Then the angel was restrained when he got 10 feet away from the melee. Daniel then remembered the rules: He could only intervene if she was in danger of dying. Two more demons held him back. Both had grins showing broken teeth and breath that reminded one of death.
Try as she might, Crystal couldn't hold them off to save her life. A punch to the gut doubled her over and then they kicked her. All while screaming vile and disgusting names. She knew she was dying then and there. Also, she knew should it come, Mom and Dad would be waiting for her with baby brother Stephen at their side.
The lead demon ordered the others to stand aside. With pointed boots, he began to tear into her skin with the razor sharp tips. The pain was unbearable, but then a strange thing happened. It stopped.
Crystal found herself in a suspended state. Whether it was a trick of the mind or whatever, she didn't know. There was black all around, like in space. Then out of nowhere she heard a voice. It was soft and gentle, like a parent would to calm a child. "Don't give up, for I am with you."
Then a stone appeared before her, glowing and pulsating. The size of a ostrich egg, it had a bright orange light coming from it. "Embrace this and vanquish the foes who attack you now and live or succumb and never realize who I made you to be." Crystal was starting to fade away, her body here was becoming more translucent by the second. "Make your choice quickly!" The voice spoke again.
With one great effort, Crystal reaches out and grabs the stone before her.
The jolt that went through her was nothing she ever felt before. Like every cell in her body was being restored. Looking down at her hands, there was a white blue fire spreading across her body. But it wasn't consuming her.
Next thing she knows, Crystal's back in her body. She hadn't opened her eyes but heard everything the demon leader was saying. All kinds of foul, nasty, obscene things against her, her family and God.
This leader had no idea of what was going on behind him, as the others. She got up and walked 10 feet behind the leader.
At the peak of his diatribe, he gestured at his cronies and suddenly stopped. His eyes had a look of horror as he looks down to see a sword blade sticking out of his chest. A trickle of demon blood flowed down.
Turning around, he sees the girl covered in holy fire. She's holding the blade and knowing he failed in his mission, staggered away. Crystal then dispatches with swift strokes the one demon who was foolish enough to stay. With one last curse, the leader vanishes into the shadows.
At that moment, the environment became better with only the smell of rotten eggs lingering. The fire vanished from Crystal's body and she collapsed to her knees. Daniel then was allowed to heal and minister. She got home and good thing her aunt and uncle had a meeting at the PTA, so she was safe there.
She ate some leftovers and then was shocked looking into the mirror. Her wounds were healing very quickly. Crystal felt like a MMA fighter after a prize fight.
Crystal tossed and turned that night. Pondering what happened. Was it real or a fragment of her imagination? At 3am, she got up and began to pray for some sign to help her decide. An hour later, Daniel shows up.
"I want in" were her words to the angel. Words that changed her life forever.