Our tour bus has chugged its way back to Cleveland to get a glimpse of Rachel Reuben's upcoming book, Eternal Bond. You think vampires are glittery and sweet? You won't after you read this!
There was only a small glow of light left from the sun, putting the landscape in shadows. Soon, the only thing illuminating her path would be moonlight, and she cursed herself for not bringing a lantern. Only ten minutes into her journey, the cobblestone road ended.
Realizing she had reached the city limits, she continued on the dirt road straight into the countryside. This was a harrowing journey for someone who had never left Norwich in her whole life. She remembered all the stories told to her about witches and thieves who would victimize night travelers. Nonetheless, breaking this hex was more important than anything, so she pressed onward into the dark countryside.
It wasn’t long before everything was covered by a blanket of thick darkness. In near blindness, Clara struggled to keep herself on the road. It took almost an hour before she gained confidence and suddenly the night didn’t seem so terrifying. Just as Clara was starting to feel good, she heard rustling in the grass just next to the road.
Stopping in her tracks, she heard it again. Not knowing what to do, she stood there completely still hoping it would just go away. That’s when she heard the sound of growling directly next to her. It was a wolf that and it had been stalking her for a distance.
In sheer terror Clara bolted, only further convincing the wolf that she was prey. Running, she screamed as loud as she could before realizing it was no use. Trying to wear her down, the wolf casually galloped behind her. Just when it seemed Clara was doomed to become a chew toy, her salvation came in the form of a sign post which she ran smack into.
Dazed, Clara tried to get back up, but soon discovered her leg was dislocated. Seizing the opportunity, the wolf pounced, grabbing her by the back of the neck.
Desperate, Clara picked up a stone and started hitting the wolf. In this demented frenzy she not only killed it, but mauled it.
Within minutes, it was over and the victor stood in silence, hovering over the battered carcass. Casting the stone aside, she slowly circled the body dragging her mangled leg behind her.
Taking notice of the blood on her hands, she smiled and licked her fingers. In this euphoria she found herself delighted by her own savagery and in that moment Elizabeth ceased and Clara reigned.
This past summer, Rachel entered the sacred order of authorhood with the release of her first novel “Hag” which made it to #10 on the Amazon’s Women’s and Girl’s Literature list.
To find out what Rachel is up to you can check out her new site at: http://www.rachelrueben.com
She continues to blog about her publishing journey at: http://www.writingbytheseatofmypants.com
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