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Daily Prompt: trust

From Protector of the Grey House:

“That’s pretty powerful stuff, but if someone has a stronger will, then they might be able to.” She shrugged. “I mean, who has controlled you so far?”

“Vincent, Joseph and Mierka.”

“Do you trust them?”

Natalia opened her mouth to speak, then stopped and thought about it. After a moment she nodded. “I was going to answer yes rather quickly but wanted to think about the answer.”

“It’s still yes, isn’t it?”

Natalia nodded.

“You trust them. Maybe that’s why it worked.”

Natalia nodded slowly.

Rebecca sipped more of her beer and finally spoke again after a few moments of silence. “Look, I’m not trying to tell you what you should do, but Mierka is waiting for you and she wants to seduce and control you.”

“I know. Mind if I talk this out a little?”

Rebecca chuckled. “I think that’s why I’m here tonight. To make sure nothing goes awry.”

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Daily Prompt: smoke

From Protector of the Grey House:

Edwin yelled the three short lines of Latin he knew and watched as two pillars of smoke formed into hideous beasts in front of him. Christopher taught him the lines when he had placed him in charge, and told the younger vampire never to utter the words unless absolutely necessary. The demons the words called forth were unpredictable at best and would only perform one task for their temporary master before running off.

Edwin stared at the horrors that stood before him, pointed to one then to Vincent. “Kill him.” He pointed at the second then at Natalia. “Kill her.”

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Daily Prompt: mid-section

From Protector of the Grey House:

Vincent smoothed out the deep purple shirt, and tucked it into his waistband. He strapped on the cummerbund, slipped on the fine Italian suit jacket, and buttoned two buttons. He took a calming breath, and felt his scar tighten and the cummerbund squeeze his mid-section. He stared at the dress that hung on the closet door. It was deep purple and went well with her red stone necklace that also hung from the wooden hanger. Natalia was not here. He had not seen her since the night he placed Morgan in the oubliette. She left while he and Anthony talked, and said she needed to retrieve something from the bedroom. She took some of her clothes and left with no word.

Two days ago, she tried to contact Charlie. Why him, he wasn’t sure and didn’t really care. Charlie reported her frantic voice and her short words, and the near scream at the end. He called the number back and nearly ran out of the house after hearing her command. Joseph stopped him, and informed him it was still daylight. By sunset, Charlie and the others were well on their way. Joseph convinced him of his duty. Vincent stayed but cursed himself for letting Diana go. The healer was in North Carolina, on a mission for her house. His woman was dying or dead, and he was stuck here.

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Daily Prompt: bold

From Protector of The Grey House:

“Who is this?” Dominic stepped forward to ask the question. He had a lecherous look on his face as he looked Natalia up and down.

Natalia stepped away from her man, and faced the bold vampire down. He was the same height as her. Natalia stared at him coldly until he looked away and took a step back. She still scrutinized the man, and assessed him as he tried not to meet her gaze. He fidgeted in his new suit, uncomfortable with the tight cotton. It was obvious he almost never wore anything so formal. Vincent had sent his Lieutenants suits and dresses, as he knew that most did not own formal wear. The new clothing made half the assembled look uncomfortable.

As Natalia stared down Dominic, another voice echoed the question. This voice was more submissive, more admiring. “Yes, Vincent. Who is this?”

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Daily Prompt: strategy

From Protector of the Grey House:

Natalia took a step closer. The question had been simple, the confusion on Ashley’s face made Natalia rethink her strategy. She had always wanted to help the woman find her place in the world. Maybe now, with no Slayer to interfere, she had the chance. “What do you want out of life? Have you ever really thought of that before?”

Ashley blinked for a moment before she shook her head.

“Do you want time to think about it?”

She gave a terrified look at the people around her. “Here?”

Natalia took another step. “Ashley, no one is going to hurt you unless you try to hurt them.”

The young woman looked around again then burst into tears and fell to the ground. She sat there and allowed Natalia to come close enough to hold her. Natalia’s heart broke as she took Ashley in her arms. She didn’t know what to do for the woman. She looked to Vincent and saw no emotions in his eyes. This was her call.

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Daily Prompt: affect

From Protector of the Grey House:

“He hired two Slayers and a priest to be his bodyguards. He’s going in for heart surgery in two days. One Slayer and the priest will be with him at all times, the other Slayer will be outside the door, watching.”

“How did you learn so much?” Kari sounded suspicious and awed.

“She has her ways.” Anthony’s voice held the ever-present bite as he gave Natalia a hard look. His tone of voice still the others; he would be the only one to question her motives.

Vincent moved to behind Natalia and paced slowly. “How do you know who these people are?”

“I called their names into the hospital. Carl Garvin, Father Sulta, and Donavon.”

The room became hot and sticky with the news. Carl Garvin was more bounty hunter than Slayer. He could be bought off easily; double the bounty usually did the trick. Father Sulta was a crackpot. He didn’t seem to understand that the usual tricks didn’t affect all vampires. Then there was Donavon. He had been around for some years and seemed to understand too well how vampires moved, thought, and acted.

“Has Father Sulta seen you?” Vincent knew of her run-in with the Slayer.

“Yes. But he’s been convinced I’ve changed sides.”

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Daily Prompt:

From Protector of the Grey House:

Vincent waited impatiently for the prey to come closer. The man jogged along the path oblivious of any dangers. He wore headphones and looked to be lost in the motion of running. During the day, this path was well used by joggers, bicyclists, and walkers. As it was two in the morning, it was empty of people. The large vampire was surprised there was anyone here. Lorraine informed him this path was rarely used this early in the morning, and generally only by one or two people. Vincent kept himself hidden as he thought of his next steps.

They were in a Nature Preserve. Technically, the park was closed. Technically, neither he nor the man should be here. Lorraine looked for these types of things, to find humans they could use for sport, if it were needed. His sire assured him it was safe. The man lived nearby and snuck into the park every night after work. He was a supervisor at a nearby call center. If he went missing, humans would look for him; Slayers would not.

All this information ran through the large vampire’s head as the man came closer. Satisfied with the situation, Vincent used his full speed and ran at the human. The man didn’t even notice. When Vincent slammed into him hard, the man screamed, but it was cut short. Vincent banged the human against a nearby tree which knocked the air out his lungs. As the man gulped for breath, Vincent laid his hand over the man’s mouth. The man tried to scream again, but Vincent grinned, elongated his fangs, and hissed.

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Daily Prompt: questions

From Protector of the Grey House:

Anthony nodded, but gave Joseph a quizzical look. “Where is Vincent?”

“In his room with Mierka.”

He gave a short laugh. “I will never understand why you allow her to sleep with him.”

“Mierka does as she feels is best, and she returns to me every time.” The smirk on his face stilled further questions and Joseph left the room.

He took the stairs at a leisurely pace, but his mind thought to the possible confrontation in the bedroom. If Vincent were awake, he might have to explain things. He pulled out his phone to text Mierka, but knew there was a chance she would not respond. In the sitting room, he paused for a moment to allow her to respond. When none came, he continued on his way, his phone in hand. It did not go off, but by the time he reached the tower bedroom, he knew what to say.

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Daily Prompt: instructions

Though three of the main vampires in this trilogy are French, and I speak French, I only French once in the novel. I like seeing foreign languages in English writing, but if it’s a language I don’t know, I’m not taking the time to translate it. Do I think other writers should follow my lead? Fuck no. Do what you please, though a footnote translation would be amazing. Thank you.

From Protector of the Grey House:

Rebecca shrugged and led the way outside. They found the limo quickly and got in. Rebecca went to the front with the driver, and Mierka ordered Natalia into the back. Once the ladies were situated, Mierka informed the driver to head back to the estates, the long way. The entire time, Natalia did not move, as if she waited for instructions.

Mierka looked to Natalia as the car started to move. “Sit back and relax.”

Natalia did as told. Mierka also sat back in the seat but turned to look at Natalia.

“If any part of you can hear me, I don’t want you like this. If we are to sleep together at some point, it will not be while you are under my control.” Mierka reached out and caressed Natalia’s cheek. “I too, prefer strong, willing women. Can you hear me, Natalia? Can you break my hold on you?”

Natalia stared at Mierka while the vampire talked but didn’t seem to understand.

Mierka sighed. “Merde.” As she stared at the human, she decided. “I wonder if pain will do it?”

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Daily Prompt: aware

From Protector of the Grey House:

“What is this?” Lorraine stretched her neck a little to insure everything was in place.

“I was told once, that should I break another’s neck in this room, the hurt vampire would be healing the wound with my blood.”

“I wasn’t made aware of this.” Vincent’s hand was on her shoulder, as if to protect her.

“You weren’t here when it happened.”

“This isn’t happening.”

“I am offering my blood to her, not to you. It is her decision to take it or not as she sees fit.”

“Not in my house.”

Natalia brushed off her lover’s hand. “You don’t trust your sire?”

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