His grandparents would be furious if they found out. The dismal cave smelled more rancid than ever, like a nauseating feast of spoiled meat and fruit. Almost steamy with humidity, the wet air forced him not only to smell but also to taste the putrid sweetness. Every inhalation made him want to retch. Graulas lay on his side, chest swelling and shrinking with labored, hitching breaths. His infected face rested against the rocky floor, inflamed flesh flattened in a sticky mass.
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His grandparents would be furious if they found out. The dismal cave smelled more rancid than ever, like a nauseating feast of spoiled meat and fruit. Almost steamy with humidity, the wet air forced him not only to smell but also to taste the putrid sweetness.
Every inhalation made him want to retch. Graulas lay on his side, chest swelling and shrinking with labored, hitching breaths. His infected face rested against the rocky floor, inflamed flesh flattened in a sticky mass. Groaning and coughing, the bulky demon peeled his face away from the floor, one curled ram horn scraping the ground. The demon did not fully arise, but managed to prop himself up on one elbow.
One eye opened a fraction. The other was fused shut by congealed goo. The ancient demon had been diseased and dying since Seth had first met him. After spitting out a thick wad of phlegm, he spoke again, his voice little more than a whisper.
Graulas had never tried to hide his nefarious past. Most good people would be relieved to hear of his demise. But the demon had taken a liking to Seth. Whatever crimes Graulas may have committed in the past, the moribund demon had always treated Seth well.
The demon trembled, then his elbow collapsed and he flopped flat against the ground. His eye closed. My kind I thought I had sampled But now, it burrows Deep inside. Before I can master it The demon snorted.
He had just told them he would be leaving Fablehaven for a time. He had been at the preserve for more than three months, ever since he and the others had returned from Wyrmroost. He had enjoyed several adventures with Newel and Doren in the interim, and felt he owed them a good-bye. Grandpa would only let them discuss the mission in his office with spells to help prevent spying, so Seth had shared no specifics, but he probably should not have said anything at all to the satyrs.
I can deduce Only such Graulas coughed wetly. If I heard and guessed Though I cannot I can sense much outside attention focused here. Mighty wills straining to spy. Be on your guard. To warn me? I am soliciting a favor. Which would render my wishes After all this time I am afraid to die. Compared to me I would welcome death. But this is not the case. There are other spheres awaiting us, Seth. The place prepared for my kind Which is partly why demons cling to this life for as long as we can.
After how I lived I will have to pay a steep price. It almost sounded like a bitter chuckle. Such trivialities will do little to offset centuries of deliberate evil. I have not changed, Seth. I am merely powerless. I have no drive left. As much pain as I am now enduring, I fear that the afterlife His eye squinted shut and his fists tightened.
Seth heard teeth grinding. Creamy tears oozed from his eyes. Seth turned away. It was too much to watch. He had never imagined such misery. He wanted to run from the cave and never return. After a few grunts and moans, he began to breathe more deeply.
The horn purifies But the Sands heal. The Sands would cure my maladies and help my body survive the process. I would still be dying of old age, but the pain would be lessened, and the healing might even buy me a little more time.
Forgive me, Seth. I would not ask
List of Fablehaven characters
Major characters[ edit ] Kendra Sorenson Kendra Sorenson, a typical year-old girl, is not at all enthusiastic to go on a mandatory vacation to her grandparents place, while her parents are on a day cruise. However, it is here at Fablehaven, the magical preserve her grandparents oversee, she becomes immersed in a whole new world full of fairies and other mystical creatures hidden to most other eyes. She is described as a good student who rarely takes risks, overly cautious and far from the adventurer and rule breaker that her brother is. The situation becomes desperate when everyone but her is captured and she must risk her own life to seek the Fairy Queen for help. As a result of her heart-felt supplication to the Fairy Queen, she becomes fairykind, a status which gives her certain magical abilities to aid her in her subsequent adventures. He has a much more outgoing, risky, curious, and adventurous personality. Seth has great courage, almost too much!
Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison
If the legendary prison is opened, a tide of evil is certain to usurp control of the world. In an effort to intercept the final artifacts, Kendra , Seth and the Knights of the Dawn race to strange and exotic preserves across the globe. The stakes have never been higher. The risks have never been more deadly. In this explosive series finale, allegiances will be confirmed and secrets revealed as the forces of light and darkness collide in a desperate, climactic battle to control the keys to the demon prison. Plot Summary Kendra , Seth , and the Knights of the Dawn continue to take the last possible steps to safeguard the keys and locks placed on Zzyzx. Graulas asks Seth to recover the Sands of Sanctity so he can die peacefully.
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His grandparents would be furious if they found out. The dismal cave smelled more rancid than ever, like a nauseating feast of spoiled meat and fruit. Almost steamy with humidity, the wet air forced him not only to smell but also to taste the putrid sweetness. Every inhalation made him want to retch.