THE HOST OF HELL

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THEY REACHED THE NEW TUDOR AIRPORT AT AROUND 1:30 AM.

IT WAS QUITE LATE SO LUCKILY THE STREETS WERE EMPTY ALONG MOST OF THE WAY.EVA'S PHONE RANG, IT WAS HER SISTER GUESSING FROM THE CONVERSATION.SHE WAS WORRIED TOO AND WANTED THEM TO COME HOME STRAIGHT BACK TO HER PLACE.

RAIZO WAS WATCHING THE BUILDINGS ZOOM BY AS THEY ADVANCED TOWARDS THEIR DESTINATION.HE HAD BEEN THINKING OF COMING HOME AS SOON AS HE WRAPPED UP THE MATCHES,THINGS HAD JUST CLEARED OUT FOR HIM.JUST THEN HE CAUGHT SOME MOVEMENT IN THE SIDE MIRROR.THERE WAS A BLACK MERCEDES BEHIND THEM.HE WONDERED HOW HE HAD MISSED IT BEFORE, THE ROADS WERE EMPTY AND HE SURE WOULD HAVE KNOWN IF THERE WAS ANYONE ELSE BEHIND THEM, AND IT WASN'T LIKE THERE WAS ANY INTERSECTION THAT THEY HAD CAUGHT UP WITH BEFORE.YET, THERE IT WAS, WITH TINTED GLASSES, GAINING UP ON THEM SILENTLY.

EVANGELINE NOTICED IT TOO, SO SHE TURNED THE CAR SLIGHTLY TO THE LEFT SO TO LET HIM PASS, BUT INSTEAD, HE PULLED UP RIGHT NEXT TO THEM.RAIZO KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG, THE GUY WASN'T PASSING THEM AND GOING HIS WAY.HE TRIED TO SEE THROUGH THE TINTED GLASS TO ATLEAST GET SOME HAZY IMAGE BUT NOTHING, IT SEEMED LIKE THE CAR WAS DEVOID OF ANY MATTER, THE MORE HE STARED THE MORE HE FELT DREAD BUILD UP IN HIS HEART.

EVANGELINE WAS ABOUT TO DECELERATE AND PULL BACK BEHIND THE GUY WHEN THE CAR SLAMMED STRAIGHT INTO THIERS SIDELONG, BUT EVANGELINE KEPT IT UNDER CONTROL AND BEGAN TO STOP, RAIZO INSTANTLY PULLED ON HIS SEATBELT FOR GOOD MEASURE.THE CAR HIT THEM AGAIN AND THIS TIME EVANGELINE COULDN'T CONTROL IT, THEY WAVERED OFF THE ROAD AND ONTO THE SIDEWALK.SHE TRIED TO REIGN HER IN AGAIN, AND SHE WOULD'VE ALMOST SUCCEEDED IF THE STREET LIGHT HAD'NT COME IN THEIR WAY.THEY CRASHED STRAIGHT INTO IT, THEIR VELOCITY WAS THANKFULLY LESS OTHERWISE RAIZO'S HEAD WOULD'NT BE THE ONLY ONE WITH INJURIES.THEY BOTH GOT OUT TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE TO THE CAR AND IT LOOKED LIKE THEY WOULD MAKE THE JOURNEY HOME.

THE 'DREADNOUGHT' WAS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN AND HAD VANISHED IN THE DARKNESS.RAIZO LOOKED BACK AND ASKED EVANGELINE IF SHE WAS OKAY, BUT SHE WASN'T LISTENING TO HIM, SHE WAS LOOKING UP AT THE BUILDING ADJACENT TO THEM AND AT THE POLE THEY HAD JUST HIT.THE COLOUR HAD DRAINED FROM HER FACE.RAIZO FOLLOWED HER GAZE AND SAW THAT THERE WAS A JET BLACK RAVEN ATOP THE POLE, AND MORE ON THE BUILDING.THE ODD THING WAS THAT THEY WEREN'T CROWING, AND RAIZO FELT LIKE THEY WERE LOOKING STRAIGHT INTO HIM, LIKE HUNGRY VULTURES OVER A CARCASS, LIKE THEY WERE ONLY SEARCHING FOR ONE REASON NOT TO FEED ON HIS SOUL. THERE WAS NOT ONE PERSON AROUND, THE STREET WAS STRANGELY VERY 'EMPTY'.

RAIZO QUICKLY GOT INTO THE DRIVER'S SEAT OF THE CAR AND EVANGELINE FOLLOWED SUIT.SHE WAS PROBABLY SHAKEN ALREADY, AND THE RAVENS ONLY ADDED TO HER WOES.RAIZO DIDN'T SEEM TO THINK MUCH OF THE SCAVENGERS, BUT HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT EVA, THE WAY HER FACE DRIED WHEN SHE SAW THE CORVINE BIRDS,SO WHEN ASKED HER ABOUT IT, SHE SAID,

 "RAIZO, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN BIRDS COME OUT DURING THE NIGHT?ONE OR TWO MAYBE, BUT SO MANY? AND RAVENS? MY GRANDMA USED TO TELL ME STORIES RAIZO, STORIES ABOUT CROWS AND RAVENS, OF THEM BEING THE VASSALS OF EVIL IN OUR WORLD, OF THEM BEING...THE HOSTS OF HELL."

"EVA, CALM DOWN, THEY'RE JUST STORIES, AND THOSE WERE JUST BIRDS! I CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY THEY WERE STROLLING OUT AT NIGHT, BUT IT'S FINE, IT'S NOTHING", RAIZO TRIED TO CALM HER NERVES INSPITE OF HE HIMSELF BEING SHAKEN.

 "WE WERE ALMOST KILLED TONIGHT RAIZO, I WONDER WHO WOULD WANT YOU DEAD SO BADLY TO FOLLOW YOU EVEN HERE.WE MUST GET THE COPS ON THIS, YOUR LIFE FALLS IN GREATER DANGER AS TIME PASSES."

"YEAH ALRIGHT, WE'LL BE AT THE BUREAU TOMORROW FIRST THING OKAY.NOW LET'S JUST GO HOME"

THE NEXT DAY, RAIZO WENT TO THE POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND FILED A REPORT.THE CHIEF, MAXIMUS MURDOCH, WAS AN OLD FRIEND OF HIS, AND HE ASSURED RAIZO THAT HE WOULD PUT HIMSELF ALONG WITH HIS TOP DETECTIVES ON THIS CASE.HE ALSO TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD RECEIVED NEWS ABOUT THE VEGAS INCIDENT. "DON'T YOU WORRY ANY FURTHER RAIZO, I'M ON IT.IF YOU WANT I COULD ASSIGN A SMALL FORCE TO GUARD YOU".

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