The Dark Winter Tale short story event continues today with part 5 from author Mari Mancusi. Please join me in welcoming Mari here today to Dark Faerie Tales. Her upcoming release, Night School, will hit shelves on January 4, 2011. Night School is the fifth installment in the captivating Blood Coven Vampire series. Click on the link to read an excerpt from Night School.
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“I apologize for their…behaviour,” the (man? elf? fey? god of the university underground?) purred in a deep haunting voice while turning to Liv for the first time, his dark eye settling on her with such an intensity they forced a shiver. He made a dismissive sweeping motion over the heads of his minions who snarled and growled and snapped their teeth like a pack of were-Chihuahuas, but thankfully made no further movement toward her. “They can get…excited.”
“Um, yeah, that’s one word for it,” Liv muttered, surprising herself with how confident she sounded. By all rights she should be petrified. Freaked out beyond belief. Instead, she found herself quite consumed by curiosity. She’d always been like that–too curious for her own good–killed cats be damned. Delving headfirst into the forbidden, often at the risk of her own safety. Heck, that’s why she’d spoken to Wyatt in the first place. He’d been so…different. So unlike the rest of the student body. And no warning from her older (and presumably wiser) roommate Alice had been able to keep her away from him.
Focus, she scolded herself. There’d be time to think of mysterious boys later. Right now she had more pressing issues. Like the fact that the strange pointy-eared god standing before her was currently, unabashedly staring straight at her breasts. Right in front of his minions, too, she might add.
“Um, do you mind?” she found herself snarling, crossing her arms over her chest. Part of her wasn’t quite sure why she’d be more concerned with her modesty than her very existence on planet, which, let’s face it, at the moment, seemed equally threatened. But still! Fey or mortal–was a little proper decorum too much to ask for?
The fey–if indeed that’s what he was–laughed heartily at her indignation. “I did not mean anything improper,” he assured her while respectfully averting his eyes. “It’s only that…well, few mortals fare well when they make direct eye contact with me. And you are far too valuable to risk succumbing to their fate.”
“Ah, I get it. So your ogling was just, like, a public service,” she retorted, annoyed at herself for feeling a disappointment well up inside of her at his words. After all, the last thing she needed was for some freaky fey dude to be checking her out. Even if it was the hottest freaky fey dude to ever walk the face of the Earth.
Wait, did he just say she was valuable? Her?
He chuckled again and she couldn’t help but notice a deep dimple in his cheek as his full lips twisted into a cocky grin. “Such spirit,” he said, seemingly more to his minions than to her. Then he turned back to face her, his eyes still respectfully low and hooded. “I see why Wyatt chose you.”
Her head snapped to attention. “What?” she cried. “What does Wyatt have to do with any of this?” Her heart thudded in her chest and she squeezed her hands into fists to stop them from shaking.
The dark fey smiled patronizingly at her. “All in good time, my dear. All in good time.” He raised a hand and beckoned for her to follow. “Now come with me. Our time grows short.”
She planted her feet firmly on the ground. “Um, no offense dude, but I’m not going anywhere with you. I’ve…I’ve got a library book to return.” Okay, it was a pretty lame excuse, but you try coming up with something better on the fly…
But the fey just nodded, as if he’d expected her to say that. Maybe he had. “And that, my dear,” he replied. “Is exactly what we’re going to go do.”
TO BE CONTINUED…
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