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Wednesday, January 09, 2008
An excerpt from my book, After. Enjoy
Coming soon from Forbidden Publications.
Cover artist: Dawne'Thomas-Jerlo
Editor: Brieanna Robertson

Shyanne continued to wander in the mist, completely lost. She was exhausted from running. The fleeting shad-ows paced her every step, but they never came fully into view. She needed to rest, to regain her strength; the shadows would not let her. In total despair, she flopped down on the ground and cried.

Her shoulders shook with every racking sob. She did not care if the things in the mist got her anymore. All she wanted to do was sleep. The sobs became less as she closed her eyes, almost making it to the land of dreams.

A voice, soft and distant, brought her out of her de-spair. Her head shot up. She knew that voice. It was a voice not heard in a long time. It was her brother, Drayco.

“Shyanne… Shyanne… Where are you? I can’t find you.” The sound came at her from all directions because of the mist.

“Here! Here I am!” she yelled with all her might. Shy-anne knew to stay where she was. If she moved, Drayco would never be able to find her. She continued to yell until a shadow broke away from the others. It took on the shape of a person.

“Drayco, I’m so glad you found me,” Shyanne said as she leapt to her feet. She put her arms around him, rest-ing her head on his chest. “I’ve been looking for you eve-rywhere. I’ve been so scared.”

Drayco folded her into his arms and replied, “I’ve been looking for you too, little sis.”

Shyanne’s heart sang with those words. She and Drayco were twins, but he had always called her little sis because she was so much shorter than him. She snuggled against his body. His mannerism was too stiff, too re-served. Sensing something was wrong, she looked up at him, their arms still wrapped around each other.

This was not her Drayco. She could see it in his eyes. They were cold and without life. His smile tilted in a sinis-ter manner. She tried to push away, his hold on her tight-ened. She could not break free. He grabbed her hair with lightning speed and pulled her head back.

“I’ve been looking for you too, little sis,” he said with the same ugly tone in his voice as was on his face.

The smile she had loved to see when she was a little girl now made her cringe. Drayco leaned toward her, his gaze locked with hers. She wanted to tear her eyes away from those horrible black pits, but couldn’t. Her brain screamed for her to fight. Her body refused to respond. A sharp pain ripped through her body as Drayco bit deep into her neck. Her lifeblood started to flow into his mouth. Something inside her finally broke loose. The trance hold-ing her disappeared. Shyanne started to scream and scream and scream.


Don't forget, the HUNT is on!


Janet Durbin
Author of Innocence Taken
Now Available at Forbidden Publications
posted by Janet @ 7:28 AM  
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