This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.
VLAD: THE LADY OF THE LAKE
The woman stands on her knees as the heavy amount of wind whipped through her yukata. ’Please, don’t let her die. I’ll give you everything. Yes, if that’s what you want, just please spare her soul. Don’t let them lay a finger on this childe. I’m begging you, she’s the latter recipient. She’s not meant to die with them.’
Tears were streaming down her pale cheeks as the last moon of her night shone through her ashen mane. ‘No, please don’t. Let her be safe.’
She gasps as she run out of breath from weeping. The darkest skies seem to feel her repentance as the droplets of rain devours her icy-toned skin, making her insides shook with the taciturn gust.
The galloping of the horses is drawing near. Fear and willpower were battling themselves from her internal sane. The woman bows down from her knees as she stares up at the sky.
Time is slipping through her fingers.
Her eyes peered as the lantern shot directly at her sight. The General and his soldiers invade the space from her locality. As she remains silent, her inner praying for the child’s safety bombards the depth of her mind. General Ming finally steps down from his horse before striding towards the woman.
The General didn’t spoke. He pursues on approaching her spot in his unnerving physique. The woman neither moved, nor utters a single word as she watched the General drawing closer to her.
She turns her head on the other direction, ‘please.’ She begged once more.
General Ming sneered beneath his mask as he pulls out his katana, appreciating the dread that was etched on the woman’s façade. His other free hand grasp the woman’s hair roughly making her head bent uneasily. She stopped breathing, time suddenly stood still as she hears the sound of stream, inviting her to oblivion.
The last tear fell down from her cheeks as she unrelentingly stares on the other side.
The General pulls up his sword, and with that brief second—the woman smiled—her last words echoes in the air, as the wind howls and oozes.
‘Thank you.’ she breathed.
Within a blink of an eye, the katana slices her head out of her body as blood enthused out of her veins. The woman’s body fell of the ground flaccidly. But the General held the severed head. Admiring his work as his eyes turns the head to examine the cleanest cut.
‘Yuuo, make the best cup out of her skull.’ His deep voice nonchalantly spoke as one of his men took the head and puts it in inside of the sack.
The General turns around, leaving the headless body near the stream. He rode off his horse before he and his soldiers disperse from the site.
Blood washed down the soil. The yukata was now drenched with the remains of flesh as the rain wails out once more. The woman didn’t have a proper burial, nor mourned—for the people that recognizes her existence were no longer stepping their feet on the ground.
The Beautiful Man watched silently from the distance. His face remains calm and serene, as if nothing brutal had just happened. He was sitting down on one of the tree’s branches, protecting himself and his little companion out of the downpour.
His long eyelashes shifted from the scene back on the infant on his arms that started bawling recently. The beautiful man’s sleek fingers brushed the baby’s soft cheeks, as it stares right back at him with its innocent eyes.
‘How troublesome,’ He murmurs.
‘She didn’t even name you yet.’
Liam Butler: I am Liam Butler, and I wrote this novel. If that sounds like an AA admission, that's because it sure feels like one. It is traditional for a writer to hate his own work, it is almost a rite of passage to destroy one's own work in a drunken rage for the first time. Perhaps it's the public availab...
nikole carr: After starting and stopping several books tonight, this book caught my attention from the very beginning and i stayed up until 6 a.m. to finish reading. The plot has many twists and the sexual scenes keep it interesting, too. im a florida native so the Caribbean location is fun to read about. th...
spec4huff: Thank you for creating this world. I am a 6'3" veteran that thinks himself tough. But the piece of literature you have created made me misty eyed on a number of occasions. I want a love like this. Thank you again, I would totally buy this book and hopefully the sequels to this ever enchanting lov...
Sarah Luongo: My friend recommended this to me and I was hooked immediately. The images and voices of these characters come so clearly in my head, which I love. I love seeing from all of these characters points of view, and still the book has a continuous flow. There are some punctuation and grammar mistakes, ...
summerstone: Seriously this is one of the best books I've ever read. The plot is intriguing, I love the narrative style. Its very descriptive and unique, with minimal cliches. It makes for a great read and the sequels are amazing. Totally worth reading. ^^ That's me trying to be professional. But in all hones...
Marimar Amieva: Although I found the vampire thing a bit too much, I couldn't stop reading it. The story had a bit of everything: mystery, romance, a huge plot twist and relatable characters. I congratulate the author for this story and hope to read more of whatever he writes.
spooky jedi: Love your story!I really hope more people read this story!Its amazing!! The plot is very unique and different, which is very good to have in a world full of stories. You have very complex and intellectual plot line, with your many loveable character and that hint of 'will they, won't they' is ju...
catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.
JWalker: I loved this story from start to finish! It flows at a really nice pace and the story world feels so real. The fight sequences are a treat especially when Isanfyre is training to become a warrior. I found the names really cool and thankfully easy to pronounce. Personally I have always struggled w...