Leila knelt down, whisking the hem of his shirt out of her way. At the same moment, the drawing room doors opened, revealing Vlad and Crispin. If so, I would have modeled some for you. Leila backed away, flustered. Crispin strode over, frowning as he bent down. Crispin rose to shoot a horrified look at Ian.
I need to check the rest of him to see what else is missing. Take off all your clothes, Ian. Ian drew his shirt off and stepped away from his crumpled trousers. Vlad glared at him, but not a hint of fire or smoke escaped him. Must be secure in their relationship. Leila was brisk yet thorough. In fact, your whole body reads as new. You left one, Bones, when you were very worried about him. Cat left a worried one, too, and the essence trails by Veritas are practically screaming with worry and regret. Those phantom pains stabbed him in the head again. For a terrifying moment, he felt swallowed by darkness.
Crispin had been hiding the reason why Veritas had left him this whole time? You were surrounded by dozens of demon corpses. She made us promise to feed you lies about your whereabouts this past month, saying you would only be safe if you stayed far away from her. But first…. Ian pushed Crispin away. After several minutes, Leila dropped her hand. Of course not. With demons after her, Veritas had cloaked herself from every tracing spell imaginable.
He teleported out of there without another word, leaving Crispin and the rest of them behind. I dropped out of the dark Egyptian sky, landing near an overloaded Jeep that stood out like a neon sign against the sea of sand around it. No one was inside the Jeep. I walked around to the back, seeing a small stone slab half pulled back from a hole in the ground.
Ah, a hidden tomb. Two distinct voices came from it as well as lots of odd, swishing sounds. I pulled out a sharp silver knife and a double-pronged bident made of demon bone. Now, I was armed to fight two out of the three supernatural species that existed. Right before I jumped into the hole, I lit my gaze up with vampire green. Two men looked up at me in surprise. At first glance, they were normal middle-Eastern men, but then their eyes turned glowing red.
And the ground around them slithered in every direction. I landed on the nearest demon, knocking him down while ramming both ends of my bone weapon through his eyes. His eyes burst into flames as death cut his scream short. I yanked the bident out and immediately flew up, leaving the other demon to smack into the wall instead of me. Before I could stab his eyes out, too, he teleported away.
He appeared on my right, fist flying. I ducked under the punch, then pain exploded in my head from a blow to my left. Damn demons and their ability to teleport. I fought my urge to shake them off me. I threw myself backward, but my throat still burned and blood splashed his face from the deep slice.
When I hit the ground, the impact made new pain erupt in the back of my head. I hurled my silver knife into his open mouth, pinning his head to the wall. Then I flew at him, shoving the bone bident into his eyes until I felt the tips hit the wall. His eyes exploded, smoke and blood pouring out. The sulfur scent choked me, but I shoved the bident in harder. Relief overtook battle exhilaration as he began to shrink into the skeletal state of true death.
I yanked my weapons out and whirled, ready in case any other demons teleported in. After fifteen or twenty minutes, I tucked the silver knife into my belt. Only bone of their own brethren would, and now, I had plenty more to make new weapons with.
I tore the arms off the two demons, throwing them out of the hole above me. Then, I began to explore the tomb. Time and dust had faded the paintings and hieroglyphs on the walls, but I saw the falcon-headed god Horus in one scene and the green-skinned god Osiris in another.
There were more paintings showing scenes from the life of the deceased. That explained the overloaded Jeep. The seals on the doors of the inner chamber were broken, too. I went inside, angry but not surprised that both artfully painted coffins containing the mummy had been breached.
Then I smelled something unexpected. Fresh blood. I nudged a mass of cobras aside to reveal the body of a young woman opposite the sarcophagus.
Her skin was the same golden bronze as mine and she had long black hair that covered her face. When I brushed it away, I swore. I winced as I looked at her body. They were precise, avoiding vital organs or arteries in order to deny her a quick death. Beneath the blood, I saw markings inked onto her body. I rolled her over, revealing more markings beneath her. As soon as I did, dark magic crawled across my skin with the unsettling sensation of dozens of spiders.
A nearby cobra suddenly reared up and struck me in the face. Annoyed, I flung it aside, only to have another one bite my leg. I grabbed as many as I could and flew out of the tomb. Once outside, I let them go. It took several more trips before I was through, but I was glad to get rid of them. Fear was a powerful ingredient in dark magic, and someone had performed a horrific ritual on the slain woman.
I went back to her body, using my clothes to clean her blood off the symbols. I took out my mobile, snapping pictures of them. Then, I bent down next to her, closed my eyes, and released the hold I had on my deepest senses. The magic used to perform the ritual hit me first, choking me with a sickeningly familiar taste.
I swallowed hard and pushed past it, searching to see if she had other magic traces within her.
A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
I knew only one way that could have happened. She was from long before it. It was a wasteland now, but a few millennia ago, it had been part of a prosperous city, and when people were frightened, they tended to run home. I sat back with a frustrated sigh. Had Dagon murdered her because she was one of the newly-resurrected people that had been freed when the souls Dagon hoarded inside himself had been released? I traced the markings again. A lot of power had been siphoned from this woman with her gruesome death. But Dagon had gotten away. The other demons with him almost had, too. Pain rolled through me, familiar and relentless.
It burned until I looked at the slain woman with the darkest kind of envy. I was actually glad I was now as mortal as any other vampire. It meant this awful ache would end when a lucky stab through my heart with silver finally killed me. I picked her up and flew her out of the tomb. Once she was properly buried, I said a prayer asking the gods to show her mercy. If so, I hoped my last thoughts were of Ian. No, I wanted to remember his cocky grin, his quick wit, his bone-deep loyalty and his ferocious courage. With a hard swipe, I dashed away the tears that snuck down my cheeks.
Yes, I might end up dead and in an unmarked grave before this was over, but there were benefits to being over four and half thousand years old. No rotting in a grave for me. I spent the night in the desert on the off chance that Dagon might come back to the tomb. He did neither. In the end, I drove the Jeep far away from the tomb and left an anonymous call about it to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. I opened my door and was immediately mobbed by a flying gray bundle.
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