The special agent nodded, deep in thought. “Do you have any idea where she might have hidden the key?”

. “It’s not a physical key. It’s a part of her in a way I don’t really understand. All I know is it needs a vast amount of energy from the human world and Hell to work. That, and Na’ahmeh, is cunning and ruthless. She won’t let anyone stand in her way, not even me.”

Prince Cathán stepped forward, his eyes blazing with anger. “We’ll stop her. And we’ll do it without your help.”

“Is that so? Well, good luck with that. I have a feeling you’re going to need it.”

Sun cleared his throat again, bringing us back into focus. “What happened when you saw her last?”

I sighed as I looked down at Agent Sun and Cathán. I wasn’t sure I wanted to tell them what happened at my last meeting with Na’ahmeh, but I knew I had to be honest if I wanted to work with them to stop her.

“Very well,” I said, gritting my teeth. “But you’re not going to like what you hear. I was careless and let my guard down.”

I could feel the frustration bubbling up inside me as I remembered that fateful encounter. I knew Na’ahmeh had always been cunning and deceptive in the days of old, but I never thought she could get the upper hand on me.

“She caught me off guard and overpowered me,” I continued. “She’s stronger than she’s ever been, and I’m not sure how anyone is going to stop her.”

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