We entered Wolf’s apartment with mingled sighs of relief. I dropped my bag by the door and walked into his arms. He pulled me to him and snuggled me against him, I lay my head against his chest and listened to the strong powerful beat of his heart. I relaxed in his arms, letting his warmth seep into me. I let the memory of seeing my mother strung up by shadow demons float away, and the knowledge that a demon was going to take Melissa’s soul…
A heavy feeling settled inside my heart, so many lives are now in danger and I cannot do a thing to stop them from happening, all because I’m a petty mortal.
I sighed and tightened my arms around Wolf’s neck. He nuzzled my neck and inhaled in my scent.
“It’s going to be okay Akira.” He whispered into my neck.
I shivered at the feel of his breath tickling over my skin.
“I want it all to just go away Wolf. I want all this mess to disappear then you and I can just be together.” I croaked. He remained silent and I knew that he was thinking about his boss and hell.
I pushed away the painful thought of him leaving and drew back to kiss him. He responded in kind, knowing that I needed his touch, his soothing and reassuring caresses. I curled my fingers into his shirt and urged him backwards until he bumped into the couch.
We fell down on it in a heap of tangled limbs and merged mouths. I pulled back and stared down at him. His stormy eyes were hooded in passion and full with love, or what looked like love to me.
“Take me away.” I whispered to him. He responded by pressing his lips to mine and we feel into our own version of heaven.
* * *
Fires burnt all around me. I could hear the screeches of incinerated humans and smell the pungent smell of their burning flesh. Roars and growls sounded from everywhere, glowing eyes lurked in every corner and inhuman laughter sounded over the screams, laughing in delight as we all burned.
“Wolf!” I shouted. I scanned the area but I saw nothing but the glowing eyes and flames. Wolf was nowhere to be seen.
I fell to the ground in a hopeless slump and sobbed into my hands. We’re all going to die down here and I didn’t even get the chance to say good bye to the one man that I’ll love for the rest of my days, or however long it will take me to turn to ash.
“Akira!” A voice suddenly screeched.
I looked to my left and saw my mother walking toward me unharmed. I scrambled to my feet and gaped at her in shock.
“Mum! I thought you were dead.” I said to her in surprise. She shrugged and looked into the flames that licked along the ground, slowly inching their way over toward me.
“Why would I be dead? I’m a bad mother, a bad person. So I’m safe from the fire.” She said with a shrug. I shook my head in denial.
“That cannot be true! You’re human! No human is immune right?” She laughed and thrust her hand into the fire. I yelped in surprise and watched in shock as the fire parted around her hand and continued toward me.
“How is that possible?” I asked in shock.
She laughed again and just looked at me. I looked down and saw that the fire had crept closer, I went to back up but more was behind me. There was no escape.
“Help me!” I pleaded to my mother. She shook her head and turned to walk away.
“No!” I screamed. “Please mum, I don’t want to die!” I shouted. She continued to walk away from me.
My legs started to feel hot, then hotter and hotter until it felt like my flesh and muscle was melting off of my bones. It crawled up my body, it’s needy fingers inching upwards to my hips, waist, belly, chest and slowly and agonizingly covered my face.
I screamed in one long endless wail, I could do nothing but scream. The pain was indescribable no words could form and soon not even a scream could come from me.
So this is what hellfire feels like… was the last thought that passed through my incinerated brain.