Taken in the Night

Promise Me - Book Three

by Tara Fox Hall

When Theo disappears, Sar is left bereft, the uncertain guardian of Theo's newly born werecougar daughter, Elle. As months pass, clues emerge about Theo's disappearance, yet the twisting trail ends repeatedly without answer. In her grief, Sar turns to Danial and hesitantly begins to build a life with him and Elle.

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Chapter One 

Danial’s dark brown eyes stared down into mine. I was hyperconscious of his body as it lay on mine; the weight of him, the coolness of his skin, the way we fit together so well.

“Relax, Sar,” he whispered, nuzzling my neck with his soft lips. “Let me in.”

“I’m trying,” I said irritably.

I’d been trying for the last twenty minutes. Yet I remained tense, as pliable as a board.

Danial sighed, and got up. He went to the bedroom door, and opened it. “Theo, you may as well come in. It’s not working,” he said.

Theo quickly entered the bedroom, and sat next to me on Danial’s bed. “Sar, what is it?” he said, giving me a concerned look.

“She’s too nervous,” Danial said, leaning against the wall and looking at me. “Just like she’s been every time we’ve tried this.”

Theo glanced at him, and then back to me as if he didn’t know what to say.

I sighed. “I’m sorry. I’m doing my best.”

I didn’t add that I had every reason to be nervous in the presence of a vampire. I’d nearly been exsanguinated on this very bed a little over two months ago by Danial’s brother, Devlin. While I’d been saved in time by Theo and a sorcerer half-demon friend of mine, Terian, I still bore two scars on my throat from Devlin’s fangs. I wanted them gone. The easiest way was for Danial to bite me in the same exact spot just as deeply, and then use some of his saliva to heal me. That would ensure complete removal. The trouble was the pain would be substantial.

“I haven’t even been able to touch you with my fangs, Sar,” Danial said, breaking the silence. “You’ll never be able to relax enough for me to heal those scars.”

“She has every reason to be leery,” Theo said defensively. “Just be quiet a minute.”

Danial shrugged.

Theo leaned in and hugged me. “Don’t worry. You don’t have to rush.”

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