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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21. The Source of the River of Death

 

I recognised the feeling that was flooding my body as I woke. It was what I had felt when Ridge’s blood had been in my system.

Xavier had given me his blood. I sat up, my eyes wide. What if he had given me too much? What if I was a vampire? I blinked but everything remained dark. I drew my knees up to my chest and rested my head on them relieved. I was still human! Thank goodness.

No one spoke so I guessed that Xavier wasn’t here. Good, that would give me a chance to escape from him. My fingers touched my neck but there was nothing there. Xavier’s blood had healed everything. I stood up and after started making my way down whatever it was that I was in, tunnel, passageway, I didn’t know. I tried not to think about what had happened, but I knew that the next time I saw Xavier I would try and kill him for what he had done to me.

I stopped walking when I heard a shuffling sound coming towards me. Zombies! I quickly turned around and headed back the way I had come, increasing my pace. Where was Ridge? I hoped that he hadn’t been hurt earlier and that he would show up soon. Now there was shuffling from up ahead as well. I silently cursed and felt the walls around me for a crack that I could slip through. Panic rose in my chest as I scrabbled around. Then finally I found an entrance to a passageway and squeezed myself through. It was a very tight squeeze and I had to breathe in as I slipped down the passageway. Then I was on the floor, having fallen out of the passageway and into a tunnel.

“Are we going to make a habit out of this?”

My blood boiled at the sound of Xavier’s voice and I searched my pockets for my stake. Where had it gone?

“Looking for this?”

Clenching my fists I looked up guessing that Xavier was holding my stake in his hand while smiling down at me. I slowly stood up.

“Take it then.” he said, sounding amused.

I reached out into the darkness and when my hand closed on the stake Xavier pulled me into his arms. I snarled at him, which was somewhat of a surprise to us both. Then yanking the stake from Xavier’s hand, I plunged it into his chest. Xavier gasped and released me before dropping to his knees.

“Don’t ever touch me again.” I hissed.

I turned away from him, unsure if the stake had pierced his heart, and strode away as confidently as I could in the dark, my hands brushing the sides of the tunnel. Eventually the tunnel seemed to end and strangely I could see light ahead. I jogged towards it eagerly and blinked when I emerged in a room full of light. When my vision had adapted to the sudden brightness I was surprised to see that I was in a cavern that had what I presumed to be the spring that was the source of the River of Death. Peering around I saw that the spring welled up from the ground, which was where the light was coming from. It seemed strange that the spring was clear and yet the River of Death was dark and foreboding. I knelt down beside the spring, feeling a strange glowing sensation when the light fell on me. The light seemed to be coming from deep down at the bottom of the spring, shining through the clear water. I took my bag off and retrieved the metal triangle.

“I hope this works.” I muttered holding the triangle in my hand. Leaning forwards I held the triangular piece of metal above the surface of the spring.

“Stop where you are. Turn around and face me. Keep the clue in your hand.”

What now? Turning around I saw that the cold voice had come from an equally cold looking vampire.

“That’s right human.” he spat, his grey eyes squinting at the bright light coming from the spring. “Give me the clue.” he ordered.

I glared at him. “You want it? Come and get it.”

I threw the triangle into the spring and it landed with a splash before sinking down. The vampire snarled and the next thing I knew I was in the spring too, sinking quickly. He had pushed me I realised seconds later. Turning around in the water I saw the vampire swimming down after the metal triangle. I was surprised that he could stand the brightness of the light. Maybe he had his eyes closed.

The surface of the spring was starting to disappear from view and it was then that I felt a cold tingling flowing through my body. It was the spring of the River of the Dead. It probably wasn’t a good thing that I was in it. A voice in my head told me that I should just give up, that things would be a lot easier if I just stopped fighting. I almost did as it said, but then I thought of my parents and the Infinity Blade. I had to stop the Vampire Lords. I had to save the Realm of the Living.

With a sudden burst of energy I flailed my arms and legs, trying to push myself up to the surface. But I didn’t know how to swim and was soon sinking. My vision started to blur and my lungs were screaming for oxygen. It would be peaceful just floating there, I told myself. At least that was a consolation. There were worse ways to die. My eyelids closed and then there was no oxygen left in my lungs.

All of a sudden I was rushing through the water, being dragged by something. Bursting through the surface I gasped for air. I lay on my side, coughing and spluttering.

“Danira, are you ok?” Ridge was kneeling beside me looking anxious. “What happened?” he asked sitting me up.

Water dripped down my face and I gasped a reply. “I dropped... the triangle in.... the spring... another vampire...”

His eyes hardened. “Stay here.”

I watched as Ridge dived into the spring and I lay there, my breathing slowly returning to normal. Minutes passed and I grew worried. Dragging myself up, I peered down into the spring. Something dark burst out of the spring beside me and I jumped back, but it was only Ridge. The triangle was clutched in his hand and he stood up, water cascading off him.

“We have to go.”

I stood up, shaking with cold and followed him as he led the way down a tunnel that had been hidden in the corner of the light filled room. I grabbed his hand as we stepped back into the darkness so that he could guide the way. I didn’t ask about the other vampire, I knew that Ridge had taken care of him. We didn’t speak at all as we navigated through the tunnels, which meant that my mind was drawn back to my encounter with Xavier. Had I killed him? I wondered. Had the stake gone through his heart?

Grey light appeared at the edge of my vision. I had no idea where we were. We seemed to be in a deep underground cave. I could hear water rushing nearby. Ridge cursed under his breath.

“What’s the matter?” I asked, trying to rub some heat into my arms.

“The only exit is up there.” I followed his gaze to a small hole in the ceiling. “Will you be alright if I carry you up?”

I didn’t have time to answer his question because the next thing I knew I was plummeting down to the water below. I broke the surface with a gasp and caught sight of Ridge tussling with several vampires. I tried to cry out but I was dragged away. The ferocity of the water surprised me and I was spun around by the current. Dunked under the water I managed to claw my way to the surface as I was flung around in the river. Everything went dark and panic grew within me. Then I was outside, a passenger in the river as it travelled away from the mountains. Reaching out, I scrabbled around and managed to find purchase on the riverside. It took all my strength to haul myself up out of the river. I lay there panting until I passed out.

 

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