"Demons": Travis asks Saffron to look into Zeiss and his employers in order to find out his connection to St. Christopher's "Firebug". Sheriff Nichols saw a fiery figure that looked like the Devil in his home before it exploded. Nichols intends to find out whoever brought the Devil to St. Christ
Appearing in "Demons"
- Bruce Hutto (Single appearance)
- Charles Huskey (Single appearance)
- Jay Stone
- Jerry Bryce (Behind the scenes)
- St. Christopher
Synopsis for "Demons"
Travis asks Saffron to look into Zeiss and his employers in order to find out his connection to St. Christopher's "Firebug". Sheriff Nichols saw a fiery figure that looked like the Devil in his home before it exploded. Nichols intends to find out whoever brought the Devil to St. Christopher and end him. The next morning, Travis brings coffee for Saffron. Travis tries calling out to her and knocks on her door but the door was open. Travis walks in and notices from a mirror that Saffron was taking a shower. Travis decides to close the door and wait for Saffron outside. When Saffron is fully dressed and walks out of her room, she sees Travis talking to a pastor. The pastor introduces himself as Reverend Bruce Hutto of the First Episcopal Church in St. Christopher.
Hutto is concerned about the scare that Nichols is causing about a fire demon plaguing his parish in St. Christopher. Hutto is worried that Nichols may create a lynch mob and innocent people may get hurt. Reverend Hutto doesn't believe these fires are supernatural but he suspects a metahuman maybe involved. Travis asks Hutto if Sheriff Nichols' home was ever a rental property to which the reverend admits that it was at one time.
Saffron asks Travis if his question is related to his theory and he nods before getting into the car. Travis and Saffron head back to the Sheriff's station where they ask for any domestic disturbance reports at any of the homes that burnt down. They come up with one name that links all the homes. Tammy overhears Saffron talking to Agent Bryce on her cell phone about locating the current whereabouts of Charles Benjamin Huskey.
Sheriff Nichols deputizes a few good old boys at the local hardware store to find the person responsible for these fires. Nichols then pays a visit to Hutto at his church. Nichols saw Hutto's car parked outside of the hardware store and is aware of Hutto's chat with the FBI. Nichols won't allow Hutto or the FBI to get in his way. As Saffron and Travis drive to a farm house that is listed under Huskey's name, Saffron asks Travis why Huskey would go through all the trouble of burning down homes that he used to live in. Travis figures Huskey has a serious problem with his past and might be trying to erase it.
Travis and Saffron enter the house but they don't find Huskey so they head toward the barn. Both Saffron and Travis are taken by surprise by Zeiss. Zeiss thanks the two of them for finding Huskey for him. Travis demands to know where Zeiss fits in with Huskey. Zeiss confesses that Huskey is in debt to a few well connected members of the mob and they hired Zeiss to collect Huskey. Zeiss disarms Saffron and punches Travis in the throat. Travis reels from the pain while gasping for air but he charges at Zeiss with his whole body. Travis and Zeiss go through a few columns that held up the barn which causes the barn to fall right on top of them.
Saffron searches for Travis among the rubble and she finds only him but not Zeiss. Travis made a discovery of his own...Huskey's body. Meanwhile in Kestrel, Tammy tucks her boyfriend Jay into bed. Tammy fears his constant fatigue might be early sign of Mono and she also tells Jay that the FBI is looking for Charles Huskey. Jay falls asleep before he could comprehend what Tammy was telling him. As for Saffron and Travis, they figure that Huskey's body has been in the barn for about three weeks which is around the same time the fires started. Saffron and Travis figure the person who killed Huskey must be suffering some kind of personal trauma which is the cause for all of these fires. Suddenly, a fire breaks out at the farmhouse. Travis breaks down the door and sees two figures in the fire. One of the figures is a young man crying out for mercy while the Devil bares a striking resemblance to Charles Huskey himself.
- This book was first published on March 9, 2005.
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