"that's it my boy breath" Fr. O'Connor said patting the boy on the back "Breath son breath" the boy chocked and coughed for air the smell of lake water fresh. "Yes sir Mr. Caldwell never seen a seen one that bad before, I tell you these cases just get harder and harder. I just hope I don't see another one like that again". The young boy Nicholas finally stops coughing and able to fake somewhat of a smile for his disheartened family members. "Nicholas" his mother says wrapping him in her arms. "O' Betty let the boy breath" the father says some what eased the ordeal is over, the young Nicholas now 10 has seen 68 medical doctors 27 psychologists, therapists and other cranks none of which have been able to help him or give the family any clue what is going on.
That is when they started to seek help other places. At first priests just gave them more referrals to doctors who just kept saying the same thing. Then a gentle old Priest Fr. Dominic suggested they try an exorcism, it took months for the diocese to approve every step of the way they had to fight. The first exorcism went very badly Nicholas almost killed Fr. Dominic. After that it was one exorcist after another from the time Nicholas was 7 until now finally free at age 10.
Fr. O'Connor a Priest of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter did what none of the others could.
He spent 14 days no eating no sleeping exercising the boy stopping only long enough for the boy to get nutriments and to have a glass of water himself. The seminarians and deacons who assisted him would take shifts changing out every so often. He was true to his word he did not rest until the demon was gone.
Now as the family began to calm and rejoice in the victory won this day Fr. O'Connor had a strange request. He asked to speak to the boy alone. "Please there is something of great importance I must speak with him about. A chill came over the air and the four seminarians looked at one another knowingly. As the room emptied and it was only Nicholas and the Priest they began to talk in whispered secrecy. "Do you remember what happened?" Nicholas said nothing "Come on boy do you remember what the demon said... at the end" a tear began to well in the boys right eye. "Come come" the kind priest said patting him on the back "nothing to cry about God permits all things for our greater good its just a simple question".
"Only in bits" the boy whispered
"Well then let me tell you and this is important so don't forget" the priest said pulling the boy into a tighter embrace like a father would his son "Asmodeus... for that is the name of the demon. Asmodeus promised to return. God has something special planed for you what it is I don't know but time will tell"
As they stood up and walked down stairs you could see the relief on everyones face. The boy was no longer crying he indeed had a smile. As the seminarians finished their coffee and prepared to leave Fr. O'Connor prepared his coat and bags it was then for the first time the boy really spoke. "I want to go" the shock of his sudden statement shocked everyone. "What" his mother asked "I want to go" everyone shared quizzical glances "Go where" his father finally asked "I want to Go with Fr. O'Connor". Now there was only more confusion. Fr. O'Connor smiled and spoke softly "No son I think you should stay here". The boy stood from his chair and this time it was not so much a question as an assertion "I want to go." His mother was noticeably disturbed here she had thought she just got her son back only for him to demand to run off with a Priest.
Mr. Caldwell took the boy aside and spoke to him for a few minutes then he returned and pulled Mrs. Caldwell aside and spoke to her. She was rather upset it was easy to tell from her disposition, and they were fighting about something it was easy to guess what but in the end she slumped her shoulders and you could tell she conceded. "Go pack" was the only words Mr. Caldwell said to his son. After what seemed like hours of silence but really couldn't have been more than a couple of minutes the boy came bounding into the room full of joy "are we ready yet" he exclaimed. Betty hugged him "You will come visit" she asserted "Yes ma'am" they boy slyly grinned "Often!" he broke into an even bigger smile if that was possible.
"We go now I go to be a Priest" this time even Fr. O'Connor was taken aback. "come Micheal" Fr. said to the boy now we go.