Izzy's life has been turned upside down. As the local high school freak, she's never really fit in before, but things have lately gotten worse. To top it all off, her mom decided to suddenly move them in with her Aunt Luna and Uncle Alpha at their so-called PACK. Everything changed when she met their triplet sons. There are secrets in this village. And Izzy is slowly realizing that things aren't quite as they seem. The more questions she asks, the more questions she has. As events unfold, can Izzy find out the truth about herself, the strange village, and the strange Triplets?View More
IZZY POVI looked at the closed door in shock. I immediately went to the bed and stripped the bottom sheet off from the mattress, wrapping it around me and tucking in the corners. I felt better and not as exposed.I had a decision to make. I could continue to be defiant, or I could eat the food that was brought to me. I hadn’t eaten in a few days and only a little bit. I was past the point where my body was hungry.But then I felt movement in my belly again. I touched my lower abdomen and remembered that I needed to make the best decisions I could for the four of us. And right now, that was eating.Cornelius was as good as his word. Ten minutes after he had left with the blanket, he returned. I was sitting on the bare mattress, cross legged, drinking the tea and picking at the frittata that was on the plate. I was having a hard time eating it quickly; my stomach had shrunk and it was
REESE POVI hung up the phone and looked at my brothers and Alessia. “There was another prophecy stated,” I said.“Another?” Alessia said. “Has anyone checked the validity of these?”“It’s real,” I said, heavily. “And it concerns our girl. We have to believe that Cornelius knows this too.”“Let’s hear it,” Caleb said. I nodded and then read from my paper where I had written it down.“In the palace of the north, a traitor will be forsaken. The sanguisuge lord will court the lady of the moon. The goddess of magic will cast her bequests on to fire. The three griffins of the fire will conquer the emissary of darkness. The kingdom of the north will burn and be forgotten by the woman of the south.”There was silence. Then Ethan swore. “If he has heard this, we have to assum
IZZY POVI looked at Cornelius in disbelief. The guy was nuts.“I would like to go back to my cell now, please,” I said, pushing myself into a sitting position. The blanket slipped off from me and I grabbed it to keep it from falling off my chest. I didn’t realize it until now, but I was wearing nothing under the blanket. Someone had taken off my clothes.“You can’t,” Cornelius said cooly, eyeing the little bit of skin that I had inadvertently shown. “Toby is now taking your place in the cell.”“Who undressed me?” I demanded. Cornelius gave me a smile.“I did,” he said. “It would have been me or the guards. I figured you’d prefer it to be me.”“You figured wrong,” I said. “I would like my clothes. And I would like to go back to my cell. There is plenty of room in there f
IZZY POVI woke up on something soft. I was hot, too hot, and everything hurt. I painfully turned my head to the left and felt a sharp sting. I put my hand up to my neck and was surprised to feel a wide collar had been fastened like a tight necklace. Or a collar. My fingers stung when I touched it and I realized it was silver.I forced my eyes open. The room was dark but there was a fire going in the fireplace, casting a reddish glow over everything. There was a high back chair situated next to the fireplace and a large figure was sitting in it.I was suddenly wracked with a cough. I rolled to my side, curling into a ball, ignoring the searing pain on my neck. I coughed until I wretched. Finally, the spasm ceased. I continued to lay on my side, exhausted and catching my breath.The figure in the chair moved into the light from the fire. I could see that it was Cornelius.
IZZY POVWe woke to snow covering every surface in the cell. It blew so hard in the night that it looked like it stormed inside our prison. When the snow began to cover my blanket it made a layer of insulation so I was warmer than I had been since I got here. I wasn’t warm, I was just not as cold.Because I didn’t want to disturb the snow and let any of the chilly air in, I refused to get up for breakfast. It just sat there in the bucket because Bart didn’t want to move, either. We lay on our straw beds and talked. I found out that he was once married to a mortal woman, and they had two children together. One of the children had died of the bubonic plague but the other child and his wife lived long lives. Neither one had wanted him to turn them, so he had to watch them die.“What year was this?” I asked, curiously.“Mary was born in 1347 and Henry was born in 1351.&n
CALEB POVI stood at the window, watching the snow swirl down. It had been nonstop snowing for three days. Travis was checking the doppler again.“There might be a break tomorrow night,” he said. “I just don’t know if it’s long enough to get us in and out.”“We can worry about getting out later,” Ethan said. “We just need to get in and get her.”Travis shook his head. “You don’t know these vampires. The fortress has a small village of people who live there. They all owe Lord Cornelius for their lives which means that they will fight for him. We have to have an exit strategy. Your mate is strong. But if she sees you killed, how strong do you think she’s going to remain? They’ll manage to keep her alive until they can cut your pups out of her and then her worth is over. Your pups will be raised by Vampir
IZZY POVI saw his foot draw back, but I was too cold and too stiff to avoid it. It crashed into my chest, rolling me backwards.“Again!” he shouted, walking away.The water started back up and I did my best to stay out of the direct spray but this time Toby was in charge. He walked around me with the nozzle, making sure it was blasting directly in my face no matter what direction I turned. I was gasping for air, trying not to breathe in the water, choking and sputtering.“Enough!” a loud voice shouted. Toby looked up at the person shouting, still spraying me.“Who are you to order me around?” he asked furiously.“The Head Guard for your father, Lord Cornelius,” the guard answered. “I answer to him, not his spoiled half-breed son.” The water stopped. I looked over to see a second guard had turned it off. I breathed a
IZZY POVI was cold. I woke up because my face hurt from the freezing air. I opened my eyes to see snow drifting into the little slits that let in our sunlight. I groaned and rolled over, pulling my hoodie tighter around my face.“This storm will last a few days,” Bart said, his voice gloomy. I opened my eyes again.“Yesterday morning you weren’t so pessimistic,” I said, critically. “What changed?”He shrugged. “I thought I’d be able to enjoy some conversation for the first time in years. But you either slept or you were gone. I didn’t get to talk to you.”I snorted. “Believe me, my time with Cornelius wasn’t a picnic.”He began to giggle and then the giggle turned into a booming laugh. After a second, I joined him. And, honestly? After we were done laughing, I felt better about things.&n
REESE POV“What do you mean you can’t get me any closer?” I demanded. Travis looked nonplussed.“See this?” he asked, showing me a computer screen with a blue swath over most of the map. “Snow. A massive storm is starting. Going to be a few days before it even begins to clear up.”“So you won’t even bring us up there?” I asked in disbelief. “What about our wolves? Can we go on foot? Wouldn’t they make it?”Travis looked at me with exasperation. “Reese, you haven’t changed a bit from Alpha School. You were always my most pain in the ass student. There’s a reason I teach survival skills and a reason I’m a guide up here. I’m good at it. I will keep you alive. You need to believe me and understand. Our wolves won’t make it. The only way to m
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