This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons,
places, or events is coincidental.
© Copyright 2017 by Daniel Schinhofen
All rights reserved.
“Greetings,master,” Stacia said, licking her lips nervously as if afraid he might rejecther now.
Alburet blinked at her as he took inthe transformation from human to succubus. His mouth opened and closed a fewtimes as he tried to make sense of Stacia suddenly appearing as a demon that hesummoned. He was vaguely aware of Stewart yelling as he finally pulled his eyesfrom Stacia. He looked over at Stewart. Lilith stood there, looking much likeher daughter with hooves, wings and tail stopping Stewart from advancing.
“What did you do to myGoddaughter!?” Stewart snarled, his eyes blazing. Literally blazing, as sparksof flame leapt from his eyes. “I’ll kill you for this!”
“Enough, Stewart!” Lilith snapped athim as he drew breath to continue his shouting. When the words left her mouthStewart’s eyes glazed over and his face went slack. “Good. Now listen to mevery carefully. Stacia wanted this to happen. She asked for my help and I gaveher my approval. I helped her complete the ceremony to transcend her mortallimits and embrace her demonic nature. Finalization was contingent on Alburetsummoning her. This has been done and nothing can change her back now, or wouldyou rather he cast her off and leave her as a masterless succubus?” When shewas done, she snapped her fingers before his eyes and Stewart seemed to comeback to his senses.
The fire had gone out in his eyeswhen Lilith dazed him with her magic. He glared at Alburet still but stoppedtrying to force his way past Lilith, “Did you know as well, Alburet?” Thecontempt was thick in his voice as he sneered at Alburet. “Did you convince herthat this was the path for her?”
Alburet glanced at Stacia, who stoodthere still uncertain, her eyes wide with fear as she looked from him toStewart and back. Taking a deep breath, he turned back to Stewart, “I did notknow. I was not informed that she was even a half blood, not that her bloodlinematters to me. Some things that were tickling the back of my mind now makesense, like the daze I seemingly fell into when she bathed me. Frankly, rightnow I don’t know if I should be happy or pissed off at this whole situation. Ihave taken a liking to Stacia, that much is true. I also feel as if I mighthave been played for a fool.”
He turned back to Stacia who waslooking down dejectedly, her wings and tail slumping. “Stacia, the threepillars of any relationship are trust, honesty and communication. You failed totrust me enough to communicate to me your intentions which hurts therelationship we’ve started. I am very unhappy at the moment. What do you haveto say about it?” His words were not scolding, nor were they warm. He spoke inan even tone that gave no hint as to his feelings.
Stacia trembled as tears fell fromher eyes. She slumped to her knees crying softly, “I’m sorry, master. I wasafraid to tell ya, afraid ya would reject me. Half-blood Infernalsare despised and looked down upon. I was afraid ya would cast me from ya sideiffin ya knew. When ya agreed to let me call ya master, me heart near burstwith joy. It also formed the first strand of a bond with ya. When I felt thebond begin to form I went to Ma’ and asked for her help. When we went shoppin’ the other day she also helped me prepare for thisday. I’ve been so afraid since, afraid ya would grow bored of me, but then yainvited me to go huntin’ with ya. Ya stood up to Da’, Stewart and Unca Grim for me to go and me heart surged again. I belongto ya now, master. Ya have the option to reject me though, to cut me off andsend me away as a masterless succubus. Iffin tha’ be ya will then I will go,but please I beg ya not to send me away.” She was sobbing deeply by the timeshe finished. She bent forward, touching her head to the floor before him.
Feeling his protective nature stir,he looked down on the vibrant woman he had come to hold feelings for and feltashamed. Was all of this his fault, had he led her on and brought her to thispoint? He knelt down on one knee next to her and gently reached out to strokeher hair. “Stacia, why? Why me?”
She lifted her head to meet his eyesas tears fell from hers. Sniffling, she replied. “Truly master, I don't knowwhat drew me to ya at first. The first time we spoke I felt somethin’ stir inmy heart. The second time, when ya were generous, I felt it grow stronger. Whenya made me promise to behave I felt a part of me sing in joy. When ya took mefor the first time I felt my heart open as it never has before. When ya claimedme roughly and made me understand ya were in charge I felt part of me soul goto ya. When I asked to call ya master and ya accepted me heart bloomed like aflower in spring and the bond grew stronger. When ya fought to keep me by yaside even against me Da’s wishes it was all but done.When ya reached this level, I felt the last part of the bond form and Ishivered in anticipation of ya seeing me in this form. All I ask is ya let mestay where I feel I belong, by ya side always there to assist ya, master.”
Alburet didn’t know what to say toher heartfelt plea. He did feel himself melt at the idea that she cared so muchfor him that she was forsaking her humanity to always be with him. Lilith spokesoftly from behind him, “Alburet, as a two-souled you might not know orunderstand what I am about to say, but please listen. Half-bloods cannot becomebound to a Summoner, it is not possible. So when Stacia came to me and saidthis is what she wanted, we talked about how impossible it was. She stillpersisted and so I walked her though the ritual succubi undertake to readythemselves to be bound. Imagine my surprise then when Stacia came bolting to mea little while ago, telling me how she felt the bond form when you gained yoursixteenth level. I hurried here to make sure I was on hand to witness it formyself. What the two of you have done here will go down in Infernal legend.”
“Promise me Stacia, promise me thatyou will not hide anything from me again. Promise me that you will always speakyour mind, never lie to me and that you will always trust me. If you promise methose three things I will accept you,” Alburet said, his eyes still locked withhers.
Stacia’s face was a sight to beholdas it transformed while he spoke, the hope and joy that radiated from her wasalmost blinding. “I promise ya master, I promise to always speak up, to nevertell a falsehood and to always trust ya.”
When she finished Alburet leanedforward and gathered her to his chest, stroking her hair. “Then I accept youStacia Crowley, as my succubus. I will always treasure and protect you for aslong as my time here lasts.”
A happy sob was his only answer asshe clung to him, this time crying tears of joy as they both felt a pulse of energywash over them. Alburet slowly brought them both to their feet, turning withher clutching him until he faced Stewart. “I will accept any punishment youthink is required, except for relinquishing her.”
Stewart, who had watched the sceneunfold before him, shook his head, “No, it is not my place. Besides, I canclearly see this is her desire. However, you will have someone to answer to.”Stewart's eyes went from Alburet to the passage that led into the hall.
Alistern came running out of thetunnel, his face twisted in fury, “ALBURET!!
Alburet went to put Stacia behindhim, only to find himself behind her as she traded places with him. She threwout her arms and stretched her wings to their widest as she faced her enragedfather. “Da’, stop it!”
Alistern faltered at the sight ofhis daughter, his steps slowing and his rage fading away as he gazed at her.“Stacia? What happened to you? How? Why?” His voice faltered as he tried tomake sense of what he was seeing.
“Da’, this is what I wanted so pleasecalm yaself. I always wanted to be like Ma’ and mewish has been granted, due to the bond me and Alburet share. Iffin ya try toharm him I will stand in ya way, I will nay allow ya to hurt me belovedmaster,” ...