Bound [Book #1]


They are connected by the fact that they've all died and been brought back.

This is a trilogy. Look for the other two books:

#2 - THE REMOVED
#3 - CHASING SHADOWS

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16. Sixteen.

He came to stand beside me, his face hidden beneath a cloak. I looked at the sky. It had been sunny moments ago. Now it was black, and I could hear the hoot of an owl somewhere in the distance. The wind roared in my ears and I shivered.

A hand fell on my shoulder and I flinched. His breath smelled strongly of alcohol and cigarette smoke. I closed my eyes.

Who was he?

“My name is Jev,” the man said. “And you, Vivian Ashmore, are going to come with me. We have been waiting for you. Haven't we, Mira?”

“No,” she whispered. “You tricked me. You told me if I helped you, you would keep her safe from them. Please, don't kill her. She's powerful. I can feel it.”

“Are you?” Jev asked, addressing me. His hand crept up to my face, gripping my chin and yanking my head to the side. His sapphire eyes narrowed. “Answer me, girl!” he hissed.

“Yes,” I said confidently. I flexed my fingers at my side, thankful for this new power, and prayed he couldn't read my thoughts. “Now let me go.”

“I don't think so.” Jev smiled cruelly. “I want to see what you can do. Mira says you're strong. Prove it.”

“You don't want me to do that,” I said softly. “I haven't had time to—”

Jev placed his hand on my neck and squeezed so hard that I cried out. Then he tilted my head back so I stared at the ink-colored sky.

“Show me what you can do,” he whispered in my ear. “If you don't, I will not keep you safe from them, and they will kill you.”

I struggled and surprisingly enough, he let me go. He tossed me and I staggered, but I didn't fall. I turned around and looked at Mira.

“You played me,” I hissed.

“I didn't!” Mira shouted, putting her hands on her face. “Jev said if I distracted you, he'd come and—”

“Kill me?” I laughed. “I'm not going to let him do that. I have somewhere to be.”

“With your friends?” Mira wondered. “I'm surprised they haven't come to look for you. Unless...oh, that's it, isn't it? They can't, because they don't have that power. But you do.”

I flinched, then looked around to find only two of us on the playground. I opened my mouth to say something, but she stopped me.

“He wants to see you use your power, just not on him. He's still here, watching. Don't worry.” Mira frowned, shaking her head. “I've been tracking you. We've been tracking you. He wants to see if you're useful against them.”

“Who are they? No one is telling me anything. All everyone says is 'We don't know.' I'd like some answers, if I'm going to be killed.”

Mira looked at her, her green eyes stern. “You aren't going to die if you use what you were given.”

“I am going to use it,” I said. Even though I could move, I didn't. “I'm going to help the police find those missing girls.”

“Are you?” she asked, surprised. “You don't think you'll be asked how you're able to do something no normal human can do?”

I didn't care so I said, “It's not about that. It's about saving people. I was given this gift for a reason.”

“What about the fire?” Mira asked, her eyes glinting. “Will you track down the kidnapper and burn him to death?” She twirled a piece of hair around her finger. “Because, I gotta tell you, I don't see that working out too well for you, sweetheart.”

I glared at her and took a step away from her. Then another, until I was near the road, Mira's voice stopped me.

“Jev won't stop until he has you, Vivian. You are important. He won't hurt you as long as you come to his side. Think about it.”

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