Folks, I called my first novel in The Prodigal Band Trilogy ‘Battle of the Band’ for a reason. Not because there are contests called ‘Battle of the Bands.’ But because the ‘battle’ the prodigal band Sound Unltd undergoes is truly a spiritual battle whereby the spiritual forces of good vs. evil wage war to get this band on their sides—while the evil side ‘wins’ the band early, rewarding the band with fame and fortune as long as the band complies with the will of the evil side, the ‘war’ is won by the forces of good: the Creator, the angels known as the Tooters, and the human/spirit being, the ‘witch’ of the Hovels aka Morwenna as the band undergoes their assigned ‘missions of God’ and accepts Christ as Savior.
This snippet set on the spiritual battle features the battles between the Tooters and the satanic character Corion and his Demons (Gold, Silver, Bronze) along with two evil characters possessed by the evil, fake healer and new age cult leader Cole Blessing and his replacement, Mark Besst. The snippets are short. The first one is from Chapter Eight of Battle of the Band; the middle ones follow each other and are within the final chapter of The Prophesied Band, the final two are from Chapter Seventeen of The Prodigal Band. Some of these snippets are featured in previous snippet posts, such as https://omegabooksnet.com/2019/10/30/snippet-of-the-prodigal-band-trilogy-spiritual/
The first one features a battle between the Tooters and the Demons, with the Demons having given the band one song and the Tootlers having given the band another song. The Corion crystals the band members wore added to the ‘soul capture’ scenario that eventually faded out.
(On a 1995 tour)
Onto the Bellyful/Bad Boys Are Back world tour, where a taste of the battle to come between The Tooters and The Demons took Sound Unltd completely unaware while performing ‘Song of the Demons’ back-to-back with ‘Where Do We Come From?’ night after night, in city after world city. Nor could their fans sense the clash of light-against-dark-swords in the spirit dimension high above their waving fans and bodies.
‘Song of the Demons.’ Gold Demon swung its sword and came within a hair’s breadth of decapitating Tooter Two. “Give up now, you puny being!”
“No! I invoke the Creator!”
“Not during our song. It won’t work!” Swoosh!
The bright-red soul catching egg encased the stadium.
Most within chanted, louder and louder, over and over. “Corion, Corion, Novordopax, Tricameron!”
‘Where Do We Come From?’ began. The egg faded, the chanting stopped.
“Pray to our Creator, Tooters three, and on to attack!”
The Tooters took the initiative. One of them yelled as it swung and missed Silver Demon, “We could really use a rendition of ‘Let the Night Down’ about now!”
“Forget it! They haven’t played that in years and it’s not in the Plan. The time will come.”
And always, at the end of the segue, the two sides remained at a standoff.
The second, third and forth snippets follow each other, featuring the evil new age leader Cole Blessing, who is ‘owned’ by Corion, his ‘disciple’ ‘Xulya,’ who is actually the wife of keyboard-synthist Bry, a mother of three boys. Mo and the boys are headed toward a music festival that the prodigal band headlines in their home city of Walltown, the festival overseen by the Tooters. It turns out Blessing is made ‘sick’ due to Corion having to deal with the Tooters he opposes. In the third snippet, Corion—inhabiting Blessing—tries to ‘own’ the Tooters, but fails. In the forth one, Bry and Mo discuss what happened to Blessing.
Cole Blessing wouldn’t come away from their cab.
“Watch out for traffic, Craig, Sean.” Mo held her boys away from the street, but Logan, her youngest, wondered near the curb. “Get away from that street, Logan! You know better than that!”
Craig, the oldest boy, took Logan’s hand and brought him and Sean away from the street.
Mo turned back to Cole, who was staring at The Tooters.
“Come on, Cole, you coming? My friends are waiting, eh?”
Though feeling anxious, Blessing spoke calmly to Mo, still looking at the statue. “I’m not going with you, Xulya. I can’t. Feeling—feeling kind of ill all of a sudden.”
Annoyed. “But Cole, you’re never sick! When the hell did this start?”
“Just now, love. When the cab pulled up.”
Sigh. Rolled her eyes. “Right, Cole! And you’re out of the cab now, eh?” Looked at her boys, then swiftly turned on him, disgusted. “What the hell you want me to do? Leave my boys here so you can vomit or something?”
“No!” He jumped at her word. “I’m not going! Take your sons and go!” His voice bordered on viciousness. “I don’t know why you insist on playing mother to those brats over there! As if you still love them!”
Meanwhile, Cole Blessing remained at the cab as the driver was perfectly willing to let his meter run.
Corion was also there. “So you think you can keep me from my destiny, puny Tooters!”
Wise Tooter Three answered. “It is not we, Corion, son of darkness, who had made your human host sick. It is not us you must defeat! And you will not pass this north gate, nor the park, nor the stage.”
“I could crush you with my pinkie!”
“Then why don’t you?” Plucky Tooter Two answered. “Because you can’t. The Creator created you, and He does not wish it.”
“He created me, yes. But He won’t rule for long! This planet will be mine!”
With uncharacteristic chic, Tooter One slowly responded. “In your dreams.”
(Bry) “Speaking of crazy, where’s Cole? Didn’t you say he was gonna accompany you?”
(Mo) “He got sick in front of The Tooters. The others think the statue made him sick because he acts like a god. And he does act like a god sometimes. The way he cured Ger.”
(Bry) “Humph.” Cocked his head. “Hmmm. A security guard came into the bus before and told us a guy who looked like Cole Blessing was standing outside the south gate. The guard told him he could come backstage, seeing as how he was Cole Blessing and he was supposed to be with you. But Cole wouldn’t come inside. Really nasty about it, too. Like he was pissed he couldn’t come in.” Stared into space as two others came out of the bus. “Sounds like he’s more than just a bit sick. Maybe The Tooters—” No, that’s too ridiculous. “But why would a statue—angels or not—be able to force Cole Blessing to stay outside unless—” Too ridiculous! Blessing’s not bloody Corion, eh?
In the fifth snippet, guitarist-producer Mick tells satanic singer Ace of the death metal band DisCord that he needs to change his ways, for the notion that Corion or Satan gives one a choice to (as Aleister Crowley claims in his demonic ‘Book of the Law’) ‘Do what thou wilt’ is utter deception. This follows a previous event where (in Chapter Thirteen) Corion takes the lives of some of his followers since these followers or minions were not able to corral the prodigal band into signing an oath to Corion. In the sixth and final snippet, Corion sends a ‘message’ to his new possessed minion, Mark Besst, that Besst had better do Corion’s will—or else!
(Mick) “…Even if you take the Oath if you join the Inner Sanctum, they might still sacrifice you anyway. Why? Because Satan is the ultimate deceiver. But if God commands Satan to not kill someone he wants to kill, then he won’t. Because God is in control….Mark…killed your friends Ally and Melanie and Drew and Rod Davis. For no reason, other than the man is possessed by an evil spirit who will stop at nothing to get his way. Now from what you said he commanded you to get the Crood into the Hellyons, right?”
(Ace) “Yeh.” Still in shame, for he knew what was coming.
(Mick) “Well guess what, Ace? You might be next, eh? Because unlike God where you have a choice, with Satan, you don’t have a choice! You do what they say, or they whack you, or they destroy your career. They’ll either kill you or screw you over big time. And they’ll do it to all your band. And if you’re a Hellyon already? Doesn’t matter, they’ll get you anyway. ‘Do what you want,’ eh? More like ‘do what we want, or else!’ It’s all deception, Ace, all illusion.”
(Later, at Mark Besst’s estate)
Mark Besst could not find relief from tossing and turning in his bed, in his sleep as his master, Satan-Corion, let him know about how Tom was turning his followers away from the evil, especially Riley and the Crood whom the evil wanted to use against the sextet.
And you wanted me to inhabit you, you worthless weakling that can’t even control one damned minion of mine I told you to control—Riley and his mates are not only not going to help me destroy the traitorous Sound Unltd, but will totally turn against me—because you—you!—could not control them. But I gave in to your request the night you joined my minions in the Inner Sanctum! And what have you to show for it? You couldn’t impale the singer I told you to—and you still have not delivered his son to me! How much longer will I await this? Then the men you hired to get even with the six botch the jobs! Then Ace—one of my chief minions—no longer will do all that I have told him to do, though he and DisCord pretend to still. All because you—you!—cannot do my will! But I will give you one more chance—and if you fail me this time, I will gnaw your bones forever! You know I can and will do this!
A short while later, Mark Besst woke up in a cold sweat, screaming.
Part Two of this post will be posted in two weeks.
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