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

Ten

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I SAT UNDER THE GLARE OF THE SPOTLIGHT like a stunned deer, the halogen globes blinding me. I could barely hear the roar of the crowd over my ticking mind. Had I just heard correctly? I thought frantically. Was I to fight? And this demon was the man I’d killed on earth? My stomach constricted into a twisted knot of fear. I felt someone beside me and then I heard The Devil whisper in my ear.

“It’s time to face your demons, Michael. It’s time to confront yourself. This is the next step. This is the road to salvation.”

I felt myself being lifted by invisible hands as I drifted slowly in the air over the crowd before the stage. I struggled and writhed around but continued down toward the howling black demon called Balthazar. The strangest thought went through my head. I don’t even know his real name. I turned back to look above me at Satan, who just stood nodding at me, looking me in the eyes. I felt like a lamb being lead to the slaughter.

My feet thumped on the stage. Balthazar roared and instantly charged at me. Luckily, I was off balance and stumbled forward as he skidded past me, bowling into a stack of speakers at the side of the stage, which scattered like Styrofoam blocks into the crowd. I had a few merciful seconds to assess my situation. There was nowhere to run to, nowhere to turn. I would have to try and fight this beast.
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