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Death's Apprentice: The Glitch

By Kiercy Collins All Rights Reserved ©

Thriller / Fantasy

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Kamille woke up to nothing, she then made a deal with Death, but when she found herself with uncontrollable powers and a job she couldn't quite handle, Kamille found she had gotten far more than she bargained for when she agreed to be Death's Apprentice, but with help from Dimitri she quickly learns to adjust, that is until Dimitri vanishes and Death tasks Kamille with finding him. Will Kamille be able to find Dimitri before it's too late, or will she have to watch as Death claims the lives and souls of innocent people before their time, with the knowledge that Death was laying the blame on her?

Prologue

Kamille tried to open her eyes, but they felt heavy, and her head felt foggy, and her body was stiff, unable to bring her eyes to open. Where am I? Those were the first thoughts in her head; the last thing she could remember was being dragged into a dark alley, bound and gagged. The sound of a gunshot as it rang out, white hot searing pain in her skin as the bullet pierced it.

A surreal feeling overtook Kamille, a feeling of being in a strange and very, very weird situation. Forcing her eyes to open she took a deep breath, standing slowly; she took in her new surroundings, her stomach twisted, as she realized how unsettling they were. Her second thought was; where the hell am I?

Her surroundings were dark, silent and eerie, even the slightest noise could shatter the silence. It’s cold, and if she could see, Kamille would probably have seen her breath, even if her hands lacked the sting of the cold. Taking a deep breath releasing it slowly, she closes her eyes and counts to ten. When she reopens them, she jumps back upon seeing a pair of glowing crimson eyes.

A deep chuckle sounds from all around the dark abyss; Kamille’s heart skips a beat, as her surroundings light up in a blinding white light, burning her eyes. As the light finally dies down, she wipes the water from her eyes and looks at her now dimly lit surroundings.

Kamille finds herself in a small room, it’s dark, damp and empty, the room was made of old bricks and smelled of must. Torches line the walls, providing the now dim light that showed the chains also lining the walls. This place is a dungeon. The figure with eyes of blood stood there, less than a foot away from Kamille, seeming to not be breathing.

The figure stands just a few inches above six feet; he’s dressed in a black cloak, the hood up covering his head, shadowing all but his eyes and covering the rest of his body. His left hand is all that shows as it’s gripped tightly around a spirally staff. The hand isn’t flesh, and it’s not bone, it’s like the skin is water, and you can see everything that lies beneath. The figure laughs forcing a shiver to run up Kamille’s spine, his grip tightens and if he had flesh, his hand would have been white from the lack of circulation, the knot in Kamille’s stomach tightened.

“What…what are you?” They were the only words she could think to say, and when she finally found them her throat was dry and her voice came out quiet and broken. The laugh sounded again, less of a laugh, and more a violent cackle. It stops…just briefly, before starting again, but rather than being eerie and gut wrenching as she had expected, the sound of the laugh was melodic, and serene. Suddenly, her entire body seemed to relax, but Kamille’s mind went on edge, trying to analyze the situation.

“They have called me many things, many names over the years, Mors, Thanatos, the Grim Reaper, but most commonly, they refer to me as Death.” His voice was soft and gentle, as though he was trying to relax her, but the shiver running up her spine contradicted the relaxing feelings. And the blade appearing on the staff turning it into a scythe sent her stomach plummeting as the words finally registered…this figure before her was Death.

The room had no doors, no windows and no escape, Kamille was trapped in a dungeon, alone with only Death for company. One final thought ran through her mind, am I dead?


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