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Moonlit Madness

By Sarah Lynn Bottem

Romance / Adventure

Chapter 1

How had it come to this? Annuska watched helplessly for the second time as Victor and his Death Dealers savagely slayed her brothers and sisters without a second thought. She wanted nothing more to do something to stop the senseless murder but she had promised Lucian that she would stay hidden and she refused to go back on her world. For almost her entire life she had devoted herself to doing anything and everything to help Lucian and she was determined not to go against him now. She turned away from the massacre and followed the secret tunnels that only she, Lucian, and a few select others knew about, heading back towards where his crude laboratory was set up. Annuska didn't understand his obsession with creating a hybrid, she suspected it had something to do with Sonja and their unborn child but she didn't dare ask. She knew that Lucian had moved on for the most part and that he loved her but she also knew that part of his heart would always belong to his first bride. She arrived at the lab only to find Lucian's captive being freed by the Death Dealer known as Selene. She froze when the two turned towards her and braced herself when Selene raised her gun, she had no doubt in her mind that she was going to die in that moment; however before Selene could fire a shot the sound of footsteps and heavy breathing could be heard outside the small room they were in. Apparently the noise was the more immediate threat because Selene gave it her full attention immediately. As soon as the Lycan's shadow could be seen through the plastic flaps covering the door Selene fired her weapon, efficiently killing, or at least stunning the other. His body fell through the doorway and true to her training the vampiress fired three shots into the Lycan's head to ensure a successful kill.

Annuska turned away in disgust as her brother was killed, it didn't matter how many times she watched it happen, she couldn't handle watching others die, even vampires. It was almost ironic considering she had been on of the first of the new Lycan's to be born, merely two years younger than Lucian himself and killing should have come second nature to her however, she detested violence and anything related to it. That was not her only abnormality however; compared to most Lycan she was weak and fragile, finding that an injury that to most Lycan would be a slight bruise was a broken bone to her. Though despite all of her shortcomings it would seem that in exchange for her weaker body she had been gifted with better control over her transformations. She did not shift whenever she got angry and the process of changing from one form to another was much smoother. Unfortunately at the current moment having superb control wasn't much help considering there was no way she would be able to fight the death eater even if she was in her wolf like form. Only by the grace of God was she spared, luckily during Michael's stay with the pack, Annuska had done her best to take care of him; bringing him food and water and tending to his minor cuts and bruises as best she could. It would seem that her small acts of kindness had made an impression on the young man because when the death dealer turned her gun towards her, he stepped in and prevented her death.

"No, don't kill her, she's not like the others. She helped me, and she had more control than any of them."

At first Selene seemed hesitant but decided that letting the other female live probably wouldn't cause them any trouble. She was small for a Lycan and she was sure if it came down to it she could take her out easily. Their heads all snapped to the doorway when they heard a gun shot go off, at once they all took off heading towards the direction of the sound. What they found broke Annuska's heart; laying half-dead on the cold concrete ground was the man she loved more than life itself, the vampire he had always considered an ally standing over his body. Annuska had never fully liked Kraven finding him shallow and narcissistic. When Lucian had informed her of their alliance she had been skeptical but held off voicing her suspicions, Lucian had never lead them wrong before and she had faith that he knew what he was doing. That was why seeing the look of utter betrayal on Lucian's face broke her heart so deeply. She watched from the shadows as Kraven shot Michael before being stabbed in the leg by her lover. She flinched as he was thrown back into the empty oil drums. She then watched with fasination as Selene, per Lucian's orders, bit Michael; thus creating the first true hybrid. Kraven obviously unpleased with what had just occurred raised his gun to finish Lucian. At that moment Annuska chose to make her appearance as she leapt forward, nocking into Kraven and throwing off his aim effectively saving Lucian. He raised his gun, obviously intending to kill her for her interference, but was distracted by the sound of footsteps heading their way. He smirked obviously believing that whoever was on their way would take care of them for him, quickly made his escape.

Acting quickly Annuska grabbed Lucian and used all her might to move him out of sight. She could only hope that the threat of a newly made hybrid would be enough to distract the newcomers from noticing them. She watched safely hidden away as Victor entered the room and tore Selene off of the young man before throwing him through a wall before having a heart to heart with the vampiress. It would seem that he had killed her family when she was young and turned her because she reminded him of Sonja, then blamed the Lycan for the murders. It would seem that he believed that granting her a life of immortality was a fair trade for the deaths of her family. She on the other hand believed that he was using her to replace Sonja. This seemed to set him off.

"I loved my daughter, but the abomination growing in her womb was a betrayal of me and of the coven. I did what was necessary to protect the species, as I am forced to do yet again."

With this he withdrew his sword and jumped the hole he had made in the wall when he had thrown Michael though it. She didn't quite know what happened after that however because she centered all her attention on Lucian. His veins were clearly visible through his skin due to the silver that was currently poisoning his system and she knew that she had to act fast. While he and the others had been focused solely on the destruction of the vampires and the creation of the hybrid she had spent her time trying to find a way to deal with silver poisoning. She had come up with a trial drug that she hoped would reverse the effects that silver had on the Lycan's body but she had never had a chance to test it before now. As the readied the needle she prayed to every god and deity she knew of hoping that one of them would hear and that Lucian would live. She plunged the needle into his neck quickly and watched as the drug left the syringe. She sat holding her breath as Lucian's labored breaths slowly became quieter and more even before finally he seemed to slip unconscious. She quietly stood and walked over to the gaping hole curious to see the outcome of the fight between Victor and the hybrid. She was pleased by the sight before her, it would seem that Victor had been slain and that his cronies had died with him. The hybrids appearance in and of its self was shocking, she never would have imagined that he would have blueish black skin or pitch black eyes; but then again she wasn't quite sure what she was expecting him to look like in the first place.

Content that there was no more threat to worry about Annuska headed back to where her lover rested and quietly laid down beside him, gently resting her head on his chest. She knew that as soon as Lucian was well enough he would want to find anyone who had survived the attack and begin rebuilding their army yet again. She wished that he would give up his dream of revenge and move on, but knew that it would likely never happen. The deep-seeded hatred that Lucian held for the vampires was something that she would likely never understand and she knew begging him to let it go was pointless; all she could do was support and protect him to the best of her abilities and pray that all would end well. That night she dreamed of the past and all the event that lead up to where they were now...

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