(Shadows in the dark, #2)
Author: Charisse Spiers
Illustrator: Clarise Tan @ CT Cover Creations
Cover Model: Andrew England as Kross Brannon
Cover Model: Isabella "Bella" Frayne as Delta Rohr
Photographer (Front Cover, Andrew): Golden Czermak @ Furious Fotog
Photographer (Back Cover, Bella): Darren Birks @ Darren Birks Photography
The fucking lights. They are all I can remember. Everywhere I turn I see them. They haunt my dreams, and now my reality. She liked the lights. I do remember that. It was part of her life, and in turn a part of mine, until the day I forgot it all.
Weapons. Big or small, they can be anything I need them to be. Unlike people in my life, they are predictable, dependable. Without any effort they can cause so much destruction. Touching them they are slick, smooth, and silent when I demand it. Who wouldnât find them beautiful?
Ink. Iâve loved it since I can remember. It defines me. Itâs my release. When I feel like Iâm about to blow I turn to the needle. It is the only high I need. I brand people. Itâs what I do. Kross Brannon is the best there is when it comes to tattoos. My company proves it.
I never teach. Those that work for me learn from someone else. I work solo. Always have and always willâ¦but then I looked up and saw her, standing in my fucking shop, beautiful, tattooed, and her soul screaming for me to reach out.
Thatâs the moment everything started falling into placeâ¦
Iâve waited my whole life for this moment. Nothing and no one will stand in my way now. I want to be pissed at her, but sheâs just given me everything Iâve fucking dreamed of since I was a kid. Heâs giving me a chance. I will not let him down.
But then he touched me.
My entire life Iâve been cold, but now a spark has ignited and Iâm starting to warm. What does this mean? He canât know my secrets. It could ruin everything. I want him, but Iâll never give in. The tug of war inside will never defeat what I want. I donât care how raw my hands become from the rope. Delta Rohr has never fallen for a man, and I donât intend to start now.