Hearing the doorbell to his large manor ring, Cain stretched his legs as though he were going to answer the door. But, true to his deceptive nature, he simply lounged back down on his comfy arm-chair and called for his servant, Nyx, to answer the door.
Grumbling to himself about spoiled princes, Nyx did just that and his wing-tips fluttered in excitement at who he saw. “Master.” Nyx breathed happily, making way for his true master, Samael Divine, to enter.
“Hello, Nyx, my faithful lieutenant.” Sammy greeted, caressing the dark masses cheek affectionately. “How has my spoiled brat been treating you?”
Unwilling to answer that question truthfully, Nyx just leaned into the friendly caress. “He’s been worse.” Nyx answered, motioning towards the den. “He’s in there. I expect he’ll be surprised to see you.” The glint in Nyx’s red eyes made Sammy grin.
“Perfect.” He breathed, motioning for the man behind him to follow. “Come along, Nazo. Time to teach my son a thing or two about heartbreak.” Nazo chuckled, as he knew exactly what kind of lesson they’d be having. It’d been awhile since he’d hurt someone of Cain’s power.
As they entered the den, Cain stood to regard the unwanted guests with a scowl. “I don’t recall sending out an invitation for annoying relatives.” He growled, glaring at his father who simply smiled placidly in return.
“Since when do I need an invitation to visit my only son?” he asked innocently, chuckling at the look Cain was giving him. “Very well, you caught me. I’m actually here to talk to you about Davey, perhaps you remember him?” Sammy asked, knowing full-well that Cain remembered by the way his eyes dimmed to neutrality.
“The silly Angel that left me, I remember.” Cain replied, sitting back down in his chair. “What about him? Certainly you haven’t come to lecture me about how I shouldn’t have lied to him. Wouldn’t that be the pot calling the kettle black, as the humans say?” the snobbish prince asked, waiting for the lecture to begin.
“Of course not.” Sammy replied coolly. “I’m no hypocrite. I know full well that it is our nature to lie. I’ve simply come to teach you a lesson on heartbreak, since you are so very fond of it.” Sammy motioned for Nazo to come forward and the man did with a wicked smirk spread across his lips.
Frowning, Cain stood once more. “I don’t need a lesson from either of you, so you can both take your leave now.” he said, motioning toward the door. “I’m sure you can find your own way out.”
Moving with a speed that any Vampire would kill to possess, Nazo moved behind Cain. Before the spoiled prince could do anything, Nazo had a hand firmly placed on the boy’s shoulder and his eyes went as white as his hair.
Using his abilities, Nazo began feeding images into Cain’s mind; images that were very real to Cain. On the outside, his eyes simply glazed over as he stood, frozen and unblinking, while on the inside, his world began to fall apart.
Nazo led Cain by his shoulder to the back entrance of the manor, the entrance to Cain’s prized garden. He opened the door and there, as clear as day, the beautiful garden was burning to a crisp right in front of Cain’s eyes.
He screamed and tried to get to the fire, but Nazo had him held fast around the throat and waist. All Cain could do was watch as his beloved garden burned. “This is what heartbreak feels like.” Nazo whispered, his voice low and dark in Cain’s ear. “This is the pain you’ve inflicted on countless others.”
Voice shaking almost as much as his body, Cain shook his head. “No! N-no! It can’t be! Y-you have to stop it, stop it!” he cried, thrashing in Nazo’s hold. “Please! You can’t let it burn!” he pleaded, hearing a chuckle erupt from the other man.
“Stop fighting, dear one.” Nazo breathed, forcing Cain to face his garden. “You’re only getting what you deserve for hurting poor Davey.” Nazo felt as Cain’s will broke and he began to cry while he helplessly watched everything he loved be destroyed.
Outside in the real world, Cain wasn’t doing much more than twitching occasionally and crying, but Sammy knew exactly what was going on. He wouldn’t have ever been able to pull off such a thing, for as much as Cain deserved to suffer, that was still his only son. Thankfully he had Nazo to do the dirty work for him.
Back in Cain’s mind, he tried to close his eyes only to hear Nazo’s silky voice in his ear once more. “Open them, Cain.” He ordered softly, tightening his grip on Cain’s throat until the boy choked and his eyes opened. He tried to close them, but the order Nazo had given him rang clear as a bell in his head and he was powerless to disobey.
So he watched, in horror and tears, as his only love died before him. The flowers and plants withered to ashes and the trees cracked and splintered, throwing fresh sparks everywhere. For what seemed like an eternity to Cain, his garden burned until there was nothing left but ash and dust.
Before he could even find some form of comfort in the fact that he could rebuild his garden with the light orbs he’d collected, Nazo was there to crush his hope. “I had Nyx take care of all those little Angels you collected. Looks like you’ll be starting from scratch.” The more powerful Demon purred. “Except that you won’t be killing anymore Angels, instead you can come live with me.”
The laugh that erupted from Nazo made Cain shudder and he knew he was in for an eternity of suffering. “Don’t worry.” Nazo breathed, nibbling Cain’s ear. “It won’t be all bad.” He promised darkly, chuckling once more when Cain whimpered.
All his worst nightmares had come true now… he’d lost his beautiful garden, he was going to lose his home, and soon he’d be worth no more than the simple whores in his dungeon. Cain felt himself break and gave in completely to the sorrow and pain that threatened to drown him.
On the outside, the spoiled prince crumpled to the floor, a sobbing, shaking heap of broken pride. Sammy smiled and Nazo returned the smile, teleporting the broken prince elsewhere to be dealt with later. “That went better than expected.” Nazo said calmly, joining Sammy by his side.
“Indeed it did.” Sammy agreed, putting an arm around his long-time friend’s shoulders. “And how long will the effects of the hallucination last?” he asked curiously, rather excited to let Davey see the broken man who’d played with his heart.
“As long as I want them to.” Nazo assured, leaving the manor with his companion and Nyx. “Forever, if you like.” He said with a chuckle, happily slamming the door to Cain’s manor behind him.