I still hope to have this one out by the end of the year-key word is hope. In the meantime, enjoy a sample of Chapter 2 of Dancing With Monsters.
I managed to yell out. “Don’t hurt me!”The man gazed at me with his glowing eyes.
stared as if he was studying me, summing me up, or just waiting to digest his
last meal before he had dessert.He
didn’t blink his illuminated eyes as they seemed to penetrate through me.I stared back and waited for the life to be
sucked out of me.
not going to hurt you.” His voice was soft and eloquent, the opposite of his
grabbed my wrists and pulled me to my feet.I stood shivering from cold and fear.The sound of trucks rumbled in the distance, and beams from car headlights
cut through the trees in waves of light.I could scream, but the chances of someone hearing me were slim. We
faced one another as the wind carried the smell of gasoline into the barren
let me go.”My lips trembled.
snickered.Suddenly, bright lights
flashed from the highway behind us.His
attention turned to it as I caught a glimpse of his face.His wavy hair nearly reached his eyes that
still slightly glowed.His face had a
roundness to it that made him look harmless.Even his grip had softened.In
the matter on seconds, his whole appearance changed into something softer. If I
didn’t witness what he had done, I would have never guessed him to be a
“Running away are we, fledging, then you’d
better join me.They will be coming for
you, and I’m not waiting.”
lights suddenly blasted from behind us, and burned through the cold air.Was I hallucinating all of this, or was it
real.Whatever it was, it was
unnatural.No one can suck life out of
another human being and leave them as bits of tissue paper.
you doubt me, don’t.”He pulled back my
sleeve exposing my wrist. “This isn’t
just some tattoo.This is a hexmark.”
looked at the tattoo my mom made me get right before she gave me away.
“It’s for our protection.”I could still hear my mother’s words.
closed my eyes.A veiled woman gave me
the tattoo.We had gone to what I
thought was a carnival, but through the bright colors, balloons and performers,
was a dark feeling that made me want to run.
asking, are you coming with me or not?”He shook my wrist bringing me to my senses.
that split second, I had to make a decision that could mean escape, death or
going back to Sunrise Acres—I’d never see the sun again if I went back there. He
knew of my tattoo, and maybe about the things that lurked in the darkness.I had to take a chance.Voices from the search party echoed around
coming with…”Before I could finish, my
feet left the ground, and trees whisked by like speeding cars.
truck stop lights faded in the distance.I had no idea where I was or what direction we had gone.We moved like flashes of lightning through
the timber and then we stopped as quickly as we had left.
put me down and my feet landed on a paved road.A log cabin home washed in moonlight stood before me with a split rail
fence surrounding it.A light shone
through the window beside the door making it look like a welcoming house.
you coming?” He asked standing on the opposite side of the road.
could run, but I’d never make it five feet away from him.It was unnatural to move that quickly through
the woods, and without tripping or getting slapped in the face from low
limbs.Even if he did know about my
tattoo, I still felt uncertain.
moved…”I took account of my
surroundings.We were in a wooded area,
and with no other houses in sight.I
couldn’t possibly outrun him to get help.
moved like anyone of our kind can move, and I can teach you how, if you like.”He spoke so casually.“And like I said, I’m not going to hurt you,
and you are running away, aren’t you?”He looked back over his shoulder at the house.“This is my home, and you are welcome to come
in if you like, or you can take cover in the forest.It’s up to you.”
turned and walked up to the house while searching his pocket.He pulled out a set of jiggling keys, and
glanced back at me as he whistled.
crossed the road and stood at the edge of the brick paved sidewalk.What was I doing?He had just sucked the life out of a man, and
we had run through what seemed like miles of timber in the matter of
seconds.I should get the hell out of
here, especially since he was going into his house and leaving me outside.
can go if you want, fledging, but I’m curious about the mark on your
wrist.Not many humans have those kind
of marks,” he said glancing over his shoulder at me as he cracked open the
gingerly curled my fingers around the small tattoo on the inside of my right
wrist.I remembered getting it from an
old lady that my mom took me to right before she gave me up.How did he know I had it, and how could he
had possibly seen it covered up by my sleeve.
took a step forward followed by another.He waited for me letting me enter the warm house first.
stepped inside just enough to let him in.The interior was pretty much what you’d expect a log cabin house to look
like.It was a rustic home with a stone
fireplace, richly stained beams that was the skeleton on the home, and an open
ceiling with a loft overhead.It wasn’t
a large home, but looked like it came out of a magazine as it was neat and
showed no person artifacts, like pictures.
a seat right here,” he said twirling an office chair around and shoving it
looked at the chair then at him.
feet are bleeding, and I don’t want blood all over my rugs any more than it
looked down at my bare feet and at the bright red splotches dotting the dull
be, just sit down.I just bought those
sat down and he pushed me into the kitchen.Stainless steel appliances and cabinets made out of knotty wood, made
the kitchen look like a professional chef lived here.There was an abundant supply of spices above
the gas stove, utensils hung over an island in the middle of the kitchen, and a
wine cooler, fully stocked, displayed bottles of wine from behind a glass door.
went to a tall cabinet and got out a towel and a small, brown, glass bottle.
what’s your name?Mine is Ben.”He glanced up at me as he gently took my
right foot and placed it on his bent knee.
couldn’t give him my real name.“Beth,”
I finally said.
snickered as he wiped off the bottom of my foot with whatever was in the brown
it isn’t.You are a terrible fibber,
fledging, and my assumptions were right about you.”Ben wiped other foot.“If you were totally a human girl, you’d be
screaming in pain.”
put the bottle away and threw the towel to the sink.
I was human?”I questioned and looked at
the bottom of my left foot.There were
no scratches or cuts.
mark, and the fact I just used serpent’s oil on you, tells me otherwise.”Ben crossed his arms and smirked at me.“You’ve witnessed some pretty remarkable
things tonight, and I’m sure you feel it’s all a dream, but it isn’t. Our kind has a way of …connecting for lack of
a better word.”Ben’s image blurred, and
then disappeared.I rubbed my eyes
wondering if it was the aftereffects of whatever he used on my feet.
felt my insides tighten, and wondered if I had been drugged. Then, suddenly,
Ben materialized in front of me on bent knees. “I found you, and you found me
for a reason.” His eyes searched mine as
I could barely breathe.“Did you see
your wounds?’’ he asked and I nodded.“Serpent’s oil can only be used on one type of being.”He smiled.“You and I are monsters, Beth.”
running out,” Ezra stood in front of me running her pale fingers over
mine.“I want to stay together.I’m tired of meeting this way.”Her blue-black eyes lifted to mine.“Join me.” Her words slithered like snakes
around me.“Join me here, and we can be
A female voice yelled like a battle cry behind me.“Let him go nymph!”The unmistakable sound of Nessa’s voice
demanded in the distance.
felt that pull again.Each time I talked
to Ezra, I felt a distance slowly separating us.She begged me with her eyes to stay as she
reached for my hands.
had to, but hesitated.Ezra tightened
her grip on my hands.It wasn’t only
Nessa who pulled at me to come back to the living, there was something
let go of her hands, and gave into that unknown and invisible force that kept
pulling me away from the girl I had planned to marry.
“Hey!”I yelled as something burned on my right
shoulder.What were they doing, setting
me on fire to quit seeing Ezra?
opened my eyes to see Uncle Hes’s scowling face peering down at me along with
Nessa.He held a branding coin in his
right hand as Nessa placed her hands on her hips.
said you’re being haunted by a dead lover.That mark ought to put a stop to that, or at least slow it down until
she gives up.”
sat up, and should have been furious at them taking such extreme measures
without my consent. But, I wasn’t.I
looked at the triangle shaped mark filled with intricately weaving lines.
know you’re mad at me, but this has got to stop.”Nessa’s eyes were a mix of sternness swirling
with concern.“Seth, I had to do
something, and if you go on like this, it will jeopardize our mission.”
it will,” I buttoned my shirt.“You’re
right to have done this.I know you have
my better interest in mind, and are trying to help me.”
mouth hung open with surprise.“So,
you’re not mad?”She asked.
and I can’t explain why.I should be,
but there’s something, I don’t know what it is. Fate is pulling me in another
Nessa doesn’t get full credit for putting an end to you seeing Ezra, and ending
up on your bad side?”Malachi asked
shoving a piece of bread into his mouth.
isn’t fate,” Uncle Hes said before Nessa could reply as he poured himself a cup
of something steaming.“Here,” he gave
me the cup of hot liquid.“It’s destiny
that is ‘pulling at you’, as you describe, though destiny doesn’t pull, but
guides.”He gave Nessa and Malachi cups
of the dark, hot, steaming liquid.
of us looked at it and took whiffs of the strange aroma.
called coffee, and you drink it, not inhale it.I got it on my last visit to earth, and it will keep you alert.I’ve discovered a very strong liking to it.”
took a sip of the bitter tasting beverage, but drank it out of courteousness to
the difference between fate and destiny?Aren’t they the same thing?”Malachi asked.
they are not.”Uncle Hes defined each
word.“Fate is something you create,
tempt, or manipulate by the decisions you make.Destiny is what was woven through the passages of time by someone far
greater than us.It has its own plan
that sometimes you can find written, and sometimes not, but whether conscious
of it or not, destiny will always be followed.”
left in the cover of blackness.The city
was quiet, as if it had taken a moment of peace before the sun came up.With Uncle Hes’s map safely tucked in my
satchel, Malachi, Nessa, and I slinked through the streets.
do you smell them?” Malachi stopped and
smelled the air with a satisfying sigh.
have bagels where we’re going.”I
continued walking with Nessa beside me.
but these are the best.”He
insisted.“Come on,” he tugged on my
shoulder. “One last stop before going on our quest,” he said in a deep voice
mocking my uncle.
turned to him ready to explain the importance of everything, and why this
wasn’t a field trip as Uncle Hes explained.It wasn’t just a quest, but something I had to prove to him.
about some for the road?”Nessa asked
looking up at me with her innocent eyes.
smiled and shook my head.“The shop is
just around the corner.”She took a few
steps away from me, and disappeared around the corner with Malachi in tow.
stood there for a moment, lowered my head, and could hear the displeased voice
of my uncle.The first thing in being a
leader is having the respect and control of your team.I had neither, and at this point, probably
went into the empty bakery.Malachi and
Nessa were gazing through the glass case with all the bakery’s delectable goods
displayed.It was full of pastries,
doughnuts, and of course, our much needed bagels.
waited close to the door, and looked down at my watch.We needed to get out of town before the sun
came up.They made their selection and
paid the clerk, when I felt someone behind me.I turned around, and saw nothing but the glass door slowly going
shut.Someone had just left very
quietly, and by the scent that loomed in the air, an angel had been here.
didn’t come to Iethia very much, and when they did, it wasn’t to take in the
sights or visit friends.
wrong?”Nessa asked reading the concern
on my face as she took a bite of her bagel.
have to move before I lose the scent,” I said going out the door and letting my
nose guide me.
looped through the streets as if the angel was trying to evade us.But all angels knew that monsters had
extraordinary senses to track anyone at any time, or maybe this one
didn’t.I wondered what they were doing
here, and if they had a connection to the drug that was being manufactured to
turn innocent humans into monsters.My uncle
had worked with angels before on cases concerning portals before he retired
from the portal guardianship.I wondered
if the angel we were following knew my uncle.
scent led us out of town, and then suddenly stopped.I stopped and peered into the darkness.
can you see anything?”Malachi didn’t
have the acute sense of smell like me, but he could see in the dark.
rabbit, squirrel in a tree, and birds still nesting in the trees—that’s
it.”With his eyes still glowing, he
shrugged his shoulders.“What were we
angel, I could smell them.”
angel?”Nessa asked in disbelief.“What would they be doing in Iethia?”
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first vivid memory that will be forever burned into me was being pulled away
from my mother.If I had to label her
expression during that dramatic moment, it would be that of relief.I screamed, cried, and reached for her with
my tiny hands.She had no tears…no
sadness…no regrets.Even at the early
age of four, I understood that I was different, I was some kind of abnormality,
I didn’t fit in, and that’s why I was here.
Acres held those who loomed in the darkness and on the borders of society.Too humane to eliminate us, they kept us in
large sterile buildings titled with names that were much brighter with promises
of good things rather than the truth of our existence.
had a happy face on my door.I hated
it.I didn’t want to be happy because I
was satisfied with who I was.I’m sixteen
now, and I had to get out of this world.
Snow,” said the new night caretaker with a fake smile.I wondered if she had to take classes on how
to be phony.“You have a very unique
name.”She handed me my evening pills I secretly
flushed down the toilet every night.You’d think the toilet wouldn’t get as plugged up with all that poison
in it to clear it out.
“Why?”I asked.“What’s so special about the name April—it’s a month.”
but put it with Snow and you’ve got April Snow.”She smiled and I faked swallowed the pills.
I said nearly spitting them out from their hiding place in my mouth and towards
her after I showed her my fake empty mouth.
we usually don’t get snow in the month of April, and when we do, I think it’s
kind of contrasting.Almost like the
seasons are battling it out to see how long winter can hang on or if spring is
strong enough to overcome it.”This
chick had put too much thought into people’s names or she’s been dipping into
the good meds.“Don’t you think?”She bobbed her head making her little ringlet
curls bounce in agreement.
smiled and nodded my head taking amusement in her.I had to get these awful pills out of my
mouth, they were turning bitter.
left, and I ran to the bathroom.Suddenly, a scream broke the silence and cut through the gentle music
that played every night before we went to bed.The music, I guessed, was supposed to be a lullaby, but it wasn’t
working on the girl two doors down and across the hall from me.
went to my door to see the staff flocked around her doorway.She screamed and growled in almost a chanting
rhythm.I listened too, and then closed
my eyes.If she was speaking words, only
she could understand them.She repeated
the same tone over and over as the staff tried to calm her.
didn’t know the girl yet, as she only arrived two days ago, and this was the
first noise I heard come from her room.She had been quiet since she came, and now all of a sudden she was going
crazy.It could be bad meds or lack of
meds on her part, but suddenly a realization washed over me.She wasn’t crazy; she was chanting darkness
only had two encounters with what I called the darkness—once when I still lived
with my mom, and the other at my first foster home.It always came at night when I was in bed,
and hovered over me like a blanket with red eyes.It was like a magnet to me, and I couldn’t
resist wanting to know what it was at the same time I wanted to run.
“No!”The girl finally cried out.“You don’t understand it’s in 23!It’s in 23!”
girl’s whimpering faded followed by an eerie silence.She was right.The darkness had come, and it was with me in
my room, room 23.
had to get out of here.I was planning
to escape anyway, but now with the darkness invited, I had to escape now.
are the only one I’ll ever love.”Ezra’s
lips brushed mine making them tickle as a shiver ran down my spine.“I’ll never let you go.”Her indigo eyes sparkled like the night sky.
don’t want you to go,” I said.
was beautiful in her lightness and darkness that reminded me of a forest at
midday.Sunlight cut through the trees
splattering pools of light here and there among the deep shadows that were
never touched by light.Ezra was like
that.Her dark brown hair, deep blue
eyes that almost appeared black, and her skin as pale as moonlight made her
appearance striking.There were definite
lines between shadow and light, not only in her appearance, but her soul too.
should come with me to the Shadowlands, lover.”Playfully, she ran her finger across my lips.“We can be together forever there, and,” Ezra
leaned back letting her gauzy gown fall from her shoulder, “you know what to do
to get here.”
smooth skin looked as soft as velvet, and tempted me to touch her.I ran my fingertips across her collarbone,
and then down her shoulder causing her gown to fall off the rest of the
way.I pressed myself to her cool
body.Ezra’s eyes twinkled like I truly
gazed into the night sky that held enchanting mysteries of untold stories.I did want to be with her.I needed to be with her, and I was going to
be with her.Ezra needed me as well, and
I wasn’t going to let her down.
“Seth!”An unwelcomed voice stabbed at my ears.
hey…get up sleepyhead,” said another voice that was musical and female.
knew who the voices belonged to, and I wasn’t about to listen to them.
said, Seth!Get up now or I’m coming in
after you and your dead girlfriend!”The
female voice warned.
a wave of ice flashed between Ezra and me.Her image was gone, and I was soaking wet.
do you let her in like that?”Nessa
asked bending down in front of me.Her
white-blonde hair was pulled back letting only a few strands fall around her
round face. “If anything she should leave you alone in this world and get on
with the world she’s in.She shouldn’t
try to draw you in like she’s some enchantress, some seductress…some…What’s the
word I’m looking for?”She turned to
Malachi, my other partner in crime.
would call her a nymph or pixie.They
are nasty little creatures that appear harmless and cute until they sink their
teeth into ya.”Malachi gazed down at me
with his gold eyes.“In fact I can tell
you through personal experience…”
he’s got the point.”Nessa play slugged
him a little too hard in the stomach.“And we don’t need to hear about your past experiences.”
folded her arms across her chest as Malachi, who was a head taller than her,
straightened and shook his head at her.
chuckled, which made Nessa’s freckled tanned skin redden.
serious,” she stomped her foot.
jumped up and patted Nessa on the head like you would a pet.She glared at me.
on, we need to be moving anyhow.”I
pulled my hood over my head, and jumped down the crumbling rock cliff in two
followed, and we had to wait for Nessa.
know my legs aren’t as long as yours and my ankle still hurts from the last
cliff wall we scaled up.”She stood in
front of us with her hood over her head and a few white strands curled over the
edge like cobwebs.
you want me to carry you?”I asked
I want you to at least give me a head start until I’m better.”
rumble of thunder erupted from the deep purple clouds that rolled lazily over
on,” Malachi gazed up at them.“The
Charedlands are not a place for gathering and visiting.They are the nomad’s lands.”
were in a dangerous place, not only physically, but for me, mentally.I was what you’d call haunted.Ezra had moved to another world not meant for
the living, and she wanted me to join her.I would give anything to bring her back, but the only thing is, there
isn’t enough to give to bring someone back from the Shadowlands.There is no one to accept payments or favors
to bring someone back from there.There
is only one entrance, and once in, you never come out.
minute, hour, day that went by, pushed me farther from her.I could join her, but something inside of me
was guiding me away from her.I shoved
back, not giving in, but I was growing tired of the battle.
one expected me to run, but I did.I
never caused any trouble at Sunrise Acres, and was always the one that helped
the staff, or visited with the staff, and overall, appeared like a normal
teen.They trusted me, and that trust
was my ticket out of here.
had earned garbage duty which meant I got to go outside.
was November, and the temperature reflected the time of year.At least I had a coat, but my shoes were flip
flops—the only kind of shoes we had beside our slippers which stayed in our
rooms.I would have to make due and find
something else later.
duties were supervised, and yes, someone was supposed to come to the dumpsters
with me. But I had earned respect, and I had always come back before, except
for this time.
paddle lock was supposed to be locked, but never was and hung loosely on a
chain like a necklace.I slipped out and
ran into the timber.
Acres was surrounded and bordered a large park.Most of the park was left to Mother Nature to take care of, while only a
small portion beside the lake was maintained for camping or picnicking.But at this time of year, the park would be
void of any campers, and the perfect place to make my run.
knew they would look for me, and probably have not only search dogs, but the
police as well.I had to move quickly
and find better transportation than my feet—I needed to get a ride.
from the park was an old truck stop.I
could easily get ride there, at least that was my plan.
didn’t follow any path, but could see the lights from the truck stop glowing
through the barren tree branches.I had
abandoned my flip flops when I left, throwing them in the opposite way that I
went.Hopefully, that would give me some
timber consisted of gullies and small creeks.My feet were frozen, and stung with coldness and scrapes.I just hoped someone would give me a ride.
A voice cut through the darkness.“I
didn’t take any!I-I prommmise.”
stopped and stood barefoot in a tiny leaf-lined creek.The leaves were slimy under my feet as I
looked all around me to see who the voice belonged to.
don’t believe you, and you know what I have to do.” Another voice, male replied
to the first.
held my breath as I slowly climbed u the embankment on my stomach.In a stretch of land between the truck stop
and the park, was a thick wooded area where a lot of the garbage along the road
seemed to end up.It was the buffer
between the two areas, and by the looks of the two darkened figures, the large
one holding the other by the neck—a murder scene.
hugged the ground as I watched with unblinking eyes.The taller man held the other up over his
head by the neck until his body withered.I held in the scream I wanted to expel, and hoped whoever this was, left
without noticing me.
man brushed his hand together as if he was removing cookie crumbs from
them.He looked at the ground and kicked
the area with his feet as if covering up any evidence.But what evidence was there?He had just sucked the life out of the
guy.Had I accidently consumed one of my
nightly pills?Things like this don’t
happen.Guns, knives and other weapons
would be believable, but simply turning someone into what looked like bits of
tissue paper, didn’t happen.
sunk closer to the ground and closed my eyes wishing the scene away.Hopefully, the man would leave none the wiser
that I had witnessed the murder, or I guessed it was a murder, he had
the sound of footsteps came up the other side of the embankment.They were heavy, and shook the ground under
me.Before I could think about jolting
into the darkness, a hand grabbed my thin shirt and turned me over. I would had
screamed, but the air wouldn’t leave my lungs as I stared into gleaming eyes
that reflected what light penetrated through the trees from the truck stop.
was one of the largest cities in Iethia.Though safer than the Wildlands or Chardlands, it still had its
dangerous areas.Malachi, Nessa and I
wound our way through Flametree Street that twisted and turned in gentle curves
like a continuous S.It also went uphill
following the gentle incline of the landscape. The buildings of this area were
of a bygone era.Built out of glintstone,
they caught the daylight and held it in their tiny flecks of silver embedded in
the irregular shaped stones mortared together.Their delicate glow made all the buildings look freckled with
light.Weeping trees dotting the skinny
road, and orilion orbs lit up each door that had a plaque with a number
engraved on it.
didn’t we just go up a block and then cut over so we didn’t have to climb up
this never ending hill?”Nessa huffed
they just had riots in that area, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t want
to get caught up in that mess.”
limped along behind us pushing through the pain of her swollen ankle.I felt bad for her and offered to carry her
up this steep hill, but she declined in her strong willed way.Nessa was proud and since we left Light City,
she has done nothing but try to prove herself.Malachi, of course challenged her the whole way.
more houses and we’re there,” I said trying to encourage her.
only looked at me with her bright green eyes.
house we stopped at was located at the top of Flametree Street.On the north side was a tall iron fence that
partitioned the area from the other streets.A brick path led to the brightly painted red door that was surrounded by
moonflowers.Their pungent, sweet, and
nearly intoxicating smell emitting from the bell-shaped white blooms filled the
air welcoming us.
you think your uncle has enough of those stinking flowers?They about knock you over from just their smell
and it looks like they are trying to take over the sidewalk.”Malachi scowled at the elegant flowers.
pretty and they smell a lot better than you.”Nessa crossed her arms and glared at Malachi.
excuse me for not being able to take a bath the last three days.You know, you don’t smell very pretty
I could knock, the door swung open.“You
two are fighting like spoiled children.Stop it before I get a complaint from the neighbors,” said a tired looking
man with grey-brown hair and nearly black eyes.
good to see you, uncle,” I said cheerfully.
stepped aside with a nod.“Please come
uncle’s house looked like the lady who was here before, still lived here.The walls were painted in a mauve color, and
some of the furniture she sold to him was covered in a flower designed
coverings.About the only thing he
brought when he moved here two years ago were his maps, books and journals he
kept.They were neatly put on the
shelves that lined the walls.Nothing
about this home reflected who he once was.
you like it here, Uncle Hes?”I asked as
he shut the door behind us.
but I’m getting used to it.”His stature
was short, only an inch or two taller than Nessa, but he could outwit a giant
if he had to.“I’m glad to see you made
it here so quickly and…your mother…”He
gazed at me from under his bushy eyebrows.
of course didn’t approve of me coming here,” I said in a cool tone.
Hes let out a sigh as he motioned for us to sit on the puffy couch covered with
over-stuffed silk pillows.I almost
expected to see a tea set sitting on the table.“I knew she wouldn’t, and I wouldn’t be calling you here if it wasn’t
important.”He extended his gaze to
Nessa and Malachi.“These two squabblers
are your capable help?”He then looked
at me with questioning eyes.
smiled at him as from the corner of my eye I could see Nessa trying to contain
a comment to my uncle’s blunt question.
the best,” I replied with confidence.
well, time’s ticking.Let’s get
Hes rolled out a map with ink so fresh, it had been smeared from rolling it up
before it complete dried.Unusual for my
uncle to treat a map he was working on like that.
are only two known portals in Iethia.” My uncle looked up from his map and at
us.“But there is a third—forgotten in
the Angel-Demon Wars.It was used by
angels as their escape route when things started to turn on them.It was supposed to have been sealed, and
right before I…retired,” he said with a regretful glint in his eye.“I found out it had been used, not only once,
but several times.I think that’s where
they are taking it.”He tapped his
finger on a small drawing of a circular door part way open and light coming
that what it really looks like—the door that the angels used?”Nessa asked as my uncle’s face reddened.
said bring with you capable monsters,
not incompetent ones!”His dark eyes
shot to me.“This isn’t a school field
are loyal and smart.I’ve known them a
long time and they understand…my strange family’s business.”I gazed steadily at my uncle, almost
rolled up the map and squared his shoulders.“You have a lot of my blood in you, and that’s why I trust you to find
out who is transporting, who the distributor is, and what their plans are when
they turn millions of humans into monsters.”
a monster isn’t all that bad,” Malachi said as he leaned back and grinned at my
uncle.“It might be kind of nice that
the humans would cross over and experience a little monsterism.”He meant to be funny, but Uncle Hes didn’t
find anywhere near that.
snickered, which only angered my already angered uncle.
never seen humans transformed into monsters.They won’t be like us.It’s
unnatural for anything to change into something it was never intended to be.”Suddenly, his words softened and he looked at
the floor.It was almost like he was a volcano
ready to explode, then, suddenly stopped as if something had entered his
I said softly as his eyes darted to me.
can’t stay here long,” he said.“I’ve
already inflicted suspicion on whoever comes into my home.You will leave before the sun comes up.”