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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27. The Four Vampire Lords

 

I sprinted as fast as I could away from the two vampires knowing that there was no way I could outrun them.

“Ridge!” I screamed, hurting my throat in the process.

“You’re a long way from home, aren’t you?”

I froze at the sound of the voice.

“Turn around.”

I found myself obeying even though I didn’t want to. They were compelling me.

Two tall vampires were stood staring at me, their fangs out.

“That’s right sweetheart, you do as we say.” the one dressed in a navy suit told me.

His friend who was dressed in jeans and a black shirt licked his lips. “She looks tasty, even if she does stink. Want to share?”

Suit nodded.

“No.” I managed to croak.

Jeans and Suit laughed and swaggered up to me.

“You’re strong aren’t you? Not strong enough though.” Suit stroked my neck and inhaled my scent deeply.

A feral snarl filled my ears and I watched as Ridge appeared, taking the two vampires by surprise because they had been so focused on me. Still fighting against Suit and Jeans’ hold on me I could only stare in horror as Ridge tore off the limbs of the two vampires in his fury. Finally he staked them through the heart, his eyes wild. It was seriously scary. I fell to my knees as Suit and Jeans disintegrated into two piles of ash.

Ridge stood still, staring at the floor. “Did they hurt you?” I barely recognised his voice is was so deep and guttural.

“No.” I whispered, unable to tear my eyes away from him.

Ridge still looked wild. I slowly stood up and held out a hand to him. “I’m fine, Ridge. We need to find the Infinity Blade.” I told him soothingly. I watched as his fangs retracted and his expression slowly lost its craziness. Smiling encouragingly I reached out and placed a hand on his cheek. “Are you alright now?”

Ridge closed his eyes and nodded. “Yes.”

I leaned my forehead against Ridge’s. His cool skin felt good against mine. To go from hating his touch to craving it was strange, but crave it I now did. I didn’t care if he only thought of me as a plaything. I felt something for him now and there was no denying it.

“I’m sorry you had to see me like that.” Ridge pulled me into a bone-crushing embrace and kissed my hair.

My heart skipped a beat. I’d fallen under his spell. Maybe he was compelling me like Xavier had?

When it didn’t seem like he was going to let me go I spoke. “We really need to go.”

I smiled and kissed him on the cheek, hovering for slightly too long. Ridge would know now that I was fully under his hold. He nodded silently and taking my hand pulled me down the hallway.

“Thank you for saving me.” I whispered.

“You’re welcome.”

Ridge held me against his side, lifting me a few inches off the ground before sprinting down the hallway. When we had gone several metres the metal triangle sparked and grew hot in my hand.

“Stop!” I cried.

Ridge came to a stand still and let go of me.

I was dizzy from stopping so quickly, but my eyes were immediately drawn to a silver sword that was in a nearby cabinet. “That’s it.” I whispered.

Ridge smashed open the glass cabinet and the shards fell like rain to the floor.

I raised an eyebrow at him. “Someone was sure to have heard that.”

“Just grab it and we’ll run.”

Reaching inside the cabinet I took the sword by the hilt. It was surprisingly light and seemed to glow in the dim hallway. Beside me Ridge tensed.

“What is it?” I asked, my eyes not leaving the sword.

When he spoke, Ridge sounded in awe. “This is the Infinity Blade, I can sense its power, but it’s not complete.”

“Is that what the clue means? It says that it is waiting for the one that will complete it. King Alandros said as well that we should have all the pieces...”

I held up the metal triangle so that I could read the final clue again, but it was yanked from my grip by an invisible force. Ridge and I watched captivated as the triangle hovered before us glowing fiercely, until it suddenly burst into flames. Drops of liquid metal fell down onto the sword in my hand as the triangle melted. Once the final drop of melted triangle had been absorbed by the sword, it seemed to shimmer. I gaped as before my eyes the sword warped and changed. The hilt grew hot in my hand but not so hot that it burned me. I reached out to touch the edge of the sword which now looked like it had hundreds or maybe even thousands of tiny teeth, kind of like a saw.

“Don’t.” Ridge warned sounding wary.

I stopped and looked at him. “Is it complete now?”

He sniffed the air delicately. “No.”

My hand grew warm, but it wasn’t the hand that I was holding the Infinity Blade with. Before I had a chance to tell Ridge this, an ear-piercing howl filled our ears.

Eyes wide I spluttered. “But that’s...”

We were suddenly surrounded by hundreds of vampires, but I only had eyes for the massive black furry mound that was staring back at me with huge sad eyes. “Rex...” I whispered.

He let out a low whine as if to say sorry for what he had done.

“Get rid of the animal. It has served its purpose.” a deep voice ordered.

“No!” I exclaimed running forwards only to be grabbed by several leering vampires. I flinched at Rex’s pained howl and then he was no more. “You didn’t have to kill him!” I yelled pulling against the vampires that were restraining me.

Ridge’s eyes locked onto mine and he gave me an apologetic look while simultaneously trying to escape from the three vampires that were holding him back.

“So finally we meet.”

I reluctantly turned and gazed at a tall muscular vampire who was dressed in an Armani suit. His skin was translucent reminding me of Lady Prenalla.

His cold blue eyes glinted. “You two have caused us no end of trouble.” he muttered, bending down to pick up the Infinity Blade which I had dropped when the vampires had grabbed me. “I’m Cameron, one of the Vampire Lords.” Cameron smelled the blade before sighing in disappointment.

“Let Danira go.” Ridge ordered, his voice a snarl.

Cameron lifted an eyebrow at him. “I do not take orders from traitors.” he said, spitting at Ridge.

I was surprised that none of his henchmen spat at Ridge as well. It looked like they were a lot better behaved or had had more training than Suit and Jeans.

“Your presence is required upstairs.” Cameron smirked.

He turned on his heel and walked away. Ridge and I were dragged after him.

“Hey!” I exclaimed indignantly when a vampire shoved me to make me go faster.

A low growl formed in Ridge’s throat and I could practically see his chest vibrating. A vampire near Ridge punched him in the gut and I bit back an insult, knowing that I would probably get hit too. We were marched up a stone staircase which was devoid of any decoration, so I presumed that it was a back stairway.

Eventually we reached the top of the stairs and Cameron, who was holding the apparently incomplete Infinity Blade, knocked on a shiny, blood-red door. I suddenly felt very cold. I didn’t hear any noise from the other side, but presumably Cameron did because he gestured for only the vampires that were restraining Ridge and me to stay, before he turned the handle and opened the door.

It wasn’t the huge fireplace, or the solid gold statues, or any of the other various displays of wealth that filled the room that shocked me. It wasn’t even the three vampires that were sat in thrones, their skin see-through and their clothes from centuries ago. No it was the fact that Xavier was there. It looked like I hadn’t killed him after all. If Ridge had been angry before, he would be furious now.

Four vampire heads whirled around to face us. I was surprised to see Xavier looking fearful where he was stood before the Vampire Lords.

“Ah, Cameron, I see that you have returned victorious.” the vampire dressed in Georgian clothes said, his voice as dry as paper.

One of the Vampire Lords, who was dressed in simple clothes, clicked his fingers and someone emerged from the shadows. I was shocked to see Mum who shuffled over to the vampire, her head down and a tray of goblets in her hands. The vampire took a goblet and sent Mum away. Her eyes didn’t leave the floor as she returned to the shadows, and my heart felt like it was breaking seeing her that way.

The vampires holding Ridge and me forced us onto our knees in front of the thrones.

“Here is the Infinity Blade, Randolph.” Cameron strode forwards, holding the hilt of the sword out for Randolph.

A brief smile flickered on Randolph’s lips as he took the hilt in his fragile looking hands. Then he frowned. “But it is incomplete.”

His piercing green eyes locked onto my face. I felt so weak and insignificant in his gaze that I felt myself trembling.

“Human, do you know where the final piece is?”

I clenched my hand into a fist and held it against my dress. I couldn’t let them see the ring. I was sure that as soon as Randolph noticed it he would realise, as I finally had, that it was the final piece of the Infinity Blade. That was why Lady Prenalla had given it to me in the first place. It was also why my hand had grown hot earlier.

“No.” I said trying not to sound frightened, but the word came out sounding as weak and pathetic as I felt.

Randolph sniffed, his eyes narrowing.

“She lies.” It was the golden haired vampire beside him that had spoken, the simply dressed but still aristocratic looking vampire who had taken the goblet of blood from Mum.

“Lincoln is right, for once.” the third seated Vampire Lord smirked, his accent unmistakeably French.

“Shut up Gerard.” Randolph ordered.

Gerard’s expression was one of indifference as he smoothed his ruffled shirt.

Cameron sat down in the vacant throne and Xavier’s blue silver eyes sought mine but I ignored him.

“We have ways of making people, particularly humans, talk.”

“Don’t hurt her.”

I gaped at Xavier because both he and Ridge had said the same thing at exactly the same time. What did either Ridge or Xavier care if I got hurt?

Randolph looked amused. “You really do have feelings for this human, don’t you?”

All the vampires in the room, except Ridge and Xavier, curled their lips in disgust.

“We made a deal.” Xavier growled.

Randolph’s hand twitched and the two vampires holding me jumped to Xavier’s side, grabbing him and forcing him to kneel down beside me and Ridge.

“Deals can be broken.” Randolph sighed, holding the Infinity Blade closer to the huge fire that was roaring in the fireplace.

It occurred to me that the vampires didn’t need the fire for warmth. Maybe that was how Randolph was going to try and make me talk. I stared at the flames reflected on the surface of the sword and stayed still, wondering if I could surprise Randolph and grab the Infinity Blade from him.

Unfortunately his green eyes turned to me. “Where is the final piece?”

I bit my lip and kept my mouth shut.

Gerard raised an eyebrow but Lincoln and Cameron seemed pleased with my silence.

“Very well,” Randolph stood up, the Infinity Blade raised threateningly at me. “We shall do this the hard way. I do so love to hear humans beg for mercy.”

I was suddenly unable to move as Randolph approached me. A bead of sweat ran down my back.

“No!” Ridge roared, actually throwing off one of the vampires restraining him. But the other was built like a bull and couldn’t be thrown off, no matter how much Ridge tried.

Randolph touched the tip of the Infinity Blade to my neck, its tiny teeth digging into my skin and I glared at him. Even though I was scared of him, and had no doubt that he would torture me in order to find out what I knew, there was no way I was going to give him what he wanted, absolutely no way.

“You obviously don’t value your own life.” Randolph smiled, flashing his canines. “But what about his?”

I watched in horror as Randolph pressed the Infinity Blade against Ridge’s neck.

 

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