It's been four days since the Mephisto/Alex/Brothers incident. Alex, somehow, was able to believe everything I told him. He told me that he would help in any way possible. My parents are allowing Alex to live with us. They told him that he could sleep in the guest room but he told me that he would rather sleep in my room with me. He said he would sleep on the floor but I said it would be no problem for him to sleep in my bed with me, it's big enough for the two of us and I know he won't try to pull something. He usually just stays at home while I go to school since he's a year older than me and graduated last year. He plans on getting a job soon so that he isn't just some free loader sitting around the house all day.
The boys haven't shown up to school since what happened on Monday and haven't even attempted to contact me. I'm actually getting a little worried. I tried to text and call each of them but got no answer. I haven't heard from Mephisto either, which I don't know if that's good or bad. It's almost like they all just disappeared off the face of the Earth. I don't know what to do now. I'm confused and worried. I wonder what's going to happen next...
"I don't know what's going on, Alex," I say as I walk into my room and plop onto my bed. I just got home from a football game and am exhausted. It was weird without Amaimon standing next to me in his usual spot, there was just emptiness.
"I don't know either. You said Mephisto told you that Satan has ordered you to mate with one of his sons. So where are they?" he wonders out loud. "Although I'm kinda glad they aren't here to bother you, I'm worried that this may be leading up to something bad."
I nod and think it over. Maybe they've just given up and told their father that they don't want to mate with me. Or, maybe they're planning on, like, kidnapping me. What if they do kidnap me? What'll happen to me? Will I still have to make a decision? Or will a decision be made for me? I ask myself. I shake my head and stand up quickly, walking towards my bathroom.
"Where are you going?" asks Alex.
"I need a shower," I say before closing the bathroom door and locking it.
I undress quickly and step into the shower, being careful not to trip and fall in my tired state. I turn the shower knob so that the water is cool against my skin. I stand in the water and let it wash away all the sweat and grime from the football game. I keep my head clear as I clean myself, trying not to think about anything but the feel of the water on my skin. I'm so focused on the water that I almost don't notice the shadow on the curtain. It's in the shape of a man.
"Alex?" No answer.
"You have three days to choose," the voice echoes in my head.
"I don't understand. One week to choose? Choose what? Who are you?" I spurt out multiple questions, starting to panic.
"Three days to choose a mate."
I swear my heart stops. I forget how to breathe for a while before I'm able to choke out words.
"A-A mate? Are you...Satan?"
"You're smarter than you look. Yes, I am Satan. You have three days to choose one of my sons as your mate. If you cannot make the decision by then, then the decision will be made for you."
"B-But, they've all gone. I don't even know where they are! I haven't had contact with them all week!" I yelp.
"Oh? It seems they've lost interest in you then...You'll have to choose someone besides them."
"I don't even know the others!"
"Figure it out," he says and laughs an evil laugh.
I can't stand it anymore. I yank back the curtain and find that the room is empty. I let out a breath I didn't know I was holding and slide down the wall of shower, ending up in a sitting position. The water is stilling going, hitting my body softly. Without even knowing, I begin to cry. Soon I'm sobbing and gasping for breath. When the tears stop coming, I get up slowly and turn off the water. I step out of the shower and dry off, putting on some shorts and a t-shirt to sleep in. I walk into the bedroom and sit down on my bed, staring at the wall.
"What's wrong?" asks Alex, already noticing that something isn't right. I shake my head and tears begin to well up in my eyes again. Soon I'm crying again and Alex has wrapped his arms around me, trying to comfort me. He whispers soothing words into my ear and strokes my hair. Before long I stop crying and am able to speak again.
"H-He said I have three days. If I don't then I won't be able to choose! He said they weren't interested in me and to figure it out," I say quickly, not making much sense.
"Cici, calm down. Tell me what happened slowly." says Alex patiently.
I take a deep breath and speak, "Satan was here, or at least some sort of projection of him. He told me that I have three days to mate with one of his sons. If I'm not able to decide by then, then a decision will be made for me. When I told him that I hadn't seen the boys in a week, he said that they weren't interested in me anymore and that I would have to mate with one of the other sons. I told him I didn't know any of the other sons and he told me to figure it out. Then he laughed and disappeared."
Alex looks at me with wide eyes, trying to take in everything I just said. He opens his mouth to say something but closes it again, unable to speak. He does this several more times before saying anything.
"What are you gonna do?"
"I don't know," I say quietly. "If they aren't interested in me, and I don't know any other brothers, then I don't know what I'm supposed to do."
"I guess the only thing you can do, is wait for a decision to be made..."
"I guess so..." I say and trail off. "I'm so sorry, Alex. I really want to be with you-"
"I know, Cici. You don't have to apologize, this isn't your fault. It's those damn demons fault," he says, almost growling out the word demons. "Come on, you need some sleep."
I nod and crawl underneath the covers on my side of the bed, thoughts still racing through my head.
It's three in the morning and I'm still awake. I tried to fall asleep, moving around to try and get comfortable, listening to music, counting sheep, but nothing had worked. I look next to me and see a sleeping Alex, his mouth is slightly open and he's snoring quietly. I smile at how peaceful he looks, envious at how far into sleep he is while I'm unable to sleep. I sigh and get up, going slowly so as not to wake him up. I tiptoe over to my balcony, open the door, slip outside, and close the door silently.
The ocean is so beautiful at night, so peaceful and undisturbed. The waves crash lightly against the shore and then recede back into the water. This is what I do when I can't sleep, watch and listen to the ocean.
"What am I going to do?" I ask myself aloud, hoping for an answer to fall out of the sky. When nothing does, I continue.
"I love Alex, and I want to be with him. But if I refuse to mate with one of the demon kings, Satan will surely kill me. Or maybe even hold me as a captive wife to one of the sons," I say. "And I don't even know any other demon kings beside Egyn, Kage, and Amaimon!"
I turn quickly to see a grinning Mephisto standing at the door, making escape impossible.
"What the hell are you doing here?" I growl.
His grin widens and he is smiling madly at me. "I'm answering your question."
"'What am I going to do?' Sound familiar?" he asks.
"Yeah, well how are you going to answer that question?"
"Simple. You have but one option," he says with an evil smile.
"Oh yeah? What's that?"
"Well, because my three brothers are no longer taking interest in you, and I am the only other demon king you know," he says, leaning close to my ear, "you must mate with me."
"What?!" I yell, backing away from him. "I don't have any other options?"
"Well you could refuse Satan, but that would only get you killed. I don't think you want that, hm?"
"I would rather die than be with you," I hiss.
He laughs and then turns serious, narrowing his eyes at me. "Well that's too bad, because I don't intend on letting that happen."
"What are you saying?" I ask, squinting my eyebrows in confusion. He smirks evilly and then raises his umbrella.
"Eins," he begins.
"What are you doing?"
"Drei," he finishes with a smirk. After that last word has left his mouth, a strange portal opens in front of me.
"What the hell?!" I yell in fear.
Suddenly he's behind me, his hand on my back. "Sorry dear, but you gave me no choice. You could have just come willingly, but you had to make it difficult," he says and then pushes me into the portal.
I scream as I am pushed into the portal. I feel a falling sensation until it stops suddenly. I don't hit a floor, I just stop, almost floating in mid-air.I look around to try and check out my surroundings, but I can't see anything around me.
Only a never-ending darkness.
"Where am I?"