THIS IS THE 3RD and Final Book In the Blood Thirsts Series.
In the last installment of the Blood Thirst Series story, things get heated.
The entire family is tired of the troubles that have been plaguing their family. Every time they achieve some semblance of happiness and peace, it is shattered.
Beck decides that one way or another, their happiness is not going to suffer anymore. In the heat of the moment, she makes a rash decision that may be her own undoing.
And if that wasn't enough of a problem, Potter has been keeping a secret from Richard and Beck that could kill most, if not all of, the family.
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The hunters were waiting in the trees when the two vampyre soldiers drove up in an old van at the end of River Road. They stepped out of the car, and the hunters jumped on them. There was a fight, but with ten hunters against two vampyres, it was a brief one.
The hunters threw the vampyres’ van into the trees and marched the soldiers back to the house on foot. Leso was waiting in the yard for them when they got home.
“Just the two of them then?” Leso asked, pointing at the vampyres.
“That’s all that showed up,” Wes said.
“What’s your names?” Leso asked the vampyres.
One of the vampyres was tall with short, black curls, and the other one was shorter, much more muscular, and had blonde hair shaved close to his head. Both of them looked as if they could inflict some serious damage on someone if given the chance.
“I ain’t telling you shit,” the black haired vampyre said.
Potter glared at the vampyre. The blonde one had been quiet on the walk back to the house, but this one had been anything but. All he did for the whole trip home was struggle to get away from Wes and tell them how he was going to kill all of them.
“I’m Jason,” the blonde vampyre said, and then pointed at the other vampyre. “His name is Eric.”
“Well, Eric,” Wes laughed and shoved him towards Leso. “Get out there and tell us a little something about yourself.”
Eric spun on Wes. “Don’t put your hands on me! I’ll kill you first!”
Wes sighed and looked at Potter. “We only need one of them, right, Lugh?”
“Yeah,” Potter nodded. “One should do just fine.”
Wes turned back to Eric. “Why don’t you go ahead and kill me now, cupcake?”
All of the vampyres and hunters moved back to form a large circle around Wes, Eric, and Jason. Jason looked around at the crowd and moved back to stand by the hunters. He put his hands behind his back and stood in an ‘at ease’ position.
Eric glared at Jason, enraged. “What are you doing!?”
“You brought this on yourself, Eric,” Jason said. “We all did, but you more than others. If this is to be my last day on Earth, I refuse to sully what’s left of my soul by defending the likes of you.”
“I’m going to kill you after I kill him,” Eric growled.
Jason gave him a half smile and shook his head. “I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure after your fight with him, you’re going to be dead.”
Eric looked back at Wes. “You think you can take me, little man?”
“I’m pretty sure,” Wes said, backing up about ten feet. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a coin. He held the coin up for Eric to see. “Okay, I’m ready. Whenever you feel froggy, you go right on ahead and jump.”
Eric held his forearms out so Wes could see the badge tattoos. “I’m an Army Ranger, son. You don’t wanna mess with me, boy.”
Wes grinned at him. “You know, you talk a lot of shit for someone who isn’t saying anything.”
Eric grunted in anger and rushed at Wes. Wes snapped his fingers and sent the coin sailing at Eric. The coin went through Eric’s throat and out the back of his neck. Eric dropped to his knees in shock.
Wes grasped the ring on the bracelet and pulled out a fine silver wire. He took two running steps towards Eric and launched into a flying flip. While upside down, in mid-air, he sliced the wire cleanly through Eric’s neck. Wes’s feet and Eric’s head hit the ground at the same time.
“Army Ranger, my ass. I was a U.S. Marine for 13 years, Force Recon,” Wes said, and spit on the ground next to Eric’s head. “Rah, bitch.”
Jason stepped forward and saluted Wes.
“You’re a strange one, aren’t you?” Wes asked in surprise.
“No, sir. I just believe in giving honor where honor is due,” Jason said, and dropped to his knees before Wes. “I won’t fight you, sir.”
“Wait, stop,” Leso said. He walked over and tilted Jason’s head up so he could look into his eyes. “We have a problem, Potter.”
“What?” Potter and Wes both asked.
“This is a good man,” Leso explained. “He feels shame and regret at his part in all of this.”
“Then he shouldn’t have become involved,” Potter said.
“I don’t think it’s that simple,” Leso said and pulled Jason to his feet. “Tell me how you came to be with Elderson.”
“Believe me, it wasn’t by choice, sir,” Jason assured him. “I was in my bed, sleeping, when a sharp pain in my leg jerked me awake. It was the worst pain I’ve ever experienced in my life. The next thing I knew, everything went black. When I woke up a few days later, three other Army Rangers and Royal Elderson were in my house.
“I was starving, and when one of the Rangers tossed an unconscious man at me, I bit into him and drank his blood. When I came back to myself, I was disgusted by what I’d done. I haven’t eaten since then, but I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.”
“Why did you stay with Elderson and do his bidding?” Leso asked.
“That was also not by choice,” Jason said. “He has my children, sir.”
Potter was shocked. “Your children?”
Jason nodded. “My two little girls; Savannah is five, and Jasmine is three. He said if I didn’t do exactly as I was told that he would have one for dinner and the other for dessert. What was I supposed to do? I couldn’t let him hurt my babies, sir.”
Leso patted him on the shoulder. “Of course you couldn’t. It’s alright, soldier. You did what you had to do. But you feel differently now. Why?”
“It’s the hunger, sir. It’s almost all I can think about now. It got me to thinking, what if I did get my girls out of this alive and then I hurt one of them? I don’t want to live knowing that one day I might be the one to do them harm. I’m a monster now. I can’t be a father too. The risk to them is too great.”
Leso looked over Jason’s shoulder at Potter. “I told you, a good man.”
Potter sighed regretfully. “Yeah…fuck, let him go.”
“Let him go?” Wes asked in surprise. “Are you crazy, Lugh? He may be our only shot at finding Beck alive.”
“Don’t you think I know that, damn it,” Potter snapped. “I want to get her back more than anybody, but I’m not willing to torture a decent person to get information. I just can’t do it. I won’t.”
“Torture?” Jason said. “I can assure you that that won’t be necessary, sir. I’ll be more than happy to tell you whatever you want to know.”
D.J. drove into the driveway with four hunters in the car with him and two running along beside it. He saw them all standing in the yard, got out of the car, and walked over to them.
Jason looked at D.J. and licked his lips. His hunger was obvious.
Wes stepped in front of Jason, blocking his path to D.J. “Whoa, down boy. I’m sorry, but D.J. isn’t lunch. Lugh might not be willing to torture you, but I’ll for damn sure kill you if you move in that direction.”
“How long have you been a vampyre, soldier?” Potter asked.
“Eleven days, sir.”
Potter whistled through his teeth. “You haven’t eaten in eleven days? That’s some damn good willpower you have there.”
“I’m trying, sir, but I’m so hungry.”
“Harley,” Potter said.
Harley stepped out of the crowd. “Right here.”
“Take Jason here, and show him how to eat the right way.”
Harley nodded. “Okay.”
“Thank you, sir, but no,” Jason said. “I would rather die than hurt anyone else.”
“You’re not going to hurt anyone, soldier,” Potter promised. “Harley is going to show you how to hunt and survive off of animal blood.”
“I was told that animal blood will kill me,” Jason said.
“You were lied to,” Harley said. “None of the vampyres here consume human blood. Elderson just told you that to make sure you stayed bound to him. He was afraid that if you found another way of life you would abandon him. He didn’t want to lose one of his weapons.”
“You’re not going to try to run are you?” Potter asked Jason.
Jason shook his head. “No, sir.”
Harley took Jason’s arm and turned him toward the trees.
Potter stopped them. “Wait. Is my sister alive, Jason?”
Jason nodded. “She is now. She looked dead a couple of times, but… I don’t know, I guess I was wrong.”
“Where is she?”
“I wish I knew,” Jason said. “I watched over her for awhile. I kept a couple of the other soldiers from touching her, but I don’t think Elderson really trusted me not to let her go. They moved her a little while ago. They didn’t tell me where they were taking her. The best I can tell you is she’s somewhere under the water.”
Potter looked at Leso, who gave a small nod. Then Potter nodded at Harley.
“Come on, then,” Harley said and led Jason into the woods.
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