This is my first week joining Sweet Saturdays. Thanks for reading my post and leaving your comments. This weeks snippet is a short prologue from Until Darkness Comes, Book 1 in my Redemption series.
Elias tightened his trench coat as he restlessly paced back and forth on a small stretch of sidewalk. He looked up to the starless heavens, a few drops of rain spattering against his face. The air was thick with evil foreboding, and he questioned the wisdom in coming here without the aid of a warrior. This world was unknown to him—his strength, weaker here. The unexpected change left him uncomfortably vulnerable.
A tall, shadowy figure stepped into the empty street, the grating echo of boots against asphalt announced his approach. Elias’s energy soared in response to the darkness standing before him.
“So, this is it?” he asked, glancing left and then right. His coal-black stare fixed on Elias, sending a shiver of dread up his spine. “Earth—can’t say that I’m overly impressed. But, I am surprised you summoned me, Elias. I didn’t think you’d have the nerve to do it. She must certainly be something special to warrant all the stir she’s caused.”
“I know what you’re planning to do,” Elias accused. “And I came here to stop you before it’s too late.”
“Too late for whom? Surely my welfare is of no concern to you.”
“That’s not fair, Max. I’m your brother.”
“Correction, you were my brother. Now you’re nothing more than a nark who’s become an incessant pain in my ass.”
“It’ll never work, Max. She’s not ever going to love you. Her guardian will never let you have her.”
“We’ll see about that,” Max sneered with confidence. His arrogance had only gotten worse since his fall. Time had certainly done nothing to curb the rebellion that darkened his brother’s soul.
“How long have you known of this girl?”
“All her life—eighteen years,” Elias answered, uncertain why that would be of any relevance.
“And what do you think? Is this human worth it?” His tone, thick with disgust.
“They’re all worth it.” He met Max’s eyes; nothing short of cold hatred shone in their depths, chilling him to his core.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s what you have to say. But what I want to know is if she’s worth it. Is she worth your life, Elias?”
Max stood less than a foot away, meeting him eye to eye. Silence hung in the air like an ominous cloud. Tension mounted as he hesitated to give the answer that would seal his fate. He should have known the Dark Court would never have sent Max if he couldn’t get the job done. Unfortunately, he’d underestimated the fallen angel, and for that he would surely pay the price. More than ever, he regretted not bringing the girl’s guardian along. It was impulsive and foolish to think he could talk some sense into his brother. What did he expect? That Max would just give up and go back to perdition where he’d come from? Not likely…
“Well?” Max snapped impatiently.
“She’s worth it.”
The air crackled with energy. “That’s what I thought,” Max sneered, pulling a dagger out of his jacket. With blinding speed, Max drove the blade into his chest—it was swift and precise. He gasped and stumbled a step back, falling onto the pavement at his brother’s feet. The cold, damp ground quickly leached into his bones. Bright red blood flowed freely onto the sidewalk in a river of betrayal.
He stared up at Max in shock, watching helplessly as his brother glanced down at his hand covered in red, sticky liquid. His face contorted into an expression of disgust as he bent down and wiped the back of his hand clean on Elias’s jacket.
Max stood up and a bolt of lightning split the midnight sky, opening the heavens as rain began to pour down upon the earth. Elias’s vision slowly faded. The last thing he saw was his brother shiver, as if warding off a sudden chill. He turned abruptly and walked back into the darkness from which he’d come.
The rain sent Elias’s life blood coursing down the sidewalk in rivulets, carrying it down into the sewer drain where the water rushed below. With a flicker of light, Elias’s body faded into transparency. His body vanished, and Olivia Norton’s world was forever changed.