Author’s notes: This really won’t make sense if you haven’t read the previous parts. There is some slight connection here to my earlier fic Remember Who You Are. If you haven’t read that you might want to, but it’s not really necessary.

‘Ed’ is Father Edward Kelly, a character from the Hellboy comic The Wolves of St. August. I had used this character previously in Part Three of my fic A Tale of ‘Demon’ Rights as the young priest who baptized Hellboy.

Reminder: Time period here is November 1978

Chapter Five: Abe Sapien: Sibling Rivalry: Part Ten

Black. Everything was black, black, black— and cold, very cold. He tried to move. It was like he was frozen in place. He tried to get his mind to work. Where was he? How did he get here? He tried even harder to move and was just able to wriggle the fingers of his right hand. He thought he could hear distant voices.

“Bzzz, bzzzzz bzz bzzzzz bz bz? Bzzz bzz bzzzzz bz bz bz bz.”

This was the most that he could make out.

Suddenly a huge, dark voice boomed out from that freezing darkness.

“Welcome home, my son.”

The darkness, which had already seemed so absolute, became even darker and colder.

He was actually relieved at this development: a nightmare, that’s what this was, just a bad dream. He had a vague recollection of having had this same nightmare many times when he was very little. But he had been baptized when he was five years old and after that he had never had that same nightmare again.

He struggled to wake up, but was unable to divest himself of this apparition of darkness.

“Do not fight against me, my son. This is where you truly belong.”

He tried to sit up. It was like he had the weight of the world resting on his chest. He started to feel like he was suffocating— like his heart was no longer able to beat.

Pain, he could now feel great pain. His heart struggled to beat; it was like it was some bird trying to break free from the great weight that was crushing it.

This searing pain in his chest cleared his head somewhat. He could now make out what the distant voices were saying.

“Damn it, Ed, we’re losing him! Isn’t there something more you can do to banish this entity that has possessed him?”

“I’ve tried almost every incantation I know for exorcising demons, Trevor. This must be an extremely powerful one. I’m not sure how much more I can do.”

“He’s going into cardiac arrest,” shouted a woman’s voice, “Clear!”

A sudden jolt to his chest made him more aware of his surroundings. He was in some sort of bed. He could hear a man sobbing hysterically. Then that hideous darkness came back and everything started to fade again.

“Clear!” the woman’s voice shouted again.

There was another jolt to his chest. He could now make out that the sobbing man was praying something.

“God, please, not this way, please, please. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Not this way, not now. Please.”

The man just kept on repeating this over and over.

“Father,” he suddenly thought to himself, “That man’s my father, not that thing in the darkness.” He felt so weak; he tried to speak, but it was like his mouth was full of cotton.

The ghastly and horrifyingly cold darkness closed in again.

“God damn it!” shouted a third man’s voice, “We’re losing him again! Nurse, hand me that vial of digitalis. Trevor, I’m going to have to…”

The voices again faded into an anonymous buzzing sound.

“Welcome back, my son; my favorite son.”

Suddenly there was a pain in his arm as if the largest needle in the world was shoved in.

He concentrated on the feeling of strength that flowed into him through that pain and shoved that horrible voice away from him.

“I’m not your son! Never was, never will be! Already have a father and he’s all the father I need. So why don’t you just buzz off!”

With that, the freezing darkness started to fade. It was eventually replaced by another kind of darkness; a darkness that was so warm and comforting he drifted off to sleep.

More to come…

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