Annie is a woman in her late thirties, who is transferred from prison to a mental asylum, after she badly beats up an inmate claiming he was a demon serving Benazyre.
Annie finds a woman named Joan who has been in and out of the mental institution for past ten years. Joan tells Annie that her son Jack was killed by the demon-king Benazyre ten years ago. She tried to convince her husband Hugh but he thinks that she is mad. Joan shares her research with Annie and tells her that she wants to kill Benazyre for revenge. Joan is a tech billionaire and pulls some strings to arrange for Annie’s escape.
The police charges Joan for aiding a convict and declares both of them fugitives.
Following Jaon’s research, the two women go to an abandoned amusement park. They are met with two men who try to kill Annie but Joan recognizes them to be demons and is able to trap them using dirt from a graveyard. Annie finds an old scroll which Joan believes would lead them to the sword which can kill Benazyre.
They follow the instructions on the scroll and reach Annie’s childhood home. Annie tells Joan that the whole town was destroyed by an earthquake when she was three and the town was never rebuilt. Joan believes that Annie’s ancestors were the guardians of the sword and Annie is the one who is supposed to kill the demon king.
Before Annie can argue, a man appears and use telekinesis to torture Annie. Joan tries to fight the demon but he puts her to sleep.
Joan wakes up in a dark smelly cell and finds Annie chained to the walls. Annie tells her that the demon tortured her. And Annie will be killed by the very sword that they were searching for. Annie tells Joan that she was able to snatch a ring from the demon who had tortured her. When Joan puts the ring on, Annie cannot see her. Annie and Joan hatch a plan to kill the demons and escape with the sword. Everything goes according to plan and they both are able to escape. Joan doesn’t kill the demon, only knocks him out. She explains to Annie that the sword will be lost again after use and that’s why Benazyre wanted to kill Annie with the sword. Before they escape the building, Benazyre finds them. Benazyre is a ten feet high translucent spirit and every bit as horrifying as Joan had imagined. Benazyre throws a fireball at Annie, but it is absorbed by the sword in her hand. Benazyre summons an earthquake and the building starts to shake. Joan traps Benazyre into her body using an enchantment and pleads Annie to leave with the sword, before the enchantment breaks. Annie leaves and is met with Hugh outside whose plan was to get Joan sentenced after killing the man in the dungeon.Annie complains that she was not informed about the special effects Benazyre and Hugh says that he knows nothing about it.
Audience - Adults
Genre- Adventure and Mystery
Length- Novella with 30-40 k words
Major plotline --The main concept is to use all the paranormal tropes as cliches as these are supposed to be made up by insane Joan and scheming Hugh.
Annie is playing a con. This will be foreshadowed throughout the book with inconsistencies in her story, convenient things she suddenly remembers, and her refusal to wear the invisibility ring.
Hugh will have this character arc. In start he will be a well meaning husband who doesn’t believe in paranormal stuff. Then Joan reveals that she has money and he doesn’t. He has gambling habits and a girlfriend. Joan says to Annie that Hugh thinks he is smart enough to fool her, but he in an idiot.
Highlights - The story could go either way A) Joan’s story is actually true.
2) Joan pulled one on her husband and has ran off with the money.