"He's done it again!" Narada cried to Lord Vishnu. "Tharakasur has sent yet another demon after Lady Sathi!"
Lord Vishnu blinked out of his sleep and turned to Narada.
"You must do something, Lord Vishnu," Narada pleaded. "That demon has no concept of morals or values. He's turned arrogant from the boon Lord Shiva has granted him and thinks he may do anything he pleases."
"Well… he can, can he not?"
"There must be a limit!" Narada replied. "There must be a point when, for the betterment of the universe, Tharakasur must be killed despite his boon."
"If he crosses that limit, Narada, I am sure Lord Shiva will take care of Tharakasur himself-son or no son," Lord Vishnu assured him.
"He just tried to kill Adi Shakti, my lord," Devi Lakshmi pointed out. "Is that not a heinous enough crime? After all, Lord Shiva had been prepared to kill King Daksh for threatening to do the same to his daughter."
"Ah, but you forget that King Daksh is a man, and Tharakasur a demon."
"What difference does it make?" Devi Lakshmi asked curiously.
Lord Vishnu smiled. "It makes all the difference in the world, my lady. A man is born as a clean slate, but with the ability to build a moral code. He is able to discern right from wrong and walk the right path if he so chooses to. A demon, on the other hand, is born evil. There are few demons who can truly fight their nature-and those few demons shall certainly be rewarded greatly for their strength. However, how can we punish a demon for being who he is? For fulfilling his purpose in the universe?
"When this universe was created, it was created not for utopia, but for balance. As there are gods, so there are demons. It is the purpose of the demons to do evil, and the purpose of gods to do good. Now, we all know that the gods are flawed, yet we are willing to excuse their mistakes. So how is it fair to punish a demon for doing exactly what he was created for: evil? If you are willing to punish him for that, what punishment would you give to us Divine Three for creating the demon in the first place?"
Author's Note: Okay, seriously, people... consider this the desperate plea of an author entirely at the mercy of their reader's hands: plllleeeeeaaaassseee keep the feedback coming! Especially points I can improve on! I definitely plan on writing a sequel (already started on it!) and I don't want to make the same mistakes I made in this one! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE REVIEW!