TITLE: Blood Destiny
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Afternoon light dappled through delicate leaves clinging to the centuries old oak tree. Its gnarled limbs danced with nearby branches. The tree grew for more years than Tobias Strigoi witnessed, following seasons of growth and death.
The oak survived before and would continue to grow long after he left. No ties held him to this land, a place where mountains met timberlines. A mysterious land shrouded in legends shared in hushed tones at the local taverns where ancients older than the trees walked the earth. He knew first hand there was truth in those legends. More truth than most people realized. But now was not the time to concern himself with thoughts of the old ones. For the first time in years, he was free. Tobias had always ignored the clarion call of his adventurous side.
No longer could he neglect the message. No longer did he have to. The summons of the gypsy within cried out, demanding his attention. It was liberating, which made him feel both sad and excited. Sad, because the only family member he ever cared about was dead, his sweet mother. Liberated. He could live his life, finally, with no obligations other than to himself. His heart mourned her death. Swallowing the emotions.
With a creased brow and shoulders slumped, he walked through the empty house. A house, which at one time echoed with laughter and the aromas of mouthwatering meals, he would miss his mother.