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Bacchus threw himself through the barn doors, tumbling and falling to the floor. Sweat soaked through his clothes, beads dripping from his face. He could feel the creature approaching from behind his yet dared not turn around. There was no creek from the door’s hinges but he knew it was looming behind him. As it spoke so did the incomprehensible whispers of its last victims.
“Come on, Bacchus. Just submit. You are be strong, but even you cannot fight me forever.”
“Screw… you…” Bacchus struggled to spit out.
The creature laughed and moved to face Bacchus. His face was contorted from the pain of the straining.
“Too much of this and you’ll just end up killing ourself. Just submit already. Tell them.”
Bacchus screamed from the effort to control himself. The creature sighed.
“I can wait.”
The creature left the barn and Bacchus was finally able to relax. He fell to the ground and panted. The barn doors were thrown open and Bacchus’s wife and ran in.
“Bacchus! , get a bucket of water and a towel.”
The ran out and Emelia kneeled down next to Bacchus.
“No you’re not. You need to see the priest.”
“He can’t do anything about this.”
“Maybe. Maybe not. You never know until you try.”
“Trust me, he’ll only make it more angry.”
Bacchus froze and looked up to his wife. She was smiling.
“See, Bacchus. That wasn’t so hard, now was it?”
“No, no, no, please.”
His wife melded into the shadowy beast. The creature rose above him and laughed.
It shot downwards, entering every pore and opening in Bacchus’s head. Bacchus’s eyes switched from an electric blue to an inky black. He laughed in the creature’s voice. Within the creature, Bacchus continued to plea and beg for some compromise. His only response was the screams and whispers of his fellow victims that asked the same as him.
“I’ll give you money. My wife. My husband. My life. Just don’t take my soul.”
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