Episode Six: Daddy Issues: Scene 26

Seb turned out to be exactly what he claimed to be. A nervous, Italian-looking kid who knew something about demon hunting.

“I’m sorry. I thought…”

“Honestly, they were going after souls in there,” Thea told him. “But we had a plan to get rid of them for an extended period. They won’t fall for it twice, so we need a new one.”

I paused. “You know. That fyrhund’s still around. Wonder if I could bribe it to track them for us.”

Thea frowned. “You can’t trust those things, even if that one does seem to like you.”

“Got a better idea?” I admit I gave Seb a challenging look. He’d screwed up one sting, he owed us help coming up with a new one.

Unfortunately, he just looked kinda flustered and looked away. I noticed it wasn’t so much me he was trying not to look at as Thea. Probably a crush coming on.

“I have an idea,” Father William said. “We find something else they can’t resist, and it just occurred to me.”

“What did?”

“There’s a copy of the Black Book in the cathedral library. If it were to somehow appear outside the wards.”

“What if they got it?” Thea frowned.

“Oh, I don’t plan on actually moving it. Just making them think it’s going to be moved.”

“What’s the Black Book?” I demanded, and got odd looks from everyone except Mike. Including Seb. Clearly, it was something I was supposed to know.

“It’s a book that supposedly contains the true names of many of the more powerful demons. You need that to banish them. So, of course, every demon has a standing order to destroy any copy they can find.”

I nodded. “Okay. So…yeah. But no moving the actual book. Please.” I had this feeling we’d want that book.

Sooner or later. Probably sooner.

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