Chapter One

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The Faerie Prince

By Rachel Morgan

First Edition published in 2013

Second Edition published in 2015

Copyright © 2013, 2015 Rachel Morgan

Cover Photography by Regina Wamba

Cover Design by Rachel Morgan

This is a work of fiction. Names, places, characters and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or, if real, used fictitiously.

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PART I

CHAPTER ONE


Every night I watch the same window on Draven Avenue. I keep my distance, and I never watch from the same place or at exactly the same time. Creepy, I know, but I have my reasons. I watch that window because I want to be the first one to know if he comes home. I want to see what kind of person he's become since he broke my heart. I want to sense for myself the power he has, and I want to see him use it. And, yes, I want to see him.

Nate.

Mr. Draven Avenue.

It's not as though I want him back. I mean, the guy handed me over to a prince of the Unseelie Court—I'm not exactly hoping for a happily ever after here. To be honest, I'm not quite sure what I'm hoping for. Maybe I want to look into his eyes and ask him why he did it. Or maybe I just want to kick his ass.

I lean back on the porch swing, relaxing into the swaying motion. The people who live in this house have gone to bed, so there's no one awake to wonder why a swing might move on its own. Across the road and to the right I can see Nate's window. Always in darkness.

A twig snaps somewhere to my left, and I bring the swing to a quick standstill, my heart thumping a little faster than normal. It's nothing more sinister than a cat, though, inching carefully across the grass in its attempt to stalk something. I want to laugh at myself for being so paranoid, but I know I have a good reason for being on edge: Zell might still be after me.

I raise my hand and cover a yawn. I had an assignment earlier this evening, and tomorrow's a normal day of training at the Guild, so I should probably put my obsessiveness aside for the night and get home to bed. I reach for my stylus—and freeze.

I see a light. In Nate's room. Hovering, dancing, fading in and out. In a second I'm on my feet—but the light is gone. I bite my lip. What should I do? I haven't been inside his room since the night he betrayed me. It would be a stupid move given the strong possibility that Zell is magically monitoring Nate's home in case I show up there. On the other hand, Flint did put protective spells around the house, so shouldn't I be safe inside it? But I don't know what kind of spells he used, and who or what they were meant to keep out.

The light flickers again before vanishing once more. I slide my stylus out of my boot and open a doorway to the faerie paths. Home, or Nate's bedroom? I roll my eyes as I step into the darkness. Right, like there was ever a chance I'd just ignore that light.

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