Writer Notes: Now that’s a freaking take down! AU’s going to start getting serious, guys. Yep, this is Chapter 37. I’ve been trying to decide when the exact cut-off for this “book” is going to be and it only seems appropriate that it matches Book 1. So 50 chapters. That’s only 13 more chapters to go O_O What am I thinking?
Warnings: No back flashes, I repeat, no back flashes! MAGIC! Pixelated blood, tears, profanity, and arrogance. Guys, I should also probably say: grab a tissue.
“You disappoint me, Mr. Coristor.” Latimere Greenbrooke said. “I was hoping for a challenge. It’s been generations since my last.”
“Now you will tell me how you broke the locks and how you got inside my High Tower.”
Harry Coristor just laughed.
“You think this is funny?” Latimere scowled. “I see you have yet to grasp the situation. You have betrayed a very powerful enemy. Your life is over. Now how did you get in here?!”
“You think I came alone?”
Lacarra Greenbrooke’s instincts were rarely wrong. She knew something was amiss. She had to act fast.
“Stay here.” she told the children. “And do not open this door unless you are certain it is me.”
It was just a feeling, but someone was in this hall. Lacarra could not see them yet, but they were there. They had to be.
“Welcome to High Tower.” she said. “I’m afraid, however, that your visit will be short. We do not allow trespassers. Once we even beheaded them in the main hall.”
“I’ll take care of the Vampire whore.” Victoria Steel said to her younger sister, Penelope. “You go and do what is needed. Remember this is your test to prove yourself trustworthy to Julianna and to me.”
“You should have let her stay.” Lacarra laughed.
“You should have brought help.” Victoria returned.
“Oh, Penelope! How did you get in here?” Delania asked.
“Yeah, why are you here? What’s going on? Did Dad send for us?” Dahlila inquired.
“She said you would be here.” Penelope’s words were not directed at either of the Zarren girls. They were in fact directed towards Elan.
“Tonight everything changes.” Penelope said. “Tonight only the supernatural will last. If you resist, you will perish. In the name of Julianna, we shall rise.”
“Bitch! Fuck!” Dahlila shouted. “Get back here!”
What just happened? Why? Penelope was their friend. She was Gabriel’s daughter. They had grown up together, played together, braided each other’s hair. Why!
Dahlila meant to find out.
“Don’t resist or you will perish.” Penelope said as the light surrounded her.
“Get out!” Penelope cried. “If you don’t then you’ll…”
“Oh god, oh god.” Delania was trembling. “Elan, we need to get her to a hospital.”
“She won’t make it that far.” he returned.
“Can’t you do something…vampire powers? Can you heal her?” Delania panicked.
“He’s not a master vampire.” Yolonda weakly said. “He doesn’t have that power.”
“Hush now, save your strength. You’re going to get through this. You’re going to be all right!”
“Oh sugar…” Yolonda shook her head. “I’m scared.”
“Don’t talk like that, baby. You’re going to be fine.” Elan looked at the wound. He was training to be a doctor, but that knowledge just made it worse.
She was dying and there was nothing he could do.
“I love you.” she managed as the air rushed out of her body and she lay still in his arms.
“Children…!” Lacarra took a step back. She was too late.
“I congratulate you on being able to fool me, Mr. Coristor.” Latimere began. “But I promise you, that was the last time. If you answer my questions, I can grant you a little mercy.”
“Mercy, really Latimere?” Zarah shook her head. “After all this?”
“I do not want war, Ms. Dellawood.” Latimere replied. “My goal is to avoid it at all costs.”
“War is already upon you.” Harry smiled. “You are too blind to notice, too arrogant to think you will be safe behind these walls. Julianna has found a way to destroy you.”
“Evidently not be your hand, Mr. Coristor.” Latimere snickered.
“You will see.”
“Latimere!” Lacarra was running. “Elves…in the halls!” She panted. “They have taken Dahlila!”
“WHAT?!” Zarah shook her head. “How?”
“I’m not sure.” Lacarra replied. “I trapped one in the dungeons. Trudy and Siren are watching her. The other one must have found the children. She killed the Human girl and then disappeared with Dahlila.”
“The Steel girls sure do come in handy.” Harry laughed. “Julianna will absorb what’s left of Tatiana’s power through her daughter and become even more powerful.”
“You better hope not, Harry.” Zarah warned. “When Vaiden…”
“What can he do?” Mr. Coristor asked. “Julianna has him locked up tight.”
“They have Vaiden?” Lacarra shook her head. “Impossible!”
“Lacarra, Ms. Dellawood, keep Mr. Coristor company. Make sure Trudy and her children stay out of this hall. I want a total lock down of this whole establishment when I leave.”
“When you leave?” Zarah shook her head. “What are you talking about?”
“The Elf teleported with Miss Dahlila. All magic leaves a trace.” Latimere replied. “I shall follow that magic and bring Dahlila back.”
“You know it’s a trap.” Lacarra said. “Julianna will be waiting for you.”
Latimere was tired of this game. It had turned allies against him, broken his security, and thinned his patience.
When he made promises, he kept them. And this promise was too important to break.
He may not have liked Dahlila Zarren, but she was Coastal’s granddaughter and that meant she was his family. He protected what was his. And he always won.
“Well, hello dear.”
“I’ve been expecting you.”