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Daily Prompt: Lodge

From The Grey House:

Before she could reach them, she heard a shuffling behind her. Leroy, having been hit second with her staff, was apparently still aware. He was on his feet and swinging his staff at her. Natalia tried to bring up her staff but couldn’t move quickly enough. From above, another shot rang out, too late. Leroy’s staff connected with Natalia’s right shoulder as he fell to the ground dead. There was enough momentum to push her to the ground.

She was quickly on her feet and looking toward Agnes and Zechariah. Agnes stared at her, then shot at Natalia. Natalia spun to the right as the bullet sped past her arm. She lost her footing and fell to the ground as another shot rang out from upstairs. Agnes fell, pulling the trigger one last time. The bullet went wild and lodged into a wall.

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Daily Prompt: Brown

From The Grey House:

The woman who walked in was shorter than Natalia by about four inches. She was stocky, but Natalia could tell it was muscle. Her dark brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail revealing a large hickey. She was wearing ripped jeans with a blue button up shirt. The shirt was open to reveal her cleavage. She was a good-looking woman, but the woman’s appearance was not what held the human’s attention. It was her necklace.

The woman wore a silver chain with a large red stone. The stone was set in silver backing and had silver markings on it. To a casual observer, the markings probably looked like a random design. Natalia had seen a large picture of it in the Slayer journals and knew better. The pictures of the one she found in the book was the pendant Vincent wore. That one had a fleur-de-lis that wrapped to the edge of the stone. This one had a paw prints behind a silver fleur-de-lis. Natalia had a vague idea what the design meant but as the red stone was the exact color of the necklace Vincent wore, Natalia could surmise only one thing. The woman worked for Vincent.

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Daily Prompt: Employee

From The Grey House:

She thought that maybe the safe house was empty because it wasn’t actually the safe house. There was the possibility that The Hook Up was the actual meeting place. It was not a good idea, tactically, to have a safe house across the street from a twenty-four-hour establishment. Rebecca figured that someone here, either an employee or customer, was the point of contact. She wanted to figure out whom but didn’t want to look too suspicious. She was already quite conspicuous sitting in an Internet café without a computer. The public computers were by the wall, which was not a convenient place to watch her quarry. Therefore, she sat and looked at her watch, looking like she was waiting for friends.

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Daily Prompt: Frank

From The Grey House:

“What did it?”

She gave him a frank look. “He was there all night. When I fed you my blood willingly? He heard that, too. While I was convincing him to let me come tonight, he told me that no untainted human would offer a vampire their blood. That I wasn’t to be trusted because I was probably Hellspawn already.”

Vincent watched her again, not saying a word, thinking of their encounter at The Ocean’s Edge.

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Daily Prompt: Dead

From The Grey House:

A gasp of hope escaped the frightened Aaron. Vincent cocked his head to look at the human. Aaron was quieting; becoming still. A look of pure hope was indeed spreading from his green eyes to his tanned face. A few more words and he would be completely convinced everything would be okay. A hard need worked its way from the pit of Vincent’s stomach throughout his body, making him tingle. Vincent loved the look of desperate hope on a human’s face. It had been a long time since he had seen it. He decided to play it.

Vincent strolled over to Joseph and held out his hand for the key. Joseph looked his friend dead in the eye and understood. He reached into his pocket and handed Vincent the keys to the shackles, making as much noise as possible. Vincent took them, hid his glee and turned. He looked toward Keith first, who had known Vincent too long and knew the truth. His grim demeanor was ever present.

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Daily Prompt: Wife

From The Grey House:

“Why did you come here?” It was the first words Vincent had said to him.

“I was worried about Natalia.” He tried hard not to reveal any emotion.

Vincent narrowed his eyes and stared Charlie down. “The more questions I have to ask, the angrier I get. The angrier I get, the more likely I am to kill you before hearing the whole story, despite what your wife made me promise.”

Charlie ground his teeth: it wasn’t too close to the full moon. He could easily control his emotions, but he was too worried about Natalia. He wanted her to be safe, wanted to find her. His anger parted as he realized the quicker he told Vincent the situation, the quicker his boss would use his resources to find her. To his credit, Vincent left someone back at her house to investigate, but they were only to assess the situation at the house and await further information.

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Daily Prompt: Hate

From The Grey House:

“And nervous werewolves are bad.”

“Yep. Although we should probably head back to the estates before the full moon.”

“When is that?”

“Eight days.”

“Keep reminding me.”

“Yep.” He turned away from the stove. “Food’s ready.”

She went to the stove and took the plate he offered. She ladled out some food and sat at the kitchen table. Charlie joined her a moment later. They talked of little things as they ate. Charlie went to shower as Natalia cleaned up and put things away in her own kitchen. She usually hated doing dishes, but today, it helped to remind her that she was home, and safe.

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Daily Prompt: Apart

From The Grey House:

“You bite her, you kill her.”

“She can take it.” He stepped up to Joseph, wanting to rip his friend’s throat out.

Joseph placed his hands on Vincent’s shoulders and turned the vampire around. The bandage Dr. Elving placed over her bullet wound was bright red with fresh blood. The wound was not large, about as wide as Vincent’s middle finger. With that much blood oozing, he must have grabbed her arm by mistake when he kissed her. There was pain in her eyes as she touched her right shoulder carefully.

“She may not appear harmed, but she will rip herself apart to take you on. She is as obsessed as you are. Send her away. Now.”

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Daily Prompt: Weight

From The Grey House:

“Joseph, what can I tell you?”

“Dean’s strengths and weaknesses.”

“He’s a good planner. Doesn’t fight. He didn’t go on raids but was connected by cell to Zechariah for last minute changes.”

“What does he look like?”
            “About five-feet six inches and overweight. He’s Caucasian with black hair and brown eyes. He’s about 19 with very bad skin. He’s gullible, easily swayed. If a woman starts talking to him, she might be able to convince him not to do anything. That’s all I know.”

“Thank you.” He hung up.

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Daily Prompt: Fill

From The Grey House:

A large, strong body pressed her into the wall. His free hand pulled her dress away from her shoulder and his teeth sank into her shoulder, painfully. She cried out, but the hand at her throat moved to her mouth, stifling her cries. Pain and terror filled her thoughts but dissipated somewhat when the menacing figure pulled away from her shoulder and growled into her ear.

“Do you see how easy it would be for us to steal your life and change it or end it at our discretion?” His hand moved back to her throat.

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