Friday, 6 July 2012

Sample Chapters from The Beginning of the End - As promised!

As promised - three sample chapters from the third book in The Mauve Legacy, The Beginning of the End. I would really appreciate if you could comment with your opinions, it really helps me when I read back through during my writing. Also please note there may be mistakes as the excerpt is taken from the first draft.




ONE
Safe House

I paced the floor of the front room in the safe house in New Ashford, chewing my thumbnail until it bled. I'd sent the third team to Goodson Farm for surveillance and now we were waiting for our cues to leave and rescue Ivy.
Luther had really hit a nerve when he called last night giving me a twenty-four hour time limit. I'd jumped out of bed and called everyone frantically. Not that any of them were too impressed at me waking them at 3am, but soon hopped into action at the mention of Luther's name. I'd spent an hour after the calls packing in a blind panic and running the plan over and over in my mind, calmed only by Josh wrapping his arms around me. I really don't know what I would have done if we hadn't made up.
The question still remained though – did we tell Ivy the truth about our lives and how we found her, or get Louise to work her mind magic? Ava assured me I'd figure it out, but now.. I wasn't so sure. I didn't feel right about using mind magic on one of my best friends, but then I didn't know if it was fair to expose myself and my friends, and our secrets to a human with no family ties to any of us. Regardless of her love of Wicca and obsession with Twilight.
At least we'd decided on how Ivy would be 'found.' We were going to drive her to River Forest Park and leave her in the forest where two of Elijah's vampires would 'find' her and phone the Salem Police Department. Not exactly the best idea in the world, but it was the best we had.
''Stop making your thumb bleed, love. You're making me hungry.'' Justin's British accent filtered down the hall and I turned to see him walk through the door.
''Sorry. I'm just.. so nervous.'' I said pathetically.
''Don't be, I have every faith in you.'' He chucked himself down on the old, rickety sofa. ''Couldn't have got any better furniture, could you?'' He asked with a cheeky grin. I scowled at him.
''Take that up with your Master. He's the one that found this place, not me.''
''Stole it, more like.''
I sighed. We didn't exactly steal it. Ava has the power of compulsion, or influence as it's sometimes called, and kinda talked the owners into selling us the place for a pitiful amount. I have no doubt they would have been extremely confused when they woke up the next day, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and this was a very desperate time.
''Sit.'' Justin commanded, patting the space on the sofa next to him. I wrinkled my nose.
''Really?''
He shot me a look and I reluctantly crossed the room and sat next to him. He wrapped a cold muscular arm around me and I rested my head on his shoulder. Besides Ava, he was the best friend a girl could ask for.
The others were talking in the kitchen, I could hear Ava and Maya enthusiastically describing how amazing Prom would be compared to Homecoming. A lump formed in my throat as I thought about the fact my Dad would never see me attend my first Prom.
''Don't cry, love. What are you thinking about?'' Justin asked as he gently wiped a tear from my cheek. Well. I didn't even know I was crying.
''Prom.'' I whispered.
''Markus would be proud of you, Lily, and you know it. Take some of that emotion and put it into tonight, okay?'' He said softly.
I shook my head and got up, moving to the window. I rested my hands on the cracked windowsill and looked out into the Massachusetts countryside. We were about twenty minutes outside of New Ashford, in a small village. We were surrounded by rolling green fields, flourishing trees and best of all, silence. I gazed out at the sky, the once bright sun was loitering on the horizon in a state of indecision. Did it set? Or not?
Because if it did...
Ribbons of red, orange and purple streamed across the sky at the light blue of day gave way to the indigo of night. If I looked hard enough, I could see the faint outline of the half-moon and a few random stars. I leant my fingertips on the window as I studied the natural work of art before me. In that moment, I could believe I was a normal seventeen year old girl watching the sunset, and I let myself believe it, just for a moment.
A gentle, warm hand was placed on my shoulder. I didn't need to turn to know it was Josh. Justin must have got him. I leant back into his chest as his hand slipped down my back to my waist, providing me the comfort only he could give me. My mind was open, but Ava was silent. She knew when not to talk.
''I love you.'' Josh murmured into my ear, placing a gentle kiss on my temple.
''I love you too.'' I whispered back. And I really, truly, did. Even if it took some she-wolf enchanting him to make me realise just how much. That reminds me, she still owes me a conversation. Hope Jerome's cell is comfy.
Ava's cell rang in the kitchen as I watched the sun slowly edge lower.
And lower.
And lower.
Lily, we have to leave. I'll see you on the other side. Ava's calm voice echoed in my mind. I heard the click of the back door as the second team left the house.
I love you. Be safe. I said back to her.
Always. I felt her blow me a mental kiss and I shut my eyes. Everything would be fine. It had to be.
''Josh? Can you get Justin? I need to ask him something.'' I turned to look at him. He was so beautiful.
''Of course.'' He pressed a loving kiss to my lips and left the room.
''You called, my lady.'' Justin swept back into the room and bowed with a flourish. I let out a small giggle despite myself. He fit in so well with us it was easy to forget that he was actually born in a different century. Ah, gotta love the vampires.
''I did, my good sir.'' I replied in a haughty British accent. I beckoned him over with my finger and he was by my side in a flash. Usually, I'd complain about his vamp speed but tonight, it would come in useful. I bent over to whisper in his ear.
''Luther will show tonight, and I need you to help me.''


TWO
Goodson Farm

Night had fallen by the time our SUV's pulled up half a mile from the farm. I climbed out of the car and looked up at the night sky. I was doing that a lot lately, but it was comforting.
The stars twinkled with a brightness only they were capable of. My gaze was involuntarily drawn to the moon and I felt a rush of warmth flow through my body. I mouthed a silent thank you as I studied the craters on it's surface.
Josh walked round the car and took my hand, telling me it was time to move. I tore my eyes from the lunar spirit of the goddess, Hecate, and smiled at him. We began our trek to the farm through the trees, Rosie, Grace, Sampson and Justin, plus a small ladder, following behind us.
**
The door to the farmhouse was already open when we approached. I knew it might be, that was Ava's signal that all was clear. I was glad our mental connection still worked while she was in the cottage. He hadn't placed a ward. Yet.
I silently lead my group, now plus Iyla, into the old cottage. The dust had accumulated since my dream and the stench of neglect was almost suffocating. It was clear to see no-one had been here for years. It was exactly the same as my dream, down to every last beam on the ceiling and moth eaten curtain at the windows. I hurried on through to the kitchen, quickly locating the pantry. I shivered with the sense of deja vu, except of course I had been here. Spiritual me had, anyway.
Josh stepped forward and pushed open the large door as I lit a small, heat less flame in my palm, lighting up the empty room. I looked down and saw the rotten trapdoor. I motioned to Josh to open it and he did, silently. As in my dream, I grabbed a small pebble and dropped it down the hole, a small clunk rose to my ears instantly. I turned to Iyla who lit a flame in her hand, identical to mine, before I dropped down into the tunnel noiselessly. I looked around me as I waited for the ladder to be dropped down and the others to join me.
It was as dank and dirty as I knew it would be. The smell of damp earth circled round me as I gagged slightly. I could almost taste the evil that had once walked these tunnels, and still did I suppose.
How convenient for Mr Witch Hunter.
The others climbed down next to me and Josh took my hand again with a small nod. Rosie and Justin filed in behind us, followed by Sampson then Grace and Iyla. We made our way through the tunnels urgently but slowly, careful not to make a single sound. I couldn't even hear our footsteps. We reached a fork in the tunnels, left or right. I knocked down my empath wall, blocked out the nerves from my family – blood or otherwise – and focused on Ivy. Slowly, ever so slowly, I began to feel a hint of despair and sadness and Rosie directed me right under her breath.
I forgot about her fancy locating powers.
We travelled the tunnels, navigating the passages that way, Rosie locating and me sensing my feels until I barely even needed to concentrate.
I'm coming, Ivy. Please don’t' give up yet.
After what felt like a lifetime we found the door to the room she was hidden in. Her feelings were overwhelming me now, and I knew I had to reconstruct my wall before I collapsed under the weight of her sadness. I took a deep breath as I did and reached for the lock. I shot a tiny, almost invisible bolt of lightening at the hole was rewarded with a small hiss, and a click. The door swung open slightly and I let go of Josh to push it open.
She was sat in the centre of the room on a rickety old wooden chair. Like in my dream, her hands and ankles were manacled down and her head was hung over, her beautiful brown hair hanging over her face. I blinked back tears as I studied the rest of the room. Chains, knives, manacles and other torture equipment adorned the walls. I wasn't expecting that. I heard a small gasp from behind me as everyone followed me in and had to swallow the bile that had risen in my throat. I ran over to Ivy and gently lifted her head.
''Ivy?'' I whispered.
Her eyes opened and she studied me for a second before they widened in alarm.
''No! He'll kill you! Lily you have to leave! Now! Please!'' She croaked desperately.
''Ssh.'' I moved her hair from her face. ''You know I won't hurt you, right?''
She looked at me for a second before nodding her head slightly. I stepped back and positioned my fingers towards her manacles. I broken them all open with four quick bolts of lightening and Josh set them down silently with his magic.
Ivy looked up and stared at me in disbelief.
''What are you?''
I beckoned Justin forward and smiled slightly.
''Don't worry about that at the moment. You'll be safe now, okay? Justin will get you out of here.''
Justin swept her weak and bloodied body up in his arms and carried her out, pausing at the door and shooting me a glance. I nodded, a quick dip of my chin.
I hate to break this to you Lily but we got company! Ava's voice screamed in my mind and I turned to everyone else. I knew it was too easy.
''We've got company. Cottage, now!'' I ordered. They all ran out before I'd even finished what I was saying and I heard their hurried footsteps down the tunnels. Only Josh paused but I shook my head.
''I'm coming.''
He raised an eyebrow and gave me a disbelieving look before he left me alone.
Hurry up Justin.

THREE
Promises, Promises

My moons began to prickle and I turned to the dark figure in the doorway before he could say a word.
''You know, we really have to stop running into each other like this.'' I added a smirk to my casual tone for good measure.
Luther's cold laugh echoed off the poorly-constructed walls as he stepped inside the room. I shot my flame towards an old torch in the corner, lighting the room up a treat.
Kept that a secret didn't I?
''Why, I'm obliged to agree with you, my dear. It's rather bad for your health.'' He chuckled.
I raised an eyebrow as I took in his appearance. He looked older, if the lines around his mouth and purple shadows under his eyes were anything to go by.
''Really?'' I drawled sarcastically.
He chuckled again evilly and I repressed a shudder. This is the man who killed my father, gods damn it! My father, the greatest man I've ever known, who sacrificed his life for me. I wasn't about to show this animal he effected me.
''All alone.. Dear me.'' He tsked. ''We made a deal, didn't we? Her life for yours?''
I looked at him coldly as he moved around the room, my jaw set.
''You offered me a deal, Luther. I didn't agree to it.''
''Oh, forgive me.'' He replied dramatically. ''I mean to collect anyway.'' He flashed me an evil grin and I smiled back sweetly, my hand raised ready for him.
''That's a shame, but I have no intention of giving my life to an old man today.''
''I see you still haven't curbed that mouth of yours, Lily.''
''I see you still haven't got the message, Henry.''
I could feel the tension in the air. It clung to my skin like a mosquito, sucking the life out of me until I finally gave in.
In the words of my British vampire friend, not bloody likely.
I dodged to the side as a yellow flash came at me, replying with my own pure white bolt of lightening which he diverted. Another flash came at me but I met it with my own.
''You'll regret the day you messed with me, child. '' He hissed, sending a red bolt my way for good measure.
I sent a white bolt towards his, neatly stepping aside as a mixture of red and white sparks erupted from the collision.
''You'll regret the day you killed my father, old man!'' I yelled back, firing a ball of red of lava towards him. Lava?
Well, knock me down and call me Betty. This magic malarkey just gets weirder.
''I don't think so. You'll be joining that excuse for a man soon!''
''Promises, promises!'' I shouted as I set the side of the room alight. Justin? Any time now! ''All these promises you keep making me, it's a shame you'll never get to carry them through!''
''Need a hand, love?'' I heard Justin from the door and I grinned as I dodged Luther's angry flashes of magic. I guess I provoked him enough for today.
''Took your damn time!'' I called playfully as another shoot of fire erupted from my open palm, adding to the already burning fire. I leapt across the room onto Justin's back, throwing Luther a wink before Justin carried me through the tunnels faster than the speed of light. An angry roar followed us.
AVA! OUT! IYLA PANTRY! I screamed mentally as we sped through the tunnels.
I vaguely heard her speaking into her radio telling everyone to get the hell out there and back to the safe house.
We climbed the ladder a matter of minutes after leaving Luther in the burning room and I blinked a few times at the sight before me.
Sampson and Devlin were in wolf form, Sampson a sandy blonde and Devlin a dark brown, ripping into any enemy that came near them. I'm sure I saw a vampire heart go flying across the kitchen. A mini tornado swept through the back yard throwing every enemy into the kitchen. I smiled when I met Josh's eye, his hands moving extravagantly above his head as he directed the tunnel of air before disappearing into the darkness.
Iyla crawled out from under the shelves in the pantry and I grabbed her hand, pulling her out. I shot small bolts of electricity at the wolves on our side as obviously, they didn't have their walkie talkies on them. They flew past us into the doorway as Justin and Jerome grabbed us, pulling us into the front yard.
Is everyone out? I sent to Ava.
Yes!
I looked at Iyla and we both raised our hands. Shoots of fire left our palms, making contact with the cottage. I heard screams from inside and winced.
That was his vampires then.
We let the fire flow. Beads of sweat formed on my forehead from the heat and the exertion of the magic we were using, I was nearly at the end of the line.
I dropped my hands at the same time as Iyla did and staggered back as the cottage erupted in bright orange flames. I saw them licking at the walls, releasing thick black plumes of smoke into the air as I fainted.

4 comments:

  1. hi emma,
    i totaly Love ur books and writhing style!
    just read the first 3 chapters of the 3th book from the Mauve Legacy and i can tell u i cant wait to read more!
    the first 2 books i have read in just 2 days to hooked to stop reading!
    im from the Netherlands but i cant stand reading in dutch ever since i started reading english books (so sry if i made some writhing mistakes)

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  2. Hi Suzan, thank you so much! It's always a pleasure when someone tells me how much they enjoy my work. As I just said in my last post, I'm determined to have The Beginning Of The End published on Smashwords by the end of the month, so keep an eye out!

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  3. Emma I LOVE YOU!!!!! My names Lea and Ima 22 year old black single parent frm da D but livin in da A. Ive been going through reading withdrawel for the past year....and im not exagerating....my only way to escape this darkness in my life is to escape into someone elses world..i cam across Book 1 randomly while searching for anything on my new nook...it didnt catch myeye at first but when i started reading it was done in a day and Book 2 in hours. I franticallysearched for Book 3 and cried inside when i couldnt find it. Then i found ur first3 chaps and was done in minutes. Emma you truly a beautiful gift and i wan to say THANK YOU fromthe bottom of my heart sharing it freely...keep it upmama and im ondge waiting for the rest of Book 3! CANT WAIT!!!!!!! ;)

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  4. Hi Lea! Wow, thank you so much! To know my books have helped you escape and that you love them so much means the world to me. My books are also an escape for me. I'll be publishing book 3 on Smashwords as soon as possible and I'll be posting a link here when I'm done so keep an eye out. Thank you so much for your comment x

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