By Sam Enthoven
Jack’s top mate, Charlie, has regularly been without problems cool. while Charlie wakes up sooner or later and reveals a mysterious, relocating black tattoo on his again, it’s a transparent signal that he’s even cooler than Jack notion. To best it off, Charlie is without warning in a position to struggle like a kung-fu grasp, fly, and keep watch over the minds of others. certain, he’s received super powers.
Or does he?
Jack quickly learns the terrifying fact: Charlie’s magnificent powers come from an age-old demon known as the Scourge, who's utilizing Charlie to result in its evil grasp plan. to prevent the Scourge, Jack and Charlie sign up for forces with Esme, a lady with great powers of her personal, informed from start to struggle the demon. yet time is operating out, as Charlie falls deeper lower than the Scourge’s darkish spell.
while the Scourge vanishes with Charlie, Jack and Esme keep on with their good friend from the streets of London into Hell itself, the place they face horrors which may good rate them their lives. Can they live on to outwit the Scourge, shop Charlie, and forestall a fair higher evil?
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Repeat! we're less than assault! All devices converge at the first-floor major room! Get me backup—now! ” Esme’s eyes narrowed. She dropped the guy (he hit the floor with a thump) and took an doubtful step backward. “How a lot of you're there? ” she requested. “Hundreds! ” acknowledged quantity 2, crawling again from her. “Thousands! stay away from me! ” “We ’ave one other twenty men,” acknowledged a voice from at the back of her. “Mademoiselle? Please take heed to me. ” She grew to become around and observed quantity three, the French-accented guy. just like the remainder of the gang, he’d been donning physique armor: still, Esme was once quite definite that she had cracked a minimum of of his ribs, and he may purely be sitting up with nice hassle. unusually, this didn’t appear to have affected how well mannered he was once being. “We have been informed of this,” he stated. “An historic evil, and a mystery Brotherhood pledged to prevent that evil from being published. it kind of feels the informant spoke the reality. ” He paused, and all Esme may possibly listen was once the sound of heavy boots pounding up the steps and out of doors the doorways, onto the touchdown. “When the others come, don't struggle them,” acknowledged quantity three. “If you struggle, they'll shoot you: it really is dead. we're ’ere to ’elp you! ” he further desperately. “And all I ask in go back is that you simply belief me. ” “Why? ” requested Esme. quantity three pulled off his masks. His jet-black hair was once cropped brief, and operating simply above his correct eyebrow midway down his cheek used to be a protracted, offended scar. the attention crossed through the scar used to be a faded grayish-blue colour, however the different, quantity 3’s left, used to be a deep, hot brown with flecks of gold in it. He was once her and—strangely—smiling. “Jessica despatched for us,” he acknowledged. Esme stared at him. yet then the doorways burst open, and extra males crammed the room. “Fire at will! ” shrieked quantity 2. “Non! ” yelled quantity three. however the weapons have been already arising: black-gloved hands have been tightening at the triggers. And now, Esme observed, those humans have been capturing at her. Time went slack. Esme watched the flowering muzzle-flash of the weapons with a unusual form of breathless focus. The clattering bubble-wrap pops of the MP5s looked as if it would have slowed to rhythmic gluey thumping in her ears. She may possibly see the spreading black circulate of bullets sewing the air; their trails protruding of the barrels like stair-rods, like banners that may unroll and say BANG. She stuck a protracted glimpse of all of them, the boys firing their weapons, and—There’s anything a section specific approximately you. It’s constantly been too past due for her—strange phrases looked to be echoing in her ears. She dropped the sword. swifter than time—faster than the world—but with a simple grace that felt as average to her as respiring, she leaped. And by the point the 1st bullets reached where the place she’d been status— —Esme wasn’t there. emerging now, her palms out to both sides of her, Esme swung her legs up, flipping backward this time. As she reached the peak of the butterfly room’s nice around window, she was once in place: with ideal precision, the naked soles of her ft struck the precise middle of the circle.