Warriors of Poseidon -- Book 2 -- Berkley Sensation
November, 2007 -- ISBN: 0425217965
Ven's story! When the Atlantean prince serving as King's Vengeance must join forces with a human gem singer witch bent on revenge, will their alliance triumph over the dark forces threatening both of their peoples?
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“These are my kind of odds,” Ven said, drawing his sword with his right hand and one of the seven daggers strapped to various parts of his body with his left. “Not even gonna bother with my Glock and its nifty new silver bullets for this mangy crew.”
The vamp leading the gang – flock? herd? What the hells did you call a group of vamps this big? – of vamps that had cornered them in the alley hissed, making sure to show a mouthful of fang. “Prepare to die, human. You are vathhhtly outnumbered,” it threatened, with that peculiar lisp so characteristic of the recently undead. They hadn’t quite yet gotten the hang of talking with a mouthful of tooth.
The alley was everything an alley always was; gray stone and chipped brick, crumbled trash on the ground, and the smell of old urine and fresh despair combining to make Ven seriously twitchy.
Twitchy and amused. He laughed in the vamp’s pasty face. “You’ve got a couple of things wrong, dead boy. First, we’re not human. We’re three of Poseidon’s finest. Second, you’re the one who’s gonna die, so you can kitthh my atthh,” he mocked.
The vamp’s eyes glowed redder, but it sort of danced around a little instead of charging. Ven figured it wasn’t quite prepared to take on six and a half feet of Atlantean warrior carrying a sword at least half that size. But the creature was working up its nerve, especially with his bloodsucker buddies egging him on.
“Silver bullets are not particularly helpful on vampires, as you know, Lord Vengeance,” Brennan replied in his usual even, calm tone, as he pulled a handful of throwing stars, no doubt with some kind of magical spell crap all over them, out of the folds of his long leather coat. “I am unsure as to whether the newly turned, such as these, would be even slightly hindered by silver. It is an interesting question, although perhaps for another time, as to why we are encountering such increasingly high numbers of the newly turned here in the Pacific Northwest.”
“Yeah, I’m thinking another time,” Ven said, trying not to laugh. Trust Brennan to want to get philosophical when faced with imminent death-by-bloodsucker. The horde -- yeah, horde was good -- horde of vamps edged back a little bit.
They were hissing and screaming some truly vile threats, sure, but they moved back. After Ven, Alexios, and Brennan had spent an entire week in this rainy part of the world, the word had gotten out about how deadly Brennan was with his pretty little toys. Too bad he’d probably had to play footsies with some witch to get the weapons magicked up. There wasn’t much other than bloodsuckers and shape-shifters that Ven hated more than witches and their kind. Especially witches who dabbled with the dark.
“Shut up, already, I’m counting,” Alexios growled at them. “Seventeen, eighteen . . . oh, yeah, can’t forget the big, bad, and seriously ugly one lurking behind the dumpster. Nineteen to one odds, girls.” He shook his head. “That doesn’t split three ways. I call dibs on the leftover.”
“Age before beauty, Goldilocks,” Ven said, baring his teeth in what might pass for a smile. Then he whirled around, sword arm already in motion, to catch the vamp who’d tried to sneak up on them by scaling his creepy ass down the side of the building behind them.
Ven yelled in triumph as the vamp’s head smashed down on the ground. Its body followed a few seconds later. “Okay, we’re all evened up. Six each, boys?”
“For Poseidon!” Alexios called out in response, grinning like a fool. The scarred half of his face pulled and twisted down the side of his mouth, so he probably looked like an insane apparition or a wickedly bad dream to the newbie vamps. Ven watched as three of them in the back of the mob did some kind of signaling thing to each other and turned to flee.
Quicker than a bolt of lightning riding the waves of a sea storm, Brennan’s hand flashed out once, twice, three times, and the three went down, screaming, clouds of smoke rising from their backs. “I would never stab an honorable opponent in the back,” Brennan said. “Luckily, these undead have no honor.”
Brennan flashed a glance that Ven almost swore was smug, if Brennan could even do smug, at Alexios. “I believe that is fifty percent of my total?”
The vamps must have taken that as a sign, because they attacked in a swarm of hissing and shrieking, flashing their fangs and claws. Alexios shouted out a wild laugh and hurled himself into the thick of them, sword flashing and dagger plunging. Ven leapt into the air, shimmering into mist as he pushed off the ground, and rematerialized behind the front row of his attackers. “Surprise, you sorry excuse for Dracula wannabes! Just call me Ven Helsing! Get it?”
Nobody laughed. Guess a sense of humor didn’t travel well beyond the grave. With one stroke, Ven cut off the heads of three of the vamps, who’d very helpfully lined up, shoulder to shoulder, in order to attack him. “Personal best, Brennan! Three for one! Did you see that?”
“Lovely, your Highness,” Brennan replied, pulling his dagger out of the chest of one of the vamps with one hand and simultaneously hurling another shooting star with the other. “Your brother will be so proud.”
Ven tore into two more, using his dagger and sword, then groaned as a vamp behind him got the drop on him long enough to dig its filthy, unhygienic claws into the side of his neck. “Damn you!” He finished off the ones in front of him and whipped his head to the side, but couldn’t disengage the feral vamp, who now had a hand wrapped in Ven’s hair and was trying to get close enough to bite him. “Get your nasty-ass fangs away from me! And where have your hands been? I’m going to have to disinfect myself after this.”
The vamp reared its head back and struck, but Ven threw an elbow up to block its chest. Still, the undead thing was so close Ven could smell its rancid breath. Which was way, way too close. “Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you,” he said, then reached up with the hand not holding off the vamp and sliced clear through its arm with his dagger. The vamp fell back and away from him, shrieking, but its hand still dangled from Ven’s neck by its claws.
“I am so gonna need some freaking iodine,” Ven snarled, ripping the now unattached hand out of his neck, pulling what felt like half his skin with it. He clapped a hand to his profusely bleeding neck and whirled around to gauge the remaining threat.
Only to see that the threat was entirely gone. Nineteen vamps lay in various states of decomposing acidic slime all around him. Alexios leaned up against the wall, boots carefully away from any of the crud, and Brennan crouched on the edge of the metal dumpster, five feet off the ground.
“So. Good job, boys,” Ven said, scanning the area for signs of any of the now permanently dead vamps’ buddies.
“Yeah, nice of you to notice. I took out my six, by the way,” Alexios said, grinning. “Your Highness.”
“Call me that again, and I’ll kick your ass for you, my friend,” Ven said, leaning down to wipe his blades on a clean piece of cloth that had fluttered to the ground from somebody’s shirt.
“My own tally was six as well, Lord Vengeance,” Brennan said, leaping down off the Dumpster to a clear spot on the alley pavement. “You yourself accounted for the remaining seven, I believe.”
“You must be slipping a little, Ven,” Alexios said, shaking his head sadly. “You would have killed at least ten of them in the old days. Getting old, coming up on the big five-oh-oh.”
Ven glared at him. “Yeah, yeah, laugh it up now, ladies. You didn’t think Ven Helsing was funny, but you laugh at me now? Losers.”
He glumly sheathed his sword, but then a cheerful thought occurred to him. “Ha! Just wait till the Council gets you in their sights for the maiden-in-stasis lotto. As high-ranking sons of your respective Houses, you know you’re heading down the same path of doom that I am. But for now, we’re free to find some women who meet my top two requirements: they have to be --"
A new voice cut him off. “Yeah, yeah, we know. Brainless and forgettable.”
Ven had his sword up blocking his face before the second yeah, but now he lowered his weapon and laughed. “You got it, Christophe. Brainless and forgettable. Hanging back while we fought the vamps, were you?”
Alexios laughed and shoved his daggers back into their sheaths on his thighs. “His pedicure probably took longer than he planned.”
Christophe floated down in the entrance to the alley, his body shimmering faintly with the essence of the elemental power he called. Ven knew that Alaric, Poseidon’s high priest, had certain concerns about Christophe’s untrained channeling of power.
Yeah. And Alaric isn’t the only one with . . . concerns.
He watched the younger warrior until Christophe’s boots rested solidly on the pavement. “I thought you were still in Atlantis? Is there news? Is it Riley--"
Christophe held up a hand. “No, no. As far as I know, Riley’s fine. Or at least no worse off than she was before. It’s about you, actually. Conlan wants you to go to a meeting with a rep from the main coven in this region. The Seattle Lights or something.”
“The Seattle Circle of Light,” Brennan said, a hint of censure in his voice. “Perhaps, Christophe, if you are honored with carrying messages from the high prince of Atlantis to his brother the Lord Vengeance, you might trouble to remember the correct phrasing.”
Christophe’s face darkened. The warrior had never been one to take criticism of any kind well. Ven studied him and made a mental note. Christophe might be in need of some serious ass kicking.
But that was a thought for a later time.
“What meeting? Where and when?” Ven asked, resigned. Conlan had been on an alliance-forming kick lately, especially since his new soon-to-be-wife’s sister just happened to be one of the leaders of the human forces rebelling against vampire and shape-shifter control. “I need to get cleaned up, maybe pop a couple of stitches in my neck, and get a serious drunk on to wipe the taste of vamp breath out of my mouth.” He shuddered. “Nasty.”
“It’s going to have to wait,” Christophe said, with a shade less attitude. “The meeting is supposed to happen now.”
Ven let loose with a string of words that called into question the parentage of every witch, wizard, and sorcerer in the Pacific Northwest, then hung his head, resigned. “Fine, bring it on. But, first, anybody got any iodine?”
Seattle, The Pink Pig Pub
Ven wanted to smash something. Bad. Preferably the face of the jerk he was supposed to meet forty-five minutes ago. Bad enough he had to postpone his planned evening festivities to meet a wizard, but his neck was aching and he had the feeling that the bandage Brennan had slapped on it wasn’t really doing the job.
His lip curled as he scanned the place, trying to avoid compulsively checking the time again. Dirt and bottle caps warred for space in every corner. Stale beer and the miasma of ancient cigarette smoke hung in the air in a foul cloud. Even all these years after the “no smoking in public places” laws went into effect, joints like this still reeked of the cancer sticks.
He scanned the losers slouching on the cracked red vinyl barstools of the dive where the coven rep had insisted they meet. Professional drinkers, all. Professional losers. Although who else hung out in a place like this at midnight on a Tuesday?
Well, losers except for one highly pissed off Atlantean warrior. He thought back to Alexios calling him “your Highness” and scowled. He didn’t like the title, even in jest. Prince Ven, yeah, right. However much he didn’t like the idea, he was stuck being second in line to the throne, at least until Conlan and Riley started popping out babies. Which had better be soon, because no way did Ven ever want that little obligation. King of the Seven Isles of Atlantis.
He shuddered, downed his beer at the thought. Nope. He was much better as head of the warrior training academy. The King’s Vengeance, whose sworn duty it was to protect his brother the king. Taking names and kicking ass of any vamp or shape-shifter who decided to snack on humans.
He glanced up at the cracked face of the Budweiser clock on the wall. Maybe he’d just kick some magical ass. Specifically, the asshole he was supposed to be meeting to discuss a Magickals-Atlantean alliance. The asshole who was now fifty-two minutes late.
The squeak of the hinges on the door alerted him, and he looked up into the mirror behind the bar, his gaze trained on the person walking in.
His eyes widened, and then narrowed in appreciation. If he had to waste time waiting for the jerk Quinn had sent, at least now he had something worth looking at. He whirled around on his stool so he was facing her. All curves and attitude in a small package, the blonde came striding into the place as if she owned it.
High-heeled leather boots worn under snug jeans, rounded hips he’d love to get his hands on, and a tight-fitting black leather jacket. Oh, yeah. She was exactly his type of woman.
And he must have been dreaming, because she walked right past the lowlife scum who were drooling at the sight of her and stopped in front of him.
Ven was used to the reactions of human women to him. Hell, after several centuries, he knew that they considered him attractive. Not a lot of six-foot, seven-inch muscled warrior types running around with human DNA these days.
This one flicked her icy-blue gaze down, then up him and curled her lips back a little. He’d looked at steaming piles of peacock shit on the palace grounds with more enthusiasm.
“So,” she drawled, disgust dripping from her voice. “You’re the pride of Atlantis?”
She stalked around him and leaned back on the vacant barstool on his left, glanced his way again. Then she rolled her freaking eyes.
Ven had seen and heard way more than enough. He rose to his full height, which gave him more than a foot on her, and stared down his nose. “You’re late.”
Okay, that was lame. Sadly, it was all he could think of, considering his brain cells had gone south at the sight of the creamy cleavage nestled in the gap between the lapels of her jacket and some lacy thing she wore underneath it.
For some reason, he wanted to lick it.
“Oh, boy, you’re just trouble with a capital--"
“Make that a capital W, warrior,” she said. “And you can sit down now and leave your Intimidation 101 tactics for somebody who is impressed with them.”
He sat down, feeling like a damn fool, gaping at her. “Capital W? How did you--"
She smiled slowly, sensual lips curving over a gorgeous set of teeth. God, even her teeth turned him on. Suddenly he was a horny fucking dentist.
He shifted on the stool, hoping she hadn’t noticed the sudden tightness in his jeans.
“Capital W is for witch, warrior,” she said. “Welcome to the revolution.”
Erin Connors cast a very minor look-away spell, and the drunks in the room found the contents of their glasses more interesting than the two people seated on the bar stools. She drew in a long, slow breath, trying to fill her suddenly empty lungs. Quinn had never told her that Atlantean warriors looked like Greek gods come to life and had the capacity to suck the oxygen right out of a room. Except had Greek gods looked like predators who ate witches for lunch? This one sure did. He was pure alpha male warrior and every feminine instinct in her body was begging her to flee – or climb into his lap.
Alerted by the sudden heat encircling her fingers and the melodies whispering through her mind, she glanced down at the three rings of power she wore on each hand and saw them start to glow and pulse with heat and light.
Not now, not now, she thought and focused all her concentration on locking down the magic. She was in enough trouble with the coven without allowing the Wilding magic to escape during her first meeting with the man. And she needed them both – the coven and the Atlanteans. She needed them all.
After the gemstones in her rings subsided back to inert lumps of mineral and their singing faded, she finally dared to meet his gaze, pulling the cloak of toughness back around herself like a shield.
She’d decided the only way to earn the respect of a warrior was to become a warrior herself. Tough to do when she was all alone, twenty-six years old, and the only Magickal in a three-state area who believed in her quest. She drew in a deep breath and prepared to channel somebody kickass. “So, do I call you Ven? Mr. Vengeance? Your Highness?”
He raised one eyebrow, wincing a little at the unexpected echo of his earlier thoughts. “Your Highness? Quinn’s been messing with you. I’m just Ven. Or you can start calling me Sweetheart now and save time later.”
His teasing was double-edged, and she had a feeling the edge was honed steel. But the humor touched the Erin who’d once known how to laugh. All this Erin could summon was a nod. “Don’t flatter yourself, Atlantean. Your charms aren’t quite as impressive as you may have been led to believe. Or are the women in Atlantis fairly desperate? You have kind of an Alaska thing going on there? The odds are good, but the goods are odd?”
It was sheer bravado. There was nothing odd about this man; he was pure, potent male. The wavy, too-long black hair that framed sculpted cheekbones. Eyes as dark as the promise of revenge. A wall of muscled chest that strained the black t-shirt he wore under that leather coat. Not to mention the faded jeans covering huge muscled thighs. Her mouth suddenly got a little dry.
Yeah, nothing odd here.
He narrowed his eyes, but seemed more speculative than annoyed. “You think my goods are odd, witch? I’d be glad --"
“Not here!” She quickly scanned the room, but none of the drunks appeared to be paying them the slightest bit of attention. The dive bar was way too low-class for the vampires or their spies, or so she hoped. People had died for making smaller mistakes. “That word still summons up genetic memories of burnings and stakes for far too many non-Magickals,” she murmured.
He stood up off the bar stool, a fluid motion that made her think of a caged panther and brought him way too close to her. The large opals gracing her two ring fingers began singing, a low, urgent call. Thank the Goddess that he couldn’t hear them. “Let’s get out of here, then,” he said.
Ven held out a hand as if to assist her, then paused and tilted his head. “Do you hear that? What’s that music?”
Erin felt the blood drain out of her face. Maybe she’d thanked the Goddess too soon.
# # #
Poseidon’s Temple, Atlantis
Alaric, high priest to Poseidon, leaned against a slender marble column and folded his arms across his chest, studying the warrior who paced back and forth across the Temple rotunda before him. “What exactly is it that you’re worried about, Conlan?”
The high prince of Atlantis shot Alaric an irritated glare. “I’m not worried, Alaric. Princes don’t worry. Kings don’t worry, either, and you keep reminding me we must go through with the Rite of Ascension and coronation within the next thirty days, or risk breaking some sacred tradition or other.” Conlan snorted and resumed pacing.
“Then what is it that you are not worried about that has you pacing across Poseidon’s Temple like a rat scurrying to escape a drowning ship, my prince who is almost King?” Alaric returned, voice mild. “And sacred traditions are sacred for a reason, but of course you know that.”
Conlan halted again, turned to face Alaric, and shoved his hand through his hair. Alaric caught a fleeting glimpse of his boyhood friend in the gesture, and gathered his patience.
A troubled prince was of much concern to the high priest. A troubled friend was of much concern to the man.
“It’s Riley,” Conlan said, his anguish clear in the deepened lines around his mouth and eyes. “The midwives say the pregnancy is not going well. She is so sick, every day, all day long. Instead of growing large and healthy with the child, she is wasting away before my eyes.”
Alaric straightened. “And the human doctor?”
Conlan shook his head, face grim. “Nothing. They say the baby is fine, and that Riley will get over it. It’s a ‘phase.’ Morning sickness, they call it, which is a damned stupid name – she’s sick all day long. But Riley is aknasha – and as an emotional empath she can read the truth behind their placating words. The baby is in danger.” He took a deep breath. “We need you, Alaric. You are the most powerful healer of any.”
Alaric called for power, felt the elements instantly respond, and knew by the heat in his eyes that they were glowing bright green with the force of his channeling. Sent out a mental plea to Poseidon. Received the same response he’d gotten every other time he’d asked, even begged, for the power to help Riley.
“Poseidon has never granted his priests the power of healing in any part of pregnancy or childbearing, Conlan. You know this. The midwives of the Nereid Temple are the only ones who may intercede in these matters.”
“To the nine hells with that! They can do nothing. You’re more powerful than any high priest Atlantis has ever known – even the Council knows it. Break the rules, Alaric.” Conlan stopped, as if realizing his voice had risen nearly to a shout, then continued, more quietly. Bleak. “Do it for me.”
Alaric clenched his hands into fists, pulled power from the air around them, and hurled a ball of blue-green electricity across the room. It smashed into the wall, leaving a smoking, charred hole in the marble that was exactly the shape of the hole that anguish and frustration had burned into his gut. “Don’t you think I would if I could, Conlan? For you – my friend? For your woman and unborn child? For the future king, queen, and heir to the throne? I don’t give a good godsdamn about the rules. I just don’t have the power.”
Conlan’s entire body slumped, and his despair buffeted Alaric in almost palpable cyclone-force waves. “Then we have no options. There is nothing we can do.”
Alaric pushed the words past lips gone suddenly numb. “Have you – did you contact . . .” He couldn’t say her name. Berated himself for the coward he was.
Settled for the pronoun. “Her?”
Conlan nodded. “Yeah, we got a message out to Quinn, we think. At least we got word to that weretiger colleague of hers, Jack, that Riley needed her sister. Who knows when she’ll get it, though? Last I heard, the rebel alliance was looking into a new vampire threat on the west coast, and Quinn always has to be in the thick of any --"
The prince stopped midsentence, closed his eyes and groaned. “I’m sorry, Alaric. I wasn’t thinking. I’m sure she’s fine. You know Quinn, she’s a fighter.”
Alaric cut him off, proud beyond reason that he’d controlled the trembling in his hands almost as soon as it had started. “No, my prince, I do not know Quinn. And I never will. Which is as it must be, decreed by Poseidon’s laws and by reality.” The harshness in his voice couldn’t be helped. “We both know she deserves far better than me.”
With that, he took two running steps and leapt into the air, dissolving into mist as he did, and escaped out of the high window of the Temple. Escaped from Conlan’s pain and fear for his woman and child. Escaped from his own dark, soul-destroying hunger for a woman he could never have.
But even in the form of shimmering mist, he couldn’t escape Conlan’s final words, murmured though they were. “There is no such person, old friend.”
Erin pulled into the driveway of the old Victorian home that served as headquarters of the Seattle Circle of Light coven and glanced into her rearview mirror. The sleek black Jaguar Ven drove purred its way into the drive behind her, blocking off any chance of escape. Her hands tightened on the steering wheel for an instant. Trapped.
“Not that I want to escape,” she whispered to the empty car. “This is my chance to build an alliance with someone with the power to help me. Help us.”
Her car door opened as she unbuckled her seat belt, and she blinked up at him, startled. “How did you – oh, right. Atlantean super powers, I presume.”
“That’s me. Super Ven, at your service.” He stepped back almost far enough to give her room to climb out of the car. She took it as a challenge to her courage and stepped out, standing so close her face nearly touched his chest. She caught his scent, a compelling combination of saltwater and spice and man. Forced herself to resist a sudden urge to bury her nose in his shirt and inhale deeply. To wrap herself in his warmth anddefy the icy damp of a Seattle winter’s night.
The opals on her fingers trilled a sudden, startling call that expanded through her senses. Lonely, haunting. Singing of want, hunger, and the darker sides of need. Erin’s knees nearly buckled at the power of it, and the warrior’s hands shot out to grasp her arms.
“Don’t touch me,” she gasped, but it was too late, too late, far too late. The song of the opals soared and crescendoed inside her mind, through her soul, and into the desiccated spaces inside her heart. And where the music smashed through boundaries in her control, the Wilding rushed to follow. It seared her nerve endings and sparked along her skin, electric bright.
Ven’s eyes darkened, and he bit off a curse as he jerked away from her, releasing her arms. She fell to her knees before him, clutching her hands to her head, clamping down on the forbidden magic. Mumbling words of power under her breath. “Restrictos, terminos, immediamentos!”
Gasping for breath, she forced the magic to subside. Beat it down. Wondered how long it would be until she could no longer control the Wilding magic’s hunger to display its power through her. Over her.
She blinked her eyes open when a shadow crossed her closed eyelids and saw the Atlantean crouching down to look into her face. The traces of amusement were gone, and she instinctively recoiled from the hardness in his eyes. A very thin layer of sophistication lay over the primitive savagery of this warrior, she realized.
“What in the nine hells was that?” he rasped out, staring into her face as though he could read her secrets in the lines of her flesh.
“That was --" she stumbled over the lies she’d rehearsed so many times in her mind against this very possibility, trying desperately for reason. Another melody chimed in her mind. Sweeter, richer. Wordless lyrics of desire. The emeralds in her rings seared the skin of her index fingers.
Shock had her reeling back. The emeralds? But --- oh. His eyes. His eyes.
“What is that?” she asked instead, staring into the bluish-emerald flame glowing in his eyes. Thoughts of Atlantean and Wilding magic crossing paths -- water and electricity battling for supremacy -- skittered through her mind.
Disaster. Electrocution. Pain. Death.
Before he could reply, she pulled herself up and leaned against the car, never taking her eyes off his. “What is that blue-green light flaring in your eyes? Do Atlanteans call the Wilding?”
He shot to his feet. “What are you talking about? What blue-green flame? What is the Wilding?” He lifted a hand as if to touch his face, then lowered it; clenched and unclenched his hands and inhaled sharply.
“If you’ll excuse me, Erin,” he said, biting off the words as he strode around her car to the passenger side and threw the door open. He slid onto the seat and looked in the mirror under the dimness of the car’s overhead light.
As Erin took a shaky step away from the car, determined to hide the truth of just how badly his touch had shattered her defenses, she heard the passenger door slam behind her. The car shook so hard with the force she nearly fell again.
She whirled around to face him, and the sight that confronted her was entirely unexpected. The warrior, eyes closed and head bowed, pounded his fists on the top of her car once, twice, and then a third time, muttering in a liquid tongue that sounded like no language she knew. Then he seemed to catch himself and stared at her over the roof of her car, eyes flared wide with shock and something that looked a lot like desperation.
“Forgive me, please, but I have to leave. Now. I need to – Alaric – damnit. I just – oh, hells, I’m so outta here.” With that, he turned and leapt into the air, shimmering into sparkling mist as he rose into the darkening twilight sky.
She caught her breath. It was beautiful. It was terrifying. It was exactly as she’d dreamed of Atlantis. Shaking her head to try to clear it of magic and fancies, she caught sight of his car, blocking hers in.
“Trapped. Oh, Goddess, what have you done to me?”
A rasping voice answered her murmured question. “Better you should ask what we are about to do to you, Erin Connors.”
Before she could think or move or react, the amber on her fingers sang out a clear, sharp warning tone. A pulsing red light filled her field of vision and sliced through her powers and her personal shields, cutting off her access to the earth magic. For the first time since she’d turned sixteen, Erin was as powerless as a non-Magickal as she stood, alone, and faced the dark.
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