Excerpt from Chapter One
“She must die.”
Raising an eyebrow, I looked into Vince’s dark eyes. “Who?”
“The rumors are true, Samantha,” he said, and then bit into his caviar.
I took a sip of wine. “Which rumors, exactly?”
He ran his fingers through his short, spiky hair. “She’s alive.”
My mind ran through the list of she’s that he could be referring to. Then I looked at him again. “You don’t mean…?”
Eyes aglow, he nodded. “Marguerite Westerfield is alive and well. As it turns out, her watcher never had her killed. I threatened the lives of her daughters, and yet Mattie still risked it all to save Marguerite. She merely hid the child.”
I leaned over the table toward him. “She wouldn’t be a child anymore. How old is she now?”
“Almost sixteen, if I remember correctly. She was close to three when she was supposed to be killed.” He sighed.
“So she’s already gone through her transformation.”
Vince shook his head. “No, not yet. That’s what has made it so difficult to track her down. She was hidden amongst the humans, being raised as one. Marguerite probably thinks that she is one,” he said, and laughed.
I grinned, flipping my long, dark blonde hair behind my shoulder. “What’s the plan?”
He narrowed his eyes slightly. “You’re going to pay her a visit.”
“What?” I asked, sitting back. “Are you kidding? You’re sending me?”
“You’re perfect for the job. You’re a quick thinker, unlike most of the goons I have to deal with, and you look like you could be her age. She’ll probably trust you if you play it right.”
Wonderful. I was getting sent out on a job instead of sticking around with him. But I couldn’t argue. Nobody crossed Vince. No one that lived to tell about it, anyway. I gave him my most seductive smile. “Actually, it could be fun to mess with the humans. I haven’t mingled with them in decades.”
“I’m glad to hear it, Samantha,” he said, smiling. I loved it when he smiled at me, because he was one of the most powerful vampires alive. He could have been with anyone, but I had won him over. “I thought you might put up a fuss.”
“Oh Vincey, you know that I love a challenge. That’s how I ended up here in this room with you.”
He laughed. “That’s true. Most everyone is afraid to even look at me, but not you. That’s what I love about you.” He reached across the table and intertwined his fingers with mine.
To be continued in Fallen…
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