Prologue 3: Sorino & Kai

With the release of Heart of the Raven looming, it’s time to meet the characters! But why just read a stale bio, when you can have a flash-fiction introduction? These take place the day before Heart of the Raven begins. Think of them as mini prologues. They will not appear in the book and this is the only place you can read them. Enjoy!

kai and sorino

January 10th
The sixth floor salon
The Vampire Citadel

Sorino leaned back in his chair and crossed his legs. His gaze flicked over the dark skinned vampire before him. Dreadlocks flecked with beads gave him a bohemian look that his round sunglasses complimented. The agitation on his face seemed out of place.

“-so far no one has been able to locate Malick. I have them working on it, but…”

Sorino waved him to silence. “I’ve told you that you’re wasting your time, Lurid. The best lead on locating the relic is right here in the citadel working as an Executioner.”

“So you keep saying, but we’re no closer to it. The Hand of Death isn’t going to tell you where it is!”

“Of course not, but his pet may.” Unbidden, Sorino’s eyes moved to the teenage boy who sat in a nearby chair, hunched over his laptop. Though his long bangs hid his eyes, Sorino knew they were trained on the screen, absorbed in the video he was watching.

“May. In the meantime Malick might get it!”

Sorino’s attention shifted back to his associate. “I doubt that. If he knew where it was, he’d already have it.”

“Then what about Traven? What’s to stop him? I heard that he’s headed to France.”

“He’s only running home now that the last of his family is dead. I really didn’t see that coming.” His thoughts drifted to the stories he’d heard of the trial. If only he’d gotten to see Traven actually sacrifice his own wife…

Lurid interrupted his thoughts. “You’re too calm. Either you know more than you’re telling or you’re crazy.”

“Then call me crazy.” Sorino swept to his feet and motioned to the boy. “Kai, come.”

Lurid’s eyes narrowed suspiciously. “What are you not telling me?”

“I know only what you know. If you’ll excuse us?” He didn’t wait for a response as he led Kai out of the salon and down the corridor to their room. Though much of the sixth floor had been taken out during the fighting, this end was relatively unharmed. Their original room had been decimated, but the Guild was polite enough to give them a new one and had even offered a free upgrade. The television normally cost extra, and was something Sorino never bothered with on his stays. It wasn’t worth the cost considering the mindless entertainment it offered.

Kai moved silently to the room’s seating area and once again propped his laptop open. Sorino closed the door and leaned against it, mentally scanning the corridor. He could feel Lurid moving outside; pacing up and down. The vampire’s thoughts tumbled back and forth between belief and incredulity. He moved closer to the door, no doubt listening, and then with a final irritated thought he strode away.

When Lurid’s footsteps faded, Sorino pulled a piece of paper from his pocket. He skimmed the contents, nodded to himself, and moved to the phone. The buttons gave soft beeps as he dialed the number, followed by a series of clicks and then a set of staticky rings.

As-salāmu `alayka!

He cut in before the man could go on with his usual long spiel. “This is Sorino. I received your missive and yes, I’m very interested. Of course, I’d have to see it with my own eyes before we could discuss payment.” He glanced to the silent teenage boy. “Expect us in a few days.”

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  1. Another red headed man? You’re so good with details… are you sure that’s the correct spelling for the greeting?

  2. Reblogged this on Three hoodies save the world and commented:
    A nice little taster

  3. Fantastic stories, all of them!!

  4. That’s the two vampires who need a spin-off! 😀 I hope you’ll write more about them in book 6 or have their story told somewhere! 😉

  5. Very good excerpt. Sorino and Kai. Such an interesting pair.

  6. So cool! They’re fun to read about. 😀

  7. Sorino’s a hottie, too! I’m not sure why, but I’ve been imagining him as someone older. Very nice!


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