For all you paranormal romance junkies looking for your next fix
The Secret Within
I dare you to discover the secret
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The cold breeze slid heavily against my face, the chill focusing my thoughts and opening my mind. I attempted to concentrate on my hearing, blocking out my other senses. I heard something moving in the night, as smoothly as a razor slicing through the air. My heart hammered with fear, yet also intrigued. Hearing the familiar breathing, I closed my eyes as the burning warmed my inner core. I knew the visitor from the shadows was here, standing somewhere nearby.
“I know you are there and I know what you are—reveal yourself,” I demanded, still fighting as fear hugged me. Unsure of its intentions, I still welcomed it.
I opened my eyes wide and looked around as I stepped away from the tree. I found the courage to challenge it again. “Show yourself,” I yelled louder, then gasped for air as fear hugged me. My heart pounded violently, as if going to burst out of my ribcage. Tired of being toyed with, I wanted to know why it lurked in the shadows, silently watching me.
I froze as a cold presence wrapped around me, breaking my courage. I could feel it standing behind me, its cold eyes boring into my back. Too terrified to turn and look it in the face, I stood motionless. As the presence took a hold of me, fire burned through my veins.
“You’re not so brave now, little one.” His angelic voice held a hint of arrogance as it whispered in my ear—as he stood right behind me, inhaling my essence. “You are interesting to watch; your heart beats like that of a Bruxa but your scent is like one of us.” His words echoed through my body, rendering me helpless.
“I admit I would love to destroy your innocence, but I am compelled to help you, youngling.”
His words pressed against my neck. I instinctively found his voice and presence alluring, appealing to my soul in a way I never thought possible.
“I need to know why you are watching me,” I said, finding my courage again. “What do you want with me?” I had had enough of his toying. He had invaded a secret place inside of me.
His voice softened. “I guess I feel sorry for you and your father.” He stepped back from me. “My father!” All my fear vanished. I turned and in that, second he was gone. I sighed in disappointment, standing lost in his words.
Walking back to the house, I felt my fears confirmed—I truly am a half-breed, a full mix of Bruxa and Lampir. No longer could I deny the truth. I had to acknowledge and take pride in what I might become. The shadow watcher’s presence captivated an inner part of me, a potency that flowed through me. I felt a hunger deep in my soul, as if it starved for more. I felt his eyes watching from a distance as I walked toward the house. My blood burned with a fiery heat that dispelled the cold in the air.
I had forgotten about my life—until I saw Joey’s car drive in, the car’s headlights momentarily blinding me. Their glare reminded me of my life, and I resented myself for being weak. I felt ashamed for my thoughts and my desire to accept what I can be, as if I had surrendered. Now, consumed with guilt I struggled to find the courage I needed to look at him as Joey got out of his car and leaned against the driver’s door.
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