It’s Wednesday…so that can only mean it’s time for the Hump Day Hook. It’s the day of the week that our group of authors get together and share a snippet from a WIP or a published book.
My most recent book just went live last Thursday, so I’ll share a snippet from Odyssey (The Vampire Destiny Series Companion Book 1). Odyssey is written from my hero’s POV…and it is his take on Fated and Illusion. It also features Stefan’s human death, his early years as an immortal…and his struggles to find his fated mate.
Letting go of Anna’s hand, she reached for mine. She followed me into the bathroom and watched as I tore my bloody, ruined clothing from my body. When I was finished, I faced her and my eyes peered into hers.
“I want to see you,” I murmured. I stepped closer and took her arms in my hand, inspecting the angry, red marks that still encircled her wrists. My eyes closed for a moment and I inhaled a shaky, unnecessary breath as my fingers gingerly traced the welts on her skin. I wanted to torture Derek all over again for hurting her. I should have never let her come here alone.
My eyes reopened and I swallowed unevenly. Gathering my resolve, I licked my lips and nodded, my hand releasing her arms. I raised my hand to brush my thumb over the bruise that was forming on her cheekbone, letting the backs of my fingers trail down the side of her face.
“Stefan, sweetheart. It’s over.” She cupped her hand against my rough cheek. “You can’t kill him again.”
I swallowed again and pressed my face against her hand. I said nothing, my eyes unblinking.
“Stefan? You have to talk to me,” she said softly.
I shook my head and my jaw clenched. I stood taller and simply stared down into her eyes. How could she love me after everything she had seen? I had killed a creature in front of her eyes without any remorse or second thought.
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