About 700 years after...
Sussie sighs “y did i have 2 make that deal...just because the whole town did?” she questions herself as she sits in the forest. She eventually falls asleep and wakes up later with Ruby (red tailed hawk) perched on her head pecking her. “what r u doing? she mumbles 2 the bird. She flies away to a branch and stares at Sussie 4 a while, then flies off, leaving Sussie 2 follow.
“NO!” Sussie yells as she realizes where they're going. “no...no no no no no! I won't go anywhere NEAR that place!”
“U must. U have 2 face this fear.” Ruby says calmly.
“i won't go anywhere near there!” Sussie yalps, turning around. “I've left that part of my life behind!”
“Have u?” Ruby asks “i believe it still haunts u...and 4 good reasons...” Sussie turns around and stares at the bird.
suddenly a black horse runs up 2 Sussie and stares at her. Sussie stares back, shocked “A-Atrum?” she says questioningly. the horse nods, then flicks her head back 2 the path she came on. suddenly a middle aged man walks along the path.
“nice horse.” he says, smiling
“u...” Sussie glares at him “stay away from me...”
“that's no way 2 great someone.” the man says slyly “after all...i did u a favor.”
“u got the entire town killed!” Sussie yalps “that's y i don't trust u, Mephistopheles!”
“there once was a girl with a wish, 2 see her brother and fish. she got the town killed with a contract unfulfilled and now she must finish her dish.” A fairy says sing songy from a flower.
“Grace?” Sussie stares.
“that's me!” the fairy cheers.
“u WILL go back 2 Kekewey and u will bring me back all the souls.” Mephistopheles says 2 Sussie calmly “and it will b done within the week. it's time u fulfill your part.” he adds, staring at her. suddenly her long orange hair starts 2 glow and the red tips catch on fire, but it doesn't burn her. her icy blue eyes start 2 swirl with darker blue. the small studs on her lace gloves grow out 2 a point and the black, rose vine choker she has on becomes steel. the closed roses that were supposed 2 look like studs sharpened. her skin-tight skirt flares out more and becomes looser. the slight swirl design on it becomes flames, along with the flame design on her shirt. the white designs on her boot glow and all the jewels on her belt start flickering like there's a small fire in them before becoming a steady glow. her studded purse was left in the clearing. it shows up beside her, then shrinks and re-appears in her pocket. finally, her favorite ring, a golden one with a large natural blue sapphire in the middle and a bunch of small black sapphires around it, it started 2 warm up. the gold became black and it started 2 stretch. after a few minutes it became a sickle that's pure black. the blade looked like it had black veins in it, but it was midnight blue. her sapphires were in the area by the blade, and now her blue swirled eyes glowed when she opened them 2 glare at Mephistopheles. her swords and daggers had joined her purse in her pocket.
“i'm not going anywhere.” Sussie says, glaring at Mephistopheles, then getting on Midnight, ready 2 ride away.
“i'm afraid u don't have a choice.” he says calmly, looking at Midnight. suddenly the skin on her face catches on fire and is slowly eaten away.
Sussie stares, wide-eyed “please...please don't kill her...” she says, crying softly.
“no worries.” Mephistopheles sneers “i'm making her fit 2 b a bounty hunter's horse.” soon all the skin is gone from Midnight's face, leaving only her skull. her eyes and part of her mouth remain on fire as it wraps around her neck, leaving bandages where it touches. soon her legs r bones. her knee caps r golden and the rest of her bones r silver. her mane and her tail r tipped with red hot flames and the bandages r midnight blue, almost as black as the horse. her rain is midnight purple, almost black, and the part that goes into her mouth is gold. she has spikes coming out at the base of her neck and on her back legs. “i've arranged 4 someone 2 meet u there.” Mephistopheles says calmly “now go!” he snarls, and Midnight takes off toward the mountains...to Kekewey.
“there once was a girl with no choice.” Grace starts. “she didn't have a say or a voice. she had 2 go 2 a town she feared because along time ago she wasn't reveired so now she must go quick as ice.”
“where did u come from?” Sussie asks, looking around but not seeing her. “where r u?”
“i'm in your other pocket!” she cheers, poking her head out. “wow...this horse is really fast...”
“i don't know how she got so fast...i think it has something 2 do with what Mephistopheles did 2 her...” Sussie sighs “and what he did 2 me...it's the middle of the night!”
Finally Sussie gains some control over Midnight and slows down. though she slowly seems 2 loose control of her mind...as if what had just happened was finally taking control of her. as she passes a small town she sees a girl struggling with a guy 2 keep her purse. the guy has a knife and puts it 2 her neck. “give me the fuckin' purse!” he says, glaring at her.
Sussie jumps off Midnight and walks over. the guy freezes and lets the girl down. Sussie flickes her head slightly, telling the girl 2 leave. “thanks...” the girl sighs, running.
“u...” Sussie says, glaring at the man. “r guilty.” and, with that, she flicks her wrist and her scythe forms. the guy panics and tries 2 stab her. the blade bends when it hits her and she looks at it, then back at him.
“there once was a man with a knife, who thought he could take someone's life. the girl ran away 2 live another day and he found a girl with a scythe!” Grace says in a sing song voice.
“h-hu?” the man studders, staring at Sussie as she slashes his neck. he dies instently, but not a single mark is left on him, though it looks like it went right through his neck. Sussie walks away as if nothing happened. she gets on Midnight and continues riding.
Eventually Sussie ends up looking down into the valley and at the town she once called home. She can sence the evil there, and she knew she had 2 face it. Sussie starts riding down the valley on Atrum. they slow down at a swamp and start 2 wade through when Sussie hears bubbling at from somewhere near. they keep going when, suddenly and out of nowhere, a man pops out of the water and grabs Sussie, pulling her down and under the water. she struggles and he keeps a strong hold on her. suddenly her eyes blaze with anger and she pins him 2 a tree trunk, glaring at him. she flicks her wrist and tries 2 slash him, but his body just parts around the blade. he laughs. “u can't cut water!” he sneers.
“but u CAN boil it...” Sussie mutters, catching the blade on fire then slashing him again. she fights hard 2 keep the flame going as he screams, boiling and turning 2 steam. she walks out of the water and Atrum's standing there, waiting 4 her. Sussie smiles at her and gets on. they continue as if nothing happened. Atrum Virga keeps trotting into the town. Sussie is getting ready for a fight, expecting it's gonna b more then just showing up and putting the souls into the bag she found in her pocket by using the chant on the bag...which wasn't really much of a chant but, hey...who was she 2 judge the words of a higher order? slowly Atrum Virga slows 2 a stop at an old well in the middle of the town. Sussie looks around and sees only what's left of the town. her old house full of what used 2 b happy memories...she sighs and keeps looking around, expecting someone 2 pop out. ... ...no one? she pulls out the bag and reads the words on it loudly. “souls of greed and spirits of the lost...COME 2 ME AND B TAKEN. FULFILL YOUR OWN CONTRACTS!” she calls. suddenly a bunch of ghosts and demon like things rush out. soon it all stops and the once brown bag is now black. she sighs, knowing it can't b that ez, and gets on Atrum. just as she goes 2 leave, she sees a shadow flicker in a corner, and she stops, staring at it.
“so...i c you're finished quicker then u expected...” a voice says from a dark corner of the town near the old cemetery. Sussie looks over and sees a figure standing there. “it's a lot easier then u thought....isn't it?” he asks, walking out of the shadow.
“wh-who r u...?” Sussie stammers slightly. “r u the one that i was told would b waiting...?”
“oh...so father said i'd b here, hmm? well i guess he knows me better then i thought. he knew i'd wanna c the newest rider in action...the fact that you're here at all tells me you're better then we expected.” he smirks slightly.
“u....u knew there was a guy in the water?” Sussie says, only slightly shocked.
“not a guy, a demon. and yes, of course....i put him there. he mutters, walking closer 2 her. “u know, when he said he had a new rider...i was expecting a guy like all the rest.” he adds. “he knows i hate that he wastes hell fire on humans...i truly thought that all his deals where with men but...you're drop dead gorgeous...”
“um...” Sussie blushes, turning red.
“and i mean that literally.” he sneers the last word, his face shifting 2 demon form 4 just a split second as he whispers the sentence into her ear, then pulling away. “perhaps that's y he chose u.” he adds. “people r likely 2 let there guards down around u...it seems like a smart idea. or perhaps he did it just 2 bug me...” he says under his breathe. “he knew i'd b more likely 2 keep an eye on his precious rider if it was a girl...” he mumbles, then turns back 2 Sussie. “i'll b watching u.” he says, loud enough 4 her 2 hear. “even though u may not c me.” he adds, then turns 2 leave. “oh, by the way, a warning...demons can hide within any element. they can look like any one, but there will always b something about them 2 show there element. Wallow back there was always wet in his human form.” and, with that, he starts 2 walks away.
“wait!” Sussie calls. he turns his head slightly 2 look at her. “um...u never told me your name...”
“my name.” he says, almost laughing. “i go by many names. call me Blackheart 4 now, but as u go though...you'll find many more, and then u can take your pick.” he says, almost sneering as he changes into a crow and flies off
“Blackheart...cool name...i'll stick with that.” Sussie decides, then gets on Atrum and rides off back 2 the mountains. Atrum keeps running through the swamp without slowing down. Grace is sitting in Sussie's pocket and Ruby's trailing behind, but not by much. Sussie looks back and sees Blackheart following her. she can just barely see him in his crow form trailing far behind. at lest, she thinks it's him, but it's hard 2 b sure from this distance. she's again shocked by how fast Atrum is now. she feels her clothes changing slowly back 2 there original forum, the gems on her belt stop glowing slowly and they start 2 cool down. her ring slowly dims and cools as well. she looks at Midnight, who's slowing down. the bandages start 2 desolve and, by the time they reached the forest outside the town, they were back 2 normal. Sussie reads the bag again, and finds that it says 2 place it in the clearing where they had met up. they go 2 the clearing and put the bag down in the center and it slowly devolves.
“there once was a deal made, a soul 4 a simple trade. 2 fulfill the contract she must have something she lacked and now what she got won't ever fade.” Grace says in a sing song voice.
“Grace, can u stop reminding me?” Sussie mutters “this isn't fun 4 me.”