Malum continued to laugh at Annette’s apparent misfortune, beckoning the others to come closer to her.
“There’s no need to be shy, everyone!” She said to them. “I’m sure dear Annette is aching to hear your voices again!
Annette could only wait with intense dread as the group stepped forward to confront her.
“Some friend you were,” Her Harwood’s aged voice rang out around them. “You were perfectly fine with eating ice cream with me, but where were you when I needed you the most?”
“Harwood, I…!” But Annette was silenced by one of Malum’s hands clapping over her mouth.
Then came her Shark, who didn’t look quite as bad as when he was a zombie, but his face was set in a look of quiet fury.
“You were the worst aunt ever! I suffered for eleven years because of you. I’d have done a hell of a lot better if you’d just locked me away in an institution, but no! No, your stubbornness wouldn’t let you do the right thing!”
Malum could be heard giggling over all this. It was a cruel, wounding laugh that sliced through Annette like a knife.
The third one, the Bill that she married, was no less scathing. “I should’ve known you’d move on from me, and not mourn your dead husband properly. I’m glad I blew my own brains out in front of you, you periwinkle bitch!”
When Annette tried to cover her ears, she was stopped from doing so when two of Malum’s hands grabbed her arms and held them behind her. The next person, whom Annette remembered as her son’s ex-girlfriend Carmen, spoke up next.
“Of course I cheated on your son!” She told her in a rather strong voice. “It’s your fault he grew up into that! You really think I appreciated getting my insides squished by that fat pink emo douche? Was a diet so friggin’ foreign to the lot of you?”
Then came Julienne, Annette’s old co-worker and rival. “Everything was a competition to you! You never deserved to own the diner, and that was clear from the underhanded tactics you tried to pull! I did the right thing by having you fired.”
The awful things these people were saying to her were becoming too much for Annette. She tried her damnedest to break free from Malum’s grip, but was unsuccessful. It was her Sinbad that spoke next, with a hushed anger.
“Do I even have to say it?” He hissed to her as he pointed to the gunshot wound in his forehead. Standing at his side was a very furious-looking Amy.
“I lost my husband because of you!” She shouted at Annette. “I wish I never brought you into my marriage, if all you did was destroy it for your own gain!”
Annette almost didn’t recognize the next person, but then remembered as Pansy, a woman who was once acquainted with her son.
“You spoiled your children to the point I could do nothing to help them,” she said with a strong disdain. “A woman like you doesn’t deserve to have children.”
To Annette’s dismay, the next one was Julian. He obviously wasn’t being tormented by Malum, but he was quite displeased with her.
“Why didn’t you do anything to spare me from being put through Hell?! You really are a wicked stepmother!”
Malum’s giggling just kept getting more amused, and deranged. Next, after Julian, came Troy.
“You don’t deserve immortality,” he said to her with his arms crossed. “You are an insult to immortal beings everywhere.”
Last, but certainly not least, Annette caught sight of her daughter Samira. Just seeing her again broke her heart into a million pieces. Her words were most likely the most painful of all:
“I hate you, Mother.”
It was Samira’s words that finally broke Annette. No sooner than Malum had let her go, than she let loose with a loud, piteous crying.
“Awww, that’s so sad!” Malum said with a very insincere tone of voice. “All of your friends hate you! I guess you won’t mind then, if they ripped you to pieces and feasted on your entrails!”
When Malum jumped back, Annette was left at the mercy of the others. Immediately, their expressions turned demonic, and all eleven of them lunged at her.
Annette stopped crying, and instead began screaming fearfully. She closed her eyes and shielded herself from the onslaught that was sure to follow.
It never came.
Once Annette realized that she wasn’t being torn to shreds, she carefully pulled her arms away to see what was causing the delay.
To her amazement, it was Meliora and the others. All four assistants, the six humans from Twinbrook, and Sagebear were standing in a line in front of them both.
“Wh…What the hell are you doing?!” Malum screeched out to her sister. “You can’t do that! That’s cheating!”
Meliora just looked at the monstrous form that was her twin, and narrowed her eyes at her. She then lifted up a hand, and curled in all the fingers except the middle one.
She then turned their attention to the eleven malicious beings standing before them all, and raised her hand to give the signal.
Right away, as soon as the others took a step toward them, all eleven of them proceeded to shriek in the most unearthly voices. All of them then tried to flee, but were unsuccessful. Everyone caught them and held on tight.
“What’s going on?” Annette could only rasp out. Her answer came in the form of a familiar voice:
“Can you hear me, Annette?” The quiet words echoed in her mind. “If you can hear me, make it known.”
“Regina?” Annette’s eyes darted about as she watched Malum writhe about in apoplexy, trying to stop Meliora from intervening further. “Please tell me what’s happening.”
Regina sighed good-naturedly before telling her. “This is the decisive judgment. When the final juror is on the verge of giving their verdict, Malum will attempt to prevent it. Meliora, on the other hand, will make sure the verdict is reached.”
“But I don’t know who the last juror is! The room was empty when I got there!” By this time, the eleven malicious beings were screaming even louder, with their true forms now revealed as horrendous monsters.
Continuing, Regina chuckled before telling her even more. “Do you not understand? The final juror has been here all along!”
“What?!” Annette didn’t get her answer. Once the demons had vanished into nothingness, the void washed away.
Now, Annette had somehow reached a completely different room. Specifically, she found herself standing on a fairly tall pillar.
In a circle connecting hers, there were eleven others holding the other jurors. All of the jurors were looking in her direction, as if watching her every move.
Some distance below, Meliora and Malum were on a circular platform, which was stained with blood. Meliora had grabbed hold of her sister’s hair, and pulled her up to look at Annette. Malum was glaring upward, silently cursing her wife.
“Do you see now, Annette?” Regina’s voice could be heard again. “It is now your turn to hear the words that you so faithfully recited to the others.” The other eleven jurors then opened their mouths, and spoke in unison.
“You know her sins, now give your verdict.“
Malum’s lower lip trembled in fear and anger. It were almost as though she were daring Annette to give the decisive choice.
This time, Annette stood as tall as she could manage, and looked her deranged wife squarely in the eyes.
She then reached out her arm, putting her hand in a fist, and gave the thumbs down that would end it all.
When her thumb went down, Malum’s composure broke completely. Meliora then let go of her hair, forcing her to lurch forward and begin carrying on.
“No! You can’t do this to me! You can’t do this, you bitch! You can’t, you can’t, you can’t-“
Her tirade was then cut off permanently, along with all that was above her neck. Meliora had taken hold of her borrowed Antarean weapon, and chopped her sister’s head clean off.
(Song where part of the title came from: )