Blog hop: Seared by Desire
So you’ve decided to risk it all and try to escape anyway?
You’re making me so proud!! Sara knows all too well just how unlikely it is that she’s going to get another chance at this. She’s decided that she’s escaping and tonight is going to be the night! So what if there’s a massive gate in front of you that blocks your path? Do what Sara did…BURN IT DOWN!! Nothing is going to stop you from getting out of this hell.
Her hands were alight as she threw fire towards the heavy gates that would lock her in, the flame burning away at the material the instant they met. Her preparations complete, she let the fire wash over her from within. Her bones melted, her blood boiled and her skin sizzled. Her eyes never left the ever-fire as she burned away into nothing, her body never meeting the ground. She strode out of the blue flames, her skin merely warm rather than scorched. She stumbled, the transition from flesh to flame, disorientating her.
Tugging on Lance’s reins, Sara forced the horse to leap, his powerful legs easily clearing the flames that licked the wood around them.
So you’ve made it out into the big wide world. Despite your lack of knowledge about the world outside of your village you make your way to the city. The city is a scary place for someone who has never been out of their village but fortunately your people’s reputation proceeds you. One look from you sends people scurrying in terror without you even having to hurt anyone. A good thing mind as you have to extract information from people and a threat from your lips makes people talk.
It’s a pity that the spirit is still out to kill you and has almost succeeded on a few occasions. So you’re down to the wire, you can sense that the next blaze is going to be your last. But you haven’t managed to find the one to cool your flame. You can see the end is in sight. Damn it, all of that for nothing!! Things have not ended up the way you planned….
But luck seems to be on your side. You stumble across Lucian, a vampire on a mission. You’re sliding into unconsciousness not knowing he’s the key to your salvation.
He’s just the one that you’re looking for. There’s just one problem:
He wants nothing to do with you!
The frantic cry for help drew Lucian out of his mental reverie and in an act that was completely out of character for him, he walked towards it, towards her. There was an irresistible need within him to be closer to the voice and his steps quickened, his strides lengthening until he saw her.
The voice belonged to a woman, that he’d known the instant she’d called to him, what he hadn’t expected was for the woman to be a fire elemental. Flames were melded with her already red curls and her skin had a reddish hue telling him of the fire that ran though her veins.
He was intrigued. Fire elementals never called for help.
He moved closer, examining the freckles that covered her cheeks, her plump red lips and the curve of her nose. She fell to her knees and the smell of her blood exploded into the air. He was close now, so close he could feel her heat and the smell of her blood hit him like a drug. Rich. Exotic. His.
The warm blood running through his veins froze. He stepped back as though he’d been punched in the gut; he felt as though he had been. The woman in front of him was his bride, the woman fate had put aside solely for him. In all the centuries he’d been alive he’d never expected to find her but here she was, presented to him like a gift. His fangs ached. He took another step back despite the fact he wanted to get closer to her.
He had just fed but he wanted nothing more than to sink his fangs into her soft skin, drink her until she was boneless then take her body until she couldn’t move. Or both at the same time. The thought appealed to him while at the same time scaring him beyond all reason. To drink his bride’s blood would be to tie his strength to her. No other’s blood would invigorate him like hers; he would be at his most powerful while being at his most vulnerable. She would give him power like no other but the blood of everyone else would leave his stomach full but his body weak. She was a liability he couldn’t afford to have right now. He was in the middle of a war. He hadn’t even realised he’d moved to her side.
Her hand gripped his tightly forcing him to stare into her burning blue eyes. “You have to run. Please. You have to run, I can’t control her. Everything will burn. Warn everyone on your way out. Run.” Her soft voice was desperate, her words slurring as she suddenly lost consciousness.
Lucian looked down at their joined hands; her tanned skin was hot against his, her warmth seeping into him, heating his blood. His body was stirring to life at the sight of her, the smell of her, the feel of her. He knew in that instant that she would drive him to distraction and distraction was the one thing he couldn’t afford, not now, not when the end was so close. He pulled his hand loose and she slid boneless to the ground. Squashing down any traces of sympathy he felt towards his unconscious bride, he took a step back.
Though it pained him, Lucian turned away from his unconscious bride, wiping her blood off his hand and onto his coat all the while resisting the urge to bring the cool skin to his mouth and lick it clean. And people wonder why I wear so much black, he scoffed. The blood doesn’t show. Although, if there were anyone whose blood I would wish to be covered in, it’s hers. I have more important things to deal with than a woman, even if she is mine. He forced his mind away from his bride’s delicious blood, leaping into the air and disappearing into the night. There was a war going on and one woman wasn’t going to change that.
End of Excerpt.
So you find the key to your salvation is a war hungry vampire who wants nothing to do with you….But is that going to stop you from getting what you want? After all you’ve done do you really think his walking away is going to stop you?
Well I can’t say…Good luck to the winner to whom all will be revealed.