(Completed and unedited!) Monada is trapped, a beauty from a once wealthy merchant family, her father plans to marry her off to a wealthy hunter to regain his status. But her soon to be husband, Alexander is a brutish man obsessed with hunting no matter what his target is. So Monada makes a desperate choice, fleeing into the Dark Forest to escape her fate. But the Dark Forest is a dangerous place, full of wild beasts and what once was the great castle of King Romulus. After his death twenty years ago, the castle has been vacant ever since, no signs of life or signs of what happened. But those ancient doors hold secrets Monada and no other villager was ever aware of. Calder knows the truth about the death of King Romulus and what happened to his home, he knows the witch who murdered him, he knows where his only living heir is, and he has an idea of what the cruel witch is planning. But who'd believe a beast? Thrown together by chance Monada offers Calder a deal, she'll live with him in exchange for asylum from her fiancé. Calder readily agrees, glad for the company, but a castle enchanted by a witch's curse will only keep someone safe for so long. Copyright © 2013 by JamieMc All rights reserved.