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A modern witch, Morgaine, to save the soul of the man she loves, has sacrificed her own soul to the demon Asmodeus. Now a demon, she is returned to Earth by Asmodeus after swearing to carry out his new plan for acquiring Michael's soul. But, Morgaine has a devious plan of her own, and if it's successful she will be able to outwit Asmodeus, reclaim her life, and save Michael's.
A Saga of Love, Sorcery, and Reincarnation! A modern witch, Morgaine, to save the soul of the man she loves, has sacrificed her own soul to the demon Asmodeus. Now a demon, she is returned to Earth by Asmodeus after swearing to carry out his new plan for acquiring Michael's soul. But, Morgaine has a devious plan of her own, and if it's successful she will be able to outwit Asmodeus, reclaim her life, and save Michael's. But to carry out her plan, Morgaine will have to destroy the soul of an innocent young woman and trick the master demon trickster, Asmodeus. If she fails, she and Michael will be sentenced to suffer the worst tortures of hell, for all eternity!
As the demon Asmodeus yanked on the golden chain suddenly attached to a golden collar around Morgaine's throat, she followed without struggle, taking one quick glance at Melody and Michael still tied to their chairs and at her own dead body lying in a pool of blood. She regretted not untying the couple and sincerely hoped they managed to escape their bonds. The underground laboratory faded away, and she found herself inside an immense room of what appeared to be the palace of an ancient Oriental potentate, with murals on every wall depicting scenes of orgiastic sex between naked humans, demons and animals; hundreds of massive round pillars holding up a domed roof also covered with murals; and a tile floor decorated with alchemic symbols. In the center of the chamber on a stage-like dais rested the enormous body of Asmodeus. Morgaine and several other beautiful naked women were attached by long golden chains to rings so that they could move about freely, but not at any distance from the dais. In addition, enormous muscular black men with skull head and carrying spears stood about as guards. The women, except for Morgaine, spent their time grooming and petting the demon.
Morgaine thought, So this is hell. It isn't as bad as I've been told. I don't see anyone being tortured. Although it may get boring doing nothing for eternity except cater to this monster's whims.
The bull head of Asmodeus' three heads burst into loud laughter, so horrendous it startled Morgaine. It said, "So the new woman thinks being one of my concubines will be boring. Did thee not know I couldst read thy mind, Morgaine? Stand where I may see thee, my dear."
Morgaine took a position in front of the demon, frightened that she might be punished in some way. She fell to her knees and bowed so that her forehead touched the floor. When she raised it again, she said, "A thousand pardons, Great One. I did not mean any offense by my thoughts."
The sheep head smiled. "Ah, that is what I like to see, an obedient and devoted servant. So, thou chose to become my slave for eternity rather than allow me to take thy lover. Did thee not consider that in another thousand years, some other woman will have to make the same choice for Michael?"
"Yes Master, I knew that. But a thousand years is a long time."
The bull head laughed again. "A thousand years compared to eternity is less than an instant compared to a millennium. Thou art a fool. But those who love deeply art all fools."
The sheep head asked, "Dost thou think that thy Michael will be happy with this Melody woman?"
"I hope so. I truly do."
"Bah. Thy hope be futile. He will be happy only while she is young. As she grows older, he will pine for her youth, and when she dies, he will pine for her. That is always the way it has been with him. Everyone he ever loved is either dead or dying. Dost thou believeth that be a happy life. Thy sacrifice was for naught."
"So be it. At least he will be happy for a little while."
"A very little while. I see a future where he wastes his precious years away from his beloved Melody searching for a way to make her live as long as he."
"I see. And you have given me this knowledge as punishment for my sins?"
"Punishment for sins? Thou sound like one those stupid Christians. I have nothing to do with punishment. I told thee the truth so that thy would see what a foolish act thy death be. Besides, it be thy fate to aid him in this mad quest."
"I don't understand. I thought my fate was to be your slave forever."
"I would like that. Thou wert pretty and well-proportioned in life, and so thy essence appears in my world, but 'tis not to be. Another being of great importance in this dimension hath a use for thee and has made a bargain with me for thee. She will arrive soon to collect thee."
"She? With all humbleness, Great Master, may I ask who?"
The human head replied, the first it had spoken. It had a hollow ancient voice that sounded as though it came from a long dead thing. "Lilith, dark angel and first wife of Adam."
Off in the distance, Morgaine heard the slithering of a great reptilian beast entering the hall.
"Ah, she has arrived to claim thee," said Asmodeus' bull head.
In the murky atmosphere of Asmodeus' throne room, Morgaine watched the arrival of Lilith. She rode in on a horrible lizard thing similar to an iguana only larger than an elephant. Lilith appeared as a beautiful dark-haired but pale naked woman with strange hypnotic dark eyes, enormous bat wings and talon-like fingers. As her lizard slithered into the chamber, all of Asmodeus' retinue and Asmodeus itself bowed. "Welcome, Great Queen," said the bull head.
"And where is the sorceress that thee promised me?" said Lilith.
"Here. Step forward where Her Majesty, the Queen of the Underworld, can see thee, Morgaine."
Morgaine hesitantly stepped toward the awful lizard and its mistress with her head bowed.
"Unleash her," Lilith ordered. One of the skull heads did something to the collar around Morgaine's neck. It fell away. "Come to me, my dear. Do not fear my pet. It will not harm thee."
Morgaine approached the area of Lilith's enormous lizard. Lilith reached out a talon. "Come sit by me." With the dark creature's aid, Morgaine mounted the lizard. They slithered out of Asmodeus' palace and through a labyrinthine of caverns and tunnels until they entered Lilith's own ornate palace, similar to Asmodeus' abode. Lilith and Morgaine dismounted the lizard, and the demoness led Morgaine into a chamber lined with hundreds of mirrors. "Gaze into this one," she said.
Morgaine looked into the mirror. Instead of her reflection she saw a handsome muscular young man. "Who is this?" she asked.
"His name is Keith. Is he not handsome? He will be your slave shortly."
"Because I have decreed it. I shall send him a dream concerning myself and thee. Not long after, thou will return to earth, where thy may try to regain the love of thy former lover, Michael."
"But what of Melody?"
Lilith smiled evilly, a grin to send a person into spasms of terror. "It will be thy choice what becomes of that one."
"Why are you doing this for me?"
"I watched thy progress as a sorceress and was pleased. One such as thee I would desire to become one of my protégés. Look in the mirror again, and I will show thee how much I admire thee."
Morgaine turned her gaze back to the mirror. It showed her reflection this time. But as she watched, her image gradually changed until she was the identical twin of Lilith, minus the wings and talons.
"Art thou not beautiful," the elemental remarked. "It is in this guise thou will return to earth."