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Karenne
March 21st, 2007, 04:36 PM
All I could smell was blood.

Blood that was thick and ripe.

Blood that plastered my body, itching at my skin.

I stirred, groaning softly as I rolled onto my back. Other sensations began to creep through the fog encasing my mind. The chill of the stones that pressed against my spine. The gentle patter of moisture against bare skin. The stench of rubbish left sitting too long in the sun. And underneath it all, the aroma of raw meat.

It was a scent that filled me with foreboding, though why I had no idea.

I forced my eyes open. A concrete wall loomed ominously above me, seeming to lean inwards, as if ready to fall. There were no windows in that wall, and no lights anywhere near it. For a moment I thought I was in a prison of some kind, until I remembered the rain and saw that the concrete bled into the cloud-covered night sky.

Though there was no moon visible, I didn’t need to see it to know where we were in the lunar cycle. While it might be true that just as many vampire genes flowed through my bloodstream as werewolf, I was still very sensitive to the moon’s presence. The full moon had passed three days ago.

Last I remembered, the full moon phase had only just begun. Somewhere along the line, I’d lost eight days.

I frowned, staring up at the wall, trying to get my bearings, trying to remember how I'd gotten here. How I’d managed to become naked and unconscious in the cold night.

No memories rose from the fog. The only thing I was certain of was the fact that something bad had happened. Something that had stolen my memory and covered me in blood.

I wiped the rain from my face with a hand that was trembling, and looked left. The wall formed one side of a lane filled with shadows and overflowing rubbish bins. Down at the far end, a streetlight twinkled, a forlorn star in the surrounding darkness. There were no sounds to be heard beyond the rasp of my own breathing. No cars. No music. Not even a dog barking at an imaginary foe. Nothing that suggested life of any kind nearby.

Swallowing heavily, trying to ignore the bitter taste of confusion and fear, I looked to the right.

And saw the body.

A body covered in blood.

Oh God...

I couldn’t have. Surely to God, I couldn’t have.

Mouth dry, stomach heaving, I climbed unsteadily to my feet and staggered over.

Saw what remained of his throat and face.

Bile rose thick and fast. I spun away, not wanting to lose my dinner over the man I’d just killed. Not that he’d care any more...

When there was nothing but dry heaves left, I wiped a hand across my mouth, then took a deep breath and turned to face what I’d done.

He was a big man, at least six four, with dark skin and darker hair. His eyes were brown, and if the expression frozen on what was left of his face was anything to go by, I’d caught him by surprise. He was also fully clothed, which meant I hadn't been in a blood lust when I’d ripped out his throat. That in itself provided no comfort, especially considering I was naked, and obviously had made love to someone sometime in the last hour.

My gaze went back to his face and my stomach rose threateningly again. Swallowing heavily, I forced my eyes away from that mangled mess and studied the rest of him. He wore what looked like brown coveralls, with shiny gold buttons and the letters D.S.E. printed on the left breast pocket. There was a taser clipped to the belt at his waist and two-way attached to his lapel. What looked like a dart gun lay inches from his reaching right hand. His fingers had suckers, more gecko-like than human.

A chill ran across my skin. I’d seen hands like that before--just over two months ago, in a Melbourne casino car park, when I’d been attacked by a vampire and a tall, blue thing that had smelled like death.

The need to get out of this road hit like a punch to the stomach, leaving me winded and trembling. But I couldn’t run, not yet. Not until I knew everything this man might be able to tell me. There were too many gaps in my memory that needed to be filled.

Not the least of which was why I’d ripped out his throat.

After taking another deep breath that did little to calm my churning stomach, I knelt next to my victim. The cobblestones were cold and hard against my shins, but the chill that crept across my flesh had nothing to do with the icy night. The urge to run was increasing, but if my senses had any idea what I should be running from, they weren’t telling me. One thing was certain--this dead man was no longer a threat. Not unless he’d performed the ritual to become a vampire, anyway, and even then, it could be days before he actually turned.

I bit my lip and cautiously patted him down. There was nothing else on him. No wallet, no ID, not even the usual assortment of fluff that seemed to accumulate and thrive in pockets. His boots were leather--nondescript brown things that had no name brand. His socks provided the only surprise--they were pink. Fluorescent pink.

I blinked. My twin brother would love them, but I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing so. And they seemed an odd choice for a man who was so colorless in every other way.

Something scraped the cobblestones behind me. I froze, listening. Sweat skittered across my skin and my heart raced nine to the dozen--a beat that seemed to echo through the stillness. After a few minutes, it came again--a soft click I’d never have noticed if the night wasn’t so quiet.

I reached for the dart gun, then turned and studied the night-encased alley. The surrounding buildings seemed to disappear into that black well, and I could sense nothing or no one approaching.

Yet something was there, I was sure of it.

I blinked, switching to the infrared of my vampire vision. The entire lane leapt into focus--tall walls, wooden fences, and overflowing bins. Right down the far end, a hunched shape that wasn’t quite human, not quite dog.

My mouth went dry.

They were hunting me.

DavidsGirl841444
March 27th, 2007, 08:55 PM
Yeah Kage go girl, and Quinn hotter and hotter and poor baby now he has real compition with the new wolf in town. And of course he has to be rich to I mean that girl has all the luck right? Poor Misha dying like that it sucked to the extreme.

Illyria
June 2nd, 2007, 12:13 PM
Yeah Kage go girl, and Quinn hotter and hotter and poor baby now he has real compition with the new wolf in town. And of course he has to be rich to I mean that girl has all the luck right? Poor Misha dying like that it sucked to the extreme.

Wouldn't be something if they both ended up as her mates... Quinn because of her vamp side and Kellan because her wolf side. :lol:

Karenne
June 2nd, 2007, 01:42 PM
Do you really think that could happen? I mean, even though she has that deep connection with Quinn...he betrayed her.

Do you think you could go back to him?:detective:

Illyria
June 3rd, 2007, 02:07 PM
Do you really think that could happen? I mean, even though she has that deep connection with Quinn...he betrayed her.

Do you think you could go back to him?:detective:

well.. it could happen.. lets face it.. just about all the men Riley's been with, have
kept things from her. I am just going to think positive thoughts that she can forgive Quinn. :tt2: LOL!!

Karenne
June 3rd, 2007, 02:54 PM
Well...I am starting to be on our side.....sigh...Thinking that Quinn might be ....the lesser of the evils.

I just don't trust him at this point:nah:

Illyria
June 3rd, 2007, 10:54 PM
:swoon:
Cool.

:lol:

Dani
June 13th, 2007, 04:16 PM
I still he high hopes for Quinn and Riley. They both have hang ups that they need to get over and once they do I think it could work for them. Yeah, he may have betrayed her, but like it was said before, many of the men in her life have (whether it be using her or keeping things from her).

Karenne
June 13th, 2007, 06:55 PM
Do you think that Quinn could EVER be satisfied or not jealous if she was 'dancing' for her job?

You know Riley's brother has that agreement with his honey. They are fine with it.

Do you think that Quinn could be fine with it? Or do you think he would make her choose between her job and him?

DavidsGirl841444
June 13th, 2007, 07:04 PM
Quinn would probably be a guy and ask or demand that she give up her job and get a normal respectable one without the dancing and sex of it all. Quinn wouldn't want it we all knoe he doesn't. I don't know about choosing.

Dani
June 14th, 2007, 07:56 PM
Do you think that Quinn could EVER be satisfied or not jealous if she was 'dancing' for her job?

You know Riley's brother has that agreement with his honey. They are fine with it.

Do you think that Quinn could be fine with it? Or do you think he would make her choose between her job and him?
Remember Karenne, Quinn is very old fashioned about a lot of things. He might not be able to deal with it at all and would probably make Riley choose. I'd hope not, but that would probably be the case if it came right down to it.

As for Rhoan and Liander's agreement, yes, Liander is okay with him "dancing" for working purposes only. If you remember in the last book Riley was telling Rhoan that he needed to talk to Liander about their situation because Liander wanted him to stay monogomus (sp?) to their relationship outside of work. Basically meaning setteling down, but Rhoan wasn't ready to do that and Riley's afraid that Liander will leave him if they don't talk.

DavidsGirl841444
June 15th, 2007, 09:30 AM
Poor Liander I love teh guy he is really a good guy. I mean so sweet and kind, and knows what just to say. Rhoan should definetly settle down with him.

Karenne
June 15th, 2007, 09:55 PM
Yeah..and I think he really did love Riley ..as much as he could. And in the end...he did what was best for Riley.

I actually cried when he died. Yes, I am a sap

DavidsGirl841444
June 15th, 2007, 09:58 PM
Me too.... Wait who are we talking about?

Karenne
June 15th, 2007, 10:08 PM
Liander....I hope I spelled that right:nah:

Dani
June 16th, 2007, 12:05 AM
Liander....I hope I spelled that right:nah:
:arghhhh: Karenne, I think you just slipped up because Liander is still alive as of Dangerous Games. Unless I missed something in that book and I don't think I did. :baffled: I'm starting to have a bad feeling now...:no: I don't like this at all.

Illyria
June 16th, 2007, 01:02 AM
Poor Liander I love teh guy he is really a good guy. I mean so sweet and kind, and knows what just to say. Rhoan should definetly settle down with him.


yeah, i love Liander, too. i hope we get to see more of him and of course more on his and Rhoan's relationship.

Dani
June 16th, 2007, 01:07 AM
Dang, my pc messed up bad and sent the post twice. :gun_bandana: at my pc!! Sorry y'all!

Karenne
June 16th, 2007, 01:16 PM
Not to worry...I deleted your second post honey.

Hmmm...maybe I getting confused....going back to my shelf to find out if I am getting my characters confused (beats head on desk)

I need sleep and more coffee:huh_oh:

DavidsGirl841444
June 16th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Yeah but is all good. its one of Rileys guys that dies well most of them up to a point.

Dani
June 16th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Not to worry...I deleted your second post honey.

Hmmm...maybe I getting confused....going back to my shelf to find out if I am getting my characters confused (beats head on desk)

I need sleep and more coffee:huh_oh:
Thanks for deleting it Karenne. :clap:

I really hope that you're confused because Liander's the best thing that Rhoan's got going for him (besides Riley of course) and I'd hate it if he dies. :cry:

:no: Don't beat your head on your desk, it's not that bad. Here have some Advil and some coffee *passes bottle and cup to you*.

DavidsGirl841444
June 18th, 2007, 12:21 PM
No Liander must not die he is to sweet and I love the way he makes her up like a barbie doll. His own canvas. He is very talented.

Dani
June 19th, 2007, 12:45 AM
No Liander must not die he is to sweet and I love the way he makes her up like a barbie doll. His own canvas. He is very talented.
Extremely talented and very sensitive toward Rhoan and Riley!

DavidsGirl841444
June 23rd, 2007, 10:57 AM
He sees them as family even though Rhoan is kind of stubborn.

Dani
June 23rd, 2007, 01:22 PM
Kind of stubborn? He's very stubborn when it comes to some things (his relationship, shopping...the list could go on). Lucky for Rhoan that Liander loves him and puts up with it.

Karenne
June 23rd, 2007, 05:15 PM
I love how he always buys Riley's clothes!:huh: Where do I find that?

Dani
June 23rd, 2007, 07:22 PM
That's a question that I've been asking myself for a long time. It seems that most men that dress really sharp and pick out their own clothes are gay. It so sucks because they look so good and highly unavaliable. :unsure: I need a good man!

Karenne
June 23rd, 2007, 09:01 PM
hmmm....I have nothing. :nah:Sorry babe!

Illyria
June 23rd, 2007, 10:47 PM
That's a question that I've been asking myself for a long time. It seems that most men that dress really sharp and pick out their own clothes are gay. It so sucks because they look so good and highly unavaliable. :unsure: I need a good man!


*sigh* me too. :lol:

DavidsGirl841444
June 24th, 2007, 10:22 AM
Not just that they are gay they are very studdly as you poited out Irishwolf. I am betting Liander is hot as well. But I would let him make me up anytime looks like fun. Anyway yeah sorry about little stubborn he is alot of it. Sorry but girls they say there are always guys out there for everyone.

Dani
July 2nd, 2007, 10:21 AM
Well if there is someone out there for me, I haven't found him yet. Oh well, it will happen in time.

Oh and I read somewhere (I think it was in Keri's blog) that Liander and Rhoan will be having a big discussion (of sorts) about thier relationship. So that means that Liander's not dead! Yay!! He's too good for Rhoan to die, but if they broke up that would be sad too.

DavidsGirl841444
July 2nd, 2007, 10:03 PM
Yeah if they broke up that would be horrible. Since he is good for Rohan sometimes I think to good maybe. I mean come on that guy is devoted to him and loves him. And Rohan still does nothing poor guy.