Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Thirty-Nine

I had turned into some big scaly thing. There was a rather big problem with this picture. I mean, really? What kind of drugs had the guys who abducted me shot me up with? I had to be higher than the Empire State Building and hallucinating. That made a lot more sense than me, the mouse, having an inner apex predator -- because, seriously, anything that big with claws or talons or what ever you call them that were freaking like six inches of slice and dice hardware had to be an apex predator.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Thirty-Eight

By the angle of light in the room, Aiden estimated he had only been asleep for three eight-marks when the wave of panic rushed over him. He was already in fighting form and at the door to the Luna's room when conscious thought crashed over him, but the fear the guards displayed made him pause. They weren't charging into the room, and the scent of vradin drake was heavy in the air.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Thirty-Seven

I must have slept the night through because there was light spilling in from the windows when I awoke, gaining in intensity as I watched the walls and went over the events of my prior waking.

I had a lot of questions to address, but a few things had been made pretty clear. First, this really was not the world I grew up in, and all the social rules I knew were up in the air. Second, for reasons as yet unknown, the head honcho here wanted me to stay.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Thirty-Six

Aiden's necessary posturing and arbitration done for the moment, he retired to the training yard, and the pleasure of assisting his garts in drilling the younger keasairs and those who were yet hopeful of attaining that honor. Though he hid his delight of the younger vradin's antics behind a solemn facade, he often thought that it was this joy that kept him in his peak, instead of starting the long slide into the fade that Healer had begun this past century.

Vradin, Chaper Thirty-Five

Omric led me to a different room than the one in which I had awoken, farther down in the castle, or whatever these guys called the stone structure we were inside. This time, Intimidating Woman and one of the guys who had walked with us before trailed after us. The woman made the back of my neck twitch with nerves, she was just so much a bundle of potential energy, so much so that I stopped and gestured for her to walk beside me. The two guards looked a little surprised, but after flicking a glance to Omric, she did so.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vradin, Chaper Thirty-Four

I was officially freaked out. The whole stone walls thing, well, that could just be someone who likes masonry. A lot of masonry, because, seriously, I've seen castles on T.V. that were smaller than this chilly piece of real estate. The lights on the walls were kind of strange, but it's not like they were torches or anything. They just didn't seem to have light bulbs in the middle or LEDs or anything like that.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Thirty-Three

Healer sent Guy down with a preliminary report on the health of the short cloaked Night Kind's - Yanchy, he named himself - so-called Luna. She had bruising on her shoulder and side, and indications of a recovering head wound.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Thirty-Two

The ticks managed to stretch their lead from the hour and a half they had at the start of the pack's run through the Door to a nearly eight hour lead by nightfall. Tank decided to push on. The richness of the blessings in Nimala meant that not even the pups being overseen by his second were yet tired, and the moon was full, giving plenty of light.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Thirty-One

The delay in crossing over put the pack nearly an hour and a half behind the vampires. The tracks showed that there were only two of them, and they were trading the burden of Zoe's weight between them. On one hand, that was good. Forty vradin in a knock down fight versus two Night Kind was thirty nine vradin of over kill. On the other, it was bad. Two Night Kind could run faster scared than even one vradin could run wicked pissed.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Thirty

Waking up sucked. For one, there was a lot of light around me, stabbing into my eyes like (dare I say it?) knitting needles (shudder). Seriously, knitting needles -- especially those aluminum ones that are so cheap in the craft stores -- are dangerous. They're just blunt enough to hurt that much more when a person with sufficient strength decides to use them like a shiv to the kidneys. I have to admit, the whole learning how to find dangerous items in every day objects had not done wonders for my nerves.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty-Nine

Aiden leaned back on his seat, watching a pair of small fey insects at their courting dance. He wasn't really paying attention to the light balls, but it afforded him an aloof look while he listened to the report of trespass within the monthaime.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty-Eight

Tank got the text from Zoe, complete with pretty picture, and felt the blood chill in his veins. She had captured a pair of night kind driving a silver Honda Civic pulling up to the gas station in her photo. Tank was in the beemer and heading after her while he tried to get her on the line to warn her of the danger, but she did not answer his call. She did not send him another text.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty-Seven

From Federal Way, I took the back way down through Auburn and near the Supermall to hop on to Highway 167 South. I wanted time to think,

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty-Six

We had agreed that Jody and I would stay with Tank for a week and "reassess" after that. Jody decided that she wanted her space after six days without any sign of the creepy guys. Tank and I were a little too much involved in the whole bunny humping thing, and he encouraged me to bring over more and more of my things.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty-Five

My doctor's appointment went pretty much the way the emergency room staff had expected: I was cleared to return to light duty for two weeks, and if everything went well, all restrictions would be lifted after that.

Joe was happy to hear that, because it meant that I would be at work in four days. We had agreed that the original plan of me working the shit shift would actually be in my own best interests, recuperation-wise. That it also gave Tank and me more time to boink like bunnies did have some small weight in my consideration, but, really, honestly it was for my own health. Okay, my own healthy sex life.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty-Four

I didn't even think about condoms until the next morning. The sex with Tank curled my toes and brought mini-gasms like a muther just from the memory of it. I also felt healthier, stronger, and like the world was this beautiful dance that I could not screw up.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty-Three

The detectives asked some very detailed questions of Tank and myself, and they went back over the statements that Jody and I gave last night to "clear up" some vagueness in what the responding officer wrote in his report. They asked a couple questions about our interactions with my cousin, but nothing that seemed all that ominous.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty-Two

The waves of Zoe's distress rolled around Tank, inciting his wolf to snarl and snap. It took a great deal of restraint to lead the two strangers into his kitchen and pretend that everything was under control.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty-One

I felt horribly embarrassed. I mean, yeah, that moment Tank first looked at me there was this instant of amazing heat, and I could have sworn the man was knocked to his knees, metaphorically speaking, by our mutual attraction. And then he tells me to put more clothes on, and I realize that not only is Dan there, but two guys in suits. Strangers.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Twenty

Fergusson noticed the monitor. "You have the street under surveillance?"

"My neighbors' and I, yes, we do." Tank made a few gestures on the surface of the monitor, changing the camera to continue showing the sedan.

"All of your neighbors are in on this?" Fergusson asked with some skepticism.

Tank shrugged. "We bought the neighborhood because it was a decently defensible area."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Nineteen

Zoe blinked up at him, tears trailing down her cheeks. "Hey," she croaked out.

"You alright? I thought I heard you call out," Tank said, voice soft and trying to project mellow vibes as he eased into the room. Fergusson was right behind him, trailed by Jody.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Eighteen

Tank met Zoe's cousin on the front porch. The man had his cop face on, but the scent of anger, stress and worry tugged at Tank's wolf. Tank gave the man enough time to study him before opening the front door and granting him entry.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Seventeen

When I woke up the next morning, I have to admit, I was a little out of it. Nothing felt right. There was too much light in the room, for one, and that stroked the dim throbbing in the back of my head rather the same way running your hand from tail to head up a cat's spine strokes their fur. The room smelled, well, wrong, and I felt kind of queasy from that. The blankets were too heavy, making me feel like someone was trying to trap me. I struggled out of them, only to start shivering as I clambered out of the bed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Sixteen

The ride over with the Peaceful in his car had been an exercise in control.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Vradin, Chapter Fifteen

In the end, Jody swept into the room, shooed Tank out, and with a single look at my expression deduced my dilemma. Well, not all of it.