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The Freeing Blood (Sequel to Shadow Kiss): Ch. 16
I flew down the road, passed the motel, and passed the MacMiller house before yanking the steering wheel to the right to turn off onto the road that led down to the small beach area where Zak had taken me just last night. As I slammed on my breaks behind Zak's parked car, all of my other thoughts came to a sudden halt as well. Had that only happened last night? Thinking on it it had. He had taken me out here for a birthday celebration then quickly drove us home where we made love to each other through the night.
Then somewhere in between there, he had tried to kill me. After that, he had left during the early morning hours while I was still asleep forcing me to awaken to an empty bed and apartment. Other than my brother. All of this since he had said the words 'happy birthday' had happened all today. So much had happened in just a span of nearly 19 hours considering it was about a quarter of seven right now. What a birthday this was turning out to be.
The Freeing Blood (Sequel to Shadow Kiss): Ch. 15
I sat in silence beside Mary as I mulled over everything she had just told me. Zak and I were destined to always meet. In one way or another, we were going to meet for the sole purpose of me saving his soul.
I turned to Mary as another question popped into my mind. "Did God know that we would fall in love?" I asked, my heart beating faster in anticipation of her answer.
Mary chuckled slightly and tossed her curls over her shoulder. "What a silly question to ask," she answered with a twinkle in her uniquely colored eyes.
I smiled in relief and laughed softly at myself. "Maybe so, but I wasn't for sure if maybe He hadn't planned for that to happen. And that maybe since it had, He would get angry or something. You know, having one of His angels being in love with a demon."
"Zak isn't a demon," Mary corrected. "Zak just has its shadow growing and living inside of him. That doesn't make HIM the demon. Even if that WAS the case, God would never be so cruel as to break apart
The Freeing Blood (Sequel to Shadow Kiss): Ch. 14
I couldn't help what came next out of my mouth. It just sounded so completely insane. Laughter bubbled up inside me and slipped from between my lips until I could feel my sides beginning to hurt from the excessive laughter. An angel of God? There was no way that could even be remotely true right? If I were an angel of God wouldn't I have known? Wouldn't I have pearly white wings and have otherworldly powers?
My laughter slowly began to fade as a thought struck me. Why would a demon inside of Zak hate me so much if I WASN'T an angel? And if I didn't have some sort of otherworldly powers then why would it have to come down to me, a nobody, to have to take on such a large task?
"Are you finished?" Mary sighed irritably as she glared at me through narrowed eyes.
I abruptly cut off the rest of my laughter and nodded. There was something scary about Mary when she wore that kind of look. I may have saved her from the darkness, but she had definitely kept a few o
The Freeing Blood (Sequel to Shadow Kiss): Ch. 13
I sat in my car, eyes closed, as I wondered what Aerolynn was doing at this exact moment. I peeked open an eye to see what time it was. The dashboard read 4:03. Surely she would be awake by now. I glanced down at my phone that was clutched tightly in my hand. I lit up the screen. No calls. No messages. Nothing. Of course, I didn't expect Aaron or Nick to try and call. Since Nick had probably told Aaron I had left and needed to be alone for a while, but to have nothing from Aerolynn? Had Mason been right?
I sighed. Of course he was right. He knew his sister better than I did. Aerolynn wasn't the type to go batshit crazy and hound me with call after call after call. Especially if her brother had done his job and she now hated me. Somewhere deep in the back of my mind though I still wanted to receive a pissed off text from her. Just so I knew she was ok. So I could tell myself that she despised me for what I had done.
Forget her, my brain t
The Freeing Blood (Sequel to Shadow Kiss): Ch. 12
"Those scratches on his back were just the beginning. Over the next year, things just steadily progressed," I told her as I played with the wedding band around my finger. I was mulling over what exactly I should tell her next that had a big impact on Zak's behavior and just his overall personality.
"What happened next, Nick?" she asked. Worry was interlaced throughout her voice as she gazed at me through pleading eyes.
I released a heavy sigh and fell back onto the bed. "I think it grew worse when he got possessed during our lockdown at Poveglia Island near Venice, Italy."
I closed my eyes remembering that specific investigation where Zak had claimed to have blacked out during the time he was cursing at Aaron and snapping at every little thing. I don't think I had ever seen him so completely overtaken before.
"You're talking about his possession," Aerolynn quietly indicated.
"Yeah, but that's not the worst of it."
3 years ago
The Freeing Blood (Sequel to Shadow Kiss): Ch. 11
"Do you remember when we first investigated Bobby Mackey's Music World?" Nick asked his eyes locked on with mine.
I slowly nodded as the memory of watching their first episode flooded my mind. That had been when Zak got those three nasty scratch marks down along his spine because he had pushed the demonic entity too far.
"So then you must remember what happened in that episode to Zak?" Nick assumed.
"Yeah. Wasn't that the series premiere of Ghost Adventures? Where Zak got scratched really bad on his back?" I questioned hesitantly hoping I was thinking of the right episode. They had done investigations at Bobby Mackey's a few times. It was just a matter of sorting out which one he was talking about.
Nick nodded in agreement. "That's the exact one. I think that is when everything started."
I slightly squinted my eyes in curiosity. "Oh? How so?"
"Well, when Zak got scratched, do you not remember how he reported feeling dizzy and this weird sensation inside of him? Not only that
The Freeing Blood (Sequel to Shadow Kiss): Ch. 10
Approximately 9 hours earlier
I didn't drive very far. After I had left Aerolynn's apartment and scary brother behind, I had stopped by the motel to pack up my things. I had accidentally woken Nick up whilst packing, but thinking back on it it was probably a good thing that he had woken up as I recalled our conversation.
"So, you're going to leave her? Just like that?" my best friend hissed quietly so as not to wake Aaron who was still dead to the world.
"What other choice do I have, Nick?" I snapped throwing a pair of pants into my suitcase.
"How about trying to talk it out with her? That seems like a good choice to me."
I vehemently shook my head at his idea. "You know I can't do that. I can't be around her anymore, Nick."
"Why, Zak, why? You love her, man. I know you do," Nick pleaded.
"I just can't, Nick," I sighed in frustration. It wasn't like Nick to constantly pick at something like this. He usually just went al
The Freeing Blood (Sequel to Shadow Kiss): Ch. 9
I woke up later that day to the bright rays of the afternoon sun shining directly upon my closed eyelids between my bedroom curtains. I brought my hand up to block the sun from beating down on my face as my eyes slowly fluttered open. A large, languid smile spread across my face as I stretched out my limbs under the covers. I let one arm fall beside me in search of Zak, but found only a large empty space. I sat up in bed and looked around the room. The clothes I had taken off him yesterday were gone. That could only mean two things: he was gone or he was merely in the other room. I prayed that it was the latter.
That's when the most wonderful aroma slipped into my room and assaulted my senses. Bacon. I could smell bacon being cooked in the kitchen. A strange sense of relief washed over me knowing that he hadn't left. He had merely gotten up to go fix breakfast. My eyes glanced at my bedside clock. It was nearing 1:30, so I guess I should say Zak was fixing lunch.
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