The sequel to "TWISTED." Post-Eclipse. Lilly and Jacob set off to stop Lilly's vision from coming true. **I'm so sorry this is taking so long, I'm struggling to get this one written out. Thanks.** BTW: Reviews are nice, Reviews are what makes me want to write more. I could use the motivation, or the criticism if it's not going so well. Thanks.
9. Chapter 9
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I’d been so lost in thought I barely registered the scent. When it caught up with me, I wasn’t sure if I should acknowledge him or not. My question was answered when I felt someone hurry up beside me. I looked at him from the corner of my eye. He was taller than I, lean but well muscled with blonde hair and eyes the color of wine.
“I need to see Avery,” I said, without looking at him directly. He snorted with laughter. I felt myself bubble with anger.
“I’m not here to help you, stranger,” he replied. He voice had an English accent, but it appeared on the brink of fading.
“I didn’t ask for your help,” I said. I growled low in my throat. “I’m going to see Avery. I will kill you if that’s what it takes.”
I realized then that we were approaching a park. There were several people seated inside a covered structure near the park’s edge. I instantly recognized the dark-haired beauty seated in the middle of them. While they chattered around her, she had eyes only for me. She looked away briefly at her errand boy, gave him a nod and returned her gaze to me.
I was within ten meters of her before she spoke. The chatter around her stopped. Everyone was staring at me. At least six pairs of garnet eyes were piercing the darkness. Each held both contempt and curiosity.
“Lilly,” cooed Avery as she stood up from her fellows, “when did you arrive? Come back to see your sire? Have you missed me that terribly?” I laughed, but it sounded hallow.
“You know why I’m here Avery. I want to know why Ambrosi seeks the girl.” She stopped then, her face losing all good humor. She frowned and clearly had not anticipated this.
“Why don’t you come and sit with me?” she called, her voice ringing with false enthusiasm. She beckoned to me with one long pale finger. I remembered briefly it was this same motion that had ultimately led to my becoming a monster. “Oh, and bring your dog.” She laughed and the others joined her.
I whirled around just as Jacob stepped from behind some bushes. He looked both angry and frightened. I cursed myself for not noticing his scent sooner, for not expecting he would follow me. I turned my back on him, contemplating running.
“Well?” Avery cried. Her voice was tinged with anger. “Come on then! We won’t bite.” Here she smiled again, a wicked, evil smile. Her band of vampires laughed at this obvious joke. Jacob stepped forward and took my hand.
“I won’t let anything happen to you,” he whispered. I knew Avery heard him because her grin grew wider. It was not my own life that I had to worry about now, but Jacob’s as well. I regretted ever dragging him along with me. I tightened my grip on his hand.
“Yea,” I said sarcastically. “When this is over, you let me know how that went.”
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