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To Ahmad and Drew, this one is for you guys, and thank you to those who helped me with some of the scenes in this book. You guys know who you are. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed writing them. Thank you.

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Chapter One


Life is boring. Life is okay. Life is good. Life is great. Life is awesome, but for me, life consists of running. I’ve always wondered. What am I running from? Time and time again, I’ve asked myself that question. Was I just being paranoid? For the life of me, I had no clue why I was running, and why the Vampiric Council was after me. Surely, I’ve broken no law as far as I was concerned. I was just glad that I haven’t found a death card in my mailbox yet. Now that? Would be another story totally. I’d probably kill myself. To say the least, I had a feeling that my time of running was about to come to an end. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? If it involves the VC? I am definitely fucking dead meat. For sure. I sighed heavily and moved the heavy curtain aside and peered out, no one suspicious standing outside my window and no movements in the trees. It was calm and still like any other day. Nodding, I let it drop back into position and moved away from the window. It was a habit that started two years ago, and I couldn’t get myself to stop. What in the world’s hell was wrong with me? Walking into the living room, I plopped onto the couch, almost knocking it over in the process. Argh, my life? Fucking sucks ass. Yep, the best way to sum it up. Feeling the presence of another vampire nearby, I stiffened, my senses going on high alert. Who the hell was paying me a visit? I didn’t make a move or a sound as the vampire stopped outside my door. Oh, boy, this was about to get interesting, or not, as the doorbell rang. I took a deep breath and slowly got up. Walking over to the door, I opened it. “Hi, are you Samantha Branson?” I stared up at the vampire before me. Chills ran up and down my spine as I peered into her cold eyes. Is this it? Have they finally sent someone out to find me?

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