Last Line(s): Audrey stepped forward. “Fine.” she said. “We’ll help.”
Akol gave her a wide grin. “Thank you!”
Will was fine with Audrey’s decision. As long as she was safe, he was fine with it all. “One question.” he spoke up. Akol smiled wider at him, urging him to speak. “Why are your eyes red to me and black to Aud?”
Akol chuckled. “Everyone sees me differently.”
Soon, the couple and the devil were trudging through the dark forest. Since Will and Audrey weren’t at all familiar with the woods, they kept on tripping over roots and stones. Akol looked as if he was floating over the ground - he might as well have been.
“Blimey.” Will started. “If I trip over one more root, I’ll die -” he was interrupted by Akol who stuck out his leg, making him trip. Will’s feet tangled beneath him and he fell face first into the dirt. “Ow.”
Akol chuckled as Audrey leaned down to help him up. She looked up at the devil and scowled. "Idiot." she muttered. Will sat on his knees.
"What the hell was that for?" he glared at the devil, who was a few feet away, waiting for the other two to get up. Dashingly, Akol smiled, showing off his pearly white fangs. "He's a buffoon." Will told Audrey.
"I'm aware." she replied.
The three of them started again on the track, Akol doing a few annoying pranks along the way. In their hearts, Will and Audrey were sending curses to him. The sun was rising now and the sky was a mix of pink, purple, and orange. Audrey whipped out her phone when she saw the beautiful scene, and took a picture. When they reached a larger clearing that stretched far and wide, her mouth dropped.
The scene was wondrous. There was the beautifully colored sky and tall, lifeless trees on the horizon. At that moment, a flock of foreign looking birds flew above the trees. Farther away, mountains stood tall. Her eyes frozen on the sight, she held up her hands and snapped another picture.
"It's much more beautiful when the Ditch is alive." Akol said quietly. Will was beside him, gaping at the same thing Audrey was. Audrey turned to look at Akol.
"What do you mean?" she breathed. "This is beautiful."
"Not after the Attack." Akol said bluntly.
Seeing that he was upset talking about whatever ‘the Attack’ was, Audrey kept quiet. Will didn't take the hint. "What attack?"
"The angels attacked." Akol said.
"What?" he scrunched up his nose.
"I'll explain more later." with that, Akol started walking away, towards the mountains to the left. Audrey and Will shared a confused look. Neither knew what he was talking about. Audrey turned on her phone.
"What are you doing?" he asked.
"Looking through myths and legends." she replied.
"I doubt there's internet."
"No satellite, either."
Audrey clicked on the data icon, clicked yes when the phone double checked with her whether or not she wanted to use data or not, and searched up 'myths and legends about devils' on Google. It worked. Will was looking over her shoulder.
"Oh well." he shrugged, and jogged behind Akol, trying to keep up with his long strides. He was already a few meters away. Audrey walked behind them. There was nothing interesting to see. Just stories.
And more stories.
And even more stories. Audrey sighed.
None of them matched what Akol had said so far.
Audrey sighed and tucked away her phone. She walked cautiously around the roots, hopping over bigger stones. When she reached Will, she intertwined her fingers in his and held firmly.
“What’s wrong?” Will asked, sensing Audrey’s fear.
“Nothing.” Audrey said. Will didn’t say anything.
Something swished in front of them as they walked onward. Audrey and Will froze. Akol, as fast as lightning, turned around and held an attack pose, ready to strike when necessary. There was a bow and arrow in his hands. “Behind me. Now.” his voice was low. When neither Will nor Audrey moved, he looked up at them and his body started growing again.
“That’s actually probably the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen.” Will muttered, dragging Audrey with him a few feet behind Akol. Something they hadn’t noticed before was that Akol had grown a tail. It was a long red, rope looking thing, and it had a triangle shaped thing at the end.
“Ew.” Audrey scrunched up her nose. “He’s a literal devil. His horns and tail and his horrifyingly muscular body…”
Will flinched when Audrey said that last part. There was something else in her voice, other than disgust. He squeezed her hand. Akol was still standing there, crouched low now, the bow and arrow still ready to strike. The bush rustled but nothing showed itself. Akol spoke up, his voice as low as low could go. “Emoce tuo. I ma Retsam fo eht Hctid. Wohs flesrouy, won.”
Slowly, the rustling stopped and out came the most beautiful creature Audrey or Will had ever seen. She had long silky white hair that flowed down to her feet, her face was clear of flaws, she had bright eyes the color of the moon, and there was an unearthly glow coming from her. Something that almost made Audrey pass out was her wings. They were made of feathers and it looked like there were pearls decorating it, but when Audrey looked closer, there were no pearls on either wing. Not one.
Akol straightened up, and he slowly changed back into his original form. “Obraya.” he snarled.
“Akolxohez.” Obraya smiled, and it seemed as if the whole world lit up.
“Stop.” Akol growled.
“Why?” Obraya smiled even wider and Will felt weak at his knees. Audrey squeezed his hand tighter.
“You’re going to kill them, you fool.” Akol said.
“Your painter and writer seem precious to you. Hm?” Obraya’s smile left her lips.
Akol had completely returned to his normal-form now. “Of course.”
“How are you?” Obraya walked towards Akol, walking around him. When she reached behind him, she looked at Will in the eye, and winked. Will felt a lump in his throat. That’s when the couple noticed her attire. It was a beautiful long gown with gold embroidery. Her feet were bare and Audrey almost felt the urge to give her her own shoes.
“Stop, Obraya. You’re not supposed to be here. You’re supposed to be up in the skies.” Akol said, spelling out each word. “Go. Back.”
“No.” Obraya said, standing in front of Akol again. “I have a job to do.”
“What is it?” Akol hissned and narrowed his eyes at her.
“I have to kill two specific people.” Obraya smiled again, the corner of her eyes crinkling.
Akol held out his right hand and a white substance - mist, was it? - danced out of his palm, and swirled around Obraya, making her freeze. Her smile was still there and her eyes looked empty, sending chills up Audrey and Will’s spines. Akol held up his left hand to his side and a flail appeared in his hand with a soft crack! The couple stared in horror and Akol swung the flail around his head three times before smashing it into Obraya’s body. As if made of glass, Obraya shattered into a million pieces.
Audrey screamed and Will clamped her mouth shut. Audrey bit his hand away and Will winced in pain. Audrey marched up to Akol and punched him. “You just killed her!” she yelled.
Akol looked up at Will understandingly. “I see why you hate her punching you all the time.” he said coolly. Audrey’s face turned red with anger. “She was about to kill you two.” Akol said. He muttered a few words and the flail disappeared from his hand. Shattered-Obraya still had an unearthly glow to her even in her broken state.
Before Akol could add another sentence, the shattered pieces of Obraya started vibrating and moving around until it created the number -
“One?” That was Will.
“There ya go. She has one life left.” Akol explained.
“But you still murdered her!” Audrey exclaimed, horrified.
“Not exactly. And even if I did, Herschel would send another one of his slaves to kill you two. I was protecting you, so shut up and follow me. I’ll explain.” Akol said.
Audrey tried to retort but when she tried to open her mouth, it wouldn’t budge. Neither did Will’s. So they held each other’s hand, and followed Akol out of the dark forest.