Felicity Hawthorne is finally waking
up—literally. Everything about her sheltered life in the Land of
Mystics has been a lie, including the whopper that her natural
mother is evil. Determined to find the truth, she breaks
free…and touches down in the middle of stark, cold Jacob’s Cove,
surrounded by a pack of bloodthirsty demons.
didn’t ask to be turned into a vampire. Even now, on the brink
of his unwilling initiation, he is looking for a way out. A
reprieve comes in the form of a dark-haired goddess whose beauty
drives him to rescue her from his new “family”. Except she’s not
quite as helpless as she looks.
As they embark on a
journey of self-discovery, they uncover more secrets that bring
Felicity face to face with her forgotten past—and make Dusty
wonder if he’s gotten in over his head. But it’s too late. Now
that he’s had her in his arms, he can’t bring himself to let her
Until Chaos rains down on them, threatening
to end it all.
Dusty dove behind a turned over car, covering
his head. He heard shouts from the men behind
him, more crackling before everything went
silent. He waited a bit before taking his hands
off his ears. Carefully, he inched over to peek
around the car. Seeing Slasher along with the
other creatures get to their feet, Dusty kept
behind the car, still not sure what was
“What we got here?”
“She looks real pretty.”
“Maybe she’s an angel, dropping from the heavens
like she did.”
“Looks ripe to me. Smells fresh too.”
Curiosity getting the best of him, Dusty shifted
from behind the car, keeping low to the ground
in hopes he wasn’t noticed. He ducked behind
another vehicle, peering around the edge to see
who they were talking about.
whimpers that sounded distinctly female.
“Aw, look, she’s scared. We should hold her and
make her feel better.”
Dusty watched as
Slasher moved forward and lifted someone up. He
caught a glimpse of something white with feet
kicking out. He moved closer, wanting to get a
“Ooh, she feels real soft.”
He saw her now, a frail-looking woman dressed in
some sort of white dress with hair as dark as
the night that came just past her waist.
And the beasts were having fun with her.
“Leave her alone,” he bellowed, bravely standing
up from behind his hiding spot. Her eyes met
his, a blue so beautiful he was lost in them.
What happened next left him stunned.
began to glow—there was no other explanation for
it. A white light began to shimmer off her and
as if it burnt him, Slasher dropped her quickly
and backed away. When she began to glow
brighter, burning his eyes, Dusty ducked down
behind the car. He heard the screams, all male,
ricocheting off of the vacant buildings around
him, bouncing off of the pavement and filling
Then it all went silent.
Dusty inched his way
to the edge of the car. Slowly he lifted himself
into a crouched position and looked out over the
hood. All he saw was a bundle of white curled in
a ball on the sidewalk. No signs of any of the
animals that had surrounded her.
Looking around, he didn’t see
anyone else. He moved out from behind the car,
slowly making his way towards her. As he got
closer, he smelled burnt flesh. It stung his
nose, so he pulled his arm over his mouth and
nose as he inched forward.
around a pile of ashes on the ground. A sparkle
of silver caught his attention and he recognized
it as the ring Slasher had worn.
whimpered, drawing his attention. “Um…are you
okay?” She jumped when he spoke, startling him.
“It’s okay. I’m not going to hurt you.” He held
his hands up as she spun around to face him. Her
eyes were almost hypnotic.
“You called out to
stop them,” she spoke softly.
He blinked away his daze. “Yeah. Um…are you
"They wanted to harm me.”
“Yeah. Do you
know what happened to them?”
“They were going to hurt me. I didn’t mean to do
it, but they frightened me and when I get
frightened sometimes I have difficulty
controlling myself. I didn’t mean to hurt them.”
Her voice was like a dove’s song. Soft and
soothing. He felt drawn to it. He looked down at
the piles of ash, then back up at her. “Did
“I was frightened and then
they started to scream and it frightened me even
more. They all just crumbled.”
He looked down
at the piles, his brow lifting “You turned them
to dust.” He whipped his head up to her. “Please
don’t do that to me.”
“I would never—I never meant to—they frightened
me—” Her head jerked to the side at the sound of
a crashing trashcan in the distance.
She ran to him, into his arms, and he was
compelled to hold her as she stared with fright.
“It’s okay. Probably just cats or a dog.”
“You’ll protect me? Please, don’t let me harm
“Okay, just stay calm.” He had to get her
someplace safe. Looking around, he saw one of
the few buildings that wasn’t charred or broken
down and decided it would do. “Come with me.”
She clung to him so he started walking across
the street to the building. “What’s your name?”
“Felicity.” She quivered in his arms.
name is Dusty. It’s a pleasure to meet you,