A female serial killer uses her three boys as a deception to troll for young female runaways who will star in her rituals.
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"I love my mother," writes Roy Vega, "at least I love one version of her. I'm scared of the other. This isn't how I envisioned my life, but I don't know any different. I'm probably doomed, but I hope my little brother Eddie is still young enough to escape and have a normal life. It may be too late. He's witnessed too much horror and is already developing a talent from Bella's "training." My uncle Dupree has never tried to control her, but he has his own problems—a bizarre need to amputate his own leg. I'm trying to get up the nerve to leave. If she catches me, I may dissapear like her husbands. I have money saved up and a bag packed. The only thing holding me back is getting Eddie out with me."
Bella Vega believes in the Devil.
Not only the winged horny one depicted in William Blake’s painting The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun, a devil with a tail that in her mind is more lizard than snake, but the devil in a man’s soul with strong hands and dark eyes that seduces you to sin on yourself. She’d sinned on herself three times that she’ll admit.
She’ll deny the rest.
She glances in bitter disappointment into the rearview mirror at her three boys in the backseat—Roy, seventeen, trying to scrub blood off his hand onto his pant leg, Ricky, an insolent fifteen, and little Eddie, ten. Eddie’s not the brightest of the three, but he tries the hardest to please her. That revelation isn’t wasted on a night like this. She’s using him more often while on the troll—his face sweet, eyes large and vulnerable. Any young girl would melt under Eddie’s gaze. He grins in the backseat like he knows a secret no one else does, muttering under his breath to no one in particular.