Once again it’s time for Snippet Sunday. This snippet is from Unveiled, the first book in my Raven Daughter series, which is available in all formats.
Last Sunday we found Jo and Caius thrown together on a journey. As is the case with most fictional journeys, things do not go smoothly.
My shield wobbled and faded as I drained the last of my power. I struggled to stand only to smack into the ground once more as a snake sank its teeth into my leg and pulled me off my feet. Sheer agony burned through me, tearing a scream from my lips. I couldn’t summon my energy no matter how hard I tried. My hand scrabbled across the ground and found a sharp rock.
Lurching up, I smashed the rock into the thing’s head. It didn’t release me. Panic took over and I beat at the head. The sharp edge of the rock tore through its skin. Black blood splattered my hand. So focused on bashing in the snake’s head, I didn’t notice when it quit moving until Caius’s large hand caught my wrist and stopped my next swing.
“It’s dead, Reaper.”
Dazed, I stared at the creature. My rock hadn’t killed it, hadn’t done more than slice up its skin. The head was detached from the rest of its body. I finally released my death grip on the rock. Caius pried the jaws open, extricating my leg from the double rows of hooked fangs.
Gritting my teeth, I breathed in gasps through them. I’d never experienced pain like this. Clawed occasionally by an eater, but nothing like this. I’d never even been bitten by a dog in the mortal world.
Caius shoved the cloaks up to look at the damage. “It’s bleeding well. Shouldn’t take too long to heal. It would be better if you’d brought replenisher, but you’ll live.”
I stared at where a double row of punctures oozed blood in a half moon pattern that started on my thigh and ended on my calf. More tired than I’d ever been, I was ready to curl up and sleep right there. Unfortunately, that was neither safe nor a possibility.
Caius held out his hand. “Can you do this?”
Clamping my jaw shut against the pain, I nodded and took his hand, letting him pull me to my feet. Blood stained his pant leg in a pattern that matched mine exactly. I guess Alaric was right about a partial bond being a physical one.
“We’re going to have to keep going, Reaper.” He watched me as if waiting to see if I could stay on my feet.
Alaric had been right about the other part he’d told me as well. I could sense Caius’s reflected injury. If he could keep moving, so could I. “Then let’s go.”
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I’m Jo and the death of my mother revealed a whole lot of secrets she was keeping. Like the fact that my sperm-donor father was a freaking angel who couldn’t keep it in his pants and slept with a woman he should never have been with. Or the fact I’m not mortal and would one day be a reaper of souls.
Reaping souls, now there is something I never dreamed I would do, but here I am doing just that. Or at least I was, until souls started becoming Lost. And that’s when things went south.
When I stupidly agreed to help discover what was causing the Lost without reading the fine print first. Now a lot of immortals would like to see me dead because of what I might become. To top it off, I ended up blood bound to a powerful half-demon who is supposed to be a reaper’s sworn enemy. Funny thing is he may be the only one I can trust.
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