in the middle of a war. Treston is a shy guy that’s always staring at me and Rafe is my handsome friend from the prison. Together we fight back against a group called The Blood Brotherhood. What do they want? To take over the world, of course. You’d think the bad guys would get a new plan. Starting a resistance is hard enough then I discover what makes me the way I am. It all ties into this cult and the end of the freaking world.
Humanity needs a hero, now more than ever, but all they get is me, a monster from the darkness.
“Who are you?” Rafe’s angry voice rang out. “What do you want? Come and face me like a real man!”
Yeah, he was angry and he was also to my left. I went slowly in the pitch dark, not sure how the tunnel curved. When the soft curses sounded below me, I backed up and made my way down the wall. Now to figure out how to show him it was me without letting everyone know.
“Come and face me!”
Okay, let’s not invite them over just yet. I guess I didn’t really have much time to figure this part. Freaking hell. Okay. Here I go. I retracted my claws and reached out blindly. My fingers hit something warm and solid.
Rafe captured my arm and pulled me toward him.
I struggled as his tied hands landed around my neck. We didn’t have time for this! I went all badass and slapped him in the face. It stopped him from choking me. I wrapped my arms around him and hugged him close. The feel of his warm body against mine was a shock to my senses. I couldn’t breath as his face tucked into the curve where my neck met my shoulder. Rafe inhaled sharply then I felt his smile against my skin. Oh, thank God. He knew it was me. Although, that sniffing thing had better be a compliment.
I reached out until his face was in front of me. I couldn’t see it but I had handfuls of his hair. My fingers tingled as I dragged them to his lips and placed one over his mouth. Quiet. We needed lots of silence right now. I felt him nod. I lay awkwardly against his legs. He grabbed my hand and dragged it to his wrist. It felt like a rope, fuzzy, coarse. Nothing that would be a problem. In the darkness, I elongated one finger and slashed the restraint in two.
There were footsteps somewhere down the tunnel. With my lack of sight, it sounded louder. We both stopped. Rafe wrapped his arms around me and hugged me close. I could smell him now. I pressed my face into his longish locks.
Rafe moved closer. Our cheeks touched, pressed together until I felt his lips on my skin. It was below my ear, where the scar on him rested. The touch was brief, so quick that I thought I imagined it.
I almost didn’t want to leave the spot but it wasn’t exactly great for a first kiss. I shouldn’t be thinking about kissing anyway. We had to get out. I moved away from him and felt the lack of warmth from his body as if I was doused with cold water from the well. I shook my head and eased to my feet.
“What have we here?” A voice echoed in the darkness. “Brave girl. Hello there, beautiful.”
I glanced around. Stupid move. I couldn’t see anything but apparently, someone could see us. How else would he have known I was a girl?
“Back off.” Rafe growled low. He tried to push me behind him but there was a wall so that failed.
Besides, I was the one with the badass claws. Something grabbed my arm. I slashed out. My nails already extended. The teasing voice yelped. I felt a splash of something wet and warm on my arm. “Get ready to run.” I tugged the small red square out of my pocket, squeezed it and threw it down the tunnel. There was a great puff of sound and for a moment, a burst of light. It was so bright I squinted and then my gaze fell on our surroundings. That brightness showed me just what secrets the Deep held and it was terrifying.
They were men, dozens of them with these weird things over their eyes. Their skin was a dull, grey color. I caught a glimpse of bones ... human bones. Cannibals!
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