This week, I’m going to share an excerpt from Illusion. With the release of my companion piece right around the corner…I thought you might enjoy a bit from one of the books covered in Book 1 of the companion piece, Odyssey.
Struggling even harder against my restraints, a male voice spoke, heavily accentuated with a Southern accent.
“You can’t get away and you’re wasting your time and energy. Are you looking for this?”
Derek stepped into my line of vision, gripping Anna by the back of her neck. Her hands were tied in front of her and as he thrust her ahead of him, I noticed that her face was streaked with tears and blood was running from one side of her nose, her cheek bruised and swollen.
“We meet again, Josephine. I’ll remove your gag as long as your promise to remain quiet. One shout, one scream, and your friend dies. Got it?”
Glancing from Derek to Anna, a solitary tear escaped from my eye and ran down my face as I nodded to him.
Derek reached and yanked the rag from my mouth. I wearily watched Derek as he stepped back, still holding on to Anna tightly.
“Good girl.” He forcefully shoved Anna to the kitchen floor and she fell at my feet, her muffled cries of fear and pain renewing my efforts to get myself free. I frantically twisted and turned my wrists until they burned and I could feel the wetness of my blood trickle down my wrists.
“Humans are so easy to fool. Even half-breeds like you and your idiotic brother aren’t much better.” Derek’s voice distracted me for a moment, my eyes scrutinizing him as he wandered around the room, stopping to pick up random items. As I observed him, the thought crossed my mind that if he wasn’t such an arrogant, evil psychopath he’d be handsome with his dark hair and gray eyes.
I closed my eyes for a moment and tried to push my shield out to see if I could wrap it around Derek. Either I needed my hands to control it, or I was too frightened. My numerous attempts to direct it seemed useless. Sighing in defeat, I opened my eyes to resume watching him as he leisurely strolled around the kitchen.
Derek pulled another chair across the floor, the legs scraping loudly across the wooden floor as he pushed it to sit directly in front of me. He leaned back, his gray eyes cold as steel as they looked over me. He then let his cold stare flicker to Anna, who was trying to hide behind my legs the best she could with her hands restrained.
“What exactly do you want, Derek?” I rasped. My throat was parched and dry from the gag that had been shoved into my mouth.
“What do I want? I’d enjoy this more if Stefan was here beside you. Unfortunately for your friend, she happened to be in the right place at the wrong time.”
He laughed again, his head falling backwards against the chair, his grating cackle echoing throughout the villa. He was still snickering as reached over and grabbed Anna by her hair and pulled her between his legs, his fangs at her neck.
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