Today’s excerpt comes from Blood Bonds.
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Erin stared at me. “I never knew why they kidnapped me, not really. You mean, he did it to torture you?”
“Yeah, he did it to force me into what, at the time, seemed like a no-win situation. He had lost control of me after turning me, so he was looking to make my life as much of a hell as possible.”
She ducked her head, staring at her feet. “I’m sorry I was a party to that.”
“It’s not your fault. You did nothing. Dredge was a sadist and he knew you were a friend, so he used you to hurt me. But…Grandmother Coyote had foretold that I needed to follow through. She said that a long thread of destiny hinged on my action—or inaction. That destiny is you, Erin. And I’m pretty sure that what you and Wade are about to do is going to change the world for both vampires and humans alike. I see you both ushering in a new age of understanding between the living and the undead.”
She hesitated for a moment. “I hope you don’t regret turning me. I wanted to live, and I’ll do my best to make you proud. To make you feel that it was a good thing you turned me. I’ll keep control of my inner predator, and I’ll follow in your footsteps. I want to make the world a better place.”
I smiled softly. “You already have done that, Erin. I don’t regret turning you. I only regret that it was necessary. But you’re helping pave the way for others.”
“I’m doing my best,” she said. Then, she added, “We head out on the road in two days. Do you have any advice for me, before I leave?”
“Treat yourself with respect, treat others with that same respect. Corral your inner predator. Turn to Wade if you need help. He’s got a sensible head on his shoulders, regardless of his mother. Do yourself proud, Erin. Go out there and change the world.” I thought about hugging her, but I wasn’t a huggy-person and neither was she.