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My name is Darling, and I am the Daughter of Lilith.
I hold the answer to end the zombie apocalypses that plagues the Universe. I am the last hope to save the human race. But first I have to unlock the spell that rises the dead.
Bringing my allies together to end the zombies as forces maneuver to stop me is my number one concern. But that means I have to play nice with a group of warlocks who won’t listen to reason.
Throw in some new powers I can hardly control, a hunger that can only be sated in one way, and an immortal being who wants to control my every move and I’ve got more problems than I can handle on my own.
Good thing I have an amazing team.
Even if they are dead.
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I did not sleep well that night. Dreams haunted me. Darling's voice whispering in my ear. I couldn't make out what she said and when I asked all I heard was her laughter. I thought the vacuum she'd told me you entered to travel between the Dimensions was pulling at me, disintegrating my body. When I woke the sun was just at the horizon, the sky outside my window heather grey. I pushed the curtain aside, looking through the thick glass at the walls surrounding the compound. The cement was almost the same color as the sky. I knew that beyond it the zombies roamed, trying everything to breach our defenses. Hungry for only one thing.
I dressed quickly in black slacks and a pale blue blouse buttoned all the way to the top, determined today to be immune to Darling's charm. I pulled my hair back into a tight bun and washed my face, scrubbing at the skin until it glowed red. I still didn't feel fully awake. Today was my last chance with her. I had to get Darling to trust me. Was that even it though? It wasn't that she needed to trust me. It was that she needed to want to save me. I felt tears prick at my eyes.
Fear, a constant aching force, rose in my throat, quickening my heart beat. I knew that she wanted to save the Universe. She'd said as much many times. So why did she hold back the answers that she did have? Darling didn't think of time in the same way that I did. But wasn't it pressing down on all of us, I thought with one last glance out the window at the wall.
When I arrived in the interrogation room, Darling was waiting for me. The guard opened the door for me and I stopped short when I saw her sitting there. She was leaning back in the chair, its front legs off the ground, her feet propped on the table. Her clothing was the same as every other day: skin tight black leather pants and a ribbed white tank top. Her hair was down today, black, thick, and wavy, it fell over her exposed shoulders.
“Good morning,” she said with a smile that took my breath away.
Recovering I crossed to my chair, clearing my throat. “Good morning,” I said. “I hope you weren't waiting long.”
“Not at all,” Darling said, looking over at the guard. “We found a way to amuse ourselves,” she smiled.
I glanced at the guard. His face was bright red, embarrassed. Had she fed from him? It didn't matter, I decided, opening my notebook. I reread my notes, even though I'd basically memorized them. “Yesterday you ended your story just as Charity and you had returned to Suki's world.” I looked up at her, but did not make eye contact, concentrating instead on her forehead.
“Yes,” Darling said, taking down her feet and leaning toward me, her smell, the hint of sugar and spice and everything nice, enveloped me. “It was quite a reentry.”
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FOUR KISS is finally out! When I first started writing this serial I thought I'd stop at Three, but Darling and her world just couldn't be contained in three installments. In fact…there will be TWO MORE at least in this series. I have FIVE and SIX KISS on the docket, coming out in June and July. Who knows where it'll go from there? For now here's a little snippet of FOUR KISS. Enjoy!
This is the fourth time I've tried this. I hope you received my earlier messages. Only 4% are found and responded to. If you have no idea what this is, what the Deep Currents of the Universe are then let me explain briefly.
Think of the Universe like your ocean. Big, impossible to fully explore, and filled with life. In my world we first started putting messages into bottles in order to track the currents of our seas. When another dimension responded it shocked us. It's possible in your world the dimensional portals are still unknown to your scientists. After decades of study they are still mostly unknown to ours. We continue to use the same methods we did over a century ago. Though now it is the currents of the Universe that we throw our bites of data into.
But I have not broken all protocol, and risked my career, in order to talk about my world or the methodology of The International Council for the Exploration of the Universe. I did it to continue to share with you the interviews of Darling Price. She is the most powerful being in the entire universe and I'm beginning to see that her reasons for sitting and talking with me are all her own. When this started I believed it was possible we were holding her, in some way controlling her, but now I know that is impossible.
Darling Price cannot be held by our conventional methods. Even the height of our technology has no effect on her. The woman can travel between dimensions! An ability we thought limited to Gods and their offspring. But Darling Price is mortal, though her life is much longer than any average being. She is neither deity nor magical. The more I learn of her the less I understand. However, my faith in her ability to stop the zombies, to save our world and all of those affected by this horrendous plague, stays strong.
I was up before the sun and was waiting in the interrogation room when Darling was brought in by the guards. She looked incredible, her black hair falling in waves around her elegant, bare shoulders. Darling's black leather pants molded to her lush hips. Her sleeveless tank top, ribbed with a scooped necked, exposed the cleft of her cleavage. She slid into the chair across from me and reached for the pack of cigarettes I'd brought for her. It was only half full and she raised her eyebrows when she noticed the deficit.
“I'll get you more,” I said.
She nodded. “I know.”
I looked down at my notes, pretending to familiarize myself with them. I'd spent hours last night and this morning poring over them, searching for clues, ways to get her to share her knowledge. “When we left off yesterday Emmanuel had carried you into a stream and something shifted. He told you that you were ‘home'.”
“Yes,” Darling said, sitting back in her chair, taking an unlit cigarette with her. “Home.”
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He curled around me, holding me so that my back pressed against his chest. My heart thundered in my chest as he kissed my ear, my hair. Power coursed through me so that my vision was saturated with colors. Sounds traveled to me from great distances. The crackling of the fires miles away, the individual steps and sighs of the zombies that wandered the streets below. The blood rushing through my veins.
I rolled, turning to Dimitri. His eyes were gray, lids heavy with exhaustion. I placed my hand against his neck and felt the blood moving through his veins, powered by magic instead of life. I kissed him gently, afraid now that I could hurt him. That I could take too much. “We must go,” I said, sitting up and looking around for my clothing.
We dressed silently. Dimitri occasionally reached out and brushed against me; his fingers playing with a strand of my hair, lightly touching my ankle as he tied his shoe. Once we were clothed, my chain wrapped around my waist again and my one remaining knife in the makeshift holster at my hip, Dimitri pulled me against him. “Darling, I do not understand what you are,” he said, kissing the top of my head, inhaling my scent. I leaned against his button-down shirt, wrapping my arms around his narrow hips, feeling his hard chest against me. “But in all my centuries on this planet I've never known this before.”
I looked up at him. “What?” I asked. “Known what?”
He held my face and kissed me, his tongue tangling with mine, more of his power drifting to me so that I rose on my tip toes and pulled him closer. The strength within him was intoxicating. I broke the kiss and held his hand as we walked toward the door that led down into the apartment building we stood upon.
I pulled on the handle, which was still warm from the sun that had sunk hours ago, but the door was locked. “Let me,” Dimitri said, reaching around me. I stepped aside and saw his forearm strain as he pulled. The door didn't give and Dimitri's brows conferenced. He looked over at me.
“What's wrong?” I asked.
Dmitri shook his head. “I need to feed,” he said, putting both hands on the handle and yanking hard. I heard the metal give and the door buckled. With one more tug it opened.
It was dark inside, I reached out blindly for the railing. Dimitri wrapped his hand around mind. “Follow me,” he said.
The door closed behind us and total darkness descended. I felt his hand on my cheek, his thumb running under my eye, his fingers gliding into my hair. His lips brushed against mine. “I want to drink from you,” he said.
I imagined the delicious sinking of his fangs into my flesh, the pleasure of satisfying his hunger, nourishing him. But I knew that I could not help him and stay safe at the same time.
“I can't let you,” I said, my voice sounding breathless but strong. His lips skimmed the skin beneath my ear as they traveled down my neck, his tongue came out and flicked against my skin. “I'm sorry Dimitri,” I said, “but I can't feed you.”
“I understand,” he said, backing away from me but keeping hold of my hand. “You can't see in the dark?”
“No,” I laughed. “I bet you can though.”
“Of course,” he said sounding almost insulted. “Shall I carry you?”
“I'm fine,” I answered, feeling strong and steady even in the dark. While I could not see the steps, I could see his energy all around us: it was pale and weak. I had taken a lot from him.
We started down the steps and at the first landing Dimitri opened a door to a hallway. The lights were still on here. They flickered as we walked past apartment doors. “I need to find a human,” Dimitri said.
“I thought all the people were moved by the army.”
“Yes,” Dimitri said, stopping in front of a door. “But not everyone went. Some people have hidden in their apartments.”
“How can you tell?”
A smile twitched on his lips. “I can smell them and hear them.”
“Their blood, moving through their veins,” Dimitri said, his fangs descending slightly. He turned to me. “Yours is driving me almost insane.” He made eye contact and I saw a voracious hunger in his gaze. Something that no amount of sex, touch, or feel, could heal. He had to suck someone's blood to satiate it.
Dimitri dropped my hand and kicked the door open. It banged on its hinges and Dimitri stepped into the apartment. I followed behind him into a living room. A ceiling lamp illuminated a worn couch and two chairs facing a large tv. The screen was blank except for small lettering in the upper left hand corner that read “no signal”.
Three doors lead off the living room and Dimitri headed toward one of them. A gun shot rang out and the door splintered as a bullet passed through it. It thunked into Dimitri's stomach and he stumbled back, knocking into me. I fell onto the ground and stayed there, covering my head with my hands as more bullets flew. Dimitri took a step back as they penetrated him. One ripped through his shoulder and a mist of blood filled the air as it flew through his flesh.
Six bullets and the shooting stopped. I heard the sound of someone reloading and Dimitri kicked the door in. I sat up to see a man fall back into the room, Dimitri upon him. The man's scream was cut short as Dimitri dove into his neck.
A woman was screaming. I stood up, feeling her scream against my skin, the fear and shock filling the apartment. Dimitri was sucking at the man's neck, the sound strange and vaguely erotic. The man groaned beneath him, his arms coming around and embracing the vampire, pulling him closer.
He was going to kill him I realized as I walked toward them. When I crossed into the room I saw the woman. She was clutching a child, her eyes wild, almost feral. Her mouth open wide, sound erupting out of her small frame. The child in her arms didn't move. It was dead I saw, there were no emotions around it, no spark of life. “Dimitri,” I said. He did not acknowledge me.
I stared at them, my eyes focusing and unfocusing. There were lines I saw, cords wrapped around both humans. Faint lines of light, thin, loose; almost like old fashioned telephone wires leading off both figures. The man's ran to the woman and child and back, a crisscross of ties linking them.
Several ran off Dimitri and disappeared through the wall. Others sprung from him and wrapped around the man, pulsing with each suck.
I put my hand on Dimitri's shoulder and then ran my fingers up into his hair. “Enough,” I said, pulling him with my mind, twirling lines of my own around him. Taking a deep breath I felt the pleasure he was experiencing. It was magnetic, incredible, sent shivers through me. I stepped closer, pressing my body against him. He slowed down. “Do not drain him,” I requested, my breasts resting on his arm, my emotions pressing against his, attempting to slide between him and his victim.
Dimitri raised his head. The wound on the man's neck was small, just two punctures. They oozed blood, which Dimitri lapped gently with his tongue. I watched the wounds close. Dimitri stepped away from the man who wobbled for a moment before dropping to his knees. His wife kept screaming. I could tell her fear was turning Dimitri on. He wanted to feed from her too.
I left Dimitri to attend to the man at our feet. His eyes were glazed. A satisfied smile on his face, like a drunk who’s had his fill. I heard Dimitri move away and the woman fell silent. The sound of that gentle, erotic slurping started up again. I felt the pleasure they were both experiencing on my back like the sun's beams, a nourishing warmth.
The man's gun was still in his hand. Silver and unloaded. I took it from him. “Where are the extra bullets?” I asked.
He did not respond. Looking around I saw them sitting on a dresser. We were in the couple’s bedroom. The child's body was on the ground next to where Dimitri held the woman, his face pressed into her neck. He picked her up and carried her to the bed.
I walked over to the dresser and loaded the gun. I placed it in the makeshift knife holster on my waist. It stayed well enough but I made a mental note to pick up a better one.
I looked down at the child. Skin that was once a deep mahogany now looked pale and grey. It was a girl, must have been about two years old. I didn't see any injuries. What happened? I wondered. Then its eyes opened and I realized the child had turned. It reached up for me and I stumbled back, knocking into the man. We both tumbled to the ground. The zombie child crawled toward us, reaching out. I kicked it away and the man snapped out of his haze.
He reached for the child. “Baby,” he said, his voice tight with emotion.
“Don't,” I said, grabbing for him. But he shrugged me off and reached for his little girl as she reached for him. “No,” I said, feeling power pour out of me, the horror of that child biting her father too much for me. Not on top of everything else. I had to stop it.
And I did.
They both stopped. Frozen in place, their fingers centimeters apart. The girl's jaw was open, eyes filmy, a faint green glow coming from behind her irises. Her father, his skin darker than hers ever was, reaching for her, his expression loving and pained. Dimitri's soft suckling continued. I looked over at the bed. The woman was on her back, Dimitri was between her legs, his head buried in her thigh, those ties that disappeared through the wall pulsing.
Fear thrust through me and they began to move again. I jumped forward grabbing the girl up and holding her away from me. She turned her small face toward me and snapped the air. Then Dimitri was there, he took the child from me and turning his back to the rest of the room crushed the girl's skull. I recognized the sound.
Sadness, limitless and impenetrable, expanded through the room. It was coming from the father. He began to weep. His broad shoulders shuddering. Dimitri threw his influence over the man but it could not quell the grief that thundered out of him. Dimitri thickened the cloak around the father until he calmed, his eyes going hazy again.
The woman was motionless on the bed, her leg seeping blood from two puncture wounds, staining the quilt she laid upon. Dimitri put the little girl's body down gently before bending down and licking the woman's wounds, closing them.
I turned and left the room. Crossing through the living room I opened another door hoping to find a bathroom but what I saw was a hospital bed, a child's hospital bed. I stared at it, the metal sides glimmering in the low light that filtered around me from the living room. Machines surrounded the bed, their lights off.
“I'm sorry,” Dimitri said behind me. I closed the door and turned to him. “Blood lust,” he said as if in explanation.
“I… it's been a long time since that happened to me.” I didn't say anything. “I was very hungry.”
“What will happen to them?” I asked.
He looked back at the open door of the bedroom behind him. “They will be taken to our camps, if they survive long enough to be picked up.”
“Their little girl,” I said, my throat closing as a lump of tears moved up from my gut.
“Not from being bit though,” I said. “She was sick.” Dimitri didn't say anything. “The dead turn no matter what?” I asked.
“Perhaps,” Dimitri said.
“Will they rise from the ground?” I asked.
“Perhaps,” Dimitri said again. So calm. So fucking cold.
I pushed past him, opening another door that turned out to be the bathroom. I slammed the door and grabbed for the toilet just in time to hurl into it. Tears poured down my face as I retched, my body heaving, bringing up nothing but bile. I couldn't remember the last time I'd eaten.
The spasms subsided and I sat back, leaning against the wall. Closing my eyes I took some deep breaths, pulling myself together. How did I stop them? I questioned. Where did that power come from and how could I use it?
Three Kiss is now available!
“Three Kiss” is the third installment in E.J Kimelman's Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy serial: Transmissions from the International Council for the Exploration of the Universe.
This is a 20,000 word installment of a serial and ends on a cliffhanger.
The International Council for the Exploration of the Universe exists to consider and conduct investigations into the dimensions of the Universe; to examine how far humans are being depleted by zombies; to investigate natural methods, such as by breeding, etc., of keeping up the stock; and in cases of certain future failure of supply to suggest the necessary remedial measures. For the most part it deals with the humans common to all dimensions, but a special sub-committee considers the vampires, and a second the shifters; disembodied spirits are not investigated.
In this transmission….
Darling Price can feed off the power of others. Through this transfer of energy she can heal from any wound, including a zombie bite. With the help of Dimitri, an 800 year old vampire, Darling searches for answers about her parents and her powers.
As she gets closer to the truth the world continues to crumble around her. Dr. Issa Tor, a powerful warlock, believes that Darling can help save the world but when she goes to his society looking for answers she just finds more questions. Time is running out for Darling and the world she has learned to think of as home.
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