Three Samael devotees go to a bar. It’s a bad joke. No one drinks. We eat gelato and drink virgin Pina Coladas. Allie is very tired. It is a Wednesday late at night, hump day, and Samael is either stoned, an idiot, hungry for pasta, or trying to bother Allie, because M has an anxiety attack and suddenly her eyes turn pitch black and death clings to her and it is not her in her body, but Samael sitting next to Allie looking at her as if she is a princess locked in a cage on his chest with black hole eyes and a shark smirk.
Allie panics, gets the check, and tries to take care of K and Samael and M all at once while simultaneously being hunted by the Grim Reaper, who stares out the corner of his eyes at her smiling like the Joker, pulling out her chair, following her like a demon lord, doting on her and clinging like a shadow. Allie asks Samael what he wants. He laughs like a maniac then says “Nothing.” He continues to stalk her. Allie is in a parking lot in DC and is terrified to death because really now who has pitch black eyes and stinks of rot and roses and feels like they are choking her to death.
Samael continues to remain mostly silent and M may as well be dead. He occasionally busts his gut laughing like a sociopath. K is confused. Samael looks at the Grim Reaper in the botanica window and sizes him up. He clings to Allie and Allie looks in his eyes and all instincts tell her to run him over with her car, but then her best friend would be dead, and Samael could just as easily pick another random person to possess off the street. All it took this time to summon him was a Pete Steele reference.
All Samael does is stare, laugh, dote, suffocate, and tease. He is the lion and I am some idiot little furry animal in his jaws. He behaves like Hannibal Lecter and looks ready to either fuck or eat me or maybe both at once. The Devil has come to suburbia and the Grim Reaper is a troll.
Allie puts Samael in the backseat of her Nissan Versa while suppressing a panic attack, keeping K safe, and Samael glares at her in her rear view mirror, eyes ink, eyes pitch, eyes the kind of death spiral that screams annhilation.
Allie calls to M and tries to ground her. Samael barely lets go. Allie tells Samael to get out of her car and leave her best friend alone. M returns after Samael lets out one more murderous laugh and then he is gone, and M is a crying wreck. Nowhere is safe for any of his wives, not even sober Hump Days over ice cream, and we are nothing more than his chewtoys.
Allie drives M home, then tries to suppress her panic and terror for another hour on the Beltway as she drives her guest home.
Allie gets to the parking garage, and the shadows move with meaning. Allie feels Sam holding her spine and heart in his claws and clamping down, squeezing.
Allie is terrified.
Allie is livid.
Allie is, above all, PISSED.
Allie calls her best friend to wail, her boyfriend for war plans, and with an Odin invocation and Pow Wow magic, doused in St Michael cologne and blood for Odin, she lays down in bed and steps out of her body, through the darkness between worlds, to a gala in Hell. Ladies are dressed in mechanical Victorian jeweled carapaces and the spices are like Morocco meets Indonesia meets Pandemonium. Men flirt with her but Allie is murderous, is charged with Michael’s presence. She goes through the night markets where sex and death and poison and pleasure are all up for sale. She hunts. She flies through the night and bounces off turrets and skyscrapers and hunts Samael down.
Samael is smoking weed and drunk off his ass in a messy apartment party. His eyes are the same black voids. He says how beautiful Allie looks and how he can’t wait to have more children with such a gorgeous woman. Allie does more than slap him for once.
Allie stabs him.
Samael laughs like a maniac and pulls the knife from his chest. He gives it back to Allie.
“I dare you to do it again.”
Allie does. Only this time, she is gouging his eyes out, his guts, his brains, and he is Alucard taking blow after blow like her trashy anime.
Allie screams Eihwaz first, then Dagaz, then Kenaz, finally Ansuz, and Odin’s energy explodes in a nuclear blast and Samael and his druggie demon friends are left dead. At least for now, because immortals can’t die, but we like to kill each other temporarily.
Allie is giddy off bloodlust, at how right it feels to murder her Bluebeard. She returns to her body and goes to sleep.
She cares for M the next day. She discovers Samael visited K, nonchalant after Allie had killed him, and said he simply wanted to spend time with Allie, and that he only had eyes for her.
Eyes lie, and time kills. Samael is legions of eyes and his wings are the twelve hours. He is a tempter, a madman, the Blind God, a liar, and Allie is growing impatient with assholes.
He rapes her the next night, just to put her in her place, but she knows she can always kill him again, will kill him again, and though Death always win, at least the Maiden can have Pyrrhic victories, drive Death into the fiery lake, and take him to oblivion with her.