Prologue from Dark Road Awakened

Finishing touches are being placed on Dark Road Punished. If everything goes as planned it should be out by next week. I will post again once it is available. In the meantime, here is the Prologue from Dark Road Awakened which will be scheduled to come out March 2014.

 

Prologue

 

Bella left the school cafeteria a few minutes before lunch ended. She planned to get the books she needed for her next two classes. Most of the other students waited until the bell rung to leave. It was unusual to hear the patter of a pair of feet after her, let alone the male voice that called out her name. She continued down the hall to her locker and blatantly ignored him. She had no idea why David followed her, but he did.

“Bella.”

She rounded the corner to the left of the next hallway.

David jogged after her. Once he caught up to Bella he started to walk side by side. “Hey Bella. I wanted to talk to you about the Spring Formal ­­­­–– ”

“If you wish to speak to me then you should get with my father,” Bella said as she hooked another corner.

“What?” He asked, but didn’t lose step. David kept up with Bella’s pace as if they had done it all their life. “Well, see, I was wondering if you would go with me.”

“If you wish to speak to me then you should get with my father.” She still refused to make eye contact with him. Bella gave both of her answers without looking at him once. She knew enough of what he looked like since she tutored him once a week for the past two years. It was the only time they spent together. She didn’t talk to him in school and they certainly didn’t hang out outside of school. He played soccer, she played the piano. He went to concerts and parties, she went to church and Bible Study. They were complete opposites, exactly why his question set off alarms. I’m not falling for that again.

 

“Of course,” David answered. “The dance is a couple of weeks away. There’s time for me to meet your Dad before then. What time should I pick you up?”

I don’t remember saying yes. Grinding her jaw Bella glared at David. The bell rung to end first lunch and students poured into the halls. He just kept going like her answer didn’t really matter. What a jerk. She reached into her locker and grabbed the last book she needed, then slammed her locker shut. Spinning on her heel Bella turned toward David and spoke harshly. “Before you ask me anywhere or even talk to me as a man, you would need permission from my father.” With a flip of her hair she spun the other direction and walked away. The crowd that surrounded them parted as she broke through them.

His jaw dropped open in utter shock.

Heather stopped just next to him. “Wow bro. That was brutal.”

“I don’t get it.” David commented.

Heather shrugged and snickered. “She’s some sort of Christian or something. You know how they are.”

He cocked an eyebrow at her.

“Virgin walking. I guess that’s what you get for asking a prude.” She giggled as she patted him on the back.

He half rolled his eyes with a groan at his sister. “That’s what I liked about her.” Disappointed David shook his head and walked off.

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