Tension builds as Carmen admits to Hank that her voices weren’t real, she was just compensating for loneliness. She uses an awful pickup line:
“I’m really drawing strength from your company. I want you to know that.”
How can Hank resist her devilish charms?!
Meanwhile, the man is hitting on Mary through the closed window. He attemps to open the door — and she locks it. She tries to hit the horn again, but it no longer works. Rafar continues demanding to know where Tal is hidden. How will she ever escape the threat of someone outside her locked car door in broad daylight in a public place?!
Back to Hank, who is actually paying attention this time, asking if Carmen has people in her life to support her. Carmen continues being sly and subtle:
“Do you think I’m attractive?”
Back at the grocery store, the would-be rapist bangs on the glass with a buckle, cursing at her through the window. How will her virgin ears cope with the obscenities? Desperate, she releases the parking brake, causing the car to roll backwards slightly. A man standing nearby notices and intervenes. What a miracle! Someone was in the parking lot! And it happened to be a big strong man, the only kind of human who can rescue our damsel in distress.
Rafar beats Triskal half to death and lets him go as a warning.
Hank politely explains that he can’t fill her desire for a mate due to professional conflicts and is forced to terminate their sessions. Shocking twist! He acted like a professional! Who could have seen that coming?! Must have been Jesus personally intervening.
Mary’s car is going a terrifying fifteen miles per hour! It reaches the bottom of the hill and slows to a stop while she has a hysterical panic attack due to her close call. Triskal’s calm, male strength is needed to push her into starting the car again and driving home “to Hank’s protecting arms.”
(I wish I was making this up.)
Mary reaches home just as Carmen is leaving. Carmen begins screaming in terror as Triskal engages the demon riding her — Lust. (Interestingly enough, Lust is described as a he rather than the more traditional she. I suppose it’s because all the angels and demons are male, since only men can be that holy or unholy, since females are meant to be support for males and nothing more).
Mary finally remembered that she was about to cry. She picked up where she had left off.
Can I go back to reading something halfway decent now? This shit is just… bad. Not even entertaining bad. Just bad.