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Anyway so she tried, did her best to hold down the First One, keep her away from me. She even got some divine assistance, but eventually she threw her aside and made a bolt for my guy.
He braced, knowing what was coming. She basically tackled him, hugging him and expressing affection. She even pressed his head to her stomach, as if to happily display the thing growing inside her that the pair of them had made.
This was the First One though. By difference in strength alone, during this process she clean snapped his spine, crushed his ribcage and skull. As well, all sorts of other internal injuries and broken limbs, but not as dire as the aforementioned injuries. Despite her staunch opposition to harming him, she was simply blissfully unaware that she was killing him.
And finally, as a summation of her feelings at seeing Martin again, she kissed him deeply. It was this that he had planned for, for despite the transfer not having taken place during the ritual, the First One's body was still in the transfer state.
At this my guy let out a muffled noise/groan, and it was the ooze mage's signal. In a flash, she burst from his backpack, and wrapped him and the First one together, tightest at the head to keep the kiss going. She would have drawn away once she realized she could pass the evil to him, simply as not to give up her power, but she was now forced by the ooze mage, and the transfer successfully took place.
And the Paladin as before, could only watch. She attempted with all her might as before to stop it, to break it off or get in the way, but the ooze mage forced her back (until the Maid could hold the Paladin back), lest she ruin the chance or have it transferred to herself as intended. She wanted nothing less than to have to do this, to keep the Paladin away while she forced her best friend to suffer, but it was his dying will.