With: Sara Wolf
Hey ya’ll! Sara Wolf here with a short introduction before I drop this hot, fresh-off-the-press excerpt from my newest book, FIND ME THEIR BONES! I absolutely loved writing this scene – pretty much any chance to write Lucien and Zera together makes my heart beat super fast!! They’re a wonderful combo, and I hope you feel the same way. Thank you again!
“Go!” Lucien bellows, motioning to the open road away from South Gate, and not needing to be told twice, the people flee, aprons and coats clutched to their mouths and noses. Lucien’s cowl protects him somewhat but not enough, and I watch in horror as he immediately turns to enter another burning building. I dash up to him and pull his arm.
“Hey! Your Foolishness!”
Lucien staggers, his eyes widening. “You—what are you doing here?”
“Vacationing! What do you think?” I shout. “We need to get out of here!”
The black witchfire flickers off his darker hair. He says nothing, his eyes flat. He’s not wearing the princely mask or purposefully ignoring me, he’s…not seeing me. His eyes are unfocused, glassy. Before I can ask what’s wrong, he turns, going for another building on fire.
“Oh no you don’t!” I lunge for him, pulling him back by the arm. To my surprise, his body gives easily, with so little resistance he nearly staggers backward into me. He’s panting, sweating, and clutching to my arm like it’s the last rung of a ladder dangling over a pit. How long has he stayed here, helping people out of the fire? He’s on the edge of exhaustion—his heart for his people bigger than his body can sustain.
“Hold on!” I shout, lacing his arm over mine and shouldering his weight as I lead him backward. We need fresh air, and fast.
“You,” Lucien murmurs, his face so close to mine I can see the sweat carving over his cheekbones. “Do you hate me?”
“Right, yes—because now is a great time to discuss our relationship! When everything is on literal fire!” I snap, dragging him over the cobblestones. “Where in the afterlife is a super-strong Beneather when you need him?”
Through the loud cracking noises of fire-eaten buildings and the blood thrumming in my own ears, I startle at the feel of something smooth and callused on my cheek. A hand. Lucien’s hand, missing a glove and resting there lightly as his unfocused eyes focus on me all at once.
“Please—stay in my dreams, at least.”
My chest constricts with a hot, sweet, irrational pain. He’s talking gibberish, and uneasily I fear he might be beyond help. His hand falls limply to his side, and my insides fall with it.No, no, no—
“Stay alive,” I shout at him, hysterics thinning my voice. “You hear me? I haven’t given you permission to die, Lucien!”
FIND ME THEIR BONES
No one can save her.
In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life.
But fate isn’t ready to give her up just yet.
With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity.
Winning over a bloodthirsty valkerax? Hard. Winning back her friends before war breaks out? A little harder.
But a Heartless winning back Prince Lucien’s heart?
The hardest thing she’s ever done.
The Bring Me Their Hearts series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Bring Me Their Hearts
Book #2 Find Me Their Bones