As the first of the men to leave threw his cross to the ground, the beast smiled. He watched as two others left quickly, catching up to the first man. He looked at the tall man, who look9ed back at him with a steady expression.
“They’re deserting you. What do you have to say to that?”
“My faith is strong. I’m offering myself, and my life in exchange for hers.”
“What’s going to keep me from simply taking you, then taking the others?”
The tall man looked up at the demon. The priest stepped up beside him.
“Jake, are you sure?”
“I am, Abbe. I have no reservations.”
The priest looked deep in his eyes, then nodded. He murmured a benediction upon the man, and the cross in his hands pulsed. He looked to the Stalker.
“Beast, what will stop you is the Strictures that govern such things in the presence of a priest. He is offering himself up to you. If you break it, then you will be utterly destroyed, in this world and the next.”
The girl cried out. Both men could see that she struggled against some unseen force.