- Someone has to care. You're changing, Joe. Every time you use Brimstone. Every time gets you a little closer to being what she was. What Detritus was.
Appearing in "La Bel Dame Sans Merci"
- Detritus (Mentioned only)
- Box Truck
- Salesman's Car
Synopsis for "La Bel Dame Sans Merci"
Brimstone finds himself facing off against another of the Salesman's agents; she uses her wind powers to choke Brimstone out but he is saved as his sister, Annie shoots her in the back with a shotgun allowing Joe to finish her off. Afterwards Annie worries about Joe's mental state, each time he changes into Brimstone he brings a little of the spirit back into his human form.
Elsewhere, in North Carolina, a trucker is stopped by a lady wearing the Salesman's mask and she asks after the cargo he is hauling for her. She uses her powers to convince the driver and she asks him to say 'hi' to the Bel Dame if he sees her.
Annie and Joe arrive in Florida where they stumble into a seemingly-normal town, they head into a diner where they find the locals have all been disfigured, each of them missing several appendages or having severe burns and they all stare at the Chamberlain children. Annie goes to ask one of them a question, but upon their stone-faced reply Joe uses some of Brimstone's power to coerce a response, instead he only scares Annie and the waitress is resigned to her pain.
The truck driver nears his destination on the outskirts of the same town, several of the town's occupants make their way over to him on crutches, limping or otherwise. He opens the back doors to his truck and lets out his cargo, immigrants.
In the diner, Joe and Annie notice that everyone is leaving and that they are all headed to the same location - the truck. Realising that this is for a sacrifice Joe transforms into Brimstone to stop the drowning of these mothers and children. Brimstone soon finds himself transforming back into Joe but not intentionally, instead it is the mysterious Bel Dame who emerges from the swampland.
- No special notes.
- Technically the Bel Dame's name is incorrect, it seems to be a reference to either the Keats, or the Chartier poem by the same name - 'La Belle Dame sans Merci/Mercy' (The Beautiful Woman without Mercy) - both of which tell the tale of a femme fatale. It should be 'Belle' in this context as the following words begin with consonants and are feminine, were the next letter a vowel and the subject masculine 'bel' would be correct.
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