Flora & Fraser

Chapter One

The last person Flora had expected to see being ushered into her office was Fraser Reid and she was frozen as he gave her that same charming smile he had given her when they had first met. She remembered the day, when she had come stomping furiously out of the women’s restroom at the airport, her face red and covered in tears, her phone clutched crushingly tight in her hand. Her boyfriend had dared to yell at her when she told him she couldn’t make her flight, that she would have to take another, like it was her fault. She had been so angry she had slammed into him as he walked with his secretary to their terminal, spilling his coffee down the front of her suit. She had started crying again as she apologized and his secretary had rushed off to get napkins. He had been so kind, calming her down and laughing off the spill. He had had her laughing in a matter of minutes. He had even given her his business card, telling her to call him if she ever got the chance, something she hadn’t planned on, but had stuck it in her purse out of habit. She was handed so many on trips that she had a whole file just for them in her office.

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Zaid & Vecente

Chapter One

His own fathers fist met with his cheek and knocked a tooth nearly out of place “you tell your lord where they have gone Zaid! You tell him now! Do you not understand how you shame your mother and I turning against the very man who speaks to the gods on our behalf!”

“You’re a fool father, you and everyone else. There are no gods he and his men speak to. It’s a lie passed down generations..it’s all a fucking lie to control us” Nicretus stood “Move back Garet, go to your wife. I forgive you for your sons transgressions. It is not always the parents fault when a child becomes so…so infantile” Zaid scoffed when his father bowed and thanks him. When his father scampered out the room like the spineless man he was Nicretus said “regardless of weather you believe I and my family before me speak to the gods Tara is my daughter. I want only what’s best for her”

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Jubal & Delia 3

Chapter One

Delia’s head rested on his shoulder as he drove and he glanced in the review mirror at his cousin Finn who was staring at his iPad. He could sense his nervousness, his fear and worry. Delia’s family had invited them over for a week and Delia had insisted on taking Finn with them since he didn’t get out much. Jubal had had to reassure the boy time and time again that if anything went wrong, he would stop him, but Finn was still terrified. “How’s he doing?” Delia said softly.

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Halcyon & Fane

Chapter One

Fane gripped tightly to his covers as he tossed and turned, his muscles tense as the nightmare filled his head, the rememberance of pain, the taunting voice and the innocent, horror filled eyes. He screamed, his eyes snapping open, his heart nearly beating out of his chest. He moved onto his side, curling into a ball and crying. His stomach rolled, but he told himself he would not throw up this time. Even as the thought entered his head he was running to the bathroom of his little studio apartment, his stomach emptying itself as he leaned over the toilet bowl. He puked until there was nothing left and even then all he could do was dry heave and cry. He felt so weak, but he couldn’t help the feeling of shame he was always left with.

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Solon & Judas

Chapter One

Judas was exhausted and walking out of his cousins house to head home when he saw one of his old friends, bruised, covered in glitter, obviously passed out and bleeding a little from her mouth. He rushed over and checked to see if she was breathing “thank god” he said to himself then checked her purse for a wallet. They had been friends but he didn’t know where she lived. “damn” there was no wallet to be found. He hoped nobody had stolen it. “Hey!” a guy called out from behind him. Judas said “I am going to call an ambulance for her”

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Aulay & Fillian

Chapter One

Fillian pulled his jacket tighter around him as he trekked up the snowy mountain, his eyes watching the path ahead of him. Once there had been a set of stone steps here, but now the path was worn and weathered. He had seen it in his dreams, the winding staircase that lead up to the old castle and there he was waiting. The voice had called him time and time again, had beckoned him to find this place. He didn’t understand why, but he knew this place and he didn’t remember much. His first memory was of waking up on the edge of the woods, his head aching, blood caked in his hair and drying on the side of his face. He remembered stumbling into the closest village, remembered passing out in the doorway of a bar and then waking again to a doctor examining him. There had been a gap in his memory, a painful loss of something important. It wasn’t until that voice had found him, sounding far away at first, that he had felt he was close to his past.

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Lily & Maruo

Chapter One

Lily took off in a full sprint, trying to get to her car before this maniac caught up to her. Her heart was pounding as she jumped inside. She could hear him cursing angrily at her. The scariest part of this entire situation was that he had gotten this angry because she wouldn’t give him her number. It was such a stupid reason and it made him that much scarier when he got pissed about it. She had nearly screamed when she realized he had started to follow her after she started trying to leave. She didn’t understand why nobody she had passed cared that she was being followed. “some world we live in” she said and sped all the way home.

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Neek & Johana

Chapter One

Neek excitedly wrote his best friend back home a letter to let him know he was only an hour away from earth and expected an easy landing. This would be the first time he landed a ship in another planets gravity but he was confident he could do it, he had trained for this after all when he decided to study other planets in the galaxy. He finished his letter then walked it over to a little box and closed it. It was a special box installed on all ships of their species that studied other planets. It was how the information was sent home. Over the course of his study he would send more than letters using that. He’d send samples of the soil, of any fur or scales or truly anything he found interesting and wanted to share.

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Fen & Saffron

Chapter One

Saffron ran as fast as she could, her heart beating fearfully in her chest as she listened to the wolves pursuing her. “Here little bunny, don’t be afraid.” One of them growled out and she let out a whimper. Why did she choose to go on her walk alone today? She always went with her brother, there was safety in pairs, but he had been busy and she had become restless. She looked behind her and that’s when the world fell out from under her and she was tumbling and sliding. When she hit bottom, she just laid there, her entire body hurting. She didn’t know how she had survived, she could see the drop off from where she lay and the wolves at the top pacing back and forth. She slowly sat up, pain radiating through her. She had cuts and scrapes all over her. She had to get out of sight before another predator came for her. She managed to get up and limp away, not daring to stop in case the wolves had decided to come down after her. She started crying when rain clouds moved over her and it only got worse when drops of rain fell on her. She was soaked by the time she found a cave and she sat down, pulling her knees up to her chest and shivering. She couldn’t believe this was happening.

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Rowan & Dacia

Chapter One

Dacia danced because she had no choice, she moved across the stage on her toes, pirouetting here and there. She was like a doll, a living doll. A mask covered her face, red and black with dark sequins. Night after night he made her dance for the pleasure of his friends, tonight she was a ballerina, tomorrow who knew. It was the sound of the glass skylight breaking that drew her eyes up. She still danced, unable to fight the compulsion, but she watched as a you man descended from the ceiling, sliding down and rope with an excited yell. He landed on the stage next to her, those watching her had jumped up and he watched shocked from the front row.

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