Book III

Chapter 27

"I should've just went back to Hell… That is better than this! You just brought me into the human variety of hell!"

Lillie had dragged Loki into the school while he made his smartass remarks. She turned to look at Loki with a droll stare planted over her face.

"Because the experience in hell is any better than this?" Lillie retorted with a hint of sarcasm.

Loki didn't need to even think about it and answered bluntly," Yes. Even becoming a fricken pirate is better than coming to this stupid square building of human teens."

"What do you have against human teens?" Lillie questioned with a frown. Loki pointed behind him.

Lillie looked over Loki's shoulder to find girls had literally stopped in their tracks to stare at Loki and whisper to their friends. Some looked like they were making a small pond of drool at their feet.

"It must be the silver eye… or the eyepatch. I should've saved the ugly one instead," Lillie said scrunching up her nose.

"Damn it. You're telling me there was an ugly one that could've taken my place as fangirl distraction. You should've said something," Loki exclaimed in a feigned aghast tone.

Lillie gasped in realization of something and then cried," Pirates must be getting popular. That's why!"

Loki's response was to give her a droll stare adjusting the eyepatch over his eye.

"Now if only a ship... my dream would come true."

Lillie rolled her eyes at Loki's sarcasm. Then Lillie spotted a suspicious looking figure sneaking past them. It looked to be Tobias trying to hide his face under the hood of his sweater.

"Tobias, I can still see you under your hoodie!" Lillie cried. Tobias flinched as he pulled down his hoodie with a loud exhale.

"Hey… Lillie…" he greeted awkwardly rubbing the back of his neck.

Lillie crossed her arms at Tobias and gave him a pointed stare.

"So… did you bring your handy knife in case you wanted to make a sandwich in class?" Lillie questioned. Tobias scowled at the lame excuse that he had used yesterday and had quickly taken off after that.

Tobias nearly face palmed as he groaned out loud and mumbled," I just... really... like... eating sandwiches..." before he skulked away. She won't ever forget about that lame excuse I made last night.


Lillie jumped at the voice. With a quick motion, she elbowed whoever it was and then threw him over her shoulder onto his back. Loki had to sidestep to avoid being hit by its legs.

Ethan lay on the ground groaning in agony with a hand reaching out towards the ceiling. "I-I… think I see the light…"

Lillie's eyes widened.

"I didn't do it," Lillie cried quickly. Loki arched a brow at her.

"Clearly… it was just an unforeseen force of nature," Loki retorted sarcastically. Lillie gave him a droll stare.

"Shush. Do your job," Lillie hissed at Loki. Loki responded with a frown.

"You mean the distracting fangirls while you throw a guy to the ground like the she hulk job," Loki said in a droll tone. He swept an arm to indicate the girls who stared unblinkingly at him and added dryly," Your welcome."

Lillie patted Loki on the shoulder and smirked. "Good job!"

Loki gave her a droll stare.

"Anything for you, babe," he said dryly.

Lillie turned her attention on Ethan as her expression turned to concern for him.

"Ethan? Are you okay?" Lillie questioned.

"… I think I'm in too much pain to even feel it any more. Maybe… It must mean I'm dying? Maybe… I'm in heaven… I think the light is getting closer," Ethan exclaimed as he stared at the ceiling. Lillie gave him an odd look before following Ethan's gaze.

"Th-that is the light. Like… the school light," Lillie elaborated. Ethan finally turned his attention to her.

"You mean... I'm not in heaven?" he asked sounding slightly disappointed.

Lillie slowly shook her head.

"No… but I think you may have hit your head pretty hard," Lillie said wincing at the damage that she had caused Ethan. Ethan slowly sat up wincing and then he put his hand on Lillie's shoulders.

"If I went to Heaven, maybe I'll finally get to see those damn horses that Krystal keeps obsessing over... With those stupid doe-like blue eyes and that horn in the middle of their forehead! It's messed up, dude!" Ethan screamed at her sounding completely delirious.

"Their unicorns and... We're going to the nurse's office," Lillie stated helping Ethan to his feet and made him wrap his arms around her shoulder for support. Loki decided to help as he supported Ethan on the other side and cast Lillie meaningful glare.

"Maybe next time you could respond by screaming if anyone scares you and you wouldn't have this issue," Loki said dryly. Lillie scrunched up her nose.

"It was an accident..."

Stark looked at the damage that Ruby had done to the back of his hand. He could see the bones in the back of his hand as a stinging unbearable pain throbbed from the injury. He glared at Ruby clearly irritated.

"I'll hear you out but if I don't like the deal you're making you better run," he spoke in a threatening manner causing Ruby to swallow hard.

"Have you heard about the hunter families?" Ruby questioned trying to hide how scared she was. Stark arched a brow at the question.

"What demon hasn't heard about the hunter families?" Stark retorted," Quit wasting my time and tell me what you want from me."

"I need your help on the Sasaki family. They captured a bunch of condemned in their confinement," Ruby exclaimed. Stark snorted in amusement at the request.

"Why should I help you? You do realize what I am and who I'm associated with," Stark said. Ruby's eyes narrowed on Stark.

"You should know the head of the Sasaki family is desperate to find the Hellraine at all costs. She thinks that the condemned will be able to provide her with the answers that she seeks," Ruby explained in a serious tone," Your Hellraine is in trouble."

"What about you? You, Sebastian, and the rest that aligned together wanted Lillie to be free from Hell. You aren't free from Hell just yet… I don't get how all this is even close to a deal," Stark exclaimed as a mischievous smirk crossed his lips. "Unless this ends with you selling your soul to me..."

Ruby glared at Stark looking unamused by what was being said to her.

"I will never sell my soul. I guess this hasn't been a deal, but a request to save my comrades and maybe a roof for me to live under."

Stark gave a small laugh at what Ruby was saying to him in complete disbelief.

"Do you take me for a fool?"

"I know a lot about the hunter families and the dark god that you seemed to be interested in," Ruby pointed out. Stark seemed to be thinking through everything before he took out a piece of paper writing down an address.

"Tell that idiot I told you you could stay there," Stark said. There was an evil glint in his emerald green eyes but Ruby didn't seem to notice. Ruby took the piece of paper looking satisfied.

"Good choice, handsome," she said flashing Stark a smile and turned around to leave. Stark was standing behind the counter with a rather evil, mischievous glint shimmering in his emerald green eyes.

"I hope it'll be more comfortable," Stark said causing Ruby to glance over her shoulder to give him an odd expression. Then she continued on her way out the bookstore. A wry, cocky smirk cast over his lips as he murmured under his breath," You're going to regret burning my hand."

Seth was staring out of the balcony door of his apartment with a stoic, stern expression over his face as he saw a reflection on the door. A dark, largely built, cruel looking man was staring at him as he pushed his glasses up from his nose. Seth quickly turned around and was smashed into the balcony door causing it to crack by the man.


"Seth… You found where the Hellraine was, didn't you?" Wrath spoke in a raspy voice. Seth swallowed.

"I freed Zero... He should be with her. I was going to tell you, Wrath…" Seth trailed off as Wrath threw him across the living room.

"Don't tell me… you were trying to filfill your own personal vendetta against the Hellraine, Seth," Wrath spat as he made his way closer to Seth. He grabbed Seth by his jaw. Seth could feel Wrath's grip tightening as Wrath whispered into his ear," Your loyalties still lie with him. It's no wonder he says you're useless to him. Just as the elder Hellraine had said in the past."

Wrath slammed Seth's head into the wall and walked out of the apartment casually. Seth began to slowly sit up wincing leaning against the wall away from the hole Wrath had made with his head. He had a blank expression cast over his face.

"Useless... huh?"