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The Demon That Lies Within

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I struggled against the tight chains.

Someone new was upstairs.

I could tell because he's been talking to them for about twenty minutes.

He always had to brief the newbies

I thought about screaming. Would it even be of any use? Not really… I’ve known for quite a while that I was in a soundproof room.

Alone…

It was all just wishful thinking.

All screaming would do was get him to take out the whip again…

Not like I’d give him any reaction.

He was always talking about how beautiful my hair was… how it made me look so mature… How I reminded him of a princess

I wanted to burn it all of…

If I was good he promised to give me extra food rations or treat me extra ‘special’ when it was his turn to have away at me.

Of course I caused as many problems as possible.

He lost a couple of clients due to my behavior and of course I got punished for it, but somehow the man always forgave me…

That fucker.

I was no one's princess. And he fucking knew it.

What a fucking joke.

I had nothing to do… nothing to  say… so I just sat there counting the hours until he brought down his next ‘client’.

I hated it all.

When I first got down here he tried to be friendly with me… to play cards with me. I may have been only twelve, but I wasn’t a dumbass. I knew what I was there for and I knew that I sure as hell wasn’t playing Old Maid with the man who was selling my body like I was some kind of sex toy.

I heard the sound of footsteps upstairs and could only guess that a new client arrived. Though with all the yelling they must have wanted to pay less than he was willing to go for. I listened to the exchange with very mild curiosity as I knew either way I going to have to do something for the sick bastard.

After a few minutes of yelling I heard a loud

Thunk!

And suddenly a bunch more footsteps.

What the hell?

The door to the basement opened slowly and a bunch of whispers broke out.

A Group?

He never used to let more than two people at a time come down here . What was going on?

Suddenly the whispering stopped and only one set of footsteps were coming down the stairs.

Thunk!

Thunk!

Thunk!

Finally the footsteps stopped and someone came into view.

It was…

A monster?

I was face to face with a blue, female fish monster in a police uniform

Well this is new. A roleplayer AND a monster…

It was my first time I ever saw a monster in person...

I wondered if all monsters looked like that, but honestly if that were true they would be called something like fish people not monsters.

While I got lost in my thoughts the monster looked around the basement area until her eyes landed on me.

I did an eternal sigh as I hung my head low and waited for her to start whatever she wanted.

Moments passed without any movement so when nothing happened I lifted my head up curiously.

She seemed to be seething with anger.

For the first time in years I was scared.

Did I do something wrong?

She stared for what seemed like ages before materializing a red spear in her hand.

Is she gonna kill me? Is she gonna use that on me?! Oh my god! What’s happening?!

She sung the spear down fast as I looked away waited for my demise.

I guess it’s been a long time due.

Clank Clank

I opened my eyes and saw something I’d never see.

My chains were on the floor.

She had… cut them off.

I wanted to say something…

To thank her…

To jump for joy!

But I was too weak.

All I could do once my chains were cut was sink to the ground unceremoniously.

The fish lady quickly picked me up bridal style and walked to the stairs. Upon approaching the stairs I saw a bunch of other men and women dressed in police uniforms. A couple monsters in the mix as well. One monster stopped her and took off the rest of my chains on my wrist.

She walked us to the front door I’ve only seen once and stared down on me. She turned slightly to get through the door, but what was weird was that she stayed turned until she got to the ambulance. Only when she turned to get me on the gurney did I see why.

The man who had held me captive all those years…

The man I once called my uncle....

The man who had tormented me for most of my life...

Was passed out on the floor bleeding… being put in handcuffs.

I looked at the fish frantically. Was this really happening?

She smiled smugly and reassuringly as she set me down.

She tried to walk away but I held on to her arm.

She looked at me with a hard expression, though it softened when she saw the face I was making.

“You’re safe now. I promise.” She said.

Then the door closed.


 

I don’t remember falling asleep and that scares me. I also don't remember changing into a hospital gown. Which scares me even more. What I especially don’t remember was washing my hair and body and that TERRIFIES me.

I don’t know where I am or what i’m doing-

Oh…

It all comes back to me.

I was saved…

I was actually rescued from that god forsaken place.

My mouth started twitching in odd ways that made my cheeks hurt.

I quickly stopped the motion though when I heard a knock at the door.

I didn’t bother saying anything since I knew they’d come in anyway and let them open the door for themselves

The door opened to reveal a small yellow dinosaur in a lab coat and the blue fish lady. My eyes widened at the sight of her and I could feel my mouth twitching, this time I don’t give into to it.

The fish seemed surprised I was awake. The fish just seemed happy.

“See! I told you! She’s awake!”

The lizard rolled her eyes.

“I-I really didn’t doubt y-you but sure w-whatever help y-you sleep at night.”

She turns to me and looks at me up and down

“M-malnourished… ” She says and scribbled something down on her notepad. She continues looking at me and scribbling things on her notepad in a way that made me slightly uneasy.

The fish walked over to me with a pen and paper in her hands

“I’m going to need you to answer a few questions.”

I just nod and hold my hand out.

She looks at me for a second before setting the notepad and pen in my hand

“First thing first, Your name.”

‘Shiri Angellum’

“Name of the man who was holding you captive?”

‘Luciel Angellum’

“Your current age”

‘Unknown’

“His current age”

‘Late thirties/early forties’

“How long were you in there”

‘More than ten years’

At the very most I mean

“How did you end up there in the first place?”

Images flashed across my mind.

Me holding on to the car door screaming for my mother.

Her dead eyes just staring at me emotionless as she peeled my fingers off the door.

My being dragged into the house

The first time he…

A hand on my arm pulled me out of my trance.

The sudden physical contact made me screech and put my arms up defensively. I held them  there as they covered my shaking form and kept me away from my attacker.

A growl surprised me and forced me to look up.

The fish lady was glaring at me, her hand positioned slightly above my shoulder.

I’m sorry. I thought but I hadn’t dare said anything.

“What.” she said. “Did he do to you?” I stared up at her confused and saddened.

Finally after a full minute. I spoke.

“Bad things.”


 

We pulled up to a large cream colored house with a blue door.

“This is where you’ll be staying. This is the home of my deputy and his brother. They’ll be taking care of you.”

I looked at Undyne, as I soon learned was the name of the fish lady, with a pleading face.

Don’t leave me here.. I thought

She put a hand on my head and smiled.

“Don’t worry. They may seem scary but they’re ultimately harmless. They’re tsunderes!”

Tsun what now?

She just waved it off and stepped out the car.

“Think of them as pineapples. They’re tough on the outside and sweet on the inside!”

And acidic

She knocked on the door.

“You’ll love them! They’re harmless!”

The door swung open to reveal a tall scary looking skeleton in spiky boots and an… apron.

“WHAT DO YOU WANT UNDYNE. IF YOU CAN’T SEE RIGHT NOW I’M BUSY TRYING TO GET READY FOR OUR GUEST.”

The loudness of the skeleton’s voice startled me and I had the strong urge to hide behind Undyne but I didn’t wanna show any weakness.

It was weakness that got me where I was in the first place.

“You idiot! I brought your guest! Don’t you remember the conversation we had on the phone!”

The skeleton thought for a second before responding.

“I HAVE NO RECOLLECTION OF IT BEING TODAY. OH WELL, THIS WILL HAVE TO DO. WHERE IS THAT WORTHLESS HUMAN?”

“You worthless bitch! Just give up already!”

crack!

“This whip isn’t gonna get any softer!”

I cringed inward at the memory. The marks on my body suddenly stinging.

“She’s right here you idiot!”

Undyne pointed towards me and the skeleton looked at me accusingly.

“THIS IS THE HUMAN ME AND BROTHER HAVE TO PROTECT? ARE YOU SURE?”

I looked him straight into his sockets and nodded. I won’t back down. I needed to protect myself.

“WELL DESPITE LOOKING COMPLETELY HELPLESS, I GUESS SHE’S OKAY. SANS! GET DOWN HERE AND GREET OUR NEW HOUSEMATE!”

If the skeleton sounded like he was yelling before, now he sounded like he was screaming. I winced at the noise since I was used to mainly quiet.

“i’m comin’ boss. no need to get ya’ bones in a twist.”

A shorter skeleton walked into the doorway

He was wearing red and black shorts and a hoodie to match. He seemed a lot more laid back than the other one. The only thing that really made him any type of menacing was his gold tooth. I bet he scared a lot of dentists.

When he laid eyes on my he outwardly frowned.

“wha’s this human doin’ here?”

Undyne looked at me.

“Witness Protection, temporary housing, reintegration into society…”

Sans eyed me suspiciously and I did the same refusing to lose my nerve.

“why does she need all that?”

Undyne face palmed.

“Papyrus!”

The skeleton in question gave an offended look.

“DON’T LOOK AT ME. IT'S NOT MY FAULT HE FELL ASLEEP IN THE MIDDLE OF MY EXPLANATION.”

“Well since he obviously doesn't care enough to listen he’ll just have to figure it out later.” Undyne said.

Sans eyed me again.

“why the ‘ell is she wearing your clothes?”

Undyne just glared.

“look i don’t want no homeless human in our house jus’ waitin’ for an opportunity to kill us in our sleep.”

I stared at him for a second before turning around and walking back to the car.

Or at least I tried.

Undyne grabbed me before I even made it halfway and set me back down on the porch.

I pouted and crossed my arms.

“Do I look like I fucking care what you want? The human has been through hell. And I've been through hell trying to find her. So I'm gonna leave her here and you're gonna be nice and treat her like family. Understood?”

Both skeletons were obviously afraid of her despite trying to look tough.

They both nodded and moved out of the way so I could step into the house.

Undyne beamed and walked inside with me so she could hand me a small box.

I looked at her confused.

“It’s a cell phone. Call me if these boneheads try to mess with you. I'm under ‘Bestie’

Bestie?

“It means best friend. You're gonna make a lot of those now.”

My mouth twitched again.

Annoyed I rubbed at it and watched as Undyne left. She looked towards me and whispered something to Papyrus and he looked towards me and nodded.

She waved one last time and left out the door. I could feel Sans staring at me so I turned around and stared right back.

“look human. if you try anything i won’t hesitate to give you a BAD TIME.”

I turned around and tried once again to walk out the door but this time the door locked as I touched the handle.

“sorry buddy but if undyne says you need protection then you’re getting protection.”

Bull shiz

I glared at him and walked with false confidence to the couch. This seemed to surprise and anger him as he frowned and disappeared in a flash of light.

“SANS! STOP BEING SO LAZY AND WALK UP THE STAIRS NEXT TIME!”

There was only a thump in response. By Papyrus’ response I could only assume it was an acceptable response.

“WELL HUMAN, LET ME SHOW YOU WHERE YOU’LL BE STAYING. I HAD PLANNED TO MAKE YOU DINNER, BUT I HAVE SOME SUSPICIONS THAT UNDYNE BROUGHT YOU EARLY TO MAKE ME LOOK BAD.”

I nodded and followed him up the stairs to my new room. I couldn’t remember the last time I slept in a real bed. I’ve always slept on the floor in chains. My arms were constantly tied up. He’d let them down when he remembers, other times I slept sitting up…

If I slept at all.

The room he led me to was the master bedroom. It made sense that neither of them would really need it. I doubted that they needed to actually use the toilet.

“MY ROOM IS ON THE LEFT SINCE THAT’S THE ROOM CLOSEST TO THE KITCHEN. SANS’ ROOM IS ON THE RIGHT SINCE IT HAS THE BIGGEST WINDOW.”

I nodded again and walked to the bed. It was a Queen size bed that was comfortable… too comfortable.

Papyrus stood in the door about to leave, but he suddenly stopped.

“I DOUBT YOU HAVE ANY CLOTHES SO I WILL HAVE MY BROTHER GIVE YOU SOME OF HIS UNTIL I CAN TAKE YOU TO GET SOME PROPER CLOTHING. MY REPUTATION WOULD BE RUINED IF ANYONE SAW YOU WALKING AROUND WITH ME.”

I had a feeling he added the last part just for show, but I didn’t say anything.

“DINNER WILL BE READY SOON.”

He closed the door and walked downstairs so I took that time to check out the bathroom. I haven’t seen my reflection for so long and Undyne refused to give me a mirror until she cleaned me up herself. My face looked well enough. I knew it would… He didn’t want anyone messing up the money maker. It was below the neck where it all started. I took off my shirt and examined my body for the first time in years. I feel like my skin would have been smooth and clear if it weren’t for the red raised marks on my skin. There were so many of them, some worse than others all disgusting looking. One in particular curled all the way around my stomach. I wasn’t exactly sure how he managed that, but he thought it was pretty cool. The worse on though… that was one that wasn’t made by a whip.

All of his clients thought the scars were sexy. They seemed to think they were make up. That all the marks were fake and showed my submissive attitude.

Others didn’t care.

The doctors tried to cover them up with bandages. They tried to give me all these creams that would supposedly make the scars heal better. I didn’t want any of that. All they did was hurt me more. Undyne didn’t like them either.

My breasts weren’t exactly big, but they weren’t small either. Every once in awhile he’d come and inject me with these chemicals that were supposed to induce growth. You know, to keep the customers happy.

I was happy when I threw up.

I looked through a couple of drawers until I found what I was looking for.

A pair of scissors.

Though before I could do what I wanted with them the door to the bathroom slammed open and Sans walked in with a black tee-shirt and a pair of shorts.

“this is my favorite shirt human, so you better- the fuck?!”

He looked at me up and down staring at the marks from the whip that my Uncle inflicted on me.

I walked to the door and grabbed the clothes out of his hand, knowing that the marks made him uncomfortable.

I put the shirt on and went to close the door again when he stopped me.

I stared at him for a moment and he stared at me.

Does he want that? Would I even be able to protect myself if he tried? Undyne said I would be safe here. Did she lie? Were they all lying?

I was helpless to do anything so I did what I did best.

I complied

I took off the shirt got down on my knees, and opened my arms.

“wha- what are you doing?”

I was very aware of how much I was shaking but what point was there in hiding it?

I stood up and grabbed a sharpie I had seen earlier.

I handed it to him and sat down with my back towards him.

I moved my hair out of the way and revealed the small permanent mark on my neck

A small tattoo that read

Property of  x________

He suddenly knew what the marker was for.

That was what he wanted right? To claim me? What is he waiting for?

The marker flew across the room and made a dent in the opposite wall.

I flinched a bit.

Sans walked in front of me with an unreadable expression. He took the shirt he gave me from off the floor and put it over my head.

“i said take care of my fuckin’ shirt.”

Once the shirt was on he lifted me into his arms. Thankfully not irritating the scars.

“heyya boss!”

“WHAT DO YOU WANT SANS? CAN’T YOU SEE I’M MAKING DINNER? AND DIDN’T I TELL YOU NOT TO CALL ME BOSS?”

“when’s dinner gonna be ready?”

“IN A HOUR. WHY?’

“good. the kid n’ the weed are coming over.” He looked down at me, who was shaking still from the whole experience. “better hold on tight.”

“SANS WH-”

Suddenly the world shifted around us and twisted in strange and unnatural ways. Ways that reminded me of what people described as an ‘acid trip’ Soon all the colors drained away from the world and turned into a black darker than any black i’d ever seen. It was darker… yet darker.

The darkness was terrifying… yet soothing. Like, at some point in my life I had been there before. It was empty.. Yet there was something in it.

A man

A monster.

I only got a glimpse of  what he was before I was ripped away from this dark abyss and thrust into world of color once more. I was standing in a living room. Different from the previous one. This one seemed more homey. More safe.

A gasp came from somewhere behind me and I turned my head to see a large, female goat monster who was sitting in an armchair knitting.

“Sans? What are you-”

“tori, i need your help.”

“Sans. I do not understand. Who is this woman? What do you need my help with?”

Sans laid me on my stomach on the couch and lifted up my shirt to show the marks from the whip.

I felt warmth radiating from the goat lady and turned to see that she had fire coming from her... paws/hands...?

“Who harmed you child? Don’t worry. I’ll make their death slow and painful.”

Wait. Wasn’t it quick and painless?

“Sans. You did this didn’t you? You hurt this innocent child!”

Innocent?

“tori. you’re doing it again.”

The skeleton looked bored despite the the obvious threat in front of him.

Help him…

What? Who-

Help him!

The crazed goat too a step towards him and that sent my brain into overdrive.

I jumped up in between him and her and help my arms out.

“H-He didn’t d-do anything h-he was trying to help!”

It was the loudest I had spoke in years my voice hurt from misuse

“Child? Then who-”

“Whoever said blood was thicker than water lied… They are both pretty thick in betrayal.”

The goat nodded sadly and reached her hand out towards me. The sight of her hand coming towards me I recoiled into Sans.

“He hurt you a lot, didn’t he?” She asked.

I nodded.

“So I’m guessing no touching you until trust is established?”

I nodded again.

“Anyone you trust for sure?”

I thought for a second.

“Undyne.”

She looked thoughtful.

“So you’re saying. There is no way that anyone you don’t trust could lay a hand on you?”

I nodded again.

It was a simple rule. I really don’t get what’s so hard to understand.

“So do you trust Sans?”

“What?”

“Well Sans has been hugging you since the beginning of this conversation and you don’t seem to be having a problem.”

I looked down at my midsection and sure enough two skeletal arms were wrapped tightly around me. I then looked up at Sans who seemed to be glaring daggers at the woman. He saw me looking at him and his sockets widened. He quickly looked away as red blushed formed on his face.

“you backed inta me and i had no other place ta put mah arms. don’ think nothin’ of it” I noticed his accent got thicker.

I pulled away from him and he dropped his arms to his side. I stared and stared at him for what seemed like ages before I finally reached out and grabbed his hand.

Even the doctors scared me. Why am I not afraid of him? I mean i’m not afraid of Undyne but that’s for a completely different reason.

Something suddenly occurred to me.

“Name.” I said.

Goat Lady tilted her head.

“My name?”

She chuckled.

“The former Queen Toriel at your service.”

Queen? That sounds pretty cool.

“what about you kid? you never told me your name.”

Oh… that was probably rude. I’m sorry.

“It’s Shiri…”

“It’s a nice name.” Toriel said.

I looked at Sans, who just scoffed

“it’s cool, i guess.”

That damn itching again. It was like my mouth was trying to do something weird.

I opened my mouth to say something when my legs gave out from under me.

“hey!”

Sans caught me quick and brought me to the couch.

“I’m just not used to standing so long, that’s all.” I say and look at my feet. “I’m used to sitting down all the time...”

Sans looked at me skeptically.

“what? why?”

“Well... you don’t really have much walking room when you’re chained to a wall.”

The tension in the room grows.

Stupid! Why can’t you just keep your mouth shut!

“Child, is it okay if I heal... you know?” Toriel says.

I nod and lay back down onto the couch.

Her hands hover over the scars on my back and something like pin prints cover all of them. It’s uncomfortable but not painful. However, the whole experience is new. I not use to such gentleness. Despite having a hard demeanor, these monsters are actually nicer than anyone I’ve ever met!

“There you go, all healed! Well not all of them… but most are pretty faded”

“Thank you.” I say.

“yea tori. glad to see you put some… backbone into it.”

What?

“Yea. I guess you could say without me you would’ve been pretty… boned.

They did not just-

“You’re right. Without you I would’ve been pretty… bonely”

They both looked at me with smirks on their faces.

Don’t do it. Don’t show any weakness. Don’t you dare-

“Pfft… Hahahaha!” I erupt into a fit of giggles despite myself.

I quickly cover my mouth and put back on my neutral expression.

“nope. nu- huh, you’ve already done it. you’ve laughed at our puns. you’ve damned yourself to hell.”

I looked at him and turned away.

“Oh hell no.” I whispered.

They didn’t hear that. They couldn’t have heard it.

They heard it.

As they erupted into giggles I finally figured out what that itch was…

A smile.