Authors: Magenta Phoenix
Tags: #Fiction, #Romance, #Suspense, #Romantic Suspense, #Paranormal
Grabbing the torch that hung by the entrance to the dungeon, she raced toward the row of cells. She came to a jerking stop in front of Viper’s cell. The fire swished through the air with her abrupt movements. Her brow dipped in confusion as she saw the cell held several Kelithian warriors that glared at her.
Coming up next to her, Cian jerked her away from the prison bars. “What is going on?” he demanded.
“Where are they?” She demanded, turning to face Cian and Arlen that both watched her with confused expressions.
“Who are you talking about?” Arlen asked stepping around Cian.
“Viper. She was right here and there was three more — her family. Zyaid was holding them prisoner, we have to find them, I promised to help her,” she rushed out.
“Lady Elena, I helped escort the prisoners down here the other night myself. No one was here. Not then and not now.”
“Who was she? A Kelithian, a Garmorian, or was she one of your kind?” Cian asked gently.
“No she wasn’t any of those. She had blackish scales on her face and arms and her eyes… they were purple with a thin horizontal pupil,” she said frustrated. Why wouldn’t they believe her?
Narrowing his dark eyes, Arlen lips pursed with thought. “Did she have fangs?” he asked suspiciously.
Her eyes widened with excitement, “Yes! She did so do the others from what I saw.”
Frowning, Arlen turned to look at Cian with a grim look, “Serenians.”
“What’s that? You know who they are?” she asked with interest.
“They are dangerous creatures. They are demons of the Greenwood,” Arlen stated gravely.
“No, she wasn’t.”
“Just be thankful she is gone. If you had freed her, you’d be dead right now.”
Without another word, Arlen spun around and disappeared into the shadows. Cian escorted her from the dungeon and back to the King’s quarters that Kieran now rested in. What had happened to Viper and her family? Where they safe somewhere?
She sighed with weariness as she thought of the black hair woman and her scared family. What had Arlen meant that they were dangerous? Why had Zyaid imprisoned them? Closing her eyes, she fought to put her conflicting thoughts at rest. She didn’t tell Kieran about Viper, what would it matter?
Feeling that sleep wouldn’t come, she slowly crawled out from beneath Kieran’s heavy arm. Moving toward the window, she barely made a sound on the polished floor as she moved. Looking out at the night sky, she couldn’t help but worry what was happening in her own world. Since she’d closed the veil between their worlds, was there even a way for Cian to send his warrior’s through. Dread filled her for not only the survival of her own world, but for Kieran’s people too.
Releasing a tired sigh, she crossed her arms over her chest. What was she going to do? She couldn’t imagine leaving the fate of her world to the Kelithians, but neither could she imagine leaving Kieran either.
Her thoughts were suddenly ripped from her as her hand jerked with a painful spasm. Gasping, she gripped her right hand as it repeated. Her hand begun to heat and burn, pulling it to her chest she gasped in pain. Air froze in her lungs as panic took hold of her. The shadows around her were chased away as her hand began to glow with golden light — with Kelithian power.
What was happening to her? She screamed in her mind for it to stop, but it wouldn’t. A heavy hand landed on her shoulder, jerking her around as she must have made a sound. Kieran’s face stared down at her with concern. Eyes wide with fear of what he’d see, she found herself surprised as the pain was gone and her hand no longer glowed or burned.
“Are you alright?” he asked as his warm hands gently smoothed over her bare shoulders.
Unable to find the right words, she gulped, “Fine. I’m fine.”
“I heard you cry out.” His eyes bore into hers, seeking the answer she was unwilling to give.
Shrugging her shoulders, she flashed him a soft smile. “Sorry, I had a nightmare,” she lied.
Sighing, Kieran gently pulled her into his embrace as his arms encircled her back, holding her close to him. “Was it about your people? Your world?” he asked with a gentle voice.
Laying her head against his strong chest, she prayed that their bond didn’t allow him to know when she was lying. “Yes.”
Resting his cheek against the top of her head, he nodded, “Don’t worry. I will not allow Zyaid to destroy your world. The Kelithians will pay for all that they’ve done. I swear to you.” Pulling away, his hands came up to gently frame her face. “Come back to bed. I will keep your nightmares away.”
Reaching up, she curled her hand around the back of his neck, pulling him closer as she went up on her toes, meeting his lips with her own in a gentle kiss. Pulling back, she smiled with a knowing look. “You know, Kieran, there are some things that you can’t protect me from, such as nightmares.”
“Then you do not know your sou’tali, my precious human. Nightmares will never touch you again, not as long as I am near you.”
“Why?” she asked breathlessly.
“Because you shall dream of me and I shall always be there.”
Blinking away the tears of happiness that surfaced with his gentle words, Elena leaned into Kieran’s warm embrace once more. Holding his words close to her heart, she fought not to drown in the fear of what happened moments ago.
What had happened to her when she touched the veil? She’d died, but Kieran brought her back. What if something else came back with her? If the Garmorian’s thought the Kelithian and Viper’s people were dangerous because of their gifts, what would that mean for her? Gripping her arms around Kieran tighter, she squeezed her eyes closed. She had to keep Kieran from finding out. Her world was threatened by the Kelithians now. She couldn’t risk turning the Garmorians against her if they found out. Would Kieran look at her with disgust as he did to the Kelithians? Her heart ached with the thought.
Taking a calming breath, she remained silent of her fears as he led her back to their temporary bed.
She couldn’t lose Kieran, she wouldn’t lose him.
I just wanted to thank each and every one of you that purchased this book. “Dream of Me” was probably the hardest book I will ever write because no matter what I did, Kieran and Elena kept surpassing the boundaries I set for them.
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