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The Awakening: Part I
Location: Somewhere in the miles of untamed wilderness.
+++++++"Are you sure we should be doing this?" The voice voice was shaky, and it belonged to a rather humble looking man who was walking through the forest with his taller, more menacing, companion.
+++++++Clearly the taller man had heard the question several times along the trip because he let out an irritated sigh before stopping to turn to his companion. "Look, this forest is crawling with things that are probably itching to rip our throats out and your biggest concern is whether or not this is morally responsible?" The taller one threw his hands in the air to emphasize his irritation at having this conversation. "Even beyond this forest there are things--creatures--that would see us both bled. The only thing that will see us to a ripe old age is this book." He waved the old, leather-bound book in the shorter mans face.
+++++++"Isn't there in a way in that book that doesn't involve human sacrifice?!" The shorter man was almost yelling at this point. Tears had welled up in the corners of his eyes, and it was clear that he had been struggling with himself this whole trip. And for the first time, the shorter man got the courage to look behind them at their captive.
+++++++"That is not a human. It's a demon. You know that." said the taller one while pointing at the man with his hands bound and the black bag over his face. "Now get yourself together. I promise, this will all be worth it."
+++++++The shorter man wiped his eyes, and put on a fake smile. "You're right. I was being dumb. Let's continue."
+++++++It wasn't long before they found themselves at their destination. It was a huge tree; probably the oldest tree in the forest. It's gnarled roots were jutting from the ground and branching out in every direction. It was only a matter of minutes and the pair had their captive tied to the tree; his arms painfully stretched around the large trunk. The demon cursed and pulled at the ropes, but to no avail. Both men simply stood there looking at him. The shorter one was obviously still concerned about his choice, but there was nothing he could do about it now. His taller friend had already begun reading from the book--chanting in some long-forgotten language--while the feeling in the forest began to change. Animals crawled into their holes and the clouds overhead rapidly gathered and darkened.
+++++++A few minutes went by, and the air seemed to thicken with a dark power. Words continued pouring out of the taller man's mouth while the shorter one had taken to hiding behind a nearby tree.
+++++++Without warning, the demon started lashing out more violently. The magic-laced words sent him into a frenzy. He pulled so hard at his restraints that they began biting into the flesh and caused blood to drip from the tearing skin.
+++++++The taller one snapped the book shut at the display and stepped forward. From a sheath at his belt at his belt he produced a large knife. In a swift motion, he dragged it across the throat of the demon. Blood poured from the wound. It ran to the ground in crimson rivulets, soaking the bark and staining the grass.
+++++++"With this sacrifice, and payment of blood, I call upon the ancient forces of darkness. Give me your power!" The taller one yelled at the black sky with his arms outstretched.