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Lunacy chapter 2Chapter Two : The Star That Fell
"Are you all right?" the Warchieftess asked, lowering herself to a kneeling position with great effort and taking one of the human newcomer's hands. Thrall looked at the portal, cocked his head as if listening, and then scooped up the tiny woman with a grunt.
"There are more coming through the portal. I'm just moving you out of the way," he said, placing her carefully onto the thatched floor several paces from the portal. He passed a hand over her face, and she gasped and began coughing. "Be careful. You had your breath knocked out. I restored it, but you'll still need a moment to adjust."
"Th…thank you," she whispered. Thrall helped her sit up and studied her face, as Perenine and lastly Jaina exited the portal, which immediately disappeared.
"Yes," he said quietly, nodding. "Yes, I think we were right."
The Warchieftess arranged her legs more comfortably under herself and tucked the folds of her robe beneath a belly almost as expansive a
Lunacy prologuePrologue : Bloody Mary
Kim Reeves sat in the corner and glared around at the other partygoers. She still wasn't sure why they had invited her, an awkward and unpopular nerd, to the event, but strongly suspected that it was so they would have something to laugh at. Her thoughts fell into a familiar and bitter spiral as she sipped her can of Mountain Dew. Kimberly, the too-smart freaky girl who didn't fit in anywhere. Kimberly, with an accent inherited from her Australian father and New Zealander mother that had never quite faded, despite a life spent mostly in the United States, and her opinions and personality that tended to keep her on a different level from most people her age she knew. She was shy and occasionally misanthropic, had difficulty making friends outside of a few restricted cliques, and had developed a rather thick-skinned indifference to her peers' mockery by the time she graduated high school two years previous. So it had surprised her to no end when the girls in
Queen of Twilight chapter 14Chapter Fourteen • Full Circle
"What? They disappeared?" Elsabett asked, and van Helsing took another long swig of sacramental wine and nodded.
"Yeh. Don't you remember?"
Ladmira grasped the bottle and pulled on it. "Ghanja-Tel, I think you're drunk." He yanked back, refusing to let go.
"I know when I'm drunk, thank you," he huffed. Elsabett sighed and leaned her chin on one hand.
"How are you doing over there, Vlad?" she called, glancing at the black-haired vampire curled in the corner with a goblet of blood.
"Just fine," he whispered hoarsely. "Thanks for asking."
Ladmira cleared her throat. "You were saying, Ghanja-Tel, how most of the surviving Sephardi mysteriously disappeared?"
He laughed. "Wow, that's the most words I've ever heard you string together at once." She glared at him, unamused. "And my name, 'Ghanja-Tel'. If you think about it, it's kind of funny-sounding. Gahn-yah-tell. What's it mean, anyway?"
"Light of hope," she said tersely. "Sephardi. Explain. Now!"
Queen of Twilight chapter 13Chapter Thirteen • Dawn and Twilight
A sharp rap on the door caught Umipa's attention. She put her whetstone on the floor, reverently laid her blade on its silk bed, and hopped to her feet to answer the summons. It was, naturally, Maniskara.
"Yes, Mistress?" she asked. Her tutor looked highly displeased, but the young Hylden knew that the anger did not lie with her, or she would have already ceased to be. "What is the matter?"
"I did not want to have to test you so soon," the ancient Hylden rasped, "for I do not think that you are as strong yet as you can potentially become. However, it seems I have no other options.
"My triple-cursed servants have all disappeared. I charged them with finding their 'sister', whom I can no longer sense, and now they have apparently met the same fate—whatever that might be. You and I, Umipa, are going to collect them."
Umipa swelled with pride. "I am pleased, Mistress, to be able to serve with such an admirable warrior," she said. "I am
Queen of Twilight chapter 10Chapter Ten — Glimmers
"What was that git on about?!" Aleera demanded once she, along with her sisters and husband, had returned home. "Timestreamer! What kind of title is that, anyway??"
"The title given to the guardian of the Pillar of Time," Elsabett explained, surprisingly calm after her outburst. "Interesting. I thought Kain had killed them all."
"Too bad he didn't…" Aleera grumbled.
"Elsabett," Verona said, attempting to calm her second-youngest sister, "I wish to speak with you about becoming a dhampir." Vlad, who had begun walking away, stopped in his tracks and whirled around.
Elsabett shook her head. "I don't know, Verona. The women I transformed were already dying. It's possible that it wouldn't work on a, um, 'healthy' vampire."
Aleera perked up. "How will you know unless you try?"
Vlad stalked back to his wives, bewildered. "What are you talking about?" he questioned. "Elsabett can transform vampires into dhampir?!"
"Yes, it seems I
Blue Eyes in FlamesWhen the prince sees the flower bloom from the palm of her hand, he orders her arrest.
She is only seven years old.
He takes the flower from her and keeps it, even though he knows he shouldn't. He puts it a vase, or, rather, his servant does that for him. The flower doesn't ever die, even years later.
It's dawn of a December morning, and he's cold. But still, he stands next to his father dutifully and looks at the little girl with blue eyes that are now black from seven nights sleeping on a cold, dungeon floor behind bars. They cut off her dark brown hair during that time. She's tied to the pyre, and there are seven guards around her, holding sharper swords than normal, not that she could get away. There's one man dressed in black holding an unlit torch, with a mask over his face to prevent his death. His father raises his arm, and the torch is lit.
She locks her gaze to his, and he blinks at her. It's like she expects him to prevent it. He couldn't, though, he can't. She scares him, w
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