by Angie Day
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
“I can’t stay,” I answered.
My decision was finally spoken aloud. The words didn’t fit in my mouth the way they should. My mind didn’t want to believe the sounds it just heard. Even with the situation being as hostile as it was, I still couldn’t picture leaving. I looked at Thayer for a brief moment, wondering if he was altering my emotions again.
That was the problem. That was the reason I couldn’t stay. I had no idea what decisions were mine and which they influenced. That anyone influenced. I wasn’t free here. I wasn’t even close.
“I can’t just watch you walk out of here,” Alec growled and tightened his grip on my shoulders. I raised my hands to his slowly. As soon as my skin touched his, Alec yanked his hands back.
“Then don’t watch,” I said, looking directly into his eyes.
In a second, I watched Alec’s expression change from scared, to angry, and then to what seemed like sadness. I looked up at Thayer and he stepped aside.
My heart dropped as I realized what I was leaving behind. This was my home, and these were my people. Without them, I would be facing the world of humans and Legends all alone, with the mark on my arm serving as a target on my back. No one dared take on the Shadows as a whole, but one on her own…
“Mara.” Thayer reached out but didn’t touch me. “We are your family.”
When I looked into Thayer’s eyes, I searched for a reason to stay. A reason that I could trust any of them. There wasn’t one. This place wasn’t my home. It was my prison. It kept me safe, but it kept me captive all the same.
“You were my family,” I corrected him.
With a deep breath and a clenched jaw, I ran out of the room and toward the front entrance, past all of the Shadows who had overheard the argument.
Alec followed close behind as I rushed to the exit and shoved the heavy doors open. I heard his footsteps follow still.
“Wherever you go, we will find you,” Alec challenged.
He knew what I was giving up and he understood how much that scared me. His mistake was thinking that was threatening enough to keep me here. I turned around and looked at him one last time.
His dark blue eyes stared back at me. Thayer stood behind him, hoping I would step back inside. Nikki walked around the corner, her eyes filled with confusion.
My eyes flicked back to the person who had molded me into a monster.
“Please. Catch me if you can,” I taunted Alec.
I whipped around, turning my back on them and the mansion of Shadows. Without hesitation, I took my first step away. Nobody had ever left the Shadows alive. I paused for a moment, waiting for an attack. Nothing happened. Alec was letting me go.
I took another step forward. Then I heard Thayer take a step forward. I paused again.
“Let her go.” Alec’s words stopped Thayer. “She will be back,” he promised.
Too bad it was one he couldn’t keep.
I ran. I kept running until I could no longer see Alec’s face in my mind. I ran until the tears dried on my cheeks. I ran until the waves of the West Coast finally broke my thoughts. I looked at the new sky in front of me. For the first time in my life, I was truly alone. They would never find me here. Or anywhere. But they were welcome to try.
Angie Day found her love of writing while in college where she studied psychology and eventually went on to a master’s degree. She noticed the need for romantic and fantastic adult stories that were still wholesome and clean. So, she took matters into her own hands. LEGEND UNDONE is her debut novel. When she’s not devouring the next book, she is spending time outdoors with her husband.
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