Would You Like Brains With That?

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Portal Keepers Book 1.
A job at a café for the Undead, a ghost best friend, and an annoying handsome vampire protector. Danira has it all.

Danira isn't your average girl. For generations her family has looked after the portal that links the Realm of the Undead to the Realm of the Living, by running a cafe for the Undead that are travelling through the portal. Then news reaches Danira and her parents that the Vampire Lords want to take over control of the portal and wreak havock amoung the Realm of the Living.
An adventure of hot vampires, zombies, ghosts, mummies, and life-threatening danger is thrust upon Danira, and she must try her best to protect the Realm of the Living, by preventing the Vampire Lords from obtaining the Infinity Blade, which has the power to change the portal. As well as saving her world can Danira resist the dashing vampires that cross her path? Some are more dangerous than others.

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9. My Questions are Answered

I woke with a start the next morning to find my Maths homework stuck to my face. Gingerly peeling it off I rubbed my eyes feeling exhausted. I had stayed up late doing my homework hoping that Xavier might pay me a visit, but he hadn't.

My homework was incomplete as I must have fallen asleep before finishing it, so I answered the rest of the questions as best as I could before going downstairs to help Mum in the kitchen.

“Danira? Are you alright?”

I blinked to find King Alandros sat opposite me looking concerned. “Oh, hello your Majesty. Sorry I was just thinking about something.”

It was Saturday afternoon and I had spent all day working in the café. Fortunately the sun hadn’t set yet so there were no vampires around. There had been a surprising number of other Undead though.

I had been thinking about the Vampire Lords plan, trying to figure out why they wanted to use me as the sacrifice.

“Anything I can help with?” King Alandros asked, his eyes kind.

Maybe he could answer my questions about the Infinity Blade? After all, the King was a fountain of knowledge, so he had to know about the blade, didn’t he? He might also be able to tell me more about the sacrifice.

Gazing around the café furtively, I said in a low voice. “What do you know about the Infinity Blade?”

He seemed surprised. “You know of it?”

I nodded grimly. “The Vampire Lords wish to use it to destroy the Realm of the Living.”

“I have heard this also.” King Alandros sighed gravely, leaning back in his chair.

“Do you know much about it?” I asked hopefully.

“It is said to be linked to the portal and so therefore can change the nature of the portal. It is also said to contain limitless power, but it was broken into pieces and scattered in the Realm of the Undead a very long time ago.”

I winced. Limitless power, that wasn’t good.

“They plan to change its nature by sacrificing a human. Do you know if it can be any human?”

He eyed me thoughtfully. “No, not any human.”

There was something about the way he was looking at me that made me suddenly fearful, even though I already knew that the Vampire Lords wanted me to be the sacrifice.

Clenching my hands anxiously, I said. “You do know that they want to sacrifice me?”

“Yes exactly, Danira, you are one of the Portal Keepers.”

“The Portal Keepers... so it has to be either me, Mum or Dad?”

King Alandros nodded. “Yes, for the Vampire Lords’ plan to succeed, they need to sacrifice one of your parents or you.”

My hands started shaking and I took a shuddery breath. “But I’m their main target because I would be the easiest to manipulate, the easiest to...” I put my head in my hands as I fought back tears.

It was no wonder Ridge hadn’t wanted to answer my questions, though it was surprisingly, and unusually nice of him. I could just imagine the gleeful glint in his eyes as he informed me that I was the intended sacrifice.

“You do have one advantage, Danira.” the King told me, placing a wrinkled hand on my shoulder comfortingly. “The Portal Keepers are the owners of the Infinity Blade. It was bestowed to them at the Beginning of Time, and has belonged to them ever since. You and your parents are worthy of using the Infinity Blade without needing to give a blood sacrifice.” when he next spoke his voice was slightly smug. “But fear not, Danira, I doubt that they will find the Infinity Blade.”

There was something about the confident way King Alandros had said that which made me suspicious. “Do you know where it is?”

Shaking his head he smiled. “Of course not, child. Now is that all you wanted to know?”

“I think so... thank you, King Alandros.”

“I am glad to have been of service.”

 

I immediately went to the kitchen and told my parents what I had learned.

Dad was furious. “What?” he cried, his face growing a deep shade of red. “Those bastards, they will pay for this.” he moved to stomp off to the backdoor but paused. Turning around he pointed a meaty finger at me. “No more going out in the evenings.”

For once I actually agreed with him.

Mum pulled me into her arms and squeezed me tightly. “My poor baby... they won’t hurt you. I won’t let them touch a hair on your head.”

It wasn’t my hair that I was worried about, but I let Mum get all her protective feelings out of her system.

Dad had disappeared off somewhere so I said to Mum. “What should I do about working in the café?”

She seemed uncertain, and caressing my hair answered. “During the day you can work in the café, but not at night, sweetheart.”

So that evening as soon as the sun had set, I was sent to my room. I had done all my homework so I lay down on my bed, stroking Rex who was on the floor.

“What are you doing cooped up inside on a Saturday night?”

My heart leapt within my chest. “Xavier,” I beamed and sat up to find him lounging on my windowsill.

Smiling he held out an arm, gesturing for me to join him. Rex gave a low whine and I turned to find that his expression was one of extreme unhappiness.

“Rex, what’s wrong?” I asked concerned.

The next thing I knew I was gazing into Xavier’s blue-silver eyes, and all thoughts of Rex disappeared from my mind.

“Why aren’t you working in the café?” Xavier wondered, pulling me across the bed closer to him.

“Don’t you know about the Vampire Lords plan?”

A very long explanation later and I was in Xavier’s arms. “I won’t let them.” he told me, a growl forming in his throat. “I will do everything in my power to stop them.” then Xavier pulled me to my feet. “We should do something to take your mind off it.”

“Like what?” I smiled.

He lowered his mouth to my ear and whispered. “Like dance.”

Twirling around my room with Xavier was certainly a good way to forget about the Vampire Lords’ plan. I found myself laughing away, hoping that Mum and Dad wouldn’t hear and decide to investigate. In the midst of the dancing, I heard a whine, and tried to find the source, but then Xavier’s silky lips were on mine.

When he pulled away, he rested his cool forehead on mine. “I don’t know what I’d do if anything happened to you. You’re all I can think about. All I care about.”

I had only just caught my breath when Xavier kissed me again, and he took me over to the bed. We lay down and he pulled me on top of him, one hand on the small of my back and the other holding my cheek. Xavier trailed kisses down my neck, his lips stopping on my pulse. I felt his fangs graze my skin.

“I don’t want to die.” I whispered, closing my eyes to stop my tears from falling.

Xavier froze and after a while he pulled away. His voice was strained. “You’re not going to, Danira. I won’t let the Vampire Lords hurt you.”

Burying my face into his chest I suppressed a sob as Xavier held me close.

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