Paradise Continued (a sequel to Paradise Regained)
by Debby Graham

Chapters: One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six

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Chapter 1

On the Island of Mariacas, seated at a corner table in the French Leave Cafe, a man in his early thirties was listening to a conversation between one of the waitresses and the bartender.

"We could see flames from miles around that Island. but no one could get across to help."

"But I heard that a boat came from the Island carrying the house keeper, that deaf mute and a young girl, but not the owner Jean Paul Desmond." replied the waitress. "They think Mr. Desmond perished in the fire."

The stranger rose from his table, paid his bill and headed outside toward the boat dock. Looking across the water he stared at the Island of Maljardin. Turning he headed back toward the Inn.

In room 12 at the Inn Raxl and Holly were seated, Quito is standing very agitated.

"Raxl, we just left Jean Paul in the mansion." cries Holly.

"There was nothing for us to do Miss Holly. Quito could not get the doors open. I needed to get you to safety." replies Raxl.

"Please there must be something we can do, we must go back to help Jean Paul."

"No, I am sorry." says Raxl.

There is a knock on the door and Raxl tells Quito to go answer it.

At the door stands the stranger. "Hello my name is David . I must talk with you about Mr. Desmond."

Holly and Raxl stand and look at the stranger.

"Jean Paul Desmond is alive, he escaped when the mansion was ablaze and he collapsed outside. We must leave for the Island immediately."

"How do you know this?" asks Raxl.

"There is no time to talk, we must leave now." says David.

Raxl nods to Quito and tells Holly to stay in the room until they return. Raxl, Quito and David heads to the boat dock, then they head to Maljardin.

Back at Maljardin after Jacques taunts Jean Paul about being brought back, Jean Paul slides down the wall sitting on the floor next to Jacques' Portrait with his head down.

Jean Paul raises his head and shouts " I will not let it end like this, I will find a way to destroy the pact I made with you."

Jacques mocking laughter is heard thru the room. "Be my guest and try Jean Paul Desmond, our battle shall begins again."

Jean Paul stands and walks out the door.

Quito drives the boat next to the burnt shell of the boat house. Raxl, Quito and David leave the boat and climb the cement steps leading to the mansion.

Standing outside the mansion, Jean Paul hears the sound of a motor and heads toward the boathouse.

On the path Raxl sees Jean Paul and runs to him touching his arm. "Master I thought you were trapped and killed in the mansion. We would never have left had I known."

"Raxl, you are here, I thought you had been called back by Julien."

"Called back? I don't know what you mean." Raxl remarks bewildered.

"Never mind." Jean Paul says then notices the man walking up with Quito.

"Jean Paul, my name is David Siena, I am your cousin Phillip's half brother. Please come with us now. I will explain when we get away from this Island."

"Phillip? How does he know I am back on Maljardin?" asks Jean Paul.

"Not now Jean Paul, we must leave now!" says David. As they head for the boat , thunder and lightning start shaking the Island. The rain starts pouring down on them, wind starts churning the water around the boat. (So, it starts again Jean Paul think to himself)

David walks to the edge of the dock and stares out at the water, the water becomes calmer. "Hurry, I can not hold out for long ." David tells them. They board the boat and head across the lagoon.

Chapter 2 

After they disembark from the boat, Jean Paul stops David on the path from the dock.

"You said you are Phillip's brother. I still don't understand why you are here. And where is Phillip? Also what happened at Maljardin? It seemed like the water was under some kind of spell."

"Please, not now Jean Paul, let's go back to Raxl's room at the Inn. I will explain what I can there." David tells Jean Paul.

Raxl walking with Quito stares at David but doesn't say a word. On entering the Inn every person inside stop talking and watches as the foursome heads towards the stairs to the rooms of the Inn.

Raxl steps forward and taps on the door. "Miss Holly, it is I Raxl with Jean Paul Desmond. Please let us in."

Holly flings the door open and rushes into Jean Paul's arms sobbing. "I knew you could not be dead. Was it all true, did Erica kill my mother, then try to kill me? After Raxl and I went outside we could see flames, then the whole mansion was engulfed. Quito went to the doors to get you out but it was 
like they were sealed shut."

"Yes, I am afraid it is true, all of it." Jean Paul replies quietly.

David steps up to Jean Paul. "We must talk now Jean Paul, alone."

Jean Paul looks down at Holly. "Go with Raxl Holly, I will come to you soon."

Raxl leads Holly into the next room. Jean Paul looks at Quito. "Quito I need a change of cloths, would you go and take care of it for me."

Quito nods and heads out the door.

"Now, please explain who you are and what you want." Jean Paul tells David.

"As you know Phillip helped you rid the curse of the Mark of Death from the Desmond family." David replies.

"How do you know, did Phillip tell you about Desmond Hall?" Jean Paul asked.

"No, I have not seen Phillip in years, we had a falling out, I blamed him and we can not see each other." David tells Jean Paul.

"That doesn't sound like Phillip." replies Jean Paul.

"Phillip is not to blame but I can not change things as yet."

"But that doesn't explain how you came to be here if not by Phillip." says Jean Paul.

"I came because of Phillip, he will be in danger because of his involvement with you and your ancestor Jacques Eloi Des Mondes. You banished the mark of death, but you are linked to Jacques because of your pact with him. His anger at my brother could be felt through the heavens and the earth."

"How can I help him, I don't know where he is. From what I have been told time has stopped and will repeat past events." Jean Paul tells David.

"Phillip will not remember the events that took place at Desmond Hall, he is on his way here now but do not let him go to Maljardin." David replies.

"Maljardin! why would I take anyone back to that cursed place!" Jean Paul cries. Laughter is heard through the room.

"Jacques is still a part of you, you must be strong. Do not let him get the upper hand." David tells Jean Paul. The laughter is louder. "Now I must speak with Raxl."

Jean Paul goes to the bedroom and knocks quietly. Raxl answers the door. "Miss Holly is exhausted, she has just fallen asleep master." 

"I will sit with her Raxl, Mr. Siena would like a word with you." Jean Paul tells her. He enters the room, sits down and lays his head back and closes his eyes, he is also exhausted.

Raxl enters the room and approaches David. "You wish to see me Msieu Siena."

"Yes, You are here to make atonements for your past sins, I have had you brought back to right a wrong."

"Brought back, I do not understand." Raxl answers.

"I think you do Raxl, your life was ended at Desmond Hall, if you succeed you might see the right side of heaven. If you fail me I will see you sent to the darkest pit of hell for all eternity."

Raxl looks at David with fear in her eyes, then nods acceptance.

While asleep Jean Paul hears his name called. "Jean Paul you will come to me."

"No" Jean Paul replies shaking his head and becoming restless.

"Then I will bring you to me." Jean Paul's body fades from the chair.

Jean Paul opens his eyes, he is back at Maljardin sitting in a chair facing Jacques portrait. He starts noticing the room. Everything in the room is back like it was before the fire. Jean Paul stands and looks around in wonder, then he turns around and faces Jacques portrait.

"You have restored the Great Hall." Jean Paul says astonished.

"Not just the Great Hall but the entire mansion ." gloats Jacques. "We can't entertain our guests in a burnt out home, now can we Jean Paul?"

"Guests, what guests?" Jean Paul asks.

"The ones you will bring to our home, Holly, Phillip and a special surprise guest." Jacques tells Jean Paul.

"No!" Jean Paul shouts " I will not. I will not allow you to hurt anyone else. You will leave them alone."

"I have a score to repay with your dear cousin Phillip. You will not defy me or poor Holly will suffer. She will relive her last day on Maljardin each night until she goes insane and takes her life, then she will belong to me through eternity." Jacques tells Jean Paul. "Now sit down, it is time for you to return to the Inn." Dizziness starts overtaking Jean Paul , he collapses into a chair, his eyes start to close and his body fades away.

Back in Holly's room Jean Paul opens his eyes, he is still sitting next to Holly. (Was it all a dream) Jean Paul thinks to himself. 

As she sleeps Holly starts crying out and thrashing about on the bed. "Holly, wake up, Holly you are having a nightmare, wake up." Jean Paul is trying to shake her awake. Laughter is heard through the room. Holly's cries intensifies. Raxl comes into the room, she stands across from Jean Paul, she touches Holly's brow, "Wake up Holly, come back to us."

Holly opens her eyes still sobbing she sees Jean Paul she throws herself into his arms. "I could hear you calling me, but I couldn't come to you. I was back at Maljardin. Oh Jean Paul what is happening?" More mocking laughter is heard by Jean Paul. He raises his eyes and looks at Raxl.

"Where is David ?"

"M'sieu Siena has left. I do not now where." Raxl replies.

Chapter 3

Jean Paul settles Holly back in her bed. Raxl brings her a hot cup of tea.

"Jean Paul I want to leave now, please send me away, I can't stay here!" Holly cries.

Raxl looks at Holly then at Jean Paul. " Leaving will not stop the evil, we must fight it. Master may I speak to you outside."

"Holly, try to rest. When you are up to it come out for breakfast. Maybe getting out into the sunshine will help dispel some of your nightmare." Jean Paul tells Holly. Raxl and Jean Paul leave the room.

"Master, even if Miss Holly leaves, that demon will pursue her. the only way to defeat Jacques Eloi Des Mondes is to stay and fight his evil."

Jean Paul slowly nods his head. "Jacques Eloi Des Mondes will not win, I will do anything to stop him." Jean Paul tells Raxl.

"There is also M'sieu Siena, although I do not understand his power. I can sense good in him but also a darkness." says Raxl.

The phone in the room starts ringing. Jean Paul answers it. The front desk announces that a visitor is asking for him.

"Could you please ask who it is." Jean Paul asks.

"He says his name is Phillip Des Mondes and he has come from Desmond Hall." says the receptionist.

"Please send him up." Jean Paul tells her.

A few minutes later there is a knock at the door. Raxl steps forward but Jean Paul signals her back and opens the door.

"Hello my name is Phillip Des Mondes, your cousin Ada heard about the fire and sent me. I have been staying at Desmond Hall, to learn more about the Desmond family. Ada wanted to be sure you and your wife are safe." says Phillip.

"Please come in." Jean Paul tells him.

"This is my fiancÚ Emily Blair." Phillip tells him."

Jean Paul stares at Emily. "No." says Jean Paul very shaken. Laughter is heard by Jean Paul through out the room.

"Are you all right." Phillip asks.

"Please forgive me cousin it has been a long night, please have a seat. I need to get cleaned up. Raxl will serve drinks." Jean Paul leaves the room to change his cloths.

"Well, well Jean Paul now we know where your lovely Emily has disappeared to, after all you did ask me on Maljardin if I knew where she was. Perhaps I will give her back to you." Jacques torments him.

"Leave them alone Jacques, you have your pact with me." says Jean Paul.

"Your cousin will pay for his interference! Jacques says in anger.

"No! Please Jacques I beg of you leave them alone." Jean Paul pleads.

There is silence. Jean Paul enters the sitting room, he looks at Phillip then he can't take his eyes off of Emily. Phillip stands "Mr. Desmond is everything all right?"

"Please call me Jean Paul. And please be seated. Would you like another drink."

"No, we only stopped in to see if there is anything we can do. Is your wife Erica resting?" Phillip asks.

"My wife is dead." Jean Paul says contemptuously.

"Oh no, I am so sorry." says Emily.

"Don't waste your sympathy on her, my wife died a long time ago." Jean Paul pours a brandy and gulps it down, then takes a seat.

"Don't you think you should have informed your family? Phillip asks.

"It doesn't matter now." states Jean Paul.

"That's an odd thing to say, first your wife dies, then you loose your home to a fire. This is the time you need your family." Phillip says.

"Jean Paul." calls Holly as she walks into the room. Phillip and Jean Paul stand up.

"May I introduce my ward Miss Holly Marshal." Jean Paul tells them. Introductions are made and Holly joins them.

"Were you on the Island also Miss Marshal?" Emily asks.

"Yes, and please call me Holly. It was awful, we thought we had lost Jean Paul." Holly tells her.

"From the reports at Desmond Hall it sounds like the entire Island and mansion are gone." Phillip says.

"I don't know, we got off the Island when the mansion started burning and Jean Paul got trapped, Raxl said there was no hope to get him out." Holly tells him.

"Actually it was your brother David that brought me across with Quito and Raxls help." Jean Paul tells Phillip.

"My brother, what are you talking about? I Don"t have a brother." Phillip replies.

"He said he is your half brother David Siena.

"My mother's name is Siena but I don't have a brother and she has no other sons." Phillip states.

"I don't understand." says Jean Paul.

"Well, whoever it was it was not my brother. Now if you would excuse us we have to check in. I'll stay around for a few days to help out." says Phillip.

"No!" says Jean Paul "I don't need you here."

"I think you do Jean Paul." says Phillip. As they head to the door Phillip turns "Jean Paul, when I entered your hotel room earlier I could have swore I heard laughter."

Jean Paul stares at him with a frightened look on his face. As they head down the stairs mocking laughter is heard through out the room. Jean Paul rushes past Holly and slams his bedroom door close after entering.

Jacques voice is heard through the room. "I have decided you will bring our guests tomorrow morning."

"No! I will not bring Phillip to you and Holly will never agree to go back to Maljardin." Jean Paul tells him.

"Holly will come willingly and you will obey me unless you want poor Holly to not wake up from her dreams." Jacques replies.

"You demon from hell, how I wish I had the power to send you back!" yells Jean Paul. Laughter is heard through out the room. The rest of the day passes quietly.

Everyone retires for the evening. Towards morning Holly starts dreaming. She is back at Maljardin but it's a pleasant dream everyone is alive and there is a party. Jacques voice starts calling to her. "Holly, everyone misses you. Jean Paul wants you to join him." Holly opens her eyes and in a trance and leaves her bed, dresses and goes out the door to the sitting room.

In Jean Paul's room Jacques calls to Jean Paul. "Jean Paul, wake up it's time to call Phillip and tell him to join you. Tell him you need to check out damages from the fire."

Jean Paul starts shaking his head and crying out. "No!, I will not do it!"

"Then I will have to take charge." Jean Paul opens his eyes and as he sits up he has a sarcastic smile upon his face. He goes to the phone and asks for Phillip's room.

"Hello Phillip, this is Jean Paul. I have changed my mind about you helping me, could you join me in about an hour to check out Maljardin for insurance purposes. Oh and please bring Miss Blair if she would like to help. You did say she worked in the library at Desmond Hall. She might be helpful in 
recording the damages." says Jacques.

"Yes Jean Paul, I will ask her. I'll meet you at the boat dock." Phillip tells Jean Paul.

After changing his cloths Jacques in Jean Paul's body saunters from the room with a smile upon his face.

Raxl, coming from her room sees Jean Paul walking towards Holly. She stops him with her hand upon his arm. "Please Master do not do this."

" Why Raxl, we're just going for a boat ride, why don't you join us?" Jacques says mockingly.

"I want no part of your evil, you should have been destroyed at Desmond Hall." Raxl tells him.

"Well, well, well so you do remember our last meeting." Jacques says to her.

"I do. M'sieu Phillip's brother brought me back, I think you may have met your match Jacques Eloi Des Mondes."

"He has no power over me, my master is the powerful one." Jacques angrily answers.

"We shall see." Raxl retorts.

Jacques takes Holly's arm and tells Raxl "I order you to send Quito to me, he will take us over to my 
Island."

David's voice comes to Raxl "Go with them Raxl, you will be needed on the Island." Raxl looking at Jean Paul and tells him. "I will come. Quito and I will meet you at the dock." Raxl lowers her eyes and heads to her room.

They board the boat and head across the lagoon. When they reach Maljardin they head for the mansion.

"Jean Paul, I don't see any damage, I don't understand." says Phillip.

"The fire was an exaggeration." Jacques answers him. He reaches for the door of the mansion and bows as he follows them in. 

Holly stops in the foyer, looks around and starts screaming. Jacques comes up to her "Why Holly, what ever is wrong?"

"Jean Paul, how could you bring me back here?" She's hanging on him almost collapsing.

"Raxl, take Holly to her room to rest." Jacques orders.

"No I want to leave now Jean Paul!" Holly sobs.

Raxl comes up, "Come with me Miss Holly. Quito and I will come with you." After they head up the stairs Raxl tells Quito. " Stay outside Miss Holly's door and guard her." Raxl takes Holly in to settle her for a rest.

Jacques, Emily and Phillip enter the Great Hall. "Poor Holly, she is so high strung. I shall have to get her help." Jacques tells them.

Phillip notices the portrait of Jacques and stands in front of it. While gazing at it he feels a shiver go through him. "I have a feeling I have seen that portrait before."

Jacques steps up to Phillip and also glances at the portrait. "He is an ancestor of mine and also yours. He's quite a devil. They say he was a pirate and has a fortune hidden on the Island." Jacquesanswers him. "That's one of the reasons I have asked your lovely fiancÚ here, we have many books on the Des Mondes family and I wish to ask Miss Blair to do research about this Island and it's 
history." Jacques looks at Emily.

"I would be honored to." She tells him.

"Phillip, I would also like you to help with the damage that came from the fire." Jacques asks.

"But I don't see any evidence of a fire." Phillip says.

"Oh there will be." Jacques answers. While looking at the portrait Jacques leaves Jean Paul's body. Dizziness hits Jean Paul, he lifts his eyes and looks at the portrait. "No!" he cries.

"Are you all right?" Phillip asks.

Jean Paul looks at Phillip and Emily. "Yes, I'm fine, if you will excuse me I will send Raxl in to see you to your rooms." Jean Paul stumbles up the stairs as mocking laughter follows him.

Chapter 4

Towards evening Jean Paul, Emily and Phillip are sitting in the Great Hall. Holly comes down the stairs and hearing their voices, joins them.

"Holly, I am glad to see you are up. Are you feeling better?" Jean Paul asks.

"Jean Paul why did we come here? After everything that happened why would you bring us back here?" Holly asks.

"We came back to view the Island and mansion, to check on the damages." Jean Paul is staring at Jacques portrait.

"Jean Paul, the mansion looks wonderful, it's hard to believe anything terrible could have happened." Emily says to Jean Paul.

"It was terrible! There were seven of us on the Island, also Jean Paul, Raxl and Quito. When we arrived Jean Paul's wife Erica was dead. Then somehow she came back, then everyone started dying. I think Erica killed them."

"That's hard to believe." Phillip tells Holly.

"It's true! I saw Erica stab my mother." says Holly.

Jean Paul turns to Holly with a smile on his face. "Poor Holly, you are delusional." Jacques has taken possession of Jean Paul's body.

"Jean Paul, how can you say that! You know it's true! Last time you were keeping us here as prisoners. Please, I want to leave!"

"Holly, come here." Holly goes to Jean Paul, looks into his eyes. She quietly turns and takes a seat.

"What did she mean when she said you were keeping her here?" Phillip asks.

"Holly has a very vivid imagination." Jacques tells them. Raxl comes in and announces that dinner is ready to be served. Jean Paul takes Holly's hand and escorts her to the table. Holly eats but doesn't say a word through the meal. Phillip keeps glancing at her . They all retire to their rooms for the night.

Jacques leaves Jean Paul's body. In his bedroom Jean Paul calls to Jacques. "Jacques Eloi Des Mondes I want to speak to you."

"Yes my dear descendant." Jacques answers.

"Leave Holly alone, she has suffered enough because of you."

"But she is so entertaining." states Jacques.

"I am warning you Jacques, I will find a way to stop you! Jean Paul tells him angrily. His answer is laughter echoing through the room.

The next morning Holly refuses to leave her room. Jean Paul, Emily and Phillip meet in the dining room. Jean Paul sends Raxl up with a tray for Holly. After the meal Jean Paul asks Phillip and Emily to accompany him to check out Maljardin. They walk to the boat house, it's a total loss. All that is left is a blackened, burnt out frame. Many of the trees are black and dead or dying. The boat house fire had spread about halfway to the mansion taking the trees and grass with it. Emily is taking notes for Jean Paul on the damage.

"I don't understand why there is no damage to the mansion." Phillip says as they walk back to the mansion.

"I guess the fire did not spread to the mansion." Jean Paul answers. 

"But Holly told us you were trapped and the mansion was burning." Phillip tells Jean Paul.

"Everything was so hectic that night, Holly was mistaken." Jean Paul says.

On entering the mansion Raxl meets them. "Master may I speak with you." Raxl asks.

"I will be with you in a moment . Phillip, Emily would you join me in the library." Jean Paul asks.

After they enter Jean Paul tells them to sit down. "Thank you for helping but I don't think we will stay on the Island. The history of Maljardin can wait. Forever as far as I care." Jean Pauls tells them.

"Jean Paul, I warn you, have you forgotten what will happen to Holly if you oppose me. I will not let you leave." Jacques voice comes to Jean Paul.

Jean Paul clenches his fists then looks at Emily. "I have changed my mind, I think I will have you start working on the Island's history today." Jean Paul tells her. "Now if you would excuse me, Raxl wanted to see me.."

"Your cousin sure doesn't know his own mind." Emily tells Phillip.

"Yes, I noticed. I also sense there is something evil here, I wonder if I can help Jean Paul." Phillip answers.

Jean Paul finds Raxl in the kitchen. "You wanted to speak to me Raxl." Jean Paul asks.

"Yes Master, Miss Holly refuses to eat. She has locked herself in her room."

"I'll talk to her Raxl." Jean Paul leaves the kitchen and rushes up the stairs.

Jean Paul knocks on Holly's door. "Holly, it's Jean Paul, please let me in."

"Not until you agree to send me away." Holly cries through the door.

Jean Paul turns and walks down the staircase to the library. Emily is alone, sitting at Jean Paul's desk, glancing through volumes of books.

"Where is Phillip?'" Jean Paul asks.

"He went upstairs, he said he had something to do. Jean Paul, I have the strangest feeling looking at these books, like I have done this before. Also every time I look at you I feel like I am in a fog or a dream. I start remembering something important than it's gone. Then I start feeling sad."

"Oh Emily." Jean Paul reaches out to hold her.

"Please don't Jean Paul."

Jean Paul drops his arms and turns his back to her. "Please forgive me Emily." he says quietly then leaves the room closing the door behind him.

Phillip is standing in his room holding a wooden carved figure. It's in the shape of an otter with a feather on top of its' back. Holding it up with both hands Phillip chants. " Orendo, Hear my plea. There is evil here, I call upon you to help my kinsman Jean Paul Desmond. There is something wrong on this Island that affects my cousin and his ward Holly Marshal. Keep us all safe and send us a sign that you hear me." Phillip lowers the totem, (Now we can only wait.) Phillip thinks to himself.

In the kitchen Raxl hears David's voice, she follows it down to the crypt. The cryonics capsule no longer sits in the room. There are name plaques mounted below coffins built into the walls. This is the final resting place of the Des Mondes family. Raxl looks at the newest one, it says on the plaque Eric Desmond- Beloved wife of Jean Paul Desmond. 1942-1970.

David appears to Raxl, his body almost transparent. "My powers are very weak because of the evil forces that are on this Island. I need my brothers help to come to my full powers while on this Island." David tells her.

"How can I help M'sieu Siena?"

"I am leaving a talisman, give it to Jean Paul, He will know what to do with it." As David starts fading away, a solid gold cross appears on the floor at Raxl's feet. It has an unearthly glow to it. Raxl picks it up and walks upstairs. She then goes to Jean Paul's room and knocks. Jean Paul bids her to come in.

"Master, I must speak to you but not here. Come to the crypt." Raxl leaves the room.

Jean Paul enters the crypt, Raxl is waiting for him. "Master, M'sieu Siena has left you something. He called me here, I think his power stops Jacques Eloi Des Mondes from knowing about his appearance in this room. Somehow we are protected." Raxl holds up the heavy gold cross, it still seem to shimmer with a light from within. "He also said you would know what to do with it." Raxl tells Jean Paul. 

"How could I know?" Jean Paul asks. He is reluctant to take the cross.

"I do not know Master, I just know you must take it." Raxl tells him.

Jean Paul takes the cross. The shimmering glow stops. "What does it mean?" Jean Paul looks at Raxl.

"Again I do not know." Raxl replies.

Jean Paul turns and leaves the crypt and Raxl follows.

That evening before dinner Jean Paul again knocks on Holly's door.

"Holly, please let me in."

"No Jean Paul, leave me alone." Holly tells him. Jean Paul feels something warm against his leg, he looks down and reaches for the cross he had slid into his pants pocket. It is again glowing. David slowly materializes next to Jean Paul, again he is not solid.

"Jean Paul give Holly the cross." David fades away.

Jean Paul knocks again. "Holly, I'll let you leave tonight, please open the door."

Holly opens the door, Jean Paul hands her the cross. " Keep this with you and be ready to leave soon. I hope it can protect you. I will send Raxl for you."

Jean Paul goes to the kitchen and finds Raxl. "Have Quito bring the boat to the dock. I am going to try to get Holly away from the Island." Jean Paul sits at the table and starts writing. He hands the letter to Raxl. "This is a letter to my cousin Ada, I want her to take Holly in. Please contact her to make the arrangements. The less I do here the better for all our safety. I have a feeling as long as Holly holds that cross, Jacques can not harm her."

"Let's hope you are right Master." Raxl tells him.

"You must be the one to take her. For some reason Jacques doesn't seem aware that anything is going on. Please get ready to leave now."

"What about M'sieu Phillip and Miss Emily?" Raxl asks.

"The cross seems to be sent for Holly only. I passed and spoke to both Phillip and Emily. There was no reaction from the cross . I don't dare try to get them off the Island, if Jacques takes over my body while leaving we will all be doomed."

Raxl goes up to get Holly, they leave through the kitchen door. Once safely aboard the boat they cross to the mainland. At the Inn, Raxl sees Holly off in a cab heading for the airport.

"Raxl, Why doesn't Jean Paul come, everyone on that Island is in danger. Please, can't you make them come?"

"No Miss Holly, there is to be a final confrontation so Jean Paul can finally be free or die trying. I know we will meet again. Remember keep the cross close to you at all times. "

"I will Raxl." Holly hugs her and Quito and climbs into the cab.

As the boat arrives back at Maljardin thunder and lightning starts crashing over the Island.

"Quito, he knows, may the Gods protect us." Raxl tells Quito. Quito nods. They quickly walk to the mansion.

Jean Paul enter the Great Hall and stands in front of Jacques portrait.

"So Jacques, you have lost. Holly is gone. You can no longer harm her."

"You will be punished for this Jean Paul Desmond!" Jacques voice booms in anger.

"I don't fear you Jacques, I am already damned from our pact. I don't think you can do anything else to destroy my life."

"Did I say anything about your life. There are other people here that you care about." Jacques tells him.

"Leave them alone!" Jean Paul sees Emily and Phillip entering the Great Hall on their way to dinner. He looks at them with fear for their safety.

After they are seated Raxl serves them. Jean Paul seems very preoccupied with his thoughts. Emily tries to talk to him.

"Jean Paul, when I was going through the books about the mansion, there doesn't seem to be much remodeling done, in the last three hundred years nothing seems to have changed."

Jean Paul gloomily stares at his plate, not answering her.

Phillip is sitting and watching Jean Paul. "Cousin, did I hear a boat leave and return to the Island?"

Jean Paul looks up at Phillip. "Yes, Holly left, I sent her to Desmond Hall. I think it will do her good." Jean Paul doesn't say anything else. Phillip is still watching Jean Paul. Emily stands and excuses herself, she is turning in for the evening.

After she leaves Jean Paul is hit by a wave of dizziness . Jacques has once again taken over his body.

"Well cousin, I think I will retire also." Phillip tells Jean Paul.

"Phillip, may I talk with you. Let's go somewhere we will be more comfortable." Jacques tells Phillip.

"Of course Jean Paul." Phillip walks through the doorway with Jean Paul following behind him. Jean Paul has a smile on his face.

Jacques walks up to his portrait. "Phillip, could you join me please."

Phillip comes up and looks at Jean Paul. "Yea Jean Paul, What is it?"

"Look at the eyes of the portrait, doesn't it seem like they are burning right through you."

Phillip looks at the portrait and starts trembling. He reaches into his shirt and pulls out his totem. "Orendo, protect me, give me the strength to fight this evil that is trying to possess me."

Jacques reaches out and takes the totem away from Phillip, throwing it across the room. "On Desmond Hall you were cursed with the Mark Of Death. Even though you stopped the star the curse is still upon you. Because of your cousin Jean Paul Desmond and the pact he made with me you are still linked with us."

Phillip starts trembling again, then is still. Slowly he turns and in a trance heads up the stairs to his room.

Jacques, still in Jean Paul's body throws his head back and laughs. He then pours a glass of brandy and sits to sip it slowly.

Jacques leaves Jean Paul's body. Jean Paul looks up at Jacques portrait and stands. "Oh God, no!" He cries, then he hurries to the crypt.

"David, David! I need your help now. Please you must help us!" Jean Paul cries.

David slowly materializes. "There is nothing I can do Jean Paul. I warned you to keep Phillip away from here." David vanishes.

Jean Paul dejectedly walks up the steps to the Great Hall. Jacques laughter echoes through the room. Jean Paul picks up the decanter of brandy and hurls it at Jacques' portrait. Jean Paul walks slowly up the stairs to his room with Jacques laughter accompanying him.

Chapter 5 

Upon awakening Jean Paul heads down to the dining room, Emily is alone eating breakfast. She is quiet and doesn't notice Jean Paul.

"Good morning. Emily." Jean Paul says.

Emily jumps. "Good morning Jean Paul." She looks at him with a sad look on her face. "Phillip will not answer his door . He's locked it. Jean Paul, could we take a walk?" Emily asks.

Jean Paul nods and they go through the doors to the outside. Slowly walking Emily is deep in thought. At last they stop in a shady tree lined area. Standing with her back to Jean Paul, she tells him. "Last night something happened when I went to bed. I fell asleep and started dreaming. I saw images of you, Phillip, Raxl, Cort, myself and two people I have never seen before. There was a
young girl and an older man. The dream centered around that portrait. There was also a star, and a strange mark upon your hand. Except it wasn't a dream, was it Jean Paul?" Emily turns around looking at Jean Paul..

"No Emily, it's true." Jean Paul tells her.

Back at the mansion in Phillip's room, Jacques calls him. "Phillip. Go outside, your cousin Jean Paul and Emily are waiting for you." Phillip gets dressed and leaves his room, slowly he walks down the staircase. He leaves the mansion, following the same path that Jean Paul and Emily had used. Seeing them he hides in the trees upon Jacques orders. He watches as Emily turns toward Jean 
Paul.

Emily steps into Jean Paul's arms. "I remember everything Jean Paul. We were just married, we then left for our honeymoon. After going to bed I woke up on a train heading to Desmond Hall at the request of your brother Phillip." Emily tell Jean Paul speaking against his shoulder. She lifts her head and Jean Paul kisses her.

As Phillip watches this he feels anger building up inside himself. Jacques voice calls him. "Phillip, come to me. I can help you."

Phillip turns and slowly walks back to the mansion.

Emily breaks the kiss and looks at Jean Paul. "I still have feelings for Phillip, but it is you I love. Oh Jean Paul! What are we going to do?"

"If this was a normal situation we could talk to him, but we have a bigger problem. Jacques Eloi Des Mondes took possession of Phillip last night. You and he were brought here because Jacques wanted revenge for your involvement against the Mark Of Death."

"But you brought us here."

"No, it was Jacques, he controls me when I do not agree with his plans. We stopped the star and the Mark of Death. But I made a pact with Jacques. I gave him my soul so he would bring my wife Erica back from the dead. Oh God! I must have been insane.."

"Oh Jean Paul." Emily says sadly while holding him tight.

Phillip enters the mansion and goes to Jacques portrait
.
"Your fiancÚ has deceived you, you must punish her." Jacques tells Phillip. On a table a jagged dagger with a black pearl handle materializes. Again Phillip feel seething anger building inside. He picks up the dagger and slowly walks out of the room. Jacques laughter is heard through the room.

Phillip walks down the path toward Jean Paul and Emily. He raises the dagger Emily hearing a sound turns and screams, Jean Paul shoves her behind himself. As Phillip's arm comes down Jean Paul grabs it. He wrestles the dagger away from Phillip and throws it. Phillip's hands reach for Jean Paul's throat, Jean Paul grabs Phillip's wrists and pushes him back with his leg. Phillip tries going 
after Jean Paul with a murderous rage. Jean Paul finally pins Phillip to the ground. Phillip tries to throw Jean Paul off acting like a wild animal.

Behind Phillip and Jean Paul David starts materializing. Phillip sees him and screams "David!"

Jean Paul looks up and sees David. "David, help me. I don't want to hurt Phillip."

"You may release him now Jean Paul, the spell is broken for now." Jean Paul slowly gets off of him.

Emily rushes up to Phillip, taking his hand. "Are you all right?"

"Yes, but I feel so weak. How did I get out here? The last thing I remember, you left the table, then Jean Paul asking me to join him. I went to the Great Hall I started looking at that portrait of Jacques Eloi Des Mondes. Then evil consuming me." Phillip whispers.

"Cousin, the same evil controlling me has also taken you." Jean Paul tells him.

"But I am protected by the spirit of my people. My totem..." Phillip checks his pockets. "It's gone, now I remember. You took it from me."

"No cousin, not I but that demon Jacques Eloi Des Mondes. He can control me, he takes my body when I don't agree to do his bidding."

"Jean Paul, I will invoke my Gods to fight him, but first I must get the Totem back."

"Are you strong enough to walk back?" Jean Paul asks Phillip.

"Yes I think so." Jean Paul gets Phillip to his feet and with Emily's help they head back to the mansion.

"Jean Paul, I could have sworn I saw my brother David."

"We'll talk about it later." Jean Paul tells Phillip.

After settling Phillip on the couch, Emily sits next to him. Jean Paul goes to the portrait.

"Jacques, I don't hear you laughing now. Why don't you speak or is it you no longer can?"

"This is not over Jean Paul Desmond. You and your cousin belong to me." Jacques tells him.

"So it is true, I hear him also Jean Paul." Phillip says.

"Welcome to my family." Jacques taunts him.

Jean Paul walks back to Phillip and Emily. "We have to go down to the crypt. That is the only place he can't hear us." Jean Paul whisper.

"What are you plotting now my descendents?" Jacques asks.

Jean Paul is looking around the room.

"Jean Paul I asked you a question!" Jacques says louder.

Jean Paul picks up the Totem and takes it to Phillip. "Hopefully your destruction!" Jean Paul shouts. Jean Paul and Phillip hear Jacques laughter.

Raxl comes in and speaks to Jean Paul. "Master , you and M'sieu Phillip missed breakfast. All three of you had no lunch, I have prepared an early supper for you."

"Thank you, Raxl." Jean Paul tells her.

As Raxl passes Jacques portrait she tell it. "So you have been up to your old tricks again today I see. Hopefully you will be banished to hell for the rest of eternity." Raxl leaves the room.

"Raxl know too." Phillip asks.

"Yes, at least this time she is helping us."

"What do you mean this time?" Phillip asks.

"We will talk later cousin." Jean Paul tells him. They go to the dining room. After dinner Jean Paul asks them to meet him in the crypt in an hour. They go to their room to rest. In an hour they assemble in the crypt.

"Nice place to have a meeting." Phillip says.

"We have been in worse." Emily tells him.

Jean Paul nods then looks at Phillip. "Now explain about David."

"My grandfather was the chief of our people, he had no sons only one daughter, my mother. Her first love was a man named James Siena. They married and David was born. David was about three when his father died in a car accident. Two years later my mother met my father, and a year later I arrived. They seemed happy, but there were many days I did not see my father My mother cried a lot not knowing where he was. When we were growing up David seemed to live in a mystical world. He could make things happen. I was eighteen when we got word that my father and grandfather died in a fire. My grandfather was trying to stop something evil that was slowly destroying my father, but something went wrong. They both died. David being the eldest grandson was to step into leadership of our people. My brother denied his heritage. Leading our people was not his destiny he told me. We had a terrible argument. I cursed him and told him if he leaves he is dead to me, I would no 
longer recognize him as my brother. David left that night. The next morning all memory of my brother was gone. My mother drew into herself. I blamed it on the death of my father and grandfather. About a month later my mother died, the elders of my people said her spirit had left and she had no desire to go on. Jean Paul it's my fault my brother left."

"Phillip you were in mourning for your father and grandfather, your brothers leaving was too much for you to handle." Emily tells him. She puts her arms around Phillip and hugs him.

"Phillip, as I said to you many years ago my destiny was all ready made for me. Do not blame yourself." David materializes but he still has a ghostly image.

"David, you are here. I am so sorry."

"No Phillip, I am sorry. I left in anger and because of my anger your memory of me was wiped out."

"Why are you here like this?" Phillip looks through David.

"My physical form can not come here, only my spirit."

"You seemed so powerful when I was growing up. Can you help us?" Phillip asks.

"My powers are weak, the evil on this Island can defeat me. But there is a way, ask Jean Paul." David fades away.

"Well cousin, what should we do?" Phillip asks.

"I don't know, David told me you have to remember Desmond Hall."

"Emily and I came from there , I do not understand." Phillip tell him.

"I don't think David was talking about this time but before, it's in our past." Emily tells Phillip.

"What past? I still don't understand." Phillip tells her.

"Phillip, when you met me at the Inn did I seem familiar to you?" Jean Paul asks.

"No , I have never seen you before."

"What about the Mark of Death , the Desmond curse." Jean Paul asks.

"What are you talking about? You mentioned that upstairs when we were in front of that portrait."

"That wasn't me, that was Jacques. Our family was cursed starting with a pact involving Jacques Eloi Des Mondes, Raxl and the devil. Each generation of the Desmond Family was driven with an uncontrollable urge to kill. At Desmond Hall we defeated the Mark of Death. You, me, Emily Julien, Susan and Cort were involved. We thought Jacques was destroyed. We missed something that night that should have destroyed him. I think you saw or read something that would have saved us from this nightmare."

"I don't remember any of this Jean Paul. I need to go to my room and think things out." Phillip tells him. He walks up the stairs leaving the crypt. Emily goes up to Jean Paul and walks into his arms..

Looking up at him she asks. "What are we going to do?"

"I don't know, wait I guess." Jean Paul answers.

"Jean Paul? What about us, we have to tell Phillip."

"I don't think we can, Phillip has enough on his mind right now." Jean Paul kisses Emily, then walks with her towards the stairs. "Go up to your room and get an early nights sleep."

Emily nods and goes up to her room.

Jean Paul enters the Great Hall and goes to his favorite chair.

"What are you planning now? Or should I guess." Jacques speaks to Jean Paul.

"Maybe I am thinking how we are one big happy family." Jean Paul tells him.

"My, my didn't things work out down in the crypt." Jacques taunts him. Jean Paul looks up at the portrait. "Oh yes, I do know you were down there, you and your cousin belong to us. My master can not be defeated by an old Indian Spirit."

"Maybe I should take my life, then your link to Phillip will be gone. I can at least save them."

"Oh no Jean Paul. If you die you will join me. And because your dear cousin was possessed by the Mark of Death, he will never be free from me." Jacques tells him.

With a defeated look on his face Jean Paul climbs the stairs to his room.

Phillip is pacing in his room, he comes to a decision. He grabs his jacket, picks up the Totem and heads down the stairs and out the door. He goes deep into the woods and finds a clearing. Using both hands Phillip raises the Totem. "Orendo , Orendo, guardian spirit , hear me Orendo. Help me remember what it is I must remember from Desmond Hall. Send me the strength to fight the evil that possesses me. Help my cousin Jean Paul Desmond...." Phillip starts shaking, he lowers the Totem. Jacques is taking control of Phillip. He squats down, reaches into his pocket and pulls out matches. He tries to set the Totem on fire. The Totem fades away. Phillip comes out of the trance, looks 
around and notices the burnt outline on the ground. Realizing what he has done, he rises then backs away ,turns and runs back towards the mansion.

Chapter 6 

Phillip runs into the mansion screaming Jean Paul's name. Jean Paul comes running down the stairs.

"Jean Paul, I tried burning the Totem, my Guardian Spirit has left me." Phillip slides down the door, hanging his head in misery.

"Cousin, why would burn it?"

"I was calling on Orendo to protect us when that demon forced me. Jean Paul, I don't think we have 
any hope."

"Phillip, please go up to your room. Maybe things will look better in the morning." Jean Paul tells him.

Emily comes down the stairs. "Jean Paul what's wrong?" She sees Phillip sitting on the floor.

"Emily could you accompany Phillip to his room." He reaches down and helps Phillip to his feet. Emily takes his arm and walks up the stairs with him.

Jean Paul heads to the portrait. "Doesn't your evil ever end? What do you want from us? Answer me!"

"Only your full cooperation without any interference." Jacques states.

"Cooperation for what?"

"You stopped the Mark Of Death, But by controlling you and your cousin, I will take your cousin's soul. Life will be given to me in physical form. I will have the power that my master bestowed on me to use in your world. "

"No! Jacques, I warn you, we will find a way to stop you!"

"Go ahead and try Jean Paul Desmond, but do not forget you and I are linked. What happens to me also happens to you." 

"I was a fool for releasing you!"

"But think how boring your life would have been without me. No go to bed, you tire me."

Jean Paul turns and slowly walks up the stairs.

Phillip is tossing and turning in his sleep. In his dream he has his hands around Irene Hatter's throat. Jean Paul stops him and sends him inside Desmond Hall. The dream makes him see more images, a star, a strange mark on his hand, being locked in a room and being guarded by Raxl, sometimes Jean Paul. A portrait that laughs at him, now he sees himself strangle a young blonde girl in a 
bedroom. He sees himself, Jean Paul and Cort holding hands in front of the portrait. The images come faster. Putting ashes on the portraits mouth , and eyes then flashing to Jean Paul laying dead on his bed. Emily and himself seeing Jean Paul step from the portrait. More images follow. Phillip opens his eyes, it's morning and clutched in his hand is his Totem. "Thank you Orendo, you have come back to me with all the answers." Phillip leaves his room and knocks on Jean Paul's door.

Jean Paul answers it. "Yes Phillip, what is it?"

"Cousin, my memory of Desmond Hall has come back to me."

"Do you know what will stop our ancestor?" Jean Paul asks.

"No, but it has something to do with time."

"Time?" Jean Paul asks.

"Yes, one of the books in your brother's secret room mentioned stopping time. Making it go forward or backward." Phillip answers.

"I don't know how that would help." Jean Paul tells him.

"I don't know, but in my dream, the book opened to that page."

"Has Emily brought any notes from Desmond Hall from her research?" Jean Paul asks.

"Yes I think so." Phillip tells him. They both leave the room and go to Emily's door. Jean Paul knocks.

"Jean Paul, Phillip what's wrong?"

"Do you have any notes with you from the books at Desmond Hall?" Phillip asks her.

"Yes, What are you looking for?" Emily asks.

"Phillip mentioned seeing a book in his dreams about clocks and time Phillip has remembered everything that happened at Desmond Hall. Like you, it came back in a dream." Jean Paul tells her.

Emily turns around and opens a case with files of notes. She dumps them on the bed and the three of them start looking through them.

"I found something." Phillip says. Emily and Jean Paul crowd around him. "It says, In the tower at the Great House at Fort Desmond there is a clock that is supposed to control time. Time can move backward, forward or stop. Only a Desmond can retrieve it."

"There is no way we can leave, Jacques will not allow it even if we decided to get the clock." Jean Paul tells them.

"There might be one way." Phillip pulls out the Totem and with both hands holds it above him..":Orendo, my Guardian Spirit, once you gave your protection to Jean Paul Desmond and his cousin Cort Desmond. We ask for your help again. Send a message to Cort to retrieve a clock at Fort Desmond, a clock that will end our suffering." He lowers the Totem and it fades away from his 
hands.

"Phillip you had the Totem, I thought you said you burned it." Jean Paul asks.

"Burned it?" Emily questions.

"It left, then came back, Orendo didn't desert us. He gave us the answers we needed." Phillip tells them.

"When you called on Orendo you wanted Cort to get the clock." Jean Paul said. "How?"

"Cort is already at Fort Desmond, Ada sent him to check on storm damage in that area." Phillip answers.

"I'll send Quito each day for mail pickup, hopefully it will arrive. Does it say how the clock works?" Jean Paul asks.

"No, there is nothing else. The book only mentioned the clock." Emily tells them.

"I guess we just have to wait." Jean Paul says.

Two days later Quito arrives with a large wooden crate, about six feet long and four feet wide. In his room the Totem appears back on Phillip's dresser . Phillip picks it up and heads to the dock with Jean Paul. Jean Paul, Phillip and Quito carry the crate into the house and down to the crypt. Jean Paul finds a hammer and works on the lid. Inside is a dark maple Grandfather clock. The three men stand it up and Emily joins them. "You may go now Quito." Jean Paul tells him. Quito nods and goes up the stairs.

"Well, what should we do now?" Jean Paul asks while looking at the clock.

"Jean Paul Desmond, Phillip Des Mondes come to me. I command you to come to me!" Jacques voice echoes through the room. Phillip starts to shake.

"Phillip, fight him!" Jean Paul yells.

"Jean Paul Desmond through our pact I command you to come to me!" Jacques demands.

In a trance Jean Paul and Phillip turn and walk toward the stairs. Emily runs and grabs Jean Paul's arm. "Jean Paul, no!" Jean Paul pulls his arm free of Emily's hold. Emily steps in front of Phillip." Phillip stop, don't go to him!" Phillip steps around her, Jean Paul and Phillip continue up the stairs and go to the portrait.

"Jean Paul, raise your head and look into my eyes." Jacques tells him. As Jean Paul obeys Jacques takes control of him.. He turns to Phillip

Phillip comes out of the trance.

"If you want to keep Emily from death you will forsake your God and promise your soul to my master for all eternity." Jean Paul tells him..

"Jean Paul, what are you saying." Phillip asks.

"Jean Paul is no longer here, I am Jacques Eloi Des Mondes. With this dagger your dear Emily will die." Jacques draws the black pearl handle dagger from a sheath.

Phillip tries to step forward but he can not move. Jean Paul's body turns and starts toward the stairs for the crypt. "Jean Paul, no!" Phillip cries Jacques keeps walking. "All right! All right! I will agree."

Jacques turns back to Phillip. Phillip is able to move.

"Take your Totem and lay it on the floor at the bottom of my portrait." Jacques tells him. Phillip does as he is told.

Back in the crypt, Emily runs to the clock. It's not running and Emily has no idea of what to do. "David! David if you can hear me your brother and his cousin are in danger. They need you now!"

David's form starts shimmering then materializes in solid form.

"David , Jean Paul and Phillip are upstairs, we got the clock but they were forced to leave. Please help them!" Emily says to David.

"Emily stay here with the clock, when it starts ticking you must push the hands backwards."

David runs up the stairs.

Phillip is standing in front of the portrait with his eyes looking into the portrait's eyes. "Orendo, I know longer recognize you as my Guardian Spirit. I reject you in the name of Lucifer!"

"Phillip stop!" David yells. Phillip spins around and Jacques turns.

"Well, well, well if it isn't the guardian of mankind. You have no power here. Leave in the name of my master." Jacques tells him.

"You are wrong Jacques Eloi Des Mondes. My brothers forgiveness of me has brought his memory of your past evil back. He and Jean Paul have the means of stopping you."

"Jean Paul and I are one and your brother will soon join us." Jacques tells him.

"No." David raises his hands out to his sides, palms outward. "Jacques Eloi Des Mondes I command you to leave this body and go back to where you belong!" David's voice is louder.

Jean Paul shudder and he looks at David. " Phillip bring your Totem to me. Jean Paul go and stand in front of the portrait but do not look into his eyes." David tells them. They quickly follow directions.

David raises the Totem with both hands. "Orendo, Guardian Spirit of my people. I call upon you to combine with my power to turn back time."

Wind starts picking up outside, with thunder and lightning shaking the mansion.

"Do not allow the evil one to take control. I call upon all the power granted to me to join with this Totem." The Totem takes on a golden glow. "Take Jean Paul Desmond and send him back to where it all began. Help him correct the mistakes he made long ago."

In the crypt the Grandfather clock's pendulum starts swinging.
Emily reaches for the hour hand and forces it backwards.

As Jean Paul is listening to David's chant everything goes black.

Jean Paul notices that he is holding a glass of brandy. Raxl is behind him.

"There are forces here of ancient evil, good and evil that you must not tempt to rise and you will. Let your poor wife rest in peace. Do you dare to fly in the face of God?" Raxl is speaking.

"On this Island from this moment forward I am God" Jean Paul says.

"Bravo." Jean Paul turns with his glass raised, he looks at the portrait. Raxl turns looks at the 
portrait then turns back to Jean Paul. She reaches for his wrist. "M'sieu, M'sieu Desmond."

"Three hundred years apart but like me he lost a wife." Jean Paul says.

"Please don't compare. Please, please." Raxl is getting upset.

"But for a span of centuries, he and I could be the same man." Jean Paul tell her.

"No, no he was the devil." Raxl tells him very upset. "And after what you have done!"

"No more talk Raxl. Goodnight." Jean Paul tells her. Raxl leaves and goes up the staircase.

Jean Paul turns back to the portrait. "Who are you?"

"You heard faithful old Raxl." the portrait tells him.

"The Devil!" Jean Paul turns walks away to stand next to the staircase.

"Can you turn your back on him." the portrait says.

"No! No, this is my own battle!" Jean Paul says.

"For the want of an ally the battle could be lost. Turn. Face me. Look!"

Jean Paul turns toward the portrait.

"Come closer." Jean Paul walks. "Closer. Now who am I? " Jacques asks. .Jean Paul lifts his eyes toward the portrait. "The man you are, the man you might have been."

Jean Paul is transported to Jacques time. He watches as Jacques greets his wife, then leaving with her to the laughter of their guests. Then Jean Paul is back at Maljardin still holding the glass of brandy. He looks around the room.

"How lovely a woman is, especially a mans own." the portrait says. Jean Paul turns and looks at the portrait. "For my life, I give you back your woman."

"You are the devil." Jean Paul turns away.

"He lives in every man. Find me where I lie in the tomb." The portrait tells him. With his back to the portrait Jean Paul raises his glass.

"Poor sweet Erica, poor darling suspended forever between life and death." the portrait tells him. Jean Paul turns and rushes away.

"Find me where I lie in the tomb. Find me!" the portrait's voice echoes.

"No! No!" Jean Paul hurls the glass at the portrait . He turns and looks down, in his hand is the Totem. He hears the drum beat. "Not this time Jacques Eloi Des Mondes." Jean Paul says. He runs up the staircase to his room, on entering everything goes black.


Jean Paul opens his eyes, sunlight is streaming through his hotel window. He turns his head and sees Emily asleep beside him. He reaches out to hold her and falls back asleep with Emily in his arms.



The End



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