When most people attend their high school reunions, they worry that they’ll look old, or fat, but very few worry that their former classmates will discover that they’re a vampire. For Madeline Lockwood, however, this is foremost in her mind when she and Alexander travel to America, to her hometown in Illinois, to attend her 20 year high school reunion.
There, at first things progress as expected—old school friends and foes, a few ‘frenemies’ and a big surprise from someone that she’d thought she’d known so well. But things take a turn for the decidedly worse when Alexander and her mother are drugged and Alexander is kidnapped by vampire hunters.
Now, Madeline must rely on powers that she’s only just learning to use in her search for Alexander and his captors. New enemies and old conspire to keep them apart. Can she find him before it’s too late?
Madeline jerked awake. A searing pain coursed through her body and she had to bite her lip to keep from crying out. She looked around the darkened hospital room, able to see as though it was the middle of the day. Where was the pain coming from? She stood up and took a step toward the bed, hearing Sharon’s heartbeat as a drum in her ears. Her mother’s blood sang to her, called for her to take her fill. Terrified of herself, Madeline backed away from her mom, looking around for an escape. The pain was still crawling through her body, and it was getting harder to think.
Could she make it out of the hospital, past all the other patients and all the doctors and nurses without losing control? She doubted it. With no other choice left to her, she ran to the window and wrenched it open. She cast one more glance at her mother’s bed then threw herself out into the night. She plummeted six stories to the pavement below, landed hard on her feet and dropped to her knees on the asphalt.
Need. Powerful, overwhelming need. It clawed at her insides and deluged her senses as the bloodlust took control of her. Her fangs burst into her mouth so suddenly that her bottom lip was pierced. She suckled blood from her own flesh, but it did nothing to abate the drive for fresh sustenance. She knew nothing but the desire to hunt. All rational and intelligent thought was driven from her brain as she staggered to her feet. On pure instinct alone, she transformed into a glistening black raven. A few beats of her powerful wings and she soared into the sky, towards the heart of the city.
Reunions is the second episode in The Lockwood Chronicles series. It contains adult situations and some violence and is recommended for readers over 18 years of age.