“It’s a nice day for an exorcism.” Miss Brown said.
“Oh?” Lucy wasn’t paying attention. Leaving the others outside she shut the door to room 301 for a one on one consultation with the possessed, her client. Walking around the room she looked at the clock, the paintings on the walls, even the crown molding. Everywhere except at Miss Brown.
“Aren’t you going to attempt one?” She asked.
“Why would I?” The demon laughed. Lucy crossed the room to look out the window, not a care in the world.
“Isn’t that why they brought you here?” Miss Brown tilted her head. “This woman is possessed.”
“Eh,” Lucy shrugged, saying no more. She heard the demon huff at her lack of interest.
“Aren’t you preparing for an exorcism?”
“Why would you want me to perform an exorcism?”
“It would bring us closer together,” Miss Brown cooed.
“Uh-huh. The thing is I don’t really care.”
“I don’t care in the slightest actually.” Lucy continued. “Exorcisms take so long and the human never comes out quite right afterwards. Then come the follow up visits and counseling… Fact is I’m not authorized to perform an exorcism on you, so even if I wanted to I couldn’t. But the others don’t know that. So I figured, why not take a little trip and stay in a nice motel with pleasant company for a few weeks? Once their all gone, because they will leave here eventually regardless of your condition, I’ll check you out as a cured patient and drop you off in a ditch somewhere. Can’t be too hard this day and age for a demon to hitch a ride. Until then I’m smelling pizza for dinner.” Touching the curtains Lucy had to admire Mr Pringleberry’s interior decorating choices.
“You’re lying.” The demon argued. “You won’t perform an exorcism because you can’t. You don’t know how. You’re not even a priest.” The demon laughed. “You are the most sniveling person I have ever seen! You are delusional and the church won’t turn you out because of it’s stupid ideology. They didn’t believe those fools downstairs, didn’t believe there could really be a possession in this day and age, so they sent you: the lowly wannabe.”
After a pause Lucy found she had to agree. “But who is truly the pathetic creature in the room, you or I? It certainly doesn’t speak well of you that the church won’t take you seriously. You are weak.”
“What did you say?” The demon hissed.
“Are you sure you’re possessed Miss Brown? Or do you just need an anti-depressant?”
“You do not know who you mock.”
“Some subpar demon Hell could care less about?” Lucy smiled.
“I do not take ridicule lightly,”
“And I do not suffer fools.” Lucy threatened. “Leave this woman’s body immediately.”
“Or what?” The demon taunted.
“Or else I’ll leave you here in this room; alone, tied up, for the rest of eternity. No one will see you, no one will speak to you, and no one will be scared of you. What’s the boss going to say about that? Sounds like a failure to─”
“Shut up! You’re only saying those things because you can’t do anything to stop me from killing this woman right now and dragging her soul to Hell. You’re powerless and useless.” The glowered, straining against the ropes holding it to the bed.
“And I am what you got, for all your mighty display of powers.” Lucy turned away. “Maybe after a few days you’ll get bored and wander off.” The door opened and closed and Miss Brown was left alone.