“Hello, Chaos,” she whispered.
“Oh, shit,” I said as I stared at the spirit sitting in the back seat.
“Language, language,” whispered the being. “Children shouldn’t swear.”
“Fuck you!” I snapped without thinking. “What are you doing here?”
“Oh, well, you know,” the blob took on a haphazard shape. Now it had eyes and a mouth and was somewhat of a humanoid shape. “Someone’s gotta babysit.”
“I do not need babysitting!” I yelled.
The scientist looked to her, looked to me, and frowned. “What are you looking at?” he asked. “Is there something-” and he poked at her, going right through her.
Oh crap. She wasn’t incarnated. They couldn’t see her.
She grinned fiendishly at me. “Are you having a mental breakdown?”
Without thinking, I yelled back. “I’m not having a-” I stopped myself just in time. Glaring at her, I turned to Thor.
“There’s a demon in the back seat,” I announced dryly.
“Really?” Thor looked in the rearview mirror and frowned. “I’m not feeling it.”
“Me neither,” said the scientist in awe as he kept passing his hand through her. She kept grinning at me.
“Who is it?” asked Mark grimly. “A vampire hunter? Horseman of the apocalypse? Tell us.”
I groaned and slunk down in my chair. “It’s no one. Just a dumb, lower-level, obnoxious, demon.”
“Yeah, there’s a real dumb spirit around here,” she said loudly from the back. I wanted to plug my ears. Maybe if I ignored her she’d leave? Soon? What was she even doing here?
I threw myself around, making the scientist jump. But my glare was not for him. “How’d you get permission to come here? Huh?”
She grinned and kicked back in her seat, stretching tendril-like arms above her head. “Who said I had permission? You’re not the only rule breaker around here.”
“I have special permission!” I burst. “And I will send you back if- ”I held up my cross pendant. “Or I’ll tell my dad! And he’ll come and get you!”
She leaned forward, putting on a shrill childish voice. “Oh, I’ll tell daddy. Oh, I’m a little snitch and my name is Chaos.”
I just about turned purple in the face. I opened my mouth, but no sound came out. Her grin turned nasty. “Go on, call daddy. Do it.”
I thumped back into my chair, deciding to ignore her again. Whatever. Like I needed her approval.
My fingers traced the cross pendant against my chest. Should I? She wasn’t allowed to be here. What if she interfered? Would it be … bad? Or could I use this to my advantage?
Frowning, I focused on the road ahead. The pine trees lined ever on and the wind blew in icily.
“Hey Chaos!” she yelled in my ear.
I yelled, jumping three feet in the air. “What?” I yelled, turning to see her leaning up between Mark and me.
“I want a body,” she declared. “Get me a body.”
“I’m not getting you a body!” I snapped. “If you’d wanted one, you should have incarnated!”
“Too much paperwork,” she grunted. “Hey, is this guy really attached to himself?” And she poked at the scientist.
“He lives in there so I’d say yeah, pretty attached. And if you try possession, I Will report you!” I was protective of my little mission pals.
“Uhm,” Thor cleared his throat.
“Oh hey, he’s hot,” she said, leering around at him. “Tell him to pull the car over. I can take him over, then we can make out. Neat, right?”
“Shut up!” I squawked.
“What is going on?” asked Thor.
“What’s their name?” asked the scientist, scribbling away at their notepad.
My nerves were beginning to fray. “I want to drive!” she announced, jumping at Thor.
“No!” I yelled, trying to stop her. No luck. If I’d had rolled my dice on it, it would have been a critical 1. A complete failure.
I tackled Mark/Thor, grasping for the immaterial that could not be touched. Thor yelled, shoving me off him. The car skidded, then we must have hit a patch of ice because it really skidded.
“AHH!” I yelled as the ditch came zooming up towards us.
It was like landing on soft fluffy marshmallows. But at 100 kilometers an hour. So the ‘bwoof’ sent us all flying in all directions. The car keeled over to its side and I was now squished sideways with Thor half on me. There was a scientist’s leg in the air beside my head.
Great, bouncing, burgers.
“AL!” I shrieked, clawing my way up. I scrambled over Thor and pushed his door open. He shoved me and I made it out the door. “I’m going to kill you!” I yelled, stepping out into the crisp air.
A light drifting of snow was fluttering down. There was no noise now. Not a sound. I stood on the side of the car, breath misting before me as I glared out at the pine trees’ depths. Was she hiding in their branches? Or was she right beside me, invisible?
No warning. None at all! Just – CRA-KOOM! Lightning split the sky and struck the road where the car would have been, further down the road. Sparks flew. Smoke spiralled up.
Worse? There was now a dark figure there. The shape of a teen, wearing a long coat that framed their figure. Whisped in dark tendrils of smoke, it began striding forward down the road. Towards us.
“Who is that?” asked Thor, now by my side.
“It’s her,” I grumbled, gritting my teeth, hands balled into fists.
“The demon?” whispered the scientist, climbing up beside Thor.
A cloud drifted away from the moon, allowing light to beam down onto her in a most dramatic of ways.
She was as tall as me, but her hair was cut short around her chin with long bangs that fluttered about her face. Her hair was a deep blue with jet bright streaks in it. Her skin was dark, her face pretty nondescript, especially with those sporty sunglasses she had on. She was wearing a deep purple and pink trenchcoat with orange eagles on it. Oh, and she was had thick black leather boots.
“Hey Chaos,” she said as she stepped to the edge of the road before the car. There was a nasty grin on her face.
“Hey,” I seethed. “Do you have to ruin everything?”
“It’s my duty,” she drawled, running fingers through her hair dramatically.
“Who are you?” asked the scientist, sounding way too impressed for his own good.
She totally let it get to her head. As always. “My name is Al,” she drawled. “And I’m Chaos’ fiancee.”