‘We have to find Simmelweiss; his assistant is a miser. He underpaid us,’ said Helena.
‘You got to drain him of some blood, so consider the matter settled,’ grinned Eddy.
‘I have a map of the city and a pendulum. I need something personal of Simmelweiss to track him,’ Amaryllis explained.
‘Well, we’d best go to his office then,’ Jed answered.
The office of Simmelweiss was on the third floor. It was luxurious and filled with exotic artifacts, a huge bookcase, and a couple of exquisite paintings against the wall.
Eddy helped himself to a drink from the bar.
‘Eddy, you are stealing from the doctor,’ Helena said.
‘Oh, he can miss a bit of Scotch. He is richer than Elon Musk.’
‘I see his glasses. That’s bad news,’ said Amaryllis ‘the professor would not go anywhere without his spectacles. But I can use it to track him.’=
Slowly in circular movements, the pendulum moved above the map. It stopped at the apartment block of a rough neighborhood.
‘Yes, we are going to need our weapons to retrieve him. Hopefully, he is still alive,’ Eddie said.
The van drove to the designated place. The streets were filthy. Litter was everywhere, torn garbage bags were all over the place, as was graffiti.
Jed kicked down the entrance they sealed off with a rusty chain. Because he was a vampire, his power was incredible. He was already a muscular and tall figure, but the transformation made his power peak.
In daily life, he was, however, an amiable introvert.
He held his AK-47 clenched in his hands and started scanning the environment, aided by Debbie, whose psychic abilities could pick up thoughts.
‘They are two floors above us. On the stairs, there are sentinels,’ she said with closed eyes.
‘We’ll have to kill them quietly.’
‘We have our vampiric speed.’ Helena answered.
They skulked through the hallway to the entrance of the first stair hall.
Debbie took the brain over from the armed guard before Eddy opened the door and, in a flash, grabbed hold of him and drained him of his blood.
‘Yuk, he ate garlic for lunch.’
‘Be quiet, next one is for me,’ whispered Helena.
The same scenario went down on the second floor.
On the third floor, there were footsteps of people coming down the stairs fast.
‘shit, there are security cameras,’ said Jed, pointing at one of them.
Amaryllis started crafting a spell. Debbie took control of one mind and ordered her thrall to shoot the person next to him. Gunshots
Eventually, the door opened, and two heavily armed zombies came through staggering.
Amarylis extended her hands and spread her fingers. The zombies turned to dust.
‘Good, that leaves only one remaining demon. I pick up his disgusting thoughts. He is outraged, said Debbie.
‘I sense his power. He is no small-time demon. We have to watch out,’ Amaryllis warned them.
‘We stopped Asmodeus; I think we take on this one too.’ said Eddy barging in complete confidence.
Then they heard him shouting in fear. He was panicking as if his life was in the balance.
Amaryllis ordered the others to stop. She crafted fast a spell that gave protection to all sorts of sorcery.
Then they went in.
Debbie took a shot at a very tall man with black eyes and white hair. He looked somewhat like a scarecrow.
The bullet went through a fog. The creature could materialize and dematerialize himself at will.
Jed fired a grenade. The fog blew further apart.
Amaryllis conjured a spell containing the separate pieces of the fog in an invisible forcefield. Debbie did the same with her psychic abilities.
Eddy sat in a corner with his hands before his eyes, whimpering.
‘A Scarecrow demon,’ Helena snarled, ‘they bring your worst fears to life.’
‘What’s Eddy’s biggest fear?’ asked Debbie.
‘He’ll have to tell you it himself,’ Helena said briskly.
Jed had found Simmelweiss also paralyzed from fear.
He punched the doctor to wake him out of his catatonic state.
He didn’t know his strength and hit the doctor pretty hard.
‘Stop it, fool, your killing him,’ Helena yelled.
Amaryllis cast several spells.
One killed the demon.
It fell in bloody pieces on the floor.
The other made Eddy come to his senses and cured doctor Simmelweiss.
‘Good, let’s get out of here,’ said Helena.
A couple of zombies charged the entrance. Jed took care of them with a grenade.
‘It’s wise to leave. I’ll open a portal to the doctor his office. You take hold of him and carry him through,’ Amaryllis said.
‘Boy, this dude is heavy,’ Eddie said ‘he must way a ton.’
‘I always suspected a starving man in him,’ Jed answered.
In his office, they realized Simmelweiss hadn’t got a pulse anymore. He also had stopped breathing.
‘What are you doing in my father’s office,’ a sharp, nasal voice asked angrily.
They turned to a man looking as a spitting image like Simmelweiss, only thinner and thirty years younger.’
‘We went to rescue your abducted father.’
‘He seems dead.’
‘Yes, things went badly.’
‘Fine, from now on, you sell demons to me, you hear. And I want them alive, or I don’t pay a penny for them. Thousand dollars for a zombie and low-level scum, ten thousand for an Archdemon or a King.’
‘A King is worth more.’
‘Take it or leave it, mister,’ he pushed against Eddie’s chest with his index finger.
‘Nice ring,’ said Eddy ‘I want him.’ He tried to hypnotize the son of Simmelweiss.
‘Nice trick, but it won’t work. I carry vervain with me. I always carry it with me as well as this blessed silver cross.’
‘We will make contact with you, sir,’ Helena said, hiding her anger ‘we have to decide if we still want to work for you.’
‘You got 48 hours. Then I seek replacements,’ the young man said deviously ‘by the way, you can call me Sir Rockwell. They knighted me, you know.’
‘I thought you were called Simmelweiss.’
‘Such a ridiculous name. I changed it when I was eighteen,’ the man ridiculed Amaryllis.
Defeated by the loss of the old Simmelweiss, the group returned to their apartment none of them wanted, but Asmodeus burned their house down, so they had to rent a shithole.
‘I don’t like that Rockwell prick,’ Eddie said. ‘I wanted to suck him dry.’
‘Maybe you’ll get the chance for that later. We wait 48 hours and phone him we will work for him on certain terms,’ said Helena.