TITLE: The Plains of Purgatory
GENRE: YA Paranormal
“Alexandra…” My name rippled out of the darkness, making my heart stutter within my chest. The eerie voice was laced with a cruel edge of taunting as he called for me over and over, like we were playing some sort of twisted game of hide and seek. I wanted to run, but the sound reverberated from every direction, leaving me with no way to know which way to go. I was trapped; the darkness and shadows standing between me and the one that was out there stalking. But I knew that even that one grace would not protect me for very long. So I could only wait, bracing myself for what was coming.
“There you are,” he hissed in pleasure. The voice became a whisper at my ear, and the fear of having it so close froze me inside. I could feel his hot breath on my neck, but there was no one there to run away from. “The game is over,” he crowed. “You’re mine.”
“What do you want?” My voice quivered as I forced the words out one by one.
“You don’t want to know, young one.” I could hear the smile in his voice. He was enjoying this more than even the most twisted person should, which made me cringe with disgust.
“Leave me alone,” I demanded finally, scraping together the one ounce of courage I had left. But screams shattered out of the darkness; the sudden outcry hit me hard like a punch to the stomach. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t cry. I couldn’t throw up. So I was left just to listen.