Chapter 33: Devotion
"Kmart!" Luke yelled as he ran up to her.
He slung his arm around her waist and balanced her on her feet.
"It's him….h-he's back." Kmart's voice was hoarse.
Kate covered her mouth and nose with her shirt; she went to the other side of Kmart and grabbed her. They quickly fled the burning room.
"What have you done Selene?" Gonzom mumbled.
Just then someone pushed Balo and Gonzom back violently; pinning them against the wall.
"Well if it isn't my old friends" Gregan smiled wickedly as Balo met his deep red eyes.
"Gregan." He whispered in shook.
"The book brought back what I desired most. Both of you should understand." Selene purred to them.
"My love, together we shall take what was once promised to us. We will rule this rotting earth." Gregan looked to Selene and smiled.
"No, together you shall burn in hell." Josette spat to them as she walked into the room.
"Ah, my dear Josette, so nice of you to join us." Gregan laughed.
"Sister I was beginning to think that you had given up." Selene smirked.
"Let them go Gregan, this is between you and me." Josette said as she extended her fangs.
"I don't think so; I'd rather have them witness the moment I end you." He taunted her.
"But just incase they get any ideas…" Gregan continued as seven snarling black wolves approached Balo and Gonzom.
"Josette no!" Balo yelled.
"Don't do this Jose!" Gonzom said as he tried to push the circling wolves away. They growled and snapped their teeth at him in return.
"Precaution." Selene winked.
Josette immediately appeared besides Selene and threw her against the stone wall. Gregan grabbed Josette's arm and twisted it until it gave a sickening crack. She yelled out in pain as she pulled her dislocated limb out of his grip. Josette quickly popped it back into place and yanked a knife from her boot. She plunged it into Gregan's shoulder. Suddenly she was thrown back against the floor by Selene.
"Do not be blinded by him Selene; he is manipulating you!" Josette yelled as she stood up.
Gregan breathed heavily as he pulled the knife out of his shoulder. He winced as the blood covered blade fell to the floor. As he tried to walk over to them he fell to his knees; his eyes wide with fear.
"What have you done to me?" His voice cracked.
"What's happening to him?" Selene yelled as she rushed to his side.
"Many years ago a mortal woman shed her own blood with that knife; in return her fate was free of death. But it works the opposite for an immortal…" Josette crouched down next to Gregan and picked the knife up.
"You're now human." She whispered.
As the room grew quite screaming and yelling came from the grounds below.
"As we speak your followers are being disposed of. You have lost Gregan, once again." Josette said motioning to the window.
Selene opened her mouth to speak but nothing came out.
Gregan slumped down to the floor and began to laugh.
"So what will you do with me now? Kill me?" He asked with a smirk.
"I believe you are forgetting about a very important agreement that was made." Josette rose and tucked the knife carefully in her boot.
"No." Gregan's face turned white as a cold chill ran through him.
"What are you speaking of?" Selene stood and glared at Josette.
"You were chosen to lead the Were's. Balo choose you and you made an agreement; you traded your mortality for power. But if you happened to break that accord in any way…" Josette explained as she took a few steps back.
"You would lose everything." Balo finished.
Gregan shook his head frantically.
"You made a deal with the devil; and now it is time for you to pay your dues." Josette looked over to Selene; her mouth was opened slightly as she tried to make sense of what was happening.
"Gregan…I'm so sorry….I didn't know she would-"Selene began as warm tears clouded her eyes.
"Shut up! You were never worth this! I never loved you-"Gregan interrupted but stopped when the room began to shake.
Selene jumped over to the corner of the room as the floor began to melt away. Bright blue and orange flames consumed the remaining floor boards. Gregan's eyes were frantic as he tried to scoot away. Suddenly the flames whipped and twisted into the air, but as they died down a man was in their place. A chilling smile curved his angled lips.
"We meet again." His deep voice seemed to come from everywhere.
He turned and rested his wild eyes on Gregan.
"Jūsų bausmė laukia." As he spoke the twitching flames slithered over to Gregan and devoured him. His desperate screams echoed among the burning walls.
The man's gaze flicked to Josette.
"Your time will come soon. Only those who are born from me may live as immortals on this Earth. Take this warning fervently, child." He said slowly; tilting his head playfully.
Before Josette could say anything he was gone.
Selene looked to Josette and then to Gonzom and Balo.
"Leave them!" She yelled to the wolves; they cowered at her voice and quickly ran out of the smoke-filled room.
She returned her eyes to Josette.
"Forgive me my dear sister for the sins I have shed all these years." Selene sunk to her knees.
Josette walked over to her and kneeled down to meet her face.
"Free me from this world. Sister…send me home." Selene whispered in Josette's ear; her voice small and defeated.
Josette stroked Selene's hair gently and nodded once. She slowly pulled the knife from her boot once again and met Selene's weeping eyes.
"I forgive you my love. We will be together soon, and we will be sisters once again." Josette kissed her forehead.
Selene grasped Josette's hand and took a deep breath before Josette quickly drove the blade through her heart. Selene gasped; a sad smile came to her face. Josette cupped her friends cheeks in her hands; holding her close.
Slowly Josette lowered Selene's lifeless body to the burning floor and for the first time in 7,000 she cried.