The portal opened and he stepped out onto thin air. The early-morning streets were nearly empty, and still damp from last night’s rain. His arrival went unnoticed. This wasn’t a world where people looked up.
He had chosen his destination carefully. This version of Earth was sad and gray. It had no monsters, aliens, or demigods. There weren’t any heroes. Nobody would stand in his way.
His powers were harder to use here, and if he wasn’t careful he might lose them altogether. But the prize was worth the cost.
Better to rein in Hell, he thought and got started.

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