any companionship was cut short, however, when in the diner came my nemeses. caliban and sycorax. a mother and a child. a pair of monsters that were neither of those things. by any name, a rose may yet prick, and pretty feathers may hide the rotten state.
i confess i was not in my right mind when they first arrived. i rushed to my pack and removed a molotov and tried to light it, crying out, "the villainy you teach me, i will execute, and it shall go hard, but i will better the instruction".
in my rage, i had unfortunately forgotten that society tends to frown on threatening a mother and her young boy with a fuel-based incendiary weapon. the patrons of the diner, however, had not.
i was knocked to the ground, a large man--one of the cooks--and a pair of college students holding me down. they were shouting at me but i was too blind with rage to remember what it was they said.
"you have a pentiful lack of wit! they are both monsters!" i snarled at them, not helping my case and fighting to get free. "fortune, giveth me a measure of revenge!"
the hag and her spawn looked at me, smirking behind their feigned fear. all they had needed to undo me was arrive, and allow my rage to hang me. i now saw its folly, of allowing myself the grip of the eumenides. i hoped that cordelia would be able to forgive me as her namesake had forgiven lear.
my resignation was postponed, however, by the timely arrival of my new friend, and her taser. a pop and the smell of ozone signaled my freedom as she pulled me away in the confusion even as the cook went limp. the students tried for me again, but she pulled me back, into the kitchen.
i confess, i was not, perhaps, in my right mind, as i continued to pull back, towards the diner's main room. hoping for another chance to end them, i suppose.
any thoughts in that direction, however, were mitigated when we reached the back door, and she threw it open.
in place of an alley, all we saw was a storm-swept beach, extending to the eye's limit.
we are trapped in this accursed place now. we have closed the kitchen door and engaged the bolt on it. the witch and her monster child are on the other side, with all those people. no doubt poisoning them against us....accusing us of this...witchcraft. if they are not slaying them outright.
i confess, i know not what to do. this young woman saved my life, and to repay her, i have dragged her directly to my very own hell.