RISING by Holly Kelly
(New Adult- Paranormal Romance)
Release Date: September 6, 2013
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
before. As a trained
their secret, and uphold the law. This female’s presence here was not only a
criminal act, but it also presented an imminent threat. And because of that,
his course was clear.
he’d enter her apartment window. Moving silently, he’d strike fast. Before she
could cry out for help, he’d have her throat slit wide open. With her blood
flowing swiftly, she’d be dead in mere seconds. The fact that she bathed at
this time added to the ease of the execution. Clean up would be simple. Before
the night ended, it would be as if she’d never existed. The Dagonian threat of
exposure would be wiped clean from the human world.
Her sweet scent surrounded him as he listened to her pitiful sobs. Then, in
that moment, he did the most shameful thing he’d ever done in his life.
blade in his holster, he willed his feet to move, but they seemed unwilling to
obey. Then his mind latched onto a thought. It was no crime to wait for a more
opportune time or a more secluded place to strike. He didn’t need to act
rashly. True, finding her here in the human world shocked him, but he needed to
be clear-headed and sure when he killed her.
wheel. He leaned his head back against the seat, closed his eyes, and attempted
to clear his head.
He’d be back and she would die. She deserved to die. She
may have the voice of an angel, but that was a lie. She was a traitor, a threat
to their people. No other explanation made sense.
He felt someone near just before a fist rapped on the
glass. A big, filthy man with wild hair motioned for him to roll down his
As soon as the glass lowered, the barrel of a high-caliber
pistol poked inside. “Give me all your money and I won’t hurt you,” the man
“Put away that gun and I won’t hurt you,” Xanthus
said, his voice low and menacing.
The man didn’t seem too impressed. “Yeah man, right. You
might notice I’m the one with the...” Before he got the words out, Xanthus had
the gun out of the man’s hand and pointed back at his face with his windpipe
clenched in his fist.
“Hey man, I was just joking,” the human choked out.
“Just walk away. And don’t come back. If I see your face
anywhere near here again, I’ll kill you. Do you understand me?”
The man’s eyes widened in fear. “Yeah, yeah, I hear you,”
he said, just before Xanthus released him and he escaped into the darkness.
Xanthus looked toward the little female’s apartment
building across the street. Could she have found a more dangerous place to
live? He placed the gun in the glove compartment. He shouldn’t have let the
This Dagonian female probably felt at home with these
Probably? Aw Hades. He cursed himself and the doubt in his
mind. He doubly cursed that he couldn’t seem to stop himself from caring about
her welfare. He’d be killing her himself, after all. The traitor had to die,
regardless of his feelings and no matter how appealing she was. Of course if
she died by a human’s hands then he wouldn’t...
He shook his head at his own idiotic thoughts. If a human
killed her, then her body would be taken to the morgue, for the humans to see.
He couldn’t let that happen. He had to be the one to kill her and carefully
dispose of her body. And he would, soon.
Just not tonight.