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Daily Prompt: groan

From Protector of the Grey House:

Natalia stood carefully in his hold, wondering if she would be able to get away if he tried what his eyes were suggesting he wanted to do. She knew she couldn’t fight him without a weapon. The closest thing to a weapon within reach was the hairdryer, which was sitting on the counter, cord wrapped around the nozzle. It was hefty enough, but she knew she wouldn’t be able to knock him out with it. Natalia groaned and leaned into her vampire as his hand ran down her side and he growled into her neck. Her breath caught as she realized she almost wanted him to do it.

Her hand found his hair, tangled in the short soft mane. “Vincent. Please.

Her voice was so torn by desire; neither knew what she was asking. Vincent pulled away gently, his own desire gripping him to the breaking point. He turned her around and tipped her head up to look into her fiery eyes. Her lower lip was quivering. His own hand shaking, he reached into her hair and started pulling out her bobby pins, letting her hair fall over her shoulders. He moved very slowly, taming the raging beast that threatened to tear out her jugular.

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Daily Prompt: interesting

From Protector of the Grey House:

“Some time ago, I told her she could come to me if he died before changing her.”

He gave her an interesting smile. It was a smile she knew well.

She rolled her eyes. “Oh hush.”

He smirked. “Be careful if you decide to pursue your thoughts.”

She laughed. “He would love to see me with her.”

“Perhaps.”

It was her turn to smirk. “You would.”

He licked his lips in answer.

Mierka laughed, then pointed to the deadly ring in his hand. “I have a few ring boxes in our room if you want to put that in something. Might be easier.”

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Daily Prompt: club

From Protector of the Grey House:

Natalia glanced at Rebecca and Mierka and rolled her eyes. They were engaged in a heated discussion about something; Natalia didn’t know what. She didn’t want to pay attention. It had been a long time since she had been to a club. Finally fed up, she pushed past Rebecca, sauntered onto the dance floor, and immediately moved in sync with the music.

Natalia was dressed in a short tight white skirt and tight striped burgundy and white top. Her burgundy sandals snaked up her legs, to tie just under her knee. She danced with whoever wanted her, and let the people touch her but not possess her. Rebecca and Mierka stopped their discussion to watch her interact with the other humans, then started to discuss their plans for the evening. When the drinks came to the table, Rebecca went to grab Natalia. She came willingly as she was rather thirsty.

Natalia sat at the table and smiled to the two women. “The two of you should be dancing.”

“Maybe in a bit.” Rebecca raised her glass. “A toast. To friendship in unexpected places.”

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Daily Prompt: hell

From Protector of the Grey House:

He stared at her with curiosity and wondered again if her adventures into Vincent’s secret bedroom had been of her own doing – either time. It would not be the first time that ring took over the mind of a human. Natalia, usually strong willed, had been through more in the past few days than she had in a long time. And Vincent’s blood had hypnotized her. Perhaps it had made her more susceptible to the ring’s call.

“Natalia. Where are you going?”

Natalia glared at Joseph. “I’ll tell you nothing, Hell-”

He watched as she clamped her mouth shut tightly, and seemed to struggle with her words. The look in her eyes was not the same as usual. Usually when she glared at anyone, there was a certain defiance. This look was defiant as well, but not in the same way. Joseph narrowed his eyes as he decided. He needed to ensure he was talking to her, and not a mind taken over by the ancient soul of a monk trapped in an otherwise insignificant steel band. Joseph grabbed her arm and herded her to the last door in the hallway. He paused and pushed her against the nearby wall.

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Daily Prompt: doubt

From Protector of the Grey House:

“And then you would return.” He paused. “I know the nature of a life led by revenge, Natalia and would be worried for you if all you had was revenge.” His hand covered the stone hanging around her neck. “If you didn’t have something greater holding you to my house, I would not have given you rank. You are loyal to your mother and wish to kill one monster, but you are still here in this limousine, allowing a vampire to hold you close enough to drain your blood…” he pulled her arm to his mouth, bit into her wrist, making her gasp. He drew three swallows of blood then pulled away, staunching the flow of blood with his handkerchief. “…with no fear for your life. I have no doubt that if you left my house to find Donald, you would return to me. You are loyal to me and to my house. You will return when you leave to find him.”

“You sound so sure that I’ll win.”

“You have the sword. And if you didn’t have that you would have your intelligence, and your determination. Nothing will stop you from winning, Natalia.”

“What will stop me from dying in the process?”

“Your will and determination, and the knowledge that you might come to me and live forever, should he try and kill you.”

“You have no doubt, do you?”

“None.”

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Daily Prompt: mountains

From Protector of the Grey House:

Natalia walked the mile to her old house, wishing she knew how to drive. The walk was not pleasant. She was too worried about being caught unawares, but it still did not take her long to reach the house. The sun had not yet set behind the mountains, and she still had two hours before it did.

The place was a mess. Donald’s rig was resting in the driveway. The weeds around it were high, proving it had been parked for a while. There was garbage strewn everywhere and the house needed painting. Natalia wondered if it had been this bad the last time she was here, but couldn’t clearly recall.

Natalia walked up the sagging steps with the cross held out in front of her and tried the door. It was unlocked. She opened it slowly and looked around. There were dishes and dirt and dust everywhere. A kitchen chair was overturned. Natalia walked to the living room. She stepped in carefully and dropped the cross when she saw her mother sitting in the recliner staring at a blank TV screen.

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Daily Prompt: ask

This is such a small scene, and happens sandwiched between two significant conversations. I feel it gets lost in the book, but I love it as it reveals a lot about the Vincent and Joseph and their relationship with each other.

From Protector of the Grey House:

The two left without a word; this was not a new situation. Joseph stepped out of the corner he almost hid in and poured himself a glass of brandy from the mini bar.

“You never ask my permission.” Vincent accepted the glass Joseph handed him.

“You have a case of this in your cellar, which I gave to you.” Vincent was silent for a moment, still annoyed.

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Daily Prompt: brain

From Protector of the Grey House:

Natalia, tired of waiting for the vampire to turn to dust, stepped forward swiftly, swung her weapon around and brought the flat bottom down hard. The unyielding metal slammed into the vampire’s head, crushing bone and brain. It was finally enough. Alexandra tried once more to heal the damage and failed, turning to dust with one final wordless sound. Natalia looked up and caught Vincent’s eye, then glanced around the room. She stood tall and left the extinguisher on the ground.

“Anyone else?” Her voice was louder than it needed to be, emphasizing her agitation. There was a sound of someone stepping forward from behind her. Natalia turned as Lorraine spoke.

“Me.”

Vincent and his people stared at her. Vincent stepped to Natalia’s side. He sounded annoyed. “You wish to challenge my right to be Captain?”

“No. I wish to challenge her.” Lorraine caught Natalia’s gaze and held it.

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Daily Prompt: character

From Protector of the Grey House:

“I’m thirsty, Natalia. Let me drink from you.”

Natalia turned and smiled at Mierka. She moved her whole body to place her legs on the couch. One arm she positioned on the back of the couch with the other held up and out toward Mierka’s side. Mierka caressed Natalia’s arm as she came around the couch to sit with her. Natalia readjusted her body to allow Mierka to sit beside her, her arm still presented to the vampire. Mierka smiled at her, gently took her arm, and sank her fangs into the yielding flesh.

Natalia did everything she could to stay in character. As far as she was concerned, reacting mildly to Mierka’s bite would be the hardest part of the act. As Mierka sucked on her blood, Natalia had to stop herself from moving closer to the vampire. She turned her head a little and licked her lips as she looked into Mierka’s eyes.

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Daily Prompt: ribbons

From Protector of the Grey House:

Natalia yelled a warning too late. The Blitzkrieg howled in the same instant as it landed on the deadly creature. The Blitzkrieg’s foot long claws broke in succession; ten dry twigs under the pressure of a heavy boot.  The bits of glass and metal sank deep into the pads of his feet and flesh of his hands. The wolf still flung its mouth open and tried to sink its teeth into the demon’s nonexistent flesh. The wolf gave a mangled howl as his snout, gums and tongue were ripped into ribbons. The demon brought its glass hands up almost leisurely as the wolf tried to pry his teeth off the demon. As the wolf continued to struggle, the demon wrapped its deadly hands around the Blitzkrieg’s throat and started to squeeze.

Natalia pulled herself out of Rebecca’s arms and stood, her anger at the creature and fear for the wolf’s life clashed in her head and clouded her mind. She watched helplessly as the wolf’s head was ripped off by the sharp, jagged edges of the demon’s hands. The Blitzkrieg’s neck nearly exploded as the glass and metal creature sliced through the wolf’s flesh and showered Rebecca and Natalia with blood. The human saw Rebecca start to change and, in that instant, saw the reality of the situation. The wolves gathered nearby, ready to try and take this monstrosity down. All of them would die if they did. Calm battle instinct gripped her mind and all thoughts stilled. She took two quick steps to Rebecca and knocked the woman to the floor.

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