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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30. The End of the Beginning

 

I roared in fury as the Infinity Blade plunged down into Danira’s stomach. Her eyes slowly closed and her last breath escaped her body. I felt tears cascade down my cheeks. Her parents, Carlton and Henrietta were sobbing and howling with grief. They had just seen their only child sacrificed.

Filled with the need for revenge I managed to throw off the vampires holding me down and I tore my shackles in two, freeing my hands. But I didn’t get far before I was stopped by several more of the Vampire Lords’ followers.

I cursed Randolph. Cursed him and swore at him as he stood over Danira’s body, watching as the Infinity Blade absorbed her blood. The smell of which made my gums sting and I growled in pain. Beside me Xavier’s eyes were filled with the need to feed. Jet flew at Randolph but before he had even had a chance to attack him, Gerard and Cameron had appeared at Randolph’s side and had thrown Jet through the portal.

Randolph was laughing manically as he pulled the Infinity Blade from Danira and held it in the air. I was repulsed by the blades pulsing appearance. As I continued to struggle against the vampires holding me, Randolph began to speak in an ancient tongue that made my ears throb. Cameron and Gerard were stood either side of him, eyes eager as they waited.

“Don’t do this!” I cried, using my anger to fuel my strength as I tried to break the hold of the vampires holding me.

Randolph answered by pointing the Infinity Blade at the portal. He spoke the final word but nothing happened, nothing at all. I hoped that Danira’s foolish plan had worked. More tears fell at her loss. I wished that I had told her earlier how I felt, so that those precious few minutes hadn’t been our only ones together. I shouldn’t have been such a coward.

“What is this?!” Randolph hissed in frustration. “Why isn’t it working?”

Cameron held out a hand. “Let me try.”

He repeated what Randolph had done, but again nothing happened so Gerard gave it a go. Yet again nothing happened.

“You,” Randolph whirled around to face me, his face contorted with anger. “Why isn’t it working?”

I didn’t answer. I merely smiled. Cameron punched me, nearly dislocating my jaw and I spat out blood.

Gerard walked over to Danira and tasted a drop of her blood. I growled at him, my fangs glinting in the moonlight.

“Her blood is tainted.” Gerard frowned. “She was barely human when she was sacrificed.”

This caused Carlton and Henrietta to cry even more.

“You’ve failed.” I hissed, glaring at the three Vampire Lords. “Go back to the Realm of the Undead where you belong, and leave the Infinity Blade here.”

Randolph, Gerard and Cameron laughed.

“Why would we do that you fool?” Cameron asked with a sneer.

I raised an eyebrow. “Because the portal is closing, gentlemen,”

The vampires holding me tensed. In one movement everyone turned to look at the portal which was becoming distorted and dull.

“No!” Randolph cried.

There was a stampede as the three Vampire Lords and their men rushed to reach the portal before it closed. I stayed where I was, waiting until every last vampire had gone. Then I climbed to my feet and glided over to Danira. Her skin was pale and the wound in her stomach was still bloody. It broke my heart to see her that way, the one I loved. I knew I would never feel that way about anyone ever again. The loss was unbearable. As soon as she was buried I would kill myself so that we would be together again.

My fangs and throat ached at the sight and scent of Danira’s blood, but I clenched my jaw and resisted the urge to feed. Carlton and Henrietta ran over to see their daughter so I stepped away to give them some privacy. Henrietta’s shriek was ear-piercing and I winced.

I found eyes being drawn to the portal which was misshapen and not as luminescent as it had been before. Just looking at it made me feel odd. Something was being blown out of the portal. It looked like sand. Leaning down I dipped a finger in it. No, it was ash. So it seemed that the vampires that had gone through hadn’t made it back to the Realm of the Undead after all. My thoughts flickered briefly to Jet and Xavier. Jet would be fine, I reasoned. He always seemed to come out of every situation in perfect health. As for Xavier I hoped that he had got what he deserved, a painful end.

Standing back up I was nearly bowled over as something hard and metallic was flung from the portal. Even with my quick reflexes I only just managed to catch the Infinity Blade before it could impale me.

Suddenly filled with hope I jumped beside the stone slab that Danira’s body was laid on, frightening Carlton and Henrietta as I did so.

“What are you doing?” clinging to her husband, Henrietta’s voice trembled as she watched me roll up my sleeve.

I looked at both of them, the Infinity Blade hovering over my wrist, the broken chains clinking when I moved. “If this works then your daughter will be brought back.” I told them, unable to conceal my hope.

Their eyes grew wide and Carlton nodded at me, giving me his permission.

“I’m sorry I wasn’t able to stop them.” I didn’t even wince as the blade cut through my skin and started to greedily absorb my blood.

When the Infinity Blade was sated I held it above Danira, and concentrated on willing her back to life. I didn’t know if it would work. Even if it did I didn’t know if Danira would be a human or a vampire when she awoke, but I didn’t care which one she would be as long as she was somehow alive. I knew that her parents didn’t care either. They placed their hands on mine and their will weaved with my own, making a plea so heartfelt that I didn’t know how anyone could refuse it.

Danira’s eyelids fluttered.

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