Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Tuesday Teaser - Chasing Shadows

 


~excerpt from Chasing Shadows


“For one, we don’t attack random humans for no reason.”

“That you know.”

“I know those who belong to me don’t. It’s not allowed, plus it can bring unwanted attention to paranormals. Besides, do you go around randomly attacking people?”

“Of course not!”

“Then why assume we do?” That sort of thinking annoyed Kage. “There’s no reason for us to. As for your second question, I’d kill anyone who laid a finger on you.”  

“That’s kinda sexy but also slightly terrifying. I don’t…. How are humans still at the top of the food chain? I mean, why haven’t you taken over the world?”

“Do you mean my species or paranormals in general?” Kage asked.

“It doesn’t matter which he meant, because the answer is the same for vampires, werewolves, or any other paranormal beings,” Hudson said.

“Shit, vampires exist?” Austin suddenly smiled. “I know some folks who would love to know that.”

Hudson laughed softly. “Yes, they exist. As do werewolves. And many others. But the answer to your question is this: There are nearly eight billion humans on this planet. Even if you add all the paranormals together, we still don’t come close to that. Not even close.”

“We don’t reproduce as often as humans do,” Kage said. “At last count, there were only a hundred daemons worldwide. Ten live here in San DeLain. They answer to me.”

“Oh, so you’re like an alpha?”

Kage opened his mouth then shut it as the bar’s door opened then slammed closed. “That’s a very good question. One that I’m willing to answer, but let’s do this elsewhere.”

“I agree,” Hudson added, also glancing at the bar.

“I guess you’re right, but where? It’s not like I know where you live,” Austin pointed out.

Kage tracked the two men until they got in an old truck. “Have you heard of Grand at the Dominion?”

Kage snorted. “You’re kidding, right? It’s one of the top three apartment complexes in San DeLain. It’s crazy expensive and horribly exclusive.”

It was indeed. Kage had made sure of it. It did annoy him that it wasn’t considered the very best, though.

“It’s mine,” Kage said. “Park in front of the building. Tell the doorman your name. He’ll have valet park your car in our private parking garage.”

Kage wanted Austin out of there. The men who walked out of the bar had left, but Kage worried. They were out in the open there, and this wasn’t a territory he was familiar with.

He had no idea if it was claimed or not or by whom. Last thing he needed was for some paranormal to show up and get snarly. He didn’t need the headache.

Plus, Austin had given that hunter his real name. There was a distinct possibility there was a cell of them there. It had been years since they’d tried to infiltrate the city. They would need to be found and exterminated before innocent paranormals were killed.

“Go to the concierge desk,” Kage continued. “Mr. Newson will be expecting you. He will escort you to where you need to go.”

“Okay. How are you two getting out of here?” Austin asked.

“The same way we got here—the shadows,” Kage answered.

Austin glanced at his watch. “I don’t know if you realize this are not, but it’s eleven already. It’s getting late.”

“Then isn’t it fortunate that, as an author, you get to set your own hours? Come to my home, Austin. You have always wanted to know about me. I’m going to give you the chance.”

Austin chewed his bottom lip for a few seconds before finally nodding. “Okay. Yeah, I want answers.”

“And you will get them.”