Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: FEAST (07/12/18)
TITLE: Delight of Demons
By Jody Day
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Velfra made sure the new blonde and busty secretary at work threw herself at Subject with the lowest necklines and the shortest skirts. What did his stupid human do? He got himself transferred to another department. Strike one.
So Velfra arranged that every co-worker with a new car, house, or plans for an extravagant vacation bragged about it in his subject’s presence. The imbecile just started thanking his Master for all his many “blessings.” Strike two.
If Velfra couldn’t make Phase 3 work, his Boss planned to have him reassigned. If he knew his human subject at all, the third tactic should be a piece of cake. Subject took a certain pride in his work, and Velfra knew that his coworker, Bob, wanted his job. Bob’s case-worker had reported to Velfra that Bob talked quite openly with his friends and family about Subject’s shortcomings.
In order for his plan to work, Velfra needed the proper nutrition, and he knew just where to get it. So when family and friends met for dinner at Bob’s house, Velfra positioned his skinny frame on the ceiling, his mouth wide open.
They’d barely said “amen” before the the words began to float into Velra’s mouth, expanding his leather skin. “Stupid, know-nothing.” Delicious. “Suck-up, brown-noser.” Yummy. “Old-fashioned, unaware, on his way out.” Delectable. “Incompetent, bungling, inadequate.” Satisfying. The hate, haughty tone, and rolling eyes gave Bob’s words an exquisite flavor.
Velfra’s girth expanded to the surface of the entire ceiling. The light fixture flickered, and the walls creaked as his bloated form pushed against them. He’d better leave before he exploded.
“If they only knew what their words can do. It’s written in black and white in their Book, but they are blind.” His maniacal laugh broke through the spirit realm.
“Did you hear that?” Bob asked his guests. They stopped eating and listened, shrugged their shoulders and resumed their discourse.
He found his subject taking a nap. Perfect. Velfra simply lay on his chest, and whispered the words that Bob had spewed into the air. Subject awoke and seemed confused. A good sign. Then, disaster.
Subject sat up in bed, shook his head and uttered those vile words. “Praise the Lord!” Then he went outside and played with his kids.
Velfra spewed venom in all directions. There had to be a way to cook his subject. There was only one more ingredient that might work. Sally, whose caseworker had the easiest job in the whole kingdom, had attended the dinner at Bob’s house. Velra sent the caseworker a message. “Make her tell my subject what happened at the dinner.”
“I won’t have to make her,” he sent back. “She’s been planning to talk about it all weekend.”
“He’s got it easy.” Velfra sighed.
Velfra did his best to stay attached to Subject’s chest until Monday. He knew he had some influence because his subject’s eyes looked troubled.
Subject made a stop in the office lounge for coffee, where Sally waited for him.
“Hi, Christian,” Sally said.
“Good morning. ”Subject seemed to want to get away from her, but Sally grabbed his arm.
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Christian,” Sally said, “but Bob is after your job. You wouldn’t believe what he said about you on Sunday.”
“I don’t need to hear it,” Subject said, and headed for the door.
“Oh, yes you do, you stupid human. Come on, Sally, do your stuff.”
Sally followed Subject out the door, recounting the appetizing words she’d heard and rehearsed all weekend. His shoulders slumped as he sat at his desk. He put his head in his hands.
“Yea, it’s working! Way to go, Sally girl!” Velfra sat like a two-ton boulder on Subject’s back the rest of the day, and for weeks afterward.
Soon, Subject couldn’t pray. Victory! Just when he thought Subject’s depression would send him over the edge, an counterattack emerged.
Subject’s wife waged war along with her Master until Subject recovered, and Velfra had to leave. He suddenly found himself stuck with other defeated spirits in a hole deep underground.
“You were warned about her, stupid Velfra. I’ll teach you a lesson by assigning you to his wife. And you thought your subject was difficult,” Boss snarled, laughing and hissing.
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