Adrian stood up and grabbed Evelyn's hand. He led her deeper into the field, trying to get away from the sounds of footsteps. After a couple of minutes he paused, taking deep breaths. He could feel something bad was going to happen. He didn't know what, but he had to prepare himself. Before Adrian could even get another thought in, a face appeared through the wheat. "Found you!" It shrieked, stepping forward. The grin twisted into something horrific as the body grew in height and transformed into some unholy mutation. "Now that we have you, and her you're coming with us." The other monstrosity grabbed ahold of Evelyn and held her tight. Before either of them knew what happened, they were teleported back to the truck next to the venue.
The two demonic creatures held them tight as they whispered some words in Latin. A red portal open on the ground below them, and the demons hopped into it. As they all fell, Adrian could feel his face grow hot. Droplets of sweat started to form on his forehead. Soon, the hellions landed, almost losing balance. They kept quiet holding the two tighter than before. "Welcome to hell!" A deep voice boomed. It echoed throughout what looked like a cave system.
Hell? Evelyn looked around, trying to find the source of the voice, but didn't see anything. She had had her fortune told by a demon, then actually found out they existed, had been chased by the minions of Hell, watched her best friend die, and now was in Hell itself in just a few hours. This was absolutely crazy.
The hellions trekked forward until they reached a doorway, then placed Adrian and Evelyn down on the rocky red floor. The doors in front of them opened into a great throneroom. In the distance, the throne could be seen, made of bone. The hellions prodded Adrian and Evelyn forward. On the throne seated, was a man of tall stature, two horns protruding from his forehead.
"I know why you're here." He said, flicking his hand toward Adrian. "But you...you aim to free him of his debt. Why?" He looked at Evelyn, staring into her eyes.
His staring at her was making Evelyn extremely unsettled. The truth of the matter was that she didn't know why she had helped him in the first place. So she just threw an answer together.
"I just found out a demon wants me, I was chased by your little minions, I watched my best friend get killed, and now I am literally in hell. I'm sure he's gone through much worse than I went through in the past few hours, and probably more than I can even imagine for however long he's had this 'debt,' and he doesn't deserve it."
"Interesting. How's this sound?" He stood up from his throne, a scepter appearing in is hand. "You both go through...let's call them trials. Or should I say...you three." The demon waved the scepter at Adrian and tore Asmodai from his body. Adrian shrieked in pain, and collapsed to the ground hyperventilating. Asmodai looked at himself. He was in his true demon form. He had horns protruding from his forehead, and large wings attached to his back. He made Adrian think of a man, mixed with a gargoyle.
Asmodai shook his head, and let out a scream to the ceiling. His plan had been ruined. He knew either way, this wasn't going to play out well.
The "King of Hell", made his way to the trio and looked at each of them smirking. "Each of you have things you want. Evelyn...her friend back. Adrian...your soul. And last but not least; Asmodai...your lover." The demon laughed at the three standing in front of him, but he wanted to see if they would make it. After all, if they did live through this they deserved the things they wanted. "In order for you to get what you want the most, I need something from you. There are three pieces of an old demonic relic scattered across the multi-verse (the trials). I know where they are, and will bring you to the right world. All you have to do, is get them."
The devil stood back, leaning onto his scepter and smirked. "How does that sound?"
Evelyn knelt down by Adrian. "Are you okay?" she asked him.
Then she heard the offer and looked up in surprise. Madison could come back and Adrian could have his soul back? She didn't much care about Asmodai, for obvious reasons.
But she also she had seen how Adrian had gotten the short end of the stick when he had made his deal. Would Madison come back, but just be an empty shell? And this old demonic relic had to have some importance to him, what would happen when he put the pieces together?
These two sides were battling for her attention, and she didn't know what to do. With all her heart she wanted everything to turn out well, but did that mean rejecting his offer or not?
Asmodai stepped forward, snapping his fingers so his appearance would change. The appearance he took on was that of a "tough guy". Black leather jacket, jeans and boots. He had black hair, and it was greased back. "What's the catch?" He said, gritting his teeth. "There's always a catch with you. In your whole existance there has never been a time were you haven't lied, or been completely truthful." He started into the devil's eyes for a moment. Asmodai wasn't going to be scared anymore. He was tired of the mistreatment, and he was tired that he also got the short end of the stick.
Adrian looked at Evelyn and nodded. He made his way to his feet and groaned slightly. His entire body was sore. He looked at Asmodai, and the demon standing in front of him. He looked at Evelyn, sadness in his eyes. "I'm sorry."
He thought about what the demon said. Would it truely be worth it if they agreed to do what he said?
Evelyn would have laughed at Asmodai's transformation in any normal situation, but this was definitely not a normal situation. She was surprised that he was so opposed to him.
She looked at Adrian, standing up with him. "It's not your fault," she told him.