - the girl?"

"Oh, Ava?" she smiled a crooked smile. "Yes, leave her to me. I will deal with her personally. Do not go near her or her family, do you understand? Now leave!"

Olfenger scrambled out of the throne room. Standing beside Irastiyoth, Aeistha tensed again. "My lady, what is all this?" her voice was fretful and extremely concerned. "Why are you protecting the girl? She was supposed to be mine! Why did you take her away from me?"

Irastiyoth glared at her most faithful servant for a few moments, but then, the crooked smile returned. "Ah, I am so sorry that I deprived you of the pleasure of possessing the girl, Aeistha. But as you may know, I do everything for a reason. I have my reasons to protect the girl and her family too."

"You mean you are actually going to keep them safe? You mean they will be the only ones who will not die in the battle?"

Irastiyoth gave a mirthless laugh. "Of course not, Aeistha. I will keep them safe for now, definitely. I have a job for the girl, which only she can do. Once the job is done...she will not need to live, neither will her family."

Aeistha's tensed face broke into a grin immediately. "So...you are not going to keep the promise after all?"

"Surely, you did not expect me to keep them alive once they are of no use to me, did you? But I will be doing her a favour by ending their lives...they would not want to live to see the world in destruction, would they?"

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