Title: Ugly Like Me (Angel Warden Series #1.5)
Author: Nia Shay
Length: 6,275 words
Sub-Genres: Paranormal Romance, M/F, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
TAGLINE: The darkness without is nothing compared to the darkness within...
Jandra Maxwell is just beginning learned the horrifying truth about dark angels. In keeping a promise to an innocent victim, Jandra must face the shadows in her own heart, and accept another facet of her unique nature.
(Author's Note: This short story directly follows the events of Dark Angel's Ward and is not intended to be a standalone title.)
He raised hollow eyes to meet mine. The flames within them dimmed and guttered out. Darkened, they looked like empty sockets in his pallid face. I leaned in close, searching the depths of them for the terror I hoped he felt.
I looked, and I saw…nothing. I stared into the black mirrors of his eyes and found only emptiness, an infinite void in what should have been the windows of his soul. A hunger to grasp something he could never hold, to fill that emptiness inside by any means necessary.
"I know that hunger." The realization struck me so hard, I couldn’t marshal my thoughts in time to keep from projecting it.
He let out a sharp breath in what might have been a scoff. I barely noticed—I was frozen in horrified fascination. The aching chasm in my own heart yawned wide, reflecting the darkness of those eyes as surely as they reflected my own face back at me. I shuddered, hating him, hating myself…
I wrenched my gaze free of his. “I know that hunger.” This time I whispered the words aloud.
“Then sate it.”
I ventured a glance at his chin, muttering, “You’re so eager to die?”
His lips curved up again in that faint, mocking smile. “You have no intention of letting me live. Why shouldn't you enjoy the kill?”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nia Shay is a reclusive weirdo who lives in a tiny concrete box in the middle of the
Arizona desert. (No,
seriously.) In between dealing with mild
OCD and an epic caffeine addiction, she finds time to mold the voices in her
head into cohesive sarcastic remarks, and sometimes even a story or two. She
has been penning such tales, almost all of them with a decidedly paranormal
flavor, since the second grade. Now that paranormal fiction is the "in thing,"
Nia has decided to overcome her extreme distaste for trends and jump on the ol'
bandwagon. Join her on her harrowing journey through the twisted corridors of
her own mind—that is…if you dare.
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