Author: K.A. Salidas
Published On: December 15, 2014
Publisher: Rising Sign Books LLC Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal
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Peace is just a breath between battles for Mira. Hardened by slavery and war, she longs for the simpler life, knowing that it might never be hers to enjoy. There is always another battle waiting to be fought, another foe on the horizon. Peace between humans and otherkin may be nothing more than a dream, but Mira holds out hope.
It is during this brief respite that Mira is gifted one of her greatest weapons. Though it brings with it memories of a time when she was not so jaded it also comes with a reminder of terrible pain and loss. Awakening deeply hidden emotions within her, If Mira can use this to her advantage, she’ll have a new ally in the next battle to come.
“I’m warning you. You have until the count of five to show yourself before I…”
“Before you what, exactly?” a male voice responded confirming my suspicions, but the suddenness and close proximity threw me off. I stumbled over something hard and toppled backwards.
He caught me before my head hit the hard packed ground. “Careful now, sweetheart.” His voice was deep with a rough raspy edge to it. I looked up to thank him and met the most gorgeous pair of eyes I’d ever seen.
Mossy-green eyes held me captive. Both beautiful and frightening they looked far to pretty to be normal human eyes. The otherness of them gave it away before he could confirm it. He was a vampire. Adding to my confusion, there was no malice in his tone. The opposite in fact, his words were calm and soothing. Though dimly lit, I could make out his features and the quirky smile across his face as he helped me stand again. Not exactly what I had expected from someone rummaging through my family’s barn late at night.
Dumbfounded, I stared too long without saying anything, and it was he who broke the awkward silence.
“You know, they have these new things called Imagers. You could just freeze mine, put it in a frame, and stare at that all day.”
“I’d much rather stare at the real thing.” I’d always spoke freely… whatever came to mind, consequences be damned, but at that moment, what had escaped my lips had me turning beet red.
“I’d let you stare at me all day, but that’s when I get my beauty rest.” After flashing me a very toothy grin, he dusted some of the hay off my shirt and pants. “How about you stare for the rest of the night instead?”
I was too worked up, processing what I’d just seen to notice he was flirting back at me. He was a vampire. A real, live, vampire. Were vampires living? That was beside the point. There was a vampire standing scant inches away from me and for the life of me I had no idea what to do about it. Sure, I’d been schooled on proper procedure. Keep them talking while you tapped the emergency code on your bracer, but that would bring the patrols and a lot of attention, quite the opposite of the nice quiet evening I had planned. On the other hand, there was a vampire here. A real one, talking to me. I could pick his brain for hours about what life was like for him. I’d read so many stories.
“Uh… are you okay?” he began to say, and I realized I was still standing there, jaw halfway to the floor
He’s a vampire! That was all my brain would process. I was stuck, and needed to shake the shock of it from my system before I ended up a blathering idiot. Wake up, Mira! “Oh. Yeah. Who the hell are you? And what are you doing in my barn?” That was not what I’d meant to say but the disconnect between my mouth and brain was too much to overcome at that moment.