After all the happenings of last night, I still managed to get the documents done for the boss and got to sleep.
A voice awoke me on time to get ready: "Axel, wake up!"
"Hmmm..what..must have been some dream hmm 7:01? I should get ready"
So I quickly got dressed and gathered my things to head to the office, if I'm late boss will have me fired for sure. So I headed down to the bus stop, got on the bus, and made it to work. As I walked in Mr. Burton immediately scolded me
"WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING ASHTON? YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE AN HOUR AGO!" He hadn't mentioned that before I left the office last night, still I handed him the documents.
"I should have you fired" he said as he grabbed the documents and headed off with them down to the board room.
I walked off to my cubicle as I passed a co-worker, who gave me an icy stare for some reason.
"Geez, what is his problem?" I said under my breath. Thinking it was just the job frusturating him.
The day proceeded normally however until lunch break, the voice from earlier returned.
"The list!" it said, as I was outside enjoying a warm cup of coffee. Suddenly I saw a glowing piece of paper appear in my hand...it was the list from last night that had my name on it. A new name was below mine with an unchecked box.
"Keith Purston" I read out loud and almost as if on cue a figure appeared from behind me.
"You!" it said as things started going dark around us.
"Again?!" I said, noticing things going like they were last night.
"Look at you all high and mighty, getting all the important assignments" he said as his body started changing to take on a more demonic look. "You just shrug it off as a burden I'll kill you!" he continued as his voice became more and more distorted.
The voice returned again: "Defend yourself!"
The man lunged at me, his hand having changed into a claw. Almost instinctively I grabbed for the pen in my pocket.
"If this is anything like last night" I said as I brought it out and it transformed into it's sword-form.
"Hyah!" I said as I swung at Keith, striking him away for a second as he prepared for a counterstrike.
Suddenly I felt the voice return and it gave me another instruction
"Grab a piece of paper and utter a phrase to help you defend" it said.
Hoping this voice wasn't wrong I followed it's instructions "Shield me from the darkness!" I said as the paper quickly transformed into a paper shaped shield.
I repelled the attack and sent Keith staggering backwards, he seemed aggravated at this.
"Fight!" the voice spoke once more and I sprung into action. It was time for me to go on the offensive, I charged Keith with sword and shield in hand. I sliced at Keith, once, twice, three times all direct hits! He then went for an attack and I pushed him away with the shield.
I then stabbed him straight in the chest and he fell to his knees.
"You know what to do" the voice said as I pointed the sword at Keith and sealed away his demon like I did last night. As I finished he returned to normal and fell to a knee. Then the voice spoke to me again.
"Good, you're doing your job well Axel" it said, like a madman talking to himself I replied.
"What job? What is going on here?"
"Don't you remember Axel, you wanted this, you wanted the world to their demons. Because of this you were chosen by the spirits to exorcise the demons whom are too strong for their hosts to hold back"
"But I didn't ask for this, I hardly know what I'm doing" I said.
"Do not worry Axel, I'll guide you. The pen you know is your weapon and your method of sealing. The paper can be used for any other thing you need, you only need to vocalize what is needed."
"What if I refuse to do this any longer?"
"Then...you die, the next time an encounter like this occurs the demon will kill you unless you defend yourself."
Aware of my situation I asked one more question
"Who are you...is there a name I should address you by?"
"Just call me Himiko, for now. As time goes by and you become more accustomed to this, I will gain a more permanent form"
"I see I said...."
Then everything went back to normal as I looked down at Keith, he stood back up and proceeded normally back into the building
"What have I gotten into?"