The stones are in place. Behind me, my cultists shuffle forward through the howling wind. Each kneels down before the altar slab, chants the phrase, "O, Belial! Show me wonders beyond space and time!" then bends forward to kiss the blood-soaked stone.
Then I do my work: an ancient stone dagger rammed into the spot where the skull meets the spine. The dagger is blunt with ages spent in the underwater sands, so the butchery takes all the strength I can muster.
After I've killed each of them, their bodies shamble toward the frozen beach and into the icy waters of the Bay.
Now the murder is done, and the few remaining cultists gather around me as I stand atop the ebony stone slab, slick with blood. I face the waters and shout into the howling winds: "Arise, Belial, arise! Arise, Belial, arise!"
I feel a shudder within the world, and dimly I see a sharp crack in the roiling sea at the horizon. The thing that should not be, is coming.
Johnny went to his room. The same old room he had lived in for years. His parents, clearly disatisfied with his latest habbit, the computer, had revolked his priviledges until his grades improved.
As he stood there in the darkness, oblivious that his rage was turning his body into...something else, someone walked in behind him and turned on the light. He quickly put his hands in his pockets out of reflex and turned around.
"Remember what me and your Mom said. No computer until we get a test with B or better young man."
The man sighed. "Listen Johnny, we are doing this because we love you. At some point you will thank us. There are more important things out there than the computers."
Johnny couldn't think of any. "Yes sir."
The man walked out of the room. Johnny felt like Neo from the movie The Matrix. Remember when the computer talked to him too? He knew what he had to do.
Later that night Johnny, after a brief stop to his parent's bedroom, he walked to the living room where his parents were enjoying an old western. At the sight of him they both turned. His father spoke.
"What is it Johnny?"
"I....I love you Dad."
"Well...I love you too son."
Johnny raised the weapon and fired twice into his father's face. He did the same to his mother before she had a chance to react. He was finally free.
...And if a similar event had not happened about 50 times around the SW Region within a week it would have probably never even made the news.
MAKE MONEY FAST!! (All SW Region Round Table members must meet) ENLARGE YOUR BREASTS!! (Significant increase of paranormal activity) YOUR EBAY ACCOUNT IS HACKED!! (Affects everyone, we must act) YOU CANNOT REFUSE THIS OFFER!! GET STEAKS FOR ONE YEAR!! (Protect those who must be protected) LONELY? A DATE FOR YOU!! (San Francisco)