It was a fresh reality, one which offered a multitude of evidence pertaining to the nature of Belphegor’s ‘turns’, despite certain intricacies still escaping his grasp. First: it activated without express permission — perhaps by instinct, or interference — when faced with a near-death experience.
Simply put, it was only Saboten who could defeat The Envy.
If he could tap into Belphegor’s ability to conquer reality itself, he’d be able to see past The Envy’s distortion, he could stay grounded. His newfound strength could be used to surprise the enemy and, once he’d gained the upper hand, Saboten could erase his foe forever. In Nori’s words, “it would be like The Envy never existed.”
The enemy’s vile smokescreen lifted having burned all eyes in the vicinity, and flared every nostril. In that moment, The Envy was no longer an appropriate moniker for the General. True, venomous anger burst out from each pore in his body like steam, sending shockwaves through his nearby troop as a precursor to his starved blade.
Mum thinks that a teenager’s first experience with death should be an artificial one, brought on by the passing of a pet purchased with it’s mortality in mind. That way, when an elderly relative kicks the bucket in front of you all quiet-like, it doesn’t bother you as much as it should.
I don’t know if it really works, but I can’t admit that my life changed all that much when my grandmother passed away last week.