I kept my gaze locked with his. Damned if I’d back down when they needed me more than I needed them. His infinitesimal nod was both concession and slight.
“Belial tells me you need no coddling.” His voice like the flat of a razor, smoothing, with threat implied.
“Don’t try to run me. God himself couldn’t manage it, much less his test-case creations.”
“Oh child, the things we deleted to preserve His preferred story are legion. But fear not, I’m a hands-off demon. I point, you kill, and we’ll get along famously.”
Truth without solace. I could work with that.