Clocks Don't Work
~The Countess with no voice of her own~
Lord Loss laid back in his throne, bored, as some of his Familiars wrestled with one another, and Juni, his loyal albino servant, next to him. He felt slightly…on edge. In a few moments- he understood why. A chilly and bone-tingling voice filled the halls- a beautiful but eerie song that held no words. His Familiars stopped fighting and whimpered, backing up and clamoring fearfully behind their Master's chair. Juni looked confused, but enchanted, "Don't be fooled." Lord Loss hissed lowly to her, touching her arm gently, "Ignore the singing."
"Ah?" She asked, coming back from a trance, and looking at him, "What for? It's so beautiful."
"She's here." He said instead, as two, large, car-sized, saber-toothed Panthers with feather-like blades along their spines, walked on either side of a figure in a black dress and a long, black veil to their knees. The dress's sleeves went to mid-thigh and the dress had its own long, black train. Who ever it was-they dressed as if they were mourning a death of a loved one. Lord Loss got up and drifted the person's way, "Why Countess, it's so good to see you-" Lord Loss said, and two demons appeared out of no where, and blocked his path with a pair of long, diamond- shaped, cast steel blades. They looked like- humans. They were muscular and fight, but wore garments of human skin; executioner's masks covered their faces. "I see." Lord Loss drifted backwards slightly and the Body guards stood to attention and put the ends of their swords in the ground, waiting for orders idly. One of the Panthers spoke-it had silver ornaments around it's neck and the one of the person's right had gold ornaments with a dark onyx gem in the middle.
"Your Master wants to know why you have failed to visit her after countless invitations, and rather spend your time with a HUMAN." The silver ornamented Panther demanded, in the voice of a woman, the person looking at the panther, and to the gold ornamented one, "We question your right as a Demon Master." Lord Loss looked hurt and spoke to the figure directly,
"I've been busy, Countess…"
"SILENCE!" The Panthers snapped, and the person in black stepped away from them and Lord Loss cast a glance their way. She headed straight for Juni.
"Now, Countess, Play nicely-" The Countess stopped, and Juni gasped, clenching her heart, and fell to the ground, panting in agony, "You must believe me when I say I have been truly busy-"
"Lord Loss should know revenge and pain is something inflicted slowly and over a long period of time." One of the Panthers said, "Everyone knows that." The other said, "How pathetic- for a Demon Master to side with Humans." Lord Loss glared at them, the snakes in the hole in his chests reared and hissed at them, but thy cared not- they were only the escorting team. A cry of extreme agony ripped through the air, and the Countess walked away, half of Juni's face missing, as she panted heavily, blood dripping to the ground, "If Lord Loss wants to play games with Humans, that he should learn that even the games can be double-edged." "Indeed. Mistress…" They looked at the cloaked figure that looked at the Girl. They reached down and Lord Loss stiffened, as they pulled up their skirt- and kicked Juni. Not a kick, really- just put a sharp, high heel to Juni's chest, and pushed lightly- but it sent Juni flying into the shivering horde of Demons behind Lord Loss's throne. They walked back to their escort, stopping just in front of Lord Loss, turning their head to him.
"Another absence will not be accepted by the other Demon Masters- for your own sake, try to make it." The cloaked person said, "I hope that you don't come, personally- you make us all look weak- by losing to Humans." With that, their whipped around and left, as the song filled the air once more until it vanished, meaning she was gone. The Familiars helped Juni up and stopped shivering, as Lord Loss went to his throne, Juni using magic to repair herself,
"Who was that?"
"The Countess of Hatred." Lord Loss answered bluntly, "She's been my worst competitor since early on."
The Countess of Hatred- once known around as Juniper at a time- had been the wife of the late Count. They had lived together in another Demon Realm, but they had always been number one, and Lord Loss always number 2. Lord Loss and the Countess had been neck and neck ever since the beginning, but once the Count died, she had lost the will to fight him and kept to herself, still keeping 1st place. Her Familiars were different from Lord Loss's, whose were just mindless lower demons. No one knew how she got her Demons, but they were stronger, and of higher class than even Lord Loss's, and had their own thought process. It had also been rumored that the Countess had a beautiful singing voice, but some how, her Panther Demons, Spick and Span, had taken it. It was a rumor, and no more, but she didn't talk much. Juni had found out that it was Lord Loss who told the Countess to wear black- (apparently, she wore bright colors like white and baby blue)-as to mourn her late husband. She did- but it turned from a veil to such a long, gorgeous robe.
"Look, Lord Loss came!" A Demon Master said as Lord Loss opened the door, "We were waiting for you, you know? You never come!" Lord Loss nodded and Juni looked around the room. There was an air of nobility that was almost suffocating- but the Countess was no where to be found. The creatures she had come to Lord Loss's realm with, were not in sight and the only ones that were, were the other Demon Master's favorite Familiars. Juni caught a glimpse of one of the muscular executioners, and gave no heed to Lord Loss's warning of staying close, as she ran after it. Another Demon Master noticed this as well, "Lord Loss- it seems your servant is rather…disobedient. How humiliating and embarrassing." Lord Loss shot his Colleague a glance, and the Demon Master sipped smugly from a glass, "It looks like she's heading towards the Countess's private quarters and that you've lost yet another worthless assistant." Lord Loss sent his Familiars after her, and ten others stared at him from the shadows, their eyes glowing maliciously, as if they were waiting for his Familiars to vanish to attack.
The Executioner met up with its Twin down a long, elegant hallway that twisted to a small, spiral stair case, and Juni followed them as quietly as she could, into a room where the doors were already open for her. The sound of water gently flowing, filled her ears with white noise, as the executioners waited beside a spring, a waterfall to the left.
"Guests….Waiting…" One of the Executioners grumbled loudly and in a gruff voice, someone laying on a large rock, in the center of the spring- no- the Panthers were laying there. On a cliff, higher up, was where the Executioner was directing their words to. The Executioners shivered, "Yes…" they turned and walked past Juni, who used a masking spell, and they shut the door- locking it. The Panthers growled and looked up at Juni,
"We know you're here, Little Girl." The one with silver ornaments smirked, "So did the Bodybuilders." "She wants you here-" "-To talk to you-""-And you won't leave until she's said her peace." The Panthers said, in tune, as they eerily finished one another's sentences. Juni frowned before there was movement- on top of the cliff. Someone looked at her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen. Irises the color of diamonds and that sparkled like such, even from the distance, with sharp slits in the middle of them, and a hazy blue around them. Long, silver hair cascaded a good 1/3rd down the cliff that was about 10 feet tall anyway. Who ever they were- they were drop-dead gorgeous. They crossed their arms on the top of the cliff- and that's when Juni noticed cleavage. Lots of it. More than she had. More than she had ever seen. There was a sharp pain in Juni's head and she remained standing with the last of her will power.
What makes you think you can stand beside a Demon Master and forever be safe, Human? A dark and jealous voice asked her, but it was low. How can you think that you can live here? Just because you have some magic? So what- that's ALL you have! Juni fell o her knees, gripping her head, tying to use all of her magic to force the voice out, but the woman stood- their hair covering their nudity as if they were Aphrodite reborn. You can't push me out. I'm stronger than you. My will is yours by 30 fold, Girl. The Panther in silver got to its feet and leapt from the rock platform in the center of the spring, to rest of the floor and grinned, growling lowly, as its brother joined it, and they circled around Juni like a pair of Vultures waiting for their prey to finally die. You hold no power here- and when Lord Loss finds out that you are of no use to him- he'll throw you away. Just like the others. Take your cursed emotions elsewhere, Girl. The woman jumped down, and landed on the water, before walking across the surface, not leaving a single ripple. You remind me of the Count's whore. Pity. I killed her entire family and she's bleeding out for the rest of eternity. The voice left and Juni panted of air, and the Panthers brought the Woman some clothes. A long, black dress with matching sleeves, but cut off just below her shoulders, and a thick fur around where it was cut off from. She looked at Juni with a cool and calculation stare, before the doors were opened and she stepped out as her hair was tied up by an invisible force. Lord Loss entered the room after she left and looked at Juni,
"You look like you're in one piece…" Lord Loss commented and Juni who got to her feet, wobbling,
"She…entered my mind. I couldn't do anything about it…" Juni murmured, holding her head, "It still hurts…"
"That's her way of speaking, I'm afraid." Lord Loss said and Juni recovered. Her knees were shaking a little, but she got over it and they left the room, "You only made it to the bathing room. I thought you'd go straight to her sleeping chambers." Juni didn't understand what he meant, but the Countess was in the living room, on a stool, a glass in hand. She tapped it a couple times with her finger to grab the other's attention and they looked at her. They were shocked, obviously. She opened her mouth,
(A.N: Although what the Countess says is in quotations, she's not talking- she's telepathically talking to all of them.)
"I…I am horrified to see how some of you have been manipulated by insects as low as Humans." Some of the Demon Masters flinched, and looked down quickly. "Many of us- have destroyed anything that they may use to annoy us, but some of us have neglected to do so. They have even been brought among us- as Lord Loss has shown." All the Demon Masters turned and looked squarely at Lord Loss, who frowned slightly, and Juni shivered next to him, the Countess looked directly at her. Her knees almost buckled beneath her. "This doesn't mean we should turn against our- enemies- this just means he's taken a step higher up on the ladder. So- Congratulations, to our friend Lord Loss." There was silence. "Clap, fools." She sighed in exhaustion, and vibrant, energetic clapping began. She put a hand up and they stopped, "Some of you may know why I put myself into isolation for such a long time- and some of you may not. I'd like to inform you all, that after centuries of experimentation- I have made the Perfect Unholy Familiar. I've been putting it through extensive tests recently, so I'm letting it rest a while, but I had hoped I could show it to you all." The Demon Masters were surprised and gibbered with excitement, and Lord Loss blinked,
"Ah- I'm interested." Juni looked at him with confusion, "The Countess- she doesn't kill Humans who try to make deals with her. She makes a contract with them, granting her their soul and body, if they fail to meet their goal or hers, and experiments on them. She uses them to make her Familiars- the last one was truly a beautiful and loathsome beast. She set it loose on the Human Realm for fun, and it was killed by some Disciples to her dissatisfaction, so her experiments she keeps to herself now. But a Perfect Familiar?" Lord Loss left the question hanging and mixed in with the group following the Countess, down the East wing. A long window flanked one side of the hall, and they all stood behind her as she approached it. She put her hand to the glass, and there was a low howl, before she reached over to a switch and flicked on the lights into the huge room behind the glass. A few lights flickered on, but nothing more. A large creature slinked into view- covered by dark, ominous clouds of darkness and demonic energy.
"I named him Faith." She said and the creature same up to the window, and Juni took some shelter behind Lord Loss. Dark, red orbs looked at them all, and then at the Countess. It looked her over before pressing a three-pronged tipped tongue to the window and licking it. It smashed its head against the glass, cracking it, and roared, shaking the room and the glass, as it did the ground and the whole Realm. "Isn't he marvelous?" It stared at her, baring the sharpest teeth Juni had ever seen a Demon have- but the teeth were jagged, from the bottom to the top, but on the back. If one were to look at it from the front, they were smooth- but from behind they were dangerously razored. "I like his teeth- He can grab any victim and hold them in his mouth as his teeth rip them to shreds, making it easier of him to digest them." He lay down and the darkness around him shot out like spikes and stabbed the lights, giving him darkness. The only thing that shone was his eyes. He roared and icy white fire appeared around him, glistening off his loathsome form and his teeth, as he ruled the darkness the fire did not touch, like a greedy tyrant. "We'll leave him now." They left but Juni felt strongly to stay behind, and the creature stared at her. It slammed its talon-decorated claw against the glass, making her jolt in fear and surprise, as it narrowed its eyes to her.
You left your loved ones behind and turned against them. Above all- you still love them- so I will constrict you, as I devour them limb from limb in front of you.
A dark voice said to her, but it was a male's low voice, and she thought about a past life she had vowed to leave behind. The voice left peacefully- not like the Countess had, who left poison in her mind and a painful wound. The eyes and the claw vanished, as Lord Loss appeared, "Juni." She blinked and looked at him,
"I'm sorry- I'm coming." She apologized to him and followed him away from the window. The Voice, gently slipping into her mind as she walked away,
Remember your loved ones like I can't.
It vanished as gently as it had come, and a bang of sadness hit her heart. The Countess had vanished and so had everyone else. Lord Loss opened a portal and helped Juni through, his familiars slowly following, and Lord Loss looked back at the Countess, who stood there, silent. "I see you regained your voice."
"I see you've become tame." She countered and he turned his back to the portal, clapping at the venom in her words. "We- can slow down clocks- but they will never completely stop until we die. We only buy time. You- need to stop buying extra time and live on the time you still have."
"What an optimistic view you've gained." He commented, "I was thinking on a trip to the Human Realm- will you come with me?" She thought about it, and looked at him,
"I suppose. I do like the clothes they offer." She answered emotionless, crossing her arms over her chest, and Lord Loss nodded.
"Yes- by the way- when are you going to take off that Human skin you're wearing?" Lord Loss asked, "It's flattering, and although its your true bust, hair, voice, and eyes, I don't think it fits you."
"What a coincidence; I didn't think the whore who slept with my late husband deserved it either. So I took it from her and molded it to fit my own body." She sneered, and ran her fingers through the long stands of hair over her shoulders, and her hair unwound itself, grinning devilishly, "What's wrong? Does it not suit your tastes? Or do you like ALBINOS better?" Lord Loss got the hint he was wearing out his welcome, as her temper had touched the surface and broken through her fake grin. He left and she stood there. "Hm…I do need new skin…and the thought of pale skin isn't so bad…" The Panthers appeared and rubbed against her hands and legs, "I suppose I will take it for my own then."