Edge of Nightmares Teaser #3

 

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“Treina, I…I didn’t mean to! I was coming to talk to you about some issues with one of the turntables, heard the yelling and got worried.  I…” Gina explains, looking at me, stammering. “I…wasn’t trying to spy! I was just concerned and wondered what all the screaming was about! Honest!”

“Sure you weren’t,” Celerina says.

“Shut up Celerina! I will handle this!” I snap.

Gina turns back to Celerina. “Look lady. I don’t know who the hell you are or who you THINK you are, but you best watch it.”

I watch in horror as Gina steps up and gets in Celerina’s face.

“Gina NO!” I yell, trying to stop what I know is coming.

Celerina grabs a hold of Gina’s hair, pulling her in closer and snarling. “Listen here, girl. If anyone is to watch it, it would be you. I own this place, I own Treina, which means I own you. Now how much did you hear of our conversation?”

I’m watching Celerina manhandle Gina, trying to figure out how to stop this. I see Gina swallow hard and struggle, trying to get out of Celerina’s grip. “All of it.” She shifts her eyes to try and look at me. “What the fuck are you two involved in? I thought I knew you!” The hurt was apparent as Gina’s voice hitched, and I could see the tears welling up in her eyes. Gina then looks back at Celerina. “Apparently I was wrong.”

Celerina sneers and thrusts Gina backwards into Treina’s desk, making her yell out. I walk around to her, and placing a hand on her arm with sadness in my eyes, “I am so sorry Gina. No one was supposed to find out about any of this. I tried to straighten up my life and then she showed up.” She glares at Celerina.

“Secrets don’t keep themselves.” Celerina smiled – a hideous, terrifying, beautiful smile.

“I am the same person you’ve come to know, Gina. I just have some things in my life that no one knows about….no one else NEEDS to know about. You need to just go out, wait for me and we’ll discuss the issues, and you’re gonna forget whatever you heard in here, okay?”

Celerina glares at me.

“We can’t let her go after what she heard. How do we know we can trust her?”

I know. It’s why she’s been my dj and assistant manager all this time, because she has proven to me she can be trusted.”

I do my best to stress this to Celerina. The last thing I needed was for Celerina to do something to Gina and I’d have to cover up a death of someone that means the world to me. Gina is my best friend….hell my only friend….and I was NOT about to  let Celerina do anything to her.

“Just let her go Celerina. I will take responsibility for her.”

Celerina glares at both of us for a moment, snatches up her purse, and stalks to the door. Turning back slightly to look at me, her golden eyes glowing brightly.

“You definitely will take responsibility. We’ll talk more later when there aren’t any …..” she pauses glancing at Gina, “witnesses.”

With that she storms out of my office, muttering angrily in Brazilian. As I watched as she disappeared down the hallway, I knew I needed to get away from Celerina. I was not going to risk Gina, not for anything in the world.

©CynASnow2018

Edge of Nightmares Teaser from Treina’s POV.

I just rewrote the scene between Treina and Arkmenos and I am so in love with it from her POV! It is now at 2372 because I added a bit. Here is my favorite bit from it. Make sure to let me know in the comments what you think of it!

As I am standing outside, I look up at the clouds and watch dark ones start to roll in, and think <<how fitting this is for what I’m about to speak of.>>

I peek into the windows that were on either side of the door. The chapel was just a small building with a few pews on one side of the main room, with what looked like a couple of different altars set up, and candles taking up most of the room to give off soft, peaceful light.

After taking a few deep breaths, I push the door open, just enough to stick my head in.

“Umm…hello? Is ….is anyone here?”

As I am looking into the dimly lit room, a tall half-demon, dressed in a button up off-white shirt with his sleeves rolled up, dark brown cargo pants, and black boots, steps into the light I let in through the open door.

“Yes I am here. How can I help you, Miss…..?” He answers.

I’ve seen a few of the half-demons around the city, one in particular that I know better than I’d like to, but the one standing in front of me was stunning. His dark red skin shone in the soft light and the candlelight glistened on his horns. His eyes looked like pools of gold. I shook my head, closing my eyes to gather my thoughts. <<FOCUS Rei.>>

“Just call me Rei. Safer that way. I’m sorry to bother you Pastor, but…”

“Just Arkmenos is fine…Rei.”

He walked up to me and he has a beautiful smile. He reached around me to open the door more. “Come, sit. Talk to me and tell me what is bothering you.”

I finished entering the chapel, an audible sigh emitting from me as he closed the door and then ushered me to a pew. He didn’t touch me, but I could feel the heat from his hand that he had hovering near my back. I did my best to not shake as I walked, but considering why I was there, it was damned hard not to.

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Edge of Nightmares — Teaser

“Fa…,” she coughed. “Arkmenos. I have done such awful things in my life and I just can’t do it anymore. I am watching young women and men have their lives ruined because the people I work for and with are depraved individuals.”

 

She puts her face in her hands and starts crying.

 

“These…creatures…I can’t call them people because neither of them are human…are horrible….HORRIBLE. One of them is a Naga who can now walk like a human thanks to this female half-demon…..” She pauses and looks up at me, a pained look crossing her face.

 

“I..I’m sorry, I know you are half-demon but you aren’t like …her….” She shakes her head, closing her eyes and then opening them again. “Come to think of it, “ she sniffles a little, “you looks somewhat like her. Not that I’m saying that you all look alike because I know from experience you don’t, but wow, the resemblance…”

 

My eyes widen at her words.

 

“What is this half-demon’s name?”

 

She swallows hard, leans in close, and whispers, “Rovari. I daren’t say her name loudly, I’d be afraid she’d hear me and show up here.”

 

I startle a bit as she confirmed my fear. I look at her and watch as her eyes look like a deer caught in headlights, and she moves like she’s about to bolt like a scared rabbit.

 

“I’m…I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have come here. I see by the look on your face you know her. I may as well as just have handed myself over to her huh?”

 

“No. Sit. Please.” I reach out and gently touch her wrist to keep her from leaving. “No. You have no worries about her getting to you here..” I sighed. “Yes. I do know her.” I pause, then state the words I hadn’t said in almost five years. “She’s my twin sister.”

 

“Ohhhhh fuuuu…” she coughs, and looks around as a look of guilt crossing her face. “Shit…. DANGIT!” A deep red blush crosses her beautiful cheeks. “SORRY! I forgot where I was for a moment!”

 

I let out a soft chuckle. “It’s fine, really. Worse words have been heard in this chapel Rei. We do not forbid cursing in here, especially when it is a situation like this.  As long as it is not abused, a few shits, damns, and even fucks, are allowed.” I wink at her, hoping it puts her a little bit more at ease.

 

She then lets out an adorable little giggle, which goes into laughter, then moves right into hysterics, until she has slid onto the floor bawling uncontrollably. I move the other pew out of the way and sit next to her, rubbing her back while she lets it all out.

 

Right at this moment, I hear the door open again.

 

“Pastor Arkmenos, we…” The voice of Katherine, our resident former-nun, reaches my ears. I move a little so I can look over the pew Rei and I had been sitting on.

 

“Now is not a good time Katherine. I need you to find one of the others to help you with whatever the boys have done now. Would you please put a “chapel is closed” sign on the doors?  I am helping someone and I need no interruptions.”

 

“Oh my. I’m so sorry Pastor. Can I…” Katherine starts to ask and moves a little bit into the chapel, stopping only when I speak.

 

“No. It’s better you do not get involved with this.” I send a thought into her head. <<Rovari>>  and that was enough for her to give a little gasp, then a nod, closes the door, and I hear the scraping of the closed sign going on the door after a couple of minutes.

Character Introduction: Arkmenos Kilrak

**Little information first — My mentor Debbie Burns, who runs an amazing writing course called Fiction Expedition, gives us worksheets for what she calls Character Deep Dives. It’s to help us really ‘dive’ into our characters for our stories so that we can make them really come alive. SO that’s what I’m going to be sharing with you all for the next couple of weeks. Now without further ado! **

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NOT MY PHOTO. Inspiration for Arkmenos ONLY. Got it off of Pinterest.

Arkmenos (ark-men-ohs) Kilrak (Kill-rack) is a Serkas (sir-kahs), which is an infernal-touched race (kinda like the Tieflings from D&D). He and a few of his kind came over during the great portal opening back in 2010, along with a lot of other races (we’ll get to those later!).

He is a Unitarian pastor (he was a cleric in his world) and helps run A Mission of Hope which is an orphanage and soup kitchen on the southeast end of New Seattle. He has a twin sister named Rovari who runs a massage parlor. They have a very complicated love/hate relationship that started in their world and has only gotten worse since they came to New Seattle.

Part of the #CDD (character deep dive) questions cover fears and pain points, what their end goal is in the book, and who is against or with them.

Arkmenos’ three greatest fears are Rovari dying, bad things happening to his followers / children (the orphans), and his parents coming from their world into New Seattle. This last one is his biggest fear because he is afraid that they, his parents, will cause so much chaos that the government will decide to close the portals after making all non-humans go back to their world and he does NOT want that. He loves the life he has in New Seattle and wants nothing to do with his old world OR his parents. Still nudging him to spill that a bit more, but I’m sure that will come later.

His three strongest pain points are one: how people perceive him. He is a Serkas. He has dark red skin, golden eyes, horns, and a prehensile tail. Most races don’t trust them due to their demon/devil ancestry and most humans are very uncomfortable around the Serkas. Two: Rovari works for a woman named Celerina who Arkmenos does not trust at all. He’s heard secrets and rumors and his gut tells him she deals in things his sister shouldn’t be messing with. This worries him even though they are not speaking. She is still his twin. Three: He wants someone to love but due to the number one pain point, this is proving to be a bit difficult for him. Not that he’s actually tried though with as busy as he is at the Mission (EXCUSE!).

Now you may want to know why is he doing what he is doing? He’s got demon/devil ancestors right? SO he’s supposed to be bad right? WRONG. The blood has thinned many generations so he just has a couple of his ancestors physical traits and a bit of magic. Due to spending most of his time as a child with the clerics in the local temple, he realized his calling was to take care of people, much to the chagrin of his parents and twin. When he turned 13, his father threw him out of the house and one of the clerics took him in and raised him until he was old enough to become a cleric himself.

What is his end goal? To save his sister from Celerina and anyone else Celerina has hurt, along with taking care of all of followers. Who is going to be against this? Well, his sister, duh! Along with Celerina (of course!), a local priest who has been corrupted, and a few other people that work for/with Celerina. Those with him? As far as I know now, Kar’gan and Rebekkah (the stars of the short story teaser I shared), Suzie Andrews – a mouse pelt journalist, DJ Phoenix who works at a rave club owned by Celerina (but she doesn’t know this yet), a former nun who works at the Mission with him, and a lady detective that is investigating Celerina.

So that is what I know about Pastor Arkmenos Kilrak as of right now. I will have CDDs of my other main players over the next few weeks as they talk to me and let me in on their deep, dark secrets!

I hope you enjoyed this peek into one of my characters. If so, please leave me a comment down below and let me know!

Much love and blessings,

 

~Cyn~