But Agnes Torres knew there would be no answer. Mr. Jeremy wasn't
sleeping, not with his charred eyes burned permanently open, the ashy cone
of his mouth frozen in a scream and his blackened tongueswelled to the
size of a chorizo sausagesticking straight up from it like a flagpole. A
sleeping man wouldn't be lying with his elbows raised above the bed, fists
clenched so hard that blood had leaked between the fingers. A sleeping man
wouldn't have his torso scorched and caved in upon itself like a burned
log. She had seen many dead people during her childhood in Colombia, and Mr.
Jeremy looked deader than any of them. He was as dead as they come.
She heard someone speaking and realized it was herself, murmuring En el
nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo . . . She crossed
herself yet again, fumbling out her rosary, unable to move her feet or take
her eyes from the scene in the room. There was a scorched mark on the floor,
right at the foot of the bed: a mark which Agnes recognized.
In that moment, she understood exactly what had happened to Mr. Jeremy
A muffled cry escaped her throat and she suddenly had the energy to back
out of the room and shut the door. She fumbled with the keys and relocked
it, all the while murmuring Creo en Dios, Padre todopoderoso, creador del
cielo y de la tierra. She crossed herself again and again and again,
clutching the rosary and holding it up to her chest as she backed down the
hall, step by step, sobs mingling with her mumbled prayers.
The cloven hoofprint burned into the floor told her everything she needed
to know. The devil had finally come for Jeremy Grove.
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