Happy Sunday everyone!
I missed last week, regrettably. However, this week we are back with another snippet from Unveiled, the first book in my Raven Daughter series which is available in ebook (FREE!), audio, and paperback. There will be one more from this book.
We’ve skipped forward a few hours. Jo and Caius and company are at a safe house where they are able to get cleaned up, eat, and rest. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks this adventure they are on is a good thing.
I steadied myself, refusing to back up any further. Trying to sound unconcerned that a demonborn who had never spoken to me now blocked my exit, I asked, “What’s up?”
“You should set him free.”
“What?” Confused, I waited for him to answer.
I held my ground as he took another step into the room and said, “You should set Caius free. His attempt to help you has every possibility of him ending up dead, or pushed to play cards that should be kept off the table. You have split the demonborn. There was a time, not so long ago, that any of the demonborn would have stood behind him. But you, you are too much even for them.”
“If you think I’m so horrible, then why are you here?” I crossed my arms and rested my weight on one foot, irritated that he was hitting a sore spot in me. Not that I would let him see that.
“I am here for Caius, not you. I may not agree with my brother, but I will always stand with him.” He glowered at me. “That doesn’t mean I think any of this is a good idea. Caius would be better off dealing with the broken bond than the events building around you.”
I scowled back at him. “The only way for me to break the bond is to die.”
“Then so be it.” He shrugged.
Stunned, I almost backed up a step. Forcing myself to stay still I asked, “You want me dead?”
“I care only for my brother. I couldn’t care less what happens to you. Right now, all I can see is you going down and dragging Caius with you. I’m sure you don’t care about what happens to him, but you should think about your friends. I have a lot of respect for Rowen and you will drag him down as well. Him and everyone who stands with you.” He shook his head. “This won’t stop. Your mix of bloods combined with your bond to Caius has started a chain of events. Neither side can afford to turn a blind eye.”
“So I should just die because of what I am?”
“We are lucky it’s only you who the Sentinels are after at this point.” His expression turned colder, though I wasn’t sure how that was possible. “Although, after the one Caius killed, I doubt that will be the case for long. An action he took on your behalf. Just like when he gave you his blood to save your life. You are at the center of everything that has happened to those in this house.”
When I didn’t have an answer to his accusations, his expression turned considering. “Perhaps, you are too selfish to care who dies trying to defend something that shouldn’t exist in the first place.”
His words sparked anger inside me. “Something? I’m not a something. I’m a person.”
“No.” He shook his head and moved toward the door. “You aren’t a person. You’re a catalyst. You bring destruction with you everywhere you go. Even your mother died because of you.”
Fury whipped through me and I could feel the markings prickle across my skin. “My mother died of cancer. I didn’t cause that.”
“You didn’t cause the cancer, you caused her death. Miranda could have returned to Midtween when she was diagnosed. A good dose of replenisher and a couple of months in Midtween and she would have been fine. She couldn’t come back because it would have exposed you.” He pointed a finger at me. “Victoria as well, but her mix is far less damaging than yours. The fact your mother kept you shielded up until the moment of her death shows she knew that. So, yes, she died because of you.” He turned and left, the door shutting behind him with a light bang.
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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.