Trigger Warning: Incest, pedophilia, and atrocious “Christian” logic.
All across the
land small town, an unnatural cold front blows, chilling the town. I have to assume it’s late summer based on the carnival and Sandy’s summer classes, so assuming we’re not in Alaska, a cold front is probably highly remarkable. Also wouldn’t that damage crops? Poor farmers. Apparently wind and rain are the result of demon activities. Also howling dogs and… quarreling humans. Heh. We were doing so well with the horror cliches until then.
Malfoy doesn’t notice a thing, of course. He’s still bragging on about his own glory and kicking around poor little Complacency. Then the room is filled with
a violent, boiling cloud [that] crashed and thundered into the room like a tidal wave, a sudden avalanche of force that crushed like iron. The demons were swept across the room like so much debris in a raging tide […] Lucius [was] in the grip of a huge, black hand.
…how big is this room? Seriously, conference rooms aren’t that large. The Demon Prince Ba-al Rafar has arrived, ladies and gentlemen, and he’s large enough to squish Malfoy in one hand, while yet small enough to stand in a reasonably-ceiling conference room, albeit with his massive wings “fill[ing] the room”.
“You who have no fear — are you now afraid?”
“Ye see a terror, and are afraid.” “Who is like thee […] Fearful in praises, doing wonders?” “When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear.” Hey, look, it’s biblical! No wait. Those passages are all talking about God. For all the talk about the power of God in the Bible, I’m not seeing much about the powers of demon Princes. I’m not a Christian, but it sure seems like poor theology to assign great power — and he moves like a cyclone, inflicts punishment without mercy, speaks in clouds of fiery red vapor — to demons which are only marginally biblical in the first place. Smells a bit of idolotry, especially when God hasn’t even put in an appearance.
He orders Malfoy to stand with the others. Malfoy insists he has not ordered him to yield his place. Gee, he showed up, smacked you around a bunch, and told you to stand with the others. That sounds like a yield order to me. Rafar, naturally, smacks Malfoy around again, until he gives in. Prince Uncharming’s breath is apparently blood red — that can’t smell good.
Rafar tells the demons to fear the hosts of heaven after all. Because they’re so terrifying in their plan to do utterly nothing. He seems pissed that Malfoy didn’t care about Complacency being attacked, not because demons should have compassion, but because the enemy was attacking and they ought to mount a defense.
We now find out why they were targeting Sandy in the first place. Yes, despite his claim that they were going after Sandy for unrelated reasons, it turns out Malfoy here was actually lying; they were using Sandy to get at Marshall. After all, it can’t be that a young woman’s soul is just as important as that of a grown man. I mean, he’s the editor of the local PAPER! He’s like a local celebrity! Clearly he’s the most important person in town.
Anyway, it seems they’d played a similar game with the previous editor:
“We found a weakness in his daughter and felt we could divert his energies towards her, perhaps destroy him at home and disintegrate his family. It seemed to work on the former editor.”
Wait, hang on. I remember this guy. Didn’t they say he was
“caught molesting a 12-year-old girl”
back on page 32?
…wait. Hang on.
They broke up his family by…
But that implies….
his daughter? Cousin? Something along those lines? Ew. Massive squick.
Wait. But they said they went after the family, not after the man directly. Meaning they didn’t instill pedophilia in him, but instead….
I’ve got two in one hand and two in the other and I’m vastly terrified as to what sum I’m going to get if I continue this train of thought.
But for you, dear readers, I will go there. Here goes:
THEY GOT TO THE EDITOR BY INFECTING A TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL SO SHE WOULD SOMEHOW CAUSE HIM TO MOLEST HER. Because the incident was of course all the fault of the harlot girl. She wore a short skirt, she was asking for it.
I need a bath. Someone tell me I’ve misread this passage. I would be fucking gleeful to be proven wrong.