"You thought I wouldn't find you, Maddie? I told you what would happen if you refused to behave." His laugh is pure evil, a song that shatters sanity like nails raking down a chalkboard.
I hear screaming and realise it's coming from me. I'm watching myself in a nightmare, helpless, unable wake up. "Help me!" The hoarse cry barely makes it out of a dry throat, my lungs lacking the oxygen to give it power.
Warm breath caresses my ear as I sit there frozen, gripping my hand. "Have you had enough yet, Maddie? Will you submit?" Firm lips trailing down my jaw, gently kissing the throbbing vein in my neck, nipping at the soft skin...
Maddison Tempest is a kind, loyal, forgiving young woman who's experienced bullying and hardships just like everyone else. Her parents taught her to never give up on a dream. They believed there was good in the world if you just looked hard enough for it. "Fate will always guide you towards the right path, Maddison. Within adversity lies great potential for discovery and growth."
But she lost them a few days before her fourteenth birthday, and so they never warned her about the immense evil that dwells in the woods to the north. Dark power that's forever searching for the innocent, the vulnerable, the naive. When their glowing eyes meet yours, it's too late for running... too late to scream.
Maddison stumbles into danger one night, lost and alone, and he is waiting...
But not everything is what it seems...
** PLEASE BE AWARE, THIS IS NOT A SOFT ROMANCE. IT DOES CONTAIN MATURE THEMES. **
(The plot will take a while to unravel, but I hope this will be an interesting twist on the genre.)