A journey through the bowels of Hell
with The Devil as your guide.


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BING. The doors opened out into a huge foyer. Smokey grey floors extended up into walls. It looked like the building was made out of one massive piece of marble. There were no seams or cracks anywhere to be seen. Even the windows seemed to be made out of marble, wafer thin and clouded with white swirls, like souls trying to escape a mineral prison. There were no paintings or pictures on the walls and no carpet. The room was bare, sterile except for a reception desk near the main entrance. A beautiful woman sat on a stool behind the counter. She was wearing a silky, black dress, as if ready to go to a ball, or possibly a funeral. She had a headset on, raven hair pulled back tight and wrapped in a bun, with a curved knife stabbed through as the lynch pin. She looked up and smiled at Satan as we exited the elevator. Two rows of white, razor-point teeth framed with black gums. A phone rang on the desk and she answered.
“Hello, you’ve reached the office of The Prince of Darkness, how may I help you?” she said in an abnormally low-pitched voice, gravelly but still feminine. “I’m sorry, he’s with an important client right now. Can I take a message?” She wrote a note on a pad in front of her as she nodded.
“This is Clytemnestra.” Satan introduced me as she hung up the phone.
“Pleased to meet you, Michael,” she smiled, exposing her murderous teeth again. “I’ve heard so much about you.”
“I’m sorry?” I stammered.
Satan cleared his throat behind me and she shrank back behind her desk.
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