“It’s against the rules, or to be more precise, it’s considered bad manners to intervene,” Regal told her, “during a possession. That’s not to say it isn’t done, but considering our circumstances here, and what’s going on around us, I have to be very careful in what I do and how I do it, and to whom I do it.”
“You once told me, Colleen stopped to process what she had just heard, “that I have a natural resistance to possession.”
“And that is true.” Regal agreed. “But against me, or any other powerful Demon, you are defenseless.”
“What’s going to happen to me?” Colleen asked bluntly.
“You’ve been raped before, physically, and I can tell you the experience you will go through in possession, considering who you are and what you are, will be infinitely worse and it will last longer than you can imagine. Nothing Inanna has done to you will compare to possession by a hostile Demon bent on proving a point to another Demon.” Regal sighed and sat down again by the window, looking out, with his back to Colleen.
“And you won’t help me?” Colleen hated herself for asking and she already knew the answer.
“I will not.” Regal replied. “They will use you in trying to provoke me into reacting. It’s the first step towards an all-out war if I try to save you, or worse, do save you. They’ll know then I can be distracted by an attack on you and it will split my focus away from those things that you rather have me focused upon at all times.”
“I feel like a pawn.” Colleen said simply.
“You have been a pawn in this since you decided to murder a man to save your career, Colleen. You’ve never been an innocent but I have to admit this is the first time you’ve been truly defenseless. Your only real hope is that sometime during the attack they will realize I’m not going to do anything at all and they release you.” Regal sat perfectly still as he spoke.
“If they do not?” Colleen asked.
“Then you will remain in their power until they decide to release you or kill you. What they do to you between life and death will be, it will have to be, unimaginable harsh. You, as a human, deliberately decided to serve a Demon. In fact, two if us. You knew when this began that we were not always guardians or shepherds, and you knew that there were those of us who had no regard for your kind at all.” Regal said as he watched the setting sun.
“I never realized how much of one of those you were.” Colleen replied.
“You knew who Ben Johnson was.” Regal said. “You knew who I made him, and why I made him, and how I still use him. Each and every day you’ve spoken to me I have heard you, seen you, smelled you, and experienced you, through the senses of a human who I hold captive and against his will, and you have known this since the beginning. I have told you, and Inanna, especially, has told you, that your kind are less to us than the cattle you will feed upon this very night, and the animals you crush under your tires on the way home. We have been very honest with you. We have been more open with you than you can imagine and at any time you could have fled this place and never returned. But I’m sure you realize by now this war is going to be much worse than you could ever have seen in a nightmare.”
“What?” Colleen felt a fear rising in her that she hadn’t felt before. “What do you mean?” She took an involuntary step backwards.
“It would take a lesser being than Toby to discover who you are close to and where those people are.” Regal said. “Your sister, your niece, your mother, the people you once knew at work, anyone you have ever loved is traceable and subject to being used against you. You have no idea how incredibly thorough they will be in finding every raw emotion of pain that can be burned completely and used utterly.” The sun cast a bright light on Regal’s face and to her horror, Colleen realized he was grinning.
“You are enjoying this?” Colleen asked.
“I could possess you, Colleen.” Regal replied. “And that would protect you, and yours, completely, unless I was killed, and I will not be, I assure you.” Colleen watched the light fade and felt the cold truth in his words.