Pitiful. The demon rose his elongated index finger to his rugged chin. He watched in silence from his perch, as the group left. Demons, humans, they were all the same. Malum found humor in the fact that the two groups sought to destroy one another, but it was in their nature. It was why they had to be destroyed. The world could start again anew once they were taken care of.
“Stuck in an endless cycle of sorrow and agony, but I will be the one to free them.”
But his musings came to a sudden halt. He could hear something, or rather, he could feel it. Malum had long since grown sensitive to the presence of other life forms, particularly when hunger was involved. Whatever it was, it was beneath the ground. He wasn’t too keen upon traveling downward, having just escaped from the abyss, but his need for sustenance far outweighed any uneasiness that he had about the situation.
How very interesting. He licked his lips in anticipation.
It was easy enough to track down the tunnels that led to the depths below the volcano. However, it was a much more difficult task to dispose of the serpent that he had encountered. The poor beast was no match for the convict, however. Within moments, Ekaitz had succumbed to Malum’s strength and had become part of a greater purpose.
What the demon did not anticipate, while gorging himself on the energy of his victim, was the arrival of another specimen. The lass must have been living in the tunnels as well, stirring when the serpent had made those wretched sounds in protest. She let out a horrified scream at the sight of Ekaitz laying lifeless upon the floor of his beloved tunnel. In a fit of rage, she burst forward, only to be taken in by Malum with open arms. The woman gasped for air, her dense red locks flinging every which way as she struggled to escape from the demon’s deathly embraced. But after only a short while, her struggling ended, and she moved no more. Siren was dead.
“And now your suffering has ended,” he whispered to the corpses at his feet. The demon brushed the hair out of Siren’s face, ceremoniously placing her body next to that of the serpent’s.
He felt full, energized. Balling his scaled hands into fists, he felt the energy coursing throughout his body. It was wonderful. For so long he had been empty. But he needed more. Just a little more. He cocked his head to the side, his emblazoned eyes striving to stare down through the darkness of the tunnels ahead. But it was no use, he was going to have to travel for himself to see what was down the road.
“Ah, no matter…it is time I see all that the Surface has to offer….”