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Brides of the Kindred
Book 9: Chained
Evangeline Anderson
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Brides of the Kindred
Book 9: Chained
Copyright © 2013 by Evangeline Anderson
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Author’s Note #1—
First of all, please no piracy. It's not a victimless crime—I have a family to
support so please, buy your own copy and encourage friends to do the same so I can keep writing
these books for everyone's pleasure.
Author's note #2—Most
of you know I'm writing another series as well as the Kindred now—a set
of paranormal books called Born to Darkness. If you haven't checked them out yet, they are on
Amazon, Smashwords, and All Romance. The first book is
Crimson Debt
and the second one is
Scarlet Heat.
I'm still working on
Ruby Shadows.
I got about 30,000 words in and my muse abruptly
demanded to write
instead. So here it is and I hope to get
Ruby Shadows
out to you at a later
date. Sorry!
Author’s Note #3—This
is the ninth book in the Brides of the Kindred series and there are at least
three more to come—well, I have ideas for three more, anyway. Anyway, I recommend that you read
Claimed, Hunted, Sought, Found, Revealed, Pursued, Exiled, and Shadowed before beginning
Chained or you are going to be completely lost.
Hugs and Happy Reading to you all!
Evangeline Anderson
In the Dungeons of Yonnie Six
Hell. I’m in Hell—one of the Seven Hells, but which one?
He tried to think, concentrating on holding the thought in his head. But the thirst was too great—it
drove out everything else. His throat was parched, his mouth dry as a desert and his tongue was
swollen in his mouth, desperate for even a drop of the life-giving water which was so tantalizingly
The soft rippling sound filled his ears, filled his entire consciousness. The little brook that ran
right in front of him was both a torment and a desire so strong he could barely stand it. Sometimes he
thought the mocking chatter of the crystal clear water as it ran over the stones at his feet would drive
him mad. Sometimes he was sure he already
Which Hell? Which of the Seven Hells?
He tried to push his mind away from the thirst and the
water at his feet again.
The Hell reserved for murderers, maybe?
For he
a murderer—many
times over. And just because most of his kills had happened within the arenas of the Blood Circuit
didn’t absolve him of his crimes. He had been known simply as Korexiroth—The Demon—there and
he had
some of those deaths—especially the last one. The death of his old master, Phenras. It
had been a pleasure to wrap his fingers around that fat neck and squeeze and squeeze until he saw the
life fading from his master’s dull brown eyes.
A pleasure that had landed him in Hell.
The Hell of Thirst. Is there such a place?
There had to be because he was in it. How many kills did he have? How many years would he be
damned for them? Aside from the ones in the arena and the murder of his master, he’d been told that
he had killed two guards assigned to escort him to Yonnie Six. But those kills he barely remembered
—they had given him some kind of drug that maddened him. Still, he supposed it made no difference.
The guards were still dead and their blood was on his hands.
He changed his position and the chains binding his arms behind his back clinked. The pain collar
around his neck shifted with the movement, sending an agonizing jolt of electric current through his
entire body.
The prisoner gave a stifled groan. That bitch, Pope’nose, had set the damn thing on the most
sensitive setting so that the slightest motion on his part resulted in a horrific burst of pain. It was
Rather than subduing him, however, the painful shock seemed to galvanize him into action. He
growled low in his throat—a deep, animalistic sound—and thrashed recklessly against the chains that
bound him.
Jolt after jolt of agony struck him but still he thrashed, fighting the thing around his neck. He swore
to himself if he ever got it off he would make his new mistress pay. He would give her pain for pain
until she regretted her foolish decision to buy him in the first place.
But even a male as big and strong as he was couldn’t keep this up forever. At last the prisoner fell
to his knees, panting. He would have hung his head if the damn collar would have allowed it. As it
was, the best he could do was to close his eyes and let his shoulders sag. Around his neck he felt the
pain collar readying itself for the next jolt. Under it, as always, was the dull burn of another collar—
the inhibitor band he had worn since the age of six cycles. But that was an old pain—one he barely
even noticed anymore.
Now that he was down on his knees, the sound of the brook was maddeningly close. How he
wished he could have just one mouthful of that cool, clear water! His entire body cried out for
moisture and it was so close…so
Slowly, ignoring the stabbing shocks delivered by the collar, the prisoner bent down. His hands
were chained behind his back but he had some slack, enough to lower his face to the surface of the
brook. He knew it was no use but he couldn’t help himself—he had to try again.
Taking a deep breath, he pushed his face into the clear, cold surface of the water. And he felt it—
felt the chilly wetness caress his cheeks and eyelids, felt the blessed moisture at his parched lips.
But while the water caressed his mouth, it could not pass his lips. He stuck out his tongue,
attempting to lap at the water like an animal dying of thirst, but not a single molecule of the life saving
liquid touched his flesh.
The prisoner gave a low, hoarse moan. He pressed his face deeper into the bubbling, chattering
brook but though he felt the cool chill of the water caressing his skin, not a drop of it actually touched
him. It was as if there was a barrier—a thin but impenetrable membrane between himself and the
moisture he so desperately needed.
The dust. It’s the dust.
He knew it was true. The fine, silvery gray dust that coated his entire body, even his hair and
eyelids, was the culprit. It formed a barrier between him and the water and until that barrier was
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