Chapter 1

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Shredded and tattered, the dress hung loosely from her body as she limped across the ground. Dark red liquid ran in streams from her arms and seeped through her fingers; she cursed as she dropped to her knees, her face contorted in pain. Quietly sobbing, confused and hurt, she let the teardrops fall from her lower lashes onto her cheeks. Finding it impossible to comprehend her situation, she stayed there crying, hysterically trying to stop the bleeding to no avail.

"I'm so useless." She whispered to herself as she cried, tearing off a strip of her dress she bandaged her left arm. "Why can't I ever do anything right?"

"I ask myself the same question every day."

Her head snapped up at the sound of a new voice and her own tearful green eyes met the fiery red ones of the stranger. Gasping in shock she scuttled away from him quickly. As if the glowing eyes were not a dead give away, his appearance told her enough. He was dangerous. A handsome man with a clear pale face and perfect sharp features. He radiated power and his aura threatened her enough to make her understand he meant business. He lowered himself to the ground slowly and reached out to take hold of her hand.

"N-no. Leave me alone!" Snatching her hand away, she fell on her back as she flailed trying to escape him. Her scratched legs were pulled up to her chest in fear.

Grabbing her wrist in his iron grip he smirked at her. "Well that's not nice. You don't even know who I am."

"Please. Let me go." Choking back a strangled sob, her silent tears ran freely now.

Smirking at the frightened girl, he tightened his hold on her and said each word slowly and cruelly. "I don't want to."

She shut her eyes as she took a deep breath and kicked out hard. Her heart soared as she felt the connection. Opening her eyes, it dropped to the pit of her stomach as she watched the strange man hold her leg by the ankle. She choked back another horrified cry as he twisted it to an impossible angle.

Closing the distance between them, he pulled her into his body. Fresh tears sprang from her eyes and fell on his shirt as she felt his hands run up her back and onto her already damaged shoulder. His sharp fingernails dug into her soft flesh forcing a majestic scream from her throat. Blood dripped from her body as her life ebbed away from her.

Resting his head on her torn shoulder, he whispered into her neck. "Now you're useless."

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