The Rippers dragged the children out kicking and screaming. It was mostly Miss Cain doing the screaming. Helena, Nix and Tal were all swearing and trying to break free. But these were Rippers, private Cleavers, one of the best fighting forces in the world. The children struggled all they could but couldn’t break free. Suddenly the Rippers stopped dragging. The children, surprised, stopped struggling momentarily. With no one making noise you could just hear Patsy Cline's “Crazy”.
“Sanguine, “Nix growled.
“I really should change my ringtone shouldn’ I? Y’all recognize me so quickly” Billy-Ray Sanguine stepped out of the shadows.
“Where’s Tanith?” Helena screamed. Helena barely new Tanith Low but as soon as she had met her, she had loved her like an old friend.
“My lovely lady? She’s... somewhere. I would tell y’all but that would give it ALL away.” Sanguine laughed. “I’m here on personal business that my soon to be wife doesn’t know about.” He glanced at his phone. “And y’all made me miss a call from her, so she’ll be here soon.” Sanguine looked vaguely troubled.
“Well we better hurry up then.” Eve said. She struggled fiercely but couldn’t manage to get free from the Rippers grip. They all tried struggling again but Helena couldn’t even manage to move her gloved hand. If she had been able to, they would all be free. Helena’s necromancer power is kept in her glove. Something was wrong. Wrong with the Rippers. They were too strong.
“What have you done to them?” Miss Cain asked.
“Them?” Sanguine asked indicating to the Rippers.”Remnants.” He grinned.
“Why?” Tal asked. “For what reason would you want us?”
“I’ve been a searching for you for months. I’ve been looking for the biggest magic supply in the world. I need powerful magic to find my true name. Only three people have that power. Valkyrie, Skulduggery and someone out of you.” Sanguine was getting excited now. “I have this amazin’ friend that can detect the amount of magic in people's names. He’s great, but, as I said, one of you has an unusual amount of magic. So which one is it?”
“I’m the newest.” Tal said. He just managed to shrug. “What? It’s the most logical explanation.”
“That it is.” Pronounced Sanguine.
He indicated to the Ripper holding Tal. The Ripper let go violently.
“Of course it's me.” Tal said with a look of indignation.
Suddenly a thick mist surrounded everyone in the room. You could only manage to make out a pair of glowing silver eyes.
“Rippers!” Sanguine screeched unusually.
But the Rippers wouldn’t follow the command. They appeared to be weakened. Suddenly the mist cleared and the Rippers heads dropped to the ground.
“Okay then...” Helena said.
“Wow.” Was all Miss Cain and Eve could mutter.
Nix grunted his approval.
Sanguine’s body dropped to the ground unconscious. All the Australians joined hands and disappeared. They reappeared in a forest, with the quiet sounds of a wolf pack closing in on them.
Yours in eternity,
P.S. It’s called Demon Massacre because Remnants are considered demons.