Rena walked towards Satan’s throne room. It was a dark red cavern that she crossed, and with each step she took, she felt a chill run down her spine. Despite her hatred for the monster at the end of the hallway, she knew his power…what he was capable of. She could also feel his rage. All of Hell shook with it. Rena didn’t fear Satan’s anger…rather she feared his happiness. If Satan was happy, it meant someone was suffering. The fact that he was angry meant she was doing something right.
“Something’s wrong…” She whispered. It was an odd feeling. She always hated Satan, and she felt great rage whenever she was near his presence…but this feeling she was experiencing. This was not what she was used to! It was like the rage was bubbling up in her chest and flowing through her like her very blood. She wasn’t just angry…she felt a loathing like nothing she’d felt before. If she was armed, she’d have to fight herself just to keep from striking the devil. She tried to control this malice in her being and she knocked on the door.
“ENTER!” Rena obeyed the command and entered the great throne room of the devil himself. He sat upon his throne, his eye twitching with frustration and his temple pulsing with anger. His teeth were bared and his knuckles were white from gripping his throne too tightly. Standing by the throne was what looked to be a 30 year old man. He had a chubby build and a very gruff demeanor. He was looking even more frustrated than Lucifer.
“Rena…General of Wrath, thank you for coming.” Lucifer growled. “I’m sure you are familiar with our guest?” Rena looked to the man next to him and shrugged.
“Forgive me, my king…but I do not know him.”
“He is one of the Great Four…The Horseman, Famine.” Rena’s eyes widened. So this was Famine? She’d heard stories of the Four Horsemen, but this was not what she expected. She expected a mighty warrior clad in armor and wielding a mighty weapon…not this fat oddball. However, this would explain why she felt so much more rage than normal when she was around him. Rena fed off of rage and righteous anger…and Famine intensified this with his mere presence. This was a being not to be underestimated.
“It is an honor, Mighty Famine.” Rena said politely, giving a bow. Famine snorted and glared at Lucifer.
“This girl is not what I came here for, Lucifer. You’re trying my patience.” Famine scoffed. Lucifer waved his hand dismissively.
“Calm yourself, I’m dealing with this.” He snapped. “Rena, Famine here has come to my domain in search of his ring…and I can’t help but wonder what you know about it.” Rena shook her head and looked from Famine to Lucifer, masking her anger behind her grin.
“A ring? My word…that sounds terrible. What on earth is a Horseman without their ring but merely an overly superfluous horseback rider?” Rena regretted her snarky comments almost the moment she said them. The rage on Famine’s face flared to life and he darted forward, striking Rena across the face. Rena let out a yelp of pain and stumbled backwards.
“YOU WILL SHOW RESPECT, YOU LITTLE BITCH!”
“That’s enough, Famine.” Lucifer barked. Famine stepped back a little and then turned to Lucifer.
“You would do well to remember your place as well, oh Fallen Angel. You are not my superior…I answer to no one!” Famine barked. Lucifers anger flared once more and he stood up, causing the flames in the hall to burst to life with new found aggression.
“Watch your tongue, Horseman! You have power, but this is MY KINGDOM!” Famine shut his mouth, but he did not show fear towards the King of Darkness. Rena was just watching and trying hard not to laugh. Though he was maintaining a good stance, it was clear that Lucifer was not happy about Famine being in his throne room and challenging his authority. Lucifer turned back to Rena.
“I am no fool, my General of Wrath. You were not with the other Generals when the ring of Famine passed through Hell. You know where it is. Who took it, Rena?”
“How do you know SHE is not the criminal?” Famine ordered.
“I would never dream of stealing your ring Lord Famine.” Rena answered mockingly.
“My generals are not common thieves, Famine. Rena would not steal your ring. However, I believe she knows how did.” Lucifer growled. “Now speak, Rena…where is the ring?” Rena felt herself stumbling over her words. If Lucifer found out that she had indeed stolen the ring, then he’d leave her fate in Famine’s hands…and she dreaded to think what the Horseman might do to her given the chance. There was only one hope…she had to use Famine’s greatest fear against him. Those who knew of the Horsemen knew of Famine…the youngest brother.
“I believe I saw it in the hands of another Horseman.” Rena stated snidely. “He rode…a crimson horse.” The mention of the color caused the Famine’s own face to lose its color. His lip began to quiver like a frightened child and he looked around in fright.
“W-War? He’s here?!”
“I did not sense his presence…are you certain of this Rena?”
“I cannot be certain, my King…but as he rode through, the demons of hell began to stir with conflict, and began to fight amongst themselves.” This lie seemed to quell all doubt in Famine’s mind, as he quickly began to shiver.
“That’s him...War took my ring! Damn it! DAMN IT ALL!” Famine roared. “What does he want now!? Another one of his games, I imagine!? Where was he headed? TELL ME!” Rena shrugged.
“He went into the human world I think…but I don’t know. I didn’t want to follow him.” Famine turned to Lucifer with a frightened look in his eye.
“I must…I must go now, Lucifer. Farewell.” With that, Famine vanished from the throne room, leaving Lucifer and Rena together alone. Rena felt her rage subsiding a little at Famine’s departure. She couldn’t help but laugh a little at the mayhem she caused.
“Do you think this is amusing?” Lucifer spat. “A Horseman was just in MY throne room giving ME orders!”
“…Forgive me, my King.” Rena said darkly.
“Forgive? FORGIVE!? DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE TALKING TOO!? I DO NOT FORGIVE, I PUNISH!” Lucifer roared. The fires around him raged around him and he leaped to his feet.
“My King, I did not mean to-”
“To WHAT exactly? Steal a ring from one of the Horsemen!? I know it was you…I know you are behind it! Why you did it, I do not know, nor do I care. HOW DARE YOU BRING ONE OF THOSE MONSTERS HERE! Are you senseless? The Horsemen are not to be meddled with, and you have the audacity to steal from one!?”
“Sire, I only had your best interests at heart.” Rena answered. “But if you are so afraid of them, then why did you lie for me when Famine was here?”
“Hmph…I do not fear them.” Lucifer growled.
“Not even…him?” Rena asked, smirking. A look crossed Lucifers face…a look that Rena was satisfied to see…was one of pure disdain. It was not fear so much as…discomfort.
“You mean Death, right? HA! Don’t make me laugh. I fear none of them, not even him.” Rena just smiled. She knew the truth though…and that was all she needed. “For your information, I lied to protect you because I know that YOU know where the ring is…and I want you to get it back. If we have a ring of one of the Horsemen, we can use it to our advantage. Even if it is only Famine, possessing some form of leverage over him will allow us to bend a Horseman to our will!”
“You wish to CONTROL one of the Great Four?!” Rena asked in shock.
“Is that a problem?” Lucifer growled.
“Just that…what will the other 3 say when they learn of this? I doubt that they will sit idly by while their brother is under your control.” Rena explained. Lucifer waved this complaint aside.
“It doesn’t matter…soon everything in Heaven, Hell, and Earth will be under my command, even the Horsemen will kneel at my feet.” Lucifer grinned. He then looked at Rena and his grin widened. “I know your heart, Rena…”
“What?” She asked.
“Deep down, you secretly loathe me. You feel a hatred for me that you can’t seem to shake. You don’t even know why you hate me so much, but you do…you do and it’s killing you inside, isn’t it?”
“My King…I…I don’t…”
“You’ve never been like my other Generals…blindly doing whatever I tell them. You have a bit of attitude in you Wrath…but I like that. It makes you unpredictable.” His grin vanished and was replaced by snarl. “But be warned, my general…you serve me, and disloyalty will be severly punished…and you will beg me to end your life before I finish with you. Now you have your orders. You are to find Famine’s ring…you are to bring it back to me…and you are to return to your duties. Events are moving fast, and the time for my arrival is nearing.” Rena bowed and turned to leave, desperately wanting to escape from this monster before her.
“As you wish, my King.”
“Oh and…before you go, just one more thing.” Lucifer called out. Rena stopped in her tracks to listen.
“Speaking of the Great 4…Death is on the move again. He’s become personally involved with some mortal. This hasn’t happened in a millennia, and the fact that it’s happening now, only a few months before my return is very unsettling. Find out why he’s suddenly active again, and put a stop to it. Kill the mortal if you have to.”
“And…if I encounter…the Horseman?”
“That’s not my concern, now is it?” Lucifer sneered. “Now go!” Rena bowed again and hurried from the room. A million thoughts began spinning around in her head. Lucifer was furious. His plan to rule the world early was clear to everyone in Hell, and apparently God knew about it too and was mobilizing Death himself to deal with it…but why send the Horseman to consort with a mortal? What good would that do? And worse yet…what if Anti or herself got caught in the crossfires?!
“MOM!” Suddenly Rena saw a boy running to her. He had dark hair and a wild look about him…and she smiled upon seeing him. He was like her son, and yet…he was so different from her in every way.
“Hey Kage, nice work in getting the ring for me.”
“No problem! Did your plan work?” He asked.
“Like a charm…although I had to lead Famine off my trail. He’s run off to go find his ring…but I gotta find it first and give it to Satan.” She explained.
“Man, things were a lot simpler when we just did small jobs. Now you’re dealing with freaking Horsemen? Even I know this is risky, Mom.” Kage grumbled. “Take my advice…just run away.”
“It’s not the right time yet.” Rena argued. In truth, she could run away at anytime…she had the means to…but Kage was the reason she couldn’t it was that red thread around his arm. It wasn’t a chain…but it held the same weight and meaning. The bond that held him under the control of Satan and the 6 other Generals. As long as he was their puppet, she couldn’t bare to leave him behind. “I’ll leave when I’m ready…and I’ll take you with me.”
“But where are you going now?” Kage asked.
“To get back Famine’s ring…and to do some spying on the mortal Death has taken interest in. I just hope he doesn’t harm me for spying on this mortal.” Rena sighed.
“If he tries, I’ll kick his sorry ass across Hell!” Kage assured her. Rena laughed.
“You? Take on Death? Oh Kage, you make a terrible comedian.” Rena patted his head and walked away from Kage to teleport to Earth. Kage grinned that sweet smile that melted Rena’s heart…and with a tear filled blink she vanished to the human world to begin her mission.