Curse of Shadows and Light (Demonblood Book 3)By: Penelope King
But now I have no place to go to. Bones is dead. Dryndara and Demon Bar are off limits to me. I’ve been reduced to hiding out at the home of a witch who would probably rather kill me than help me, and my powers feel as reliable and strong as a dead battery. I have no friends or allies other than Kieron. And even he seems to be pulling away.
How did I get here? What have I done to deserve this?
Hours pass as I lie on the bed, just thinking about everything. Trying to make sense of it all. Finally, as I feel my time drawing to an end, I force myself up and make my way to the hallway, trying to be quiet as I open the door to the room next to mine.
Corrine is snoring gently with her comforter wrapped around her like a cocoon. I gently shake her back and forth.
“Hey… hey, Corrine. Wake up a minute. I need to talk to you.”
“Liora?” she murmurs groggily.
“It’s Lucky. I need to talk—”
“Oh!” Her eyes fly open, and she immediately props herself up with her hands and scoots away. I let out a deep sigh and remind myself to stay cool.
“I need to talk to you. I only have a minute.” I glance over to the window where the dark sky is beginning to turn a light grey.
Corrine rubs her eyes. “What’s up?”
“I need you to give Liora a message for me. I need you to talk to her the second she wakes up. You need to tell her something for me, okay? It’s very important.”
“Sure… yeah. What is it?” She reaches for her glasses on the nightstand and puts them on. I’m not sure why she needs to see better in order to listen to what I have to say, but whatever.
I sit down on the side of her bed, and she inches away some more. “I need you to tell her that Tatiana is okay. That she’s fine and well. It was all a trick.”
She frowns. “What happened to Tatiana?”
I roll my eyes. “Nothing! Don’t you understand English? She’s fine! It’s important you tell Liora that the second she wakes up. Can you do that?”
She nods. “Yeah… of course.”
“And there’s another thing.” I stand up and make my way over to the window. Pulling back the curtains, I peek outside where the lights of the mansion glow in the distance.
“Tell her… tell her not to trust Anastasia. Even though she might want to, tell her to keep her guard up. I’m not sure she’s on our side.”
Corrine’s eyes widen, and she pushes up her glasses. “What do you mean not on our side? Is she bad? Are we in danger?”
I shake my head and walk over to the door. “No… you’re fine. Just tell Liora exactly what I told you. Nothing more, nothing less. Tell her the moment she awakens. Got it?”
Corrine nods enthusiastically. “Tatiana is fine and dandy. Her twin sister, not so much. Got it.”
My hand is turning the doorknob when she adds, “Wait, Lucky… Can I ask you something real quick?”
I glance back to the brightening window. “Make it fast.”
She squishes her mouth to the side and bites her lip. “Who is Bones?”
My breath catches in my throat. I pause and turn back to her. “Why? Where did you hear that name?”
She twists the edge of her comforter and avoids my stare. “Well, earlier today you, I mean Liora, she was sleeping and kept moaning his name. Like she was calling him. And it just sounded so… I dunno… sexy. And I could tell Kieron was irritated.”
So that explains Kieron’s weird behavior. Liora went and had herself a naughty little sex dream about Bones. I’d laugh if it wasn’t so tragic.
“Bones is someone we both knew and cared about very deeply,” I murmur. “He recently died, so I’m sure she was just acting out something.”
“She kept saying, ‘baby, my baby, Bones, my baby…’”
I hold up my hand. “Okay I get it. What can I tell you? He was a hottie. Now don’t forget to tell Liora what I said to you. That’s the only thing you need to worry about, okay?” I turn and hurry out the door and back to my room before she can see my trembling hands and the tears filling my eyes.
My best friend, my lover, my partner in crime, my protector, my salvation, and my ultimate heartache. Not just in this lifetime, but in many others as well. Even after his death, Bones had saved my life. It was his ashes that allowed Kieron and me to defeat the Light-angels who were trying to kill us. Kieron told me later what the ‘dirt’ really was, and that Bones had left me that final present from beyond the grave.
But that was only partly true. It wasn’t his final present. Bones left me another gift of life… an entirely new being growing inside of me. Still probably not much bigger than the eraser of a pencil, I can feel its spirit throughout my entire body. There is a life growing inside me… and Liora.
And I have absolutely no idea what to do about it.
Chapter 5. Liora
Early morning sunlight streams through the cracks of the curtains, and the oversized room shimmers under the soft golden rays. The opulent and unfamiliar décor throws me… where am I?
I sit up and shake my head, confused by the luxurious surroundings. This is obviously no motel room. But…?