I couldn’t say how long it had been since I had passed out. My mouth tasted terrible, like bile and blood. I struggled to breathe in the cold air and shivered. The world spun again and I landed hard on my front on the hard cold ground. I tried to curl up then a light drifted over me. I looked towards it and squinted into the brightness of the white-blue light.
“Even children know better than to look into a light source,” Ian said with a clipped tone. The light shifted aside, illuminating him. “Honestly, you prove yourself to be dumber and dumber every time I see you
He was wearing something different. It looked expensive and old-world-like. It was nothing like the neat suits Candido wore. His cuffs were trimmed with silver and gold. There were sun and moon motifs in the tile behind him and between us was a line of sturdy black poles that looked like the door of a cell.
“You…” A cold air drifted in as my breath turned to
Without the light, I had no idea how long I drifted in and out of consciousness. It grew colder in the silence. The blood that had soaked into my clothing turned stiff and cold, but that wasn’t the worst part.My stomach cramped with hungry. My mouth was dry. I shivered and wrapped my arms around myself trying to focus. No matter what Ian said, I knew that Candido would find me. He’d find a way to get out of wherever Ian had put him and he’d come for me.I knew that.I had to believe it because there was no other way out.I thought I heard Shiloh or Messiah’s voice.“Can you hear me?” I called. “Let me out!”My voice echoed, then the world started to move around me. The darkness turned oppressive and my heart quickened. It felt it like a dark blanket over my senses the same way it had in the caves. The weight grew heavier, crushing my mind until I could barely breathe—barely think. All I could do was scream as the pain mounted in my skull. My ears were ringing and I could feel somethi
Time passed in the dark. Sometimes I heard noises, but mostly it was just my own breathing, the beat of my heart and the scuffle of my body against the ground as I tried to turn. I drifted in and out of hazy dreams that made no sense no matter how hard I tried to make them make sense.Fear filled me. The cold was making me sink back into memories I never wanted to relive. I drifted back into Wolf Fang for a while, then that cold night on the highway, but there were no cars coming in my dreams.“Candido,” I whispered to the dark. “Where are you?”“Hey,” Messiah’s came through the bars. I opened my eyes, blinking into the light and trying not to move.How many days had it been since Ian had come? I didn’t know. Messiah leaned on the bars as he plopped down on the floor.“You look terrible.”“Where is Candido?” I asked.Messiah shrugged. “Not my jurisdiction. I don’t track down missing daddies.”“Missing…”“Well, he hasn’t show up on the broadcast,” he said pulling out his phone and lean
Sometime later, maybe hours, maybe days, the wall turned mirror-like as the light turned on outside. I didn’t know how it worked or why, but I saw myself for the first time in a long time and could barely breathe. I was filthy. Dirt was smeared all over my face, matting my hair. My clothes were ripped up, exposing my bra and skin. Blood was smeared everywhere, but there on my chest, glinting with moonlight, was my still incomplete moon mark.My heart lurched and I could barely breathe at the sight of it.I didn’t understand. I tugged my clothes down and rubbed at the dirt and grime smeared on my chest, but nothing helped. It was still incomplete. I stared at it. The moon mark hadn’t grown or shrank. Nothing about it had changed, but how was that possible?What did that mean? I knew my birthday was near. It should have been complete already. My heart raced.Was I wrong? Were we wrong? Was everything I had been feeling and saying until now been completely wrong?I thought back to his we
For long bouts, I beat at the metal of the frame and on the stone, wall holding it. I screamed and yelled until my voice died, until I could barely hold myself up from how tired I was, but I didn’t stop until the darkness fell again and tossed me around.As I was catching my breath and trying to fight back my exhaustion, the light began to glow outside the cell again. It was weak, like a small candle, but it gave me something to see by. My hands were bruised and bloody. I didn’t even understand how I was still conscious, but I gripped my hands tightly.I had to get out of here.I had to know.I had to get to Candido and make sure that we would be together. If this was just a trick, I was going to do everything I could to make sure that it never ended. The Moon Goddess might be punishing me for being greedy and selfish, but that was fine. I was going to be greedy and selfish and spoiled if I had to. I had already had to watch Candido almost marry Sibyl, I wasn’t going to let that happe
I sat up and screamed, “What do you want from me?”“You have nothing of value to offer me,” Ian replied, his voice echoing through the hallway. “I simply want you to think.”“That doesn’t make any sense! You’re always calling me stupid and acting like I know all of these things, but I don’t! I’m not a vampire! I’m a werewolf! I’m not one of you! I want to go home! I want Candido.”He sighed again then seemed to walk through the wall and stood in front of me. He was fully dressed and looking down at me with a sneer.“Must you continue to whine?”“You’re just playing with my emotions,” I sniffled. “I’m never getting out of here. You’re doing this one purpose!”He tutted. “Don’t be ridiculous, as if I’m deriving pleasure for watching you mope about. I have better far more interesting things to be doing. The only one prolonging your time here is you.”He crouched in front of me.“Think you, idiot,” he said, narrowing his eyes. “Your mother died giving you a blessing of blood.”“What does
Nearby I saw the glint of a dagger or a sword, and I lunged for it as it rushed across the room with heavy lumbering steps. The ground shook as it grew closer. I could feel its intent to kill like a hot gaze on me. I dodged the swipe of its claws and tried to stab it, but the blade trembled and snapped as it turned back and flung me across the room. I lost my grip on the weapon and it slid out of my hands.Pain shocked and rattled me. My vision was blurry from it, but I tried to focus on the creature as it ran towards me. Then it was on me, tearing through me with its claws. I barely got out of the way before it gutted me. Blood was everywhere. I felt so cold.“Hedy!” I heard Candido calling for me. “Where are you?”I had to be crazy, but I found some strength hearing his voice. He was near. Was he in pain? Had he missed me? Was he coming to save me?I rolled out of the way as the creature swung at me again, turning the stone beneath me to rubble. I scrambled for another glint of meta
I slammed my fist into its oncoming paw, but the force of it made my arm buckle and sent me flying away from it. I landed with a hard thud, and doubt started to fill me. I didn’t understand. I had been so much weaker then. It had been before Candido gave me his blood, before all the working out I had done and all the healing over the years, but I couldn’t muster up the strength from then. Was it because I was hungry and dizzy?It wasn’t like I was in perfect shape back then! I should be able to do this now of all times. I was going to die if I couldn’t. I was going to die and never see Candido again and I didn’t want that.I was going to live. I had to live. No matter what I had to do, I had to live.I tried again, but before I could even throw a punch, it swatted me out of the air. I landed hard and tumbled. Rocks and twigs cut and scraped me, but I lifted my body. Everything in me shook. The world seemed to go in and out of focus, but I pushed myself up. I had to do this. Maybe I ju
I pulled back with a gasp, shuddering at the taste of blood rolling down my throat: a little sweet, a little coppery. I felt my strength returning quicker. I felt steady and empowered. It made me think of that drug that Damian had dropped in the fountain at the mall. I lifted my head with a soft sigh of delight, of pleasure, of something that I couldn’t name. A moan escaped me. I could almost feel it vibrating in the air and shaking the ground. The strength that was surging through me was unreal, yet I felt like a huge weight had been taken off my chest.It felt like I was taking my first breath after being underwater for too long.And I was starving.I leaped from the ground, tackling the creature closest to me, and slamming my fist into its face. Before another could leap at me, I sunk my teeth into its neck and drained it. I twisted and took the next creature out with a sharp kick, slamming it to the ground.Then, I was on it, draining it the way I had drained the other.This creat