How much would you be willing to sacrifice to learn the secrets of existence?
In the underbelly of the eastern US seaport of Bay City, supernatural and non-supernatural creatures alike strive to understand the meaning of life, to belong, or simply exist. David is one of them. He is far, far away from his clan. Before Nick, his only friend used to be a vampire named Jarvis. However, Nick’s only gift seems to be more of a curse: he brings change wherever he goes.
When the three unlikely companions finally find the answers to their questions, they also find more mysteries needing to be solved. Eventually, they will all wish not to have been present on the evening when everything changed forever. Were the answers they received worth trading everything to darkness? After all, shadows lie. But what’s a supernatural creature to do where the shadows’ lies carry the promise of home?
The blood didn't just flow; it gushed. The vampire’s yanking had taken its toll, too, one of the summoned’s horns was dislodged completely. The creature stumbled backwards, out of the light, off of the stage. Blood continued to spurt into the scene, but aside from the thing’s dying screams and the noise of it falling, there was nothing but Nick and the…lycanthrope.
Things came back to him slowly. First, he was on his knees somehow, having fallen at some point. He had dropped everything he was holding, and he had voided his bladder. Nick ran, or he tried to. He was like a newborn foal, stumbling and falling. David shouted his name, and Nick regained his footing and broke into a maddening sprint. All he could see were those eyes boring into his soul. He stopped just long enough to throw up. Then he passed out, or maybe he fell…or maybe the monster caught him. He wasn’t sure. In any case, there was nothing heroic or beautiful or romantic about any of it.