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


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SHAKING MY HEAD FREE OF THE VISION, I climbed to my knees. I looked up to see Balthazar still writhing on the ground. Apparently the more evil you were on the outside the more guilt you felt on the inside. He kicked and screamed, holding his head while I had time to recover. So I’d made it back to health, but I had been vain about it. I was glad that I had had humility beaten into me by someone better than me. Again, I felt sickened at seeing myself in that light, but decided it was better to learn from my youthful mistakes and use them to become a better person.

Balthazar stopped convulsing on the ground. He grunted as drool dripped from his mouth and he stood to face me.

“Michael, you should have finished me while I was helpless,” he yelled. “It’s what I would have done!”

“I made that mistake once before, Balthazar,” I yelled back. “It cost me years of guilt. It’s time to finish you the right way.”

I charged at him. He roared as I got close and swung his thick black fists at my head. I let him lightly graze the crown of my head and pretended to fall to the ground in pain. He turned to the crowd again and howled in triumph, just as I had hoped. As he turned, I grabbed the microphone lead, which lay just to the left and jumped on the demon’s back, wrapping it around his neck.
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