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Adria Michaels is about to have her life turned upside down. From an office worker, in a modern world, she will dive in a supernatural world with demons and vampires. Her human life is about to end as a vicious pact was made in her previous life. She is now hunted down by a High Demon Alhazar and Anthony Seymour, a noble vampire who pursuits to take revenge on her.
What she will discover about her past life along the story will transform her in many ways.
Will she follow the pact she made with the demon in her previous life? Will Antony Seymour succeed in his revenge or fall in love once again with her?
“There were no less than 173 years since he was turned. 173 years of pain, betrayal, and sorrow. 173 years of loneliness and plans of revenge. 173 years of waiting for the right divine moment of her reincarnation. The moment when she would be subjected to all the shit he endured.” – Anthony Seymour
Genres of the book: Paranormal, Supernatural, Urban, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy, Action, Strong Female Lead, Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, Demons, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Alpha Male, Paranormal
*This book contains language and mature themes. Suitable for +17 audience because of that.
Bitter Blood Series, by Andra-Cristiana Stan, Romania. Copyright © March 2019. All Rights Reserved
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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
Chapter 1 – Hell Is Coming…
Darkness filled the office. The walls hummed with energy. Fear touched Adria Michael’s spine while she jumped from her chair, trying to find her phone on her messy desk.
She smelled death and rot in the air while thundering steps were approaching her office’s door. All alone in the office and even in the building, as it was almost one o’clock in the morning, she was regretting for always working overtime on her endless projects.
Three hard and delayed knocks rumbled her door, almost crashing it open. The door wasn’t locked, just closed. Her heart was racing like crazy, her feet were almost numb.
She tried to keep herself from screaming by placing her right hand over her own mouth. Her phone was nowhere to be found. Adria’s entire body was in complete shock and out of control. She couldn’t explain why she was like this, but she sensed something bad was going to happen.
“I can feel you are inside….” A demonic voice marked its presence, scratching the door in a playful mode.
“That heart is enjoying the beats…. Ha-ha! It knows it’s mine….” The demon behind the door was in such delight of finding its treasured prey.
Adria’s heart was smashing her ribcage. Gasping, she couldn’t catch her breath. Her throat was dry. Her soul ached as she realized what in horror was about to enter.
“Why don’t you want to open the door? Shall I do the honors?” An invitation from Hell with a devilish laugh was mocking the weak human soul.
Adria prayed to God for help and strength. All her bad deeds that she knew of crossed her mind in what she thought would be seconds before her imminent, brutal death.
Please, dear God, forgive me for forgetting to pay the electricity bill this morning. I am sorry, God, for not congratulating Eveline for her promotion. I was envious, I admit. But it wasn’t fair! I worked day and night for that promotion. She got it only after a dinner with the CEO. I am sorry, God, I was wrong. Forgive me, God, for never cleaning my desk and always cluttering my office… Help me this one time and I promise I will change!
She could go on and on, but the darkness behind the door interrupted her train of thoughts.
“Your God will not help you, ADRIA! You are mine from the very beginning! You are a child born to serve me and only me! It is due time to start your service! Ha-ha! OPEN THE DOOR WHEN I COMMAND YOU TO!” The deep booming words reverberated through the door and around the place she was now hiding.
Under the desk, she pulled the chair to cover her eyes. She wanted at least not to see the beast that was after her. Though she wanted to scream, she didn’t make a noise.
Out of nowhere, a sturdy arm grabbed her and with the other hand covered her mouth. Her back was glued to a muscular body that was towering over her. She could feel the cold emanating from him. She couldn’t see the person.
Before she could make a move, sharp teeth penetrated her neck on her right side. Life was flowing out of her being. The only things she could hear were the demon’s screaming behind the door saying “NO!” and her fading heartbeats.
“There are two of them….” Her final conscious words.
Adria woke up in a Victorian decorated room. She was lying on a huge bed with scarlet silk sheets. Behind the bed there were heavy thick curtains with scarlet and golden embroidery which dressed the wall. Left and right there were two mahogany nightstands with lamps providing a dim light in the room. The ceiling was painted with what she concluded was a battle between angels and demons in different scenes on a cream-colored foundation.
Above the bed, there was a chandelier with candle-like bulbs which were off. On the left side there was a wide window covered with curtains in same style as the ones behind the bed. The walls surrounding her each possessed a painting that would depict scenes of clashing between light and darkness, angels and demons, death.
In one painting she noticed a man with brown, wavy hair, chiseled face, and sturdy, muscular physique, dressed in Victorian clothes. The style of clothes indicated that that man was of noble origin. His features were angelic. The man in the painting would have had around 25 years old, she figured.
Adria felt drawn to that man’s painting. Something within made her think that she had met that man before. But that was impossible. She was born in the modern era.
Where have I seen you before?
She was standing in front of the painting.
“Argh!” She felt a slight pain on her right side of the neck. Adria remembered what had happened previously.
“I was bitten! Oh my God! What is happening? Where am I?” Fear made its way back to Adria as she realized the danger she was in.
“You are in my home, Adria. Who thought that my worst enemy would be such a lowly human now?” A husky male voice announced the presence of the man from the painting.
“W-Who are you? Stay away from me! You monster!” A panicked Adria grabbed a candlestick from a small round table near the painting and pointed it at the man.
“You really think that’s going to stop me?” The man started laughing with such devilish appetite that Adria backed off until she had nowhere to go. The wall was the end of the route.
“What do you want? I am not a rich person! This is kidnapping! And y-you b-bit ME! Are you nuts?!” With her entire body trembling, she didn’t lower her hand with the candlestick. She was in a defensive mode.
“Nuts? Could be. Kidnapping? Hmm…. I would rather say saving, but you can make your pick. See if I care.” With his chest thrust out in a noble pose, shoulders straight, and arms at his back, the man was scanning Adria with his jade eyes head to toe.
“Saving? You bit me!” With a quick check over her heart and wrist pulse, Adria realized that she had…no…pulse.
“I’m dead!” With that said, she dropped the candlestick on the floor. Her eyes landed on a little mirror in an almond shape on the right side of the wall and started checking her teeth.
“Am I a vampire now? Oh my God! What have you done to me? Why is all this happening to me?” So many questions, but she couldn’t see vampire teeth in the mirror. She was her normal self, just a tad paler than she would normally look.
“You are a vampire now. But, not a common one. You are something else. The process for you will take longer than usual. No teeth for now.” On a more serious tone, the man replied, approaching the spot she was in.
“Stay away I said! Don’t come near me! You freak! Is this staged? Where are the cameras? This isn’t funny at all!”
From fear to rage, Adria searched all corners of the room for devices of all kind to find a clue that all that wasn’t a horror version of her reality, but an attempt of a comic situation to see how she would react. Obviously, nothing was found. She was truly living the horror version.
“No! I am not a vampire! I can see myself in the mirror! Ha-ha! Yeah! This is staged! Come out everyone! Show is over! Wanted to prank me for staying out late? There is still one month left till Halloween! Ha-ha! You’ve got me! Nice try everyone!” To clear the tragedy and play along, Adria grabbed the man’s arm in a lady like manner.
“Let’s go and fetch a glass of red wine, sir! Show the way!”
Chapter 2 – Unique Blood
The man just stood there without moving a muscle.
“Even your beauty features faded a bit, besides being a lowly human. Is that a wrinkle under your eye?”
“What say you? That’s not a way to treat a lady! You have no manners, sir! I am only 27. Hmph!” Adria pulled herself from the man’s arm. She tried exiting the ‘prank’ by aiming the door to walk away.
“There is nothing left for you in the mundane world, Adria. Like it or not, you are stuck with me. At least for a decade or two. Yeah, something like that,” murmured the man with his fingers over his chin in a thinking pose.
“But hey! If you want the other option, you can go back and open door number two from your earthy office. It’s still a matter of choice. However, I guarantee you that I am a million times more handsome than the bitch behind that door earlier. It looks a bit nasty and is more commanding.”
After hearing the man’s last words, her chin dropped, almost hitting her chest and the room suddenly tilted as she lost her balance. A scarlet wave flashed up from the floor, lifting her in the air. She was unconscious.
The scarlet energy transformed in a silvery and bloody liquid form that penetrated her heart, her eyes, and her mouth. Once all of it entered in Adria, she opened her eyes which were normally hazel but were now bloody. A strong light emanated from her entire body. Its aura created a storm that sent the vampire across the room, crashing into a wall.
“The bitch surfaced much faster than I predicted,” trumpeted the man under his lips while standing up. His eyes turned as bloody as hers and his fangs could be seen like a wolf before engaging a foe.
He knew her powers. In the past, he was no match for her, but now he matured and learned the ways to combat such a creature. Not only one fight had he won with others like her and absorbed their powers. There were no less than 173 years since he was turned. 173 years of pain, betrayal, and sorrow. 173 years of loneliness and plans of revenge. 173 years of waiting for the right divine moment of her reincarnation. The moment when she would be subjected to all the shit he had endured.
“Save your fangs and strength, Anthony Seymour!” Adria thundered with a different persona. She seized him with her eyes at a safe distance from her.
“It’s not the time, nor the place, for your revenge now,” she said, mind reading his intentions and gasping his attack posture.
“Not the time, Alexandria? 173 years? And now it’s not the time? You fucking bitch!”
Anthony jumped on her, engaging in a physical fight. He threw her on the wall as a return for his previous collision. She raised her arm, and with a quick move, she sent the massive bed into his direction.
“Missed me! What? Not enough juice to aim right? Ha-ha! I was right to bite you. I am now your Master!” Giggling like a boy speaking to his favorite toy, Anthony didn’t pay attention to the mahogany nightstand that hit his head from the left side sending him on the floor for a second.
“Really? That’s how you want it?” Anthony drummed while blocking her with his eyes and keeping her still.
Adria stood like a statue, unable to resist and fight back. He had imprinted her with the Master poison when he drank her human blood. At his own free will, he could counterattack and manipulate her. Her eyes got wider and her mouth opened just a bit.
“Surprised, darling? Yes, I learned a thing or two,” replied the vampire with a cocky voice. “Not the stupid Anthony anymore”, continued Seymour coming towards her, facing her, in his previous noble posture with his hands at his back.
An electric golden orb formed above his right palm maintaining his left arm at his back.
“As you can see, your now mundane blood mixed with other witches’ blood along the years that I’ve absorbed, gave me the witch-vampire powers. I encountered an ancient book about twenty years after my turning where it was revealed the line of unique blood. Apparently, each witch born under a full moon, at exactly midnight in the month of March, contains this unique blood. That unique blood empowers a vampire turned through magic, and not bitten, to possess double powers and become sort of a deity, let’s say. I have full control and powers over this unique blood, after I consume enough such witches. Their powers transfer onto me and I become more powerful. I have collected the right amount of blood so far to stand against the Great Witch, High Priestess, Alexandria.”
Anthony took out a silver knife from the orb, engraved with rubies and the letter “A” on it.
Glancing at the knife, Adria fidgeted.
“What are you doing with that?”
“Just completing the ritual, my dearest,” replied Anthony on a dry, heavy note.
He cut his wrist with the knife and placed on Adria’s lips a few drops.
“NO!” She spat the blood, but it was too late. She licked by mistake a bit of it.
The room tilted again, and her bloody eyes closed. Adria’s entire being was drained of energy and she collapsed.
“And that’s day one, love.” Anthony waved his hand over the room and placed everything back in order.
He picked up Adria in his arms and headed to the bed. Her head touched his chest, and under the movement of him carrying her, it went back revealing her perfect plump lips in rosy color, sprayed with his blood. A strong tickle from his stomach to his lips left him hovering over her lips almost locking them into a kiss.
Seymour shook his head and threw Adria on the bed, leaving her there alone for the night. He had other plans to deal with until morning.
Chapter 3 – Hariri Forest
The Hariri Forest was an unmapped forest as it was a magical one. Only supernatural beings knew of it and how to enter and exit from it. It was delimited by protection veils held with ancient spells and underworld energy. You could say that it was the passage from the underworld to the human world. Nonetheless, not any supernatural being could exit from it into the human world. There were guardian masters who had the responsibility to surveil the traffic and to apply law and order inside the forest.
The forest was in fact a huge city where supernatural beings lived like humans did in their world. There was civil law and criminal law and punishments were applied. For example, if an unauthorized supernatural being had crossed over in the human world, the punishment would have been a-100-years ban for not requesting a permit to go there or decapitation. Decapitation was more for those on multiple strikes and who affected the human world irreparable.
Anthony Seymour reached the gates of the Hariri Forest.
A guardian bouncer prevented him from entering.
“Sir Anthony Seymour, we had some turbulence a few hours back. We have changed the way of exit and entering. The price has doubled. I am sorry to inform you.”
“How much my old friend?” Anthony was without a worry as he was one of the big shots of the underworld.
A drahgo was a golden coin the size of a dollar coin. It had on it the guardians’ emblem which consisted in a spitting fire dragon, three amaranthus flowers and a raven on one side, and on the other the letters “D.H.”. As a comparison to dollars, a drahgo was the equivalent of about 10,000 dollars.
“You know that’s not a problem for me.” Anthony gave the guardian the pay and put another drahgo in his large black green hand.
“This is for the kids from uncle Anthony and buy something for the lady, too.” He winked at the solid bouncer who was now dancing like a kitten that was just petted by his master.
“Aww! Master, you didn’t have to do that! You are always so generous to us! Thank you! I will! Come at dinner sometime. The kids are always asking about you and my wife has prepared a bottle of blood the kind you like. It’s the rare edition.” A demon that many would keep away from as he was cruel and solid, spoke with Anthony like two old friends would do. If he had a tail, he would played it in front of Sir Anthony Seymour, as he was always throwing a “bone” in their direction.
“Not at all, Rhinders. It’s always my pleasure. I will come by next time. Say you, what was the problem here?” Anthony was on a serious tone.
“Master, the High Demon Alhazar broke the veil. His long-waited jewel reincarnated, and he wouldn’t wait to receive the permit. It’s appears to be a female, and reborn in a female body again, just as the prophecy said. Her blood allows him to walk freely in the human world. Something like that. He broke the treaty with the human world, and now he is on the run from our hunters. It will be a hard catch as he is one of the most feared demons. You should have seen the hunters when they prepared for the hunting…. They were almost in tears. Many of them have established families here, and a battle with Alhazar is 40 percent chances of coming back. Actually, the High Master Guardian said to send you to him when you pass by. He wants a word with you.” Rhinders updated him, making the path for his cherished Master to enter Hariri.
“Thanks, old friend! I will go to him first.”
While entering the city his eyes sparkled blood and emerged the devil inside of him. The magic air would always bring out the real nature of each supernatural creature.
He passed by a hoard of guardians that were cleaning the scene of a murder. A bloodbath with remains from the victims were all over the place. Several low-level demons were caught trying to follow Alhazar to serve him and live in the mundane world. The punishment was severe, as low-level demons are never allowed to cross over. They needed hundreds of years to consolidate their powers and base of human followers to be eligible for a permit.
“I salute you, High Master Guardian! Heard you were waiting for me. Rhinders informed me of what happened.” Anthony greeted the High Master once he entered the palace where officials resided.
Not only once, the High Master consulted and required the help of Sir Anthony Seymour to deal with the special cases in over 120 years of friendship. Though Anthony was a brute and a bad demon, he had honor and code of ethics. He would never break a rule. Moreover, his mix of supernatural powers were no match to many. Even the High Master Guardian considered he wouldn’t be able to put him down.
“Welcome, Sir Anthony! I am honored! Happy to see you! Alhazar is after Alexandria, Great Witch and High Priestess. He located her. He broke the veil to capture and overtake her. She’s at the 27th year of human life. We couldn’t delay him to announce you beforehand. If he manages to get her, Hariri and the protection walls are in danger. Alexandria’s blood and soul are the remaining keys to his global awakening. He could even become Lord over the underworld and human world. It’s imperative to stop him and prevent that from happening. Hence, I need your help in this once again. Whatever the price you set, we will pay without a problem.” With a worried voice, the High Master Guardian searched a parchment in his office’s library.
“Certainly, I will help. But, what’s the story of this Great Witch, Alexandria? Why is she so crucial for such turnover of events?” Anthony was pretending not to know the backstory of Alexandria.
In fact, he had been tempted lots of times to sneak in and read the parchment regarding Alexandria, but every time he had wanted to do it, he stopped. He didn’t want to break the rules and fall from his honorable place. Anthony was aware of who Alexandria really was at first hand to break a rule and know more. She was a traitor in his opinion, and this nothing and no one would ever change.
The High Master Guardian took a parchment and gave it to Sir Anthony.
“Here is her story. Long story short, she is a former Angel. A fallen one to be more precise. One of the best warrior Angels from above.” He was pointing with his thick black finger.
The High Master Guardian had the appearance of a Djinn, however, he possessed shapeshifter abilities in the human world.
“After her falling, she helped a boy who was left to die in the woods. She used her last angelic magic to give that boy life. Deities above cursed her for that.”
“Cursed her for giving a boy life? I thought they would be delighted to see her performing good deeds.” Sir Anthony interrupted him with a genuine perplexed grimace.
“You see, that boy was a boy born from black magic. A witch with a demon. The boy was set to rule evil on earth. At that time, humans got a hold of it and placed an enchanted knife in his heart. Because of his origins, he didn’t die immediately. Humans had left him far away in the cursed woods for the white magic to devour him bit by bit, until he was destroyed. The demon was a High Demon. His father that is.” The High Master Guardian sighed.
“Maybe she didn’t know about it, or she did?” Sir Anthony asked in a curious voice.
“She did. The Demon responsible for her falling was that boy’s father. Anyhow, her curse was to become one of the earth demons. A vampire. Having angelic blood still, she started learning white and black magic. The angelic blood was increased in strength with each spell and use of magic. She became the Great Witch, High Priestess, Alexandria. She has never bitten someone. She has never used her vampiric side. She kept her thirst in control with potions and magic. And that was for hundreds of years. Alexandria did her share of bad deeds. But only against bad creatures and bad people. Nonetheless, those above considered her, and even today, an abomination. She was unstoppable. Superior mind, highly trained, and almost got her hands on that demon until….” The High Guardian Master paused with a light sadness. Even demons had their soft side.
“Until what? Come on, don’t let me hang in here!” With a slight smile, Sir Anthony pulled a chair in front of his friend. “I have to make myself comfortable as this is an interesting piece of story you’ve got there.”
“She fell in love…. Her most stupid mistake, anyone could make.” He sighed again, drumming the desk with his fingers in a slow motion.
“Ha-ha! Fell in love? What has that to do with everything?” Sir Anthony was laughing, as he had never thought Alexandria was capable of love. She was only a bitch that would betray through fake love. Nothing more, nothing less.
“It has to do with it as that was the reason she had to die and give up on everything. To save her lover. She sacrificed everything forever, just to help that man live. She accepted the pact in the name of her love. I have never seen her crying, but that was the only time I saw a drop of blood pouring out of her eye. It was bitter blood, she said, when I asked her about it. She was dear to me.” The High Guardian Master remained in silence….
“Who was that man? He succeeded to live?” Sir Anthony became serious and really interested in the story at this point.
It was something he didn’t know, would never want to hear, but at that moment something inside his being was driving the thirst of knowing. He was kind of fidgeting on the chair to hear about it.
“We don’t know for sure. In the pact she had made, her terms were for the man in discussion to be erased and covered for a peaceful life as much as he can. No history of him should ever surface. She wanted to be sure he will never be found or disturbed. The only thing we know she regretted, was that he will not have a happy life, but she did all she could to save him and have at least a long life. My guess is that she hoped, somehow, to be reunited with him. To gain time for her to find a way back to him. But 173 years, if I am not wrong, have passed. And the pact she made was to reborn as a slave to the Demon that helped her give life to her lover. She had a cruel death back then. I am sorry, Anthony, I can’t continue the story anymore. The rest is in that parchment with her portrait. She is the same as before. You will have no difficulty in finding her with that. Believe it or not, she was like a daughter to me and remembering it, it breaks my heart. I want to help her from this. That’s why I am asking you to help.” The High Master Guardian ended the topic with a bit of tears in his devilish eyes.
This was a side of the High Master Guardian that Anthony had never seen and never thought would exist in him. After all, he was one of the High Demons with over 2,000 years of existence.
“Wait a second. So, what does she have to do with Alhazar? And why is she important to him that would make him Lord? You missed telling me that part.” A confused Anthony searched High Master Guardian’s gaze.
“Her blood and origins. She now is a human with a pure soul. Being reborn, everything is a trigger length touch for Alhazar to take and use. After she turned into a vampire, that boy was her instinctively first and last prey. His blood is in her cells now and ever before. She didn’t want to do that to the boy.”
“You said she never bitten someone and kept her vampiric side under control. Hope you are not lying to me, my friend!” Sir Anthony poked the words at the High Master, revealing half of his fangs and vivid sparkling bloody eyes.
“I would never, Sir Anthony! You know me! She never bitten afterwards. That was the only time. She didn’t do it again, as she said blood is bitter. She’s against drinking blood. Alexandria continued to rule her life by heavenly orders like she had formerly done. Drinking blood is a sin. But the curse to take effect forced her against her will to consume that boy’s blood.” The High Master Guardian had never lied to Sir Anthony as a fact.
However, Anthony could see there was more to it by the way the High Master had tried to put an end to the questions. Anthony observed High Master’s clumsiness when he dropped an ink bottle on the floor, seemingly by mistake. Fear he smelled around him. Unusual to sense this around such a Demon.
“Are you afraid of me, High Master? That’s a first! Ha-ha! What’s all this about? Chill, my friend! Ok, I will take care of it, don’t worry. Will let you know of my findings and further guidance.” To ease the ounce of tension he had perceived, Sir Anthony stood up from the chair with the intention to excuse himself and go.
“Afraid? No, why would I be afraid? Nonsense! Ha-ha! I had a ritual before you came, and I feel worn out. It was intense. To rebuild the veils is no easy mission even for myself.” Explained the High Master Guardian with a forced smile on his rigorous face while walking Anthony to the door.
“All right. You will hear from me soon enough. See you next time, my old friend.” Anthony, with the parchment in his left hand, went back through the castle. A few demons of different species bowed in front of him at his sight and made room for him to exit the castle.
For her lover, huh? That fucking bitch…. But he said 173 years in the past…. Could it be…. Nah. She wouldn’t have done that for me. That fake bitch…. Oh! I’ll so torture you for decades as you’ve fucked me for 173 years! UH-YEAH! It’s my turn now, Alexandria….
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