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简介:本文档为《Christine Feehan - Dark 16 - Dark Demonpdf》,可适用于高等教育领域,主题内容包含DarkDemonDarkSeriesBookByChristineFeehanTheBerkleyPublishingGroupPublished符等。

DarkDemonDarkSeriesBookByChristineFeehanTheBerkleyPublishingGroupPublishedbythePenguinGroupPenguinGroup(USA)IncHudsonStreetNewYork,NewYorkUSAPenguinGroup(Canada)EglintonAvenueEastSuite,TorontoOntarioMPYCanada(adivisionofPearsonPenguinCanadaInc)PenguinBooksLtdStrandLondonWCRRLEnglandPenguinGroupIrelandStStephen'sGreenDublinIreland(adivisionofPenguinBooksLtd)PenguinGroup(Australia)CamberwellRoadCamberwell,VictoriaAustralia(adivisionofPearsonAustraliaGroupPtyLtd)PenguinBooksIndiaPvtLtdCommunityCentrePanchsheelParkNewDelhiIndiaPenguinGroup(NZ)CnrAirborneandRosedaleRoadsAlbanyAucklandNewZealand(adivisionofPearsonNewZealandLtd)PenguinBooks(SouthAfrica)(Pty)LtdSturdeeAvenue,RosebankJohannesburgSouthAfricaPenguinBooksLtdRegisteredOffices:StrandLondonWCRRLEnglandThisisaworkoffictionNames,characters,places,andincidentseitheraretheproductoftheauthor'simaginationorareusedfictitiously,andanyresemblancetoactualpersons,livingordead,businessestablishments,events,orlocalesisentirelycoincidentalThepublisherdoesnothaveanycontroloveranddoesnotassumeanyresponsibilityforauthororthirdpartywebsitesortheircontentDARKDEMONAJoveBookpublishedbyarrangementwiththeauthorPRINTINGHISTORYJovepremiumeditionAprilCopyrightbyChristineFeehanCoverdesignbyGeorgeLongCoverillustrationbyFrancoAccerneroHandletteringbyRonZinnAllrightsreservedISBN:JOVEJoveBooksarepublishedbyTheBerkleyPublishingGroupadivisionofPenguinGroup(USA)Inc,HudsonStreetNewYorkNewYorkJOVEisaregisteredtrademarkofPenguinGroup(USA)IncThe"J"designisatrademarkbelongingtoPenguinGroup(USA)IncPrintedInTheUnitedStatesOfAmericaToDrChristopherTongandMaryWaltrichwithmuchloveAndforKelleyGranzowandherlifemateRickBesuretogoto:http:wwwchristinafeehancommemberstosignupforherPRIVATEbookannouncementlistandgetaFREEEXCLUSIVEChristineFeehananimatedscreensaverPleasefeelfreetoemailheratchristinechristinefeehancomShewouldlovetohearfromyouAcknowledgmentsSpecialthankstoDrChristopherTongwhoisacontinualsourceofinformationItwashisbrainchildtousetheCarpathianlanguageastheprotolanguageoftheHungarianandFinnishlanguagesDrChrisTong(wwwchristongcom)isfluentinseverallanguages,didundergraduatestudiesinlinguisticsatColumbiaUniversityandgraduatestudiesincomputationallinguisticsatStanfordUniversityHehasalsostudiedtheworld'sgreatspiritual,mythicandhealingtraditionsforthepastthirtyyears(andpersonallyparticipatedinseveralofthem)HeisalsothefounderofThePracticalSpiritualityPress,andtheauthorofseveralbookson"practicalspirituality"Thankyou,MaryforspeakingHungarianandgivingusaplacetostart!ChapterNatalyaShonskidrewthepairofblackleathertrousersupoverherlegsandsettledthemonherhipswheretheymoldedtoherbodyLeatherhelpedpreventinjuryduringbattlesandshewascertainshewouldberunningintotroubletonightAsshepulledonthesoftleathercamisole,sheglancedaroundthemeticulouslycleanroomshe'drentedTheinnwassmall,butcolorfulwithtapestriesonthewallsandbrightpatternedcoversdecoratingthebedHerweaponswerelaidoutwithgreatcareoverthebeautifullywovenquiltShebegantoslipvariousweaponsintothespeciallymadecompartmentsandloopsinherleatherpantsThrowingstarswithrazorsharpedgesSeveralknivesAbeltthatprovidedherwithroomformoreweaponsandextraclipsforthetwingunsshefitsnuglyintotheharnessundereacharmSheputononeofhernewpeasantblousesanddonnedthebrightlycoloredfurvestthelocalwomenworeforwarmth,effectivelyhidingherarsenalThelongskirtnotonlyhidtheleatherpants,butalsohelpedhertoblendintothelocalpopulationShe'dchosenacolorfulone,ratherthanthesevereblackkindtheolderwomenoftenwore,andtiedascarfoverhertawnyhairtofurtherdisguiseherselfSatisfiedshelookedasmuchlikealocalaspossible,sheshovedtwoAmissticksintothewellwornloopsonherbackpackandopenedthedoorstothebalconyShehaddeliberatelychosenaroomonthesecondfloorHermanyenemieswouldfinditdifficulttoapproachunnoticedwhileshecouldescapeeasilytothegroundbeloworgoupandovertheroofNatalyarestedherhandsonthebalconyrailandleanedouttosurveythecountrysideThesmallvillagewasnestledatthebottomofoneofthetalljaggedpeaksthatformedtheformidableCarpathianMountainsNumeroussmallfarmswerescatteredacrossthegreen,rollinghillsStacksofhaydottedthemeadowsandledthewayupthemountaintothetimberlineAbovetheheavyforestwererockypeaks,stillglisteningwithsnowShefeltasifshe'dsteppedbackintimewiththesimplehomesandtherusticwayoflife,yetshefeltasifshe'dcomehomeAndthatwastrulyoddShehadnohomeNatalyasighedandclosedhereyesbrieflyMorethananythingintheworld,sheenviedthesepeopletheirfamiliesTheirlaughterandchildrenandtheloveshiningintheireyesandontheirfacesShelongedtobelongsomewhereBeneededbysomeoneTobetreasuredbyonesinglepersonJusttobeabletotrulybewhoshewas,sharearealconversation…Herfingersfounddeepgroovesintherailingandshefoundherselfrubbingthepolishedwood,thepadsofherfingersstrokingalongthegroovesalmostinacaressStartled,sheexaminedthescoresinthehardwoodItlookedasifalargebirdhaddugtalonsdeepintotherailing,althoughthemarkswereoldandtheinnkeeperskepttheintricatelycarvedbalconypolishedandfreeofsplintersSheinhaledthenightairandstareduptowardthetopofthemountainSomewhereuptherewashergoalShehadnoideawhatdrovehertocometothisparticularspot,butshetrustedherinstinctsSheneededtoclimbtothetopandfindwhateveritwasthatwouldn'tletgoofherThickmisthidthemountaintop,envelopingthepeakinanimpenetrablecloudWhetherthecloudwasnaturalcondensationorapreternaturalwarningmadenodifferenceShehadnochoicebuttoclimbthemountain,thecompulsiondrivingherwasfartoostrongtoignoreNatalyatookalastlooktowardtheswirlingwhitemistsandheadedbackintoherroomTherewasnopointinputtingitoffShe'dspentthelastweekminglingwiththepeopleinthevillage,establishingfriendshipswithafewofthewomenandgettingafeelfortheareaShefoundsheneededhumancompanionshipalthoughherlifewasverysolitarySheenjoyedthetimespentwiththelocalwomenandhadgleanedquiteabitofinformationfromthem,butshewasalwayssaddenedthatherfriendshipscouldnevergobeyondthesurfaceItmadeforalonelylifeandsheyearnedtobelongsomewhere,toletsomeoneliketheinnkeeper,SlavicaOstojic,knowwhoandwhatshewasjustsoNatalyacouldhavetheluxuryofbeinghonestwithsomeoneshetrulylikedThehallwayandstairswerenarrow,leadingtothesittingroombelowTheroomopenedintothedininghallononeendandabarontheotherManyofthelocalsdrankbeerintheeveningandvisitedtogetherafterahardday'sworkShewavedtotwoorthreepeoplesherecognized,hergazeautomaticallyscanningtherooms,notingexits,windowsandaboveall,newfacesSeveralmensittingatthebarglancedatherShecataloguedthelinedfaces,thefriendlysmilesandassessingglances,filedthemawayjustincaseshemetupwiththemagainOnepairofeyesflickedoverherface,givingherpauseTheperusalwasquick,butitwasthoroughHewasreadingherinthesamewayshewasreadinghimHecertainlynoticedthebackpackwiththedoubleAmissticksandherornatewalkingstickNatalyaturnedawaywithaquicksmilefortheowneroftheinn,gratefulshecouldmakeherexitgracefullyIftherewasasentrywatching,shedidn'twanthimtoknowherplans"Slavica"Shetooktheinnkeeper'shandsinhers"Thankyousomuchforthewonderfulmeal"ShespokeinEnglishbecauseSlavicaworkedhardtoperfectherlanguageskillsandalwayspracticedDeliberatelysheledthewomanawayfromthebartoamoresecludedspotinthesittingroomwherepryingearswouldnotbeabletooverheartheirconversation"I'mheadingupintothemountainsandI'moftengonefordaysatatimewhileexploringDon'tworryaboutmeI'llreturneventuallyGivemeaweekatleastbeforeyoupanic"Slavicashookherhead"Itisaftersunset,NatalyaHereinthemountainsandforeststherecanbe…"Shehesitatedsearchingfortherightword"unrestIt'sbetterifyouexploreduringthedaywhenthesunisbrightandtherearepeoplearoundyou"Shelookedupandmetherhusband'seyesacrosstheroomandsmiledNatalyainstantlyfeltapangofenvyShelovedtowatchtheinnkeeperwithherhusband,Mirko,andtheirdaughter,Angelina,togetherTheirloveforoneanotherwasalwayssoobviousinthesmalllittleglancestheyexchangedandtheirmanytouchesastheybrushedbyoneanotherwhentheyworked"I'vegoneouteveryeveningandyou'veneverobjected,"Natalyaremindedher"Andnearlyallofthosetimeswereaftersunset"Slavicagaveherafaintsmile"IfeelthedifferencetonightIknowyouwillthinkI'msuperstitious,butsomethingisnotrightthiseveninganditisbetteryoustayherewithus"ShepattedNatalya'sarm"ThereismuchtodohereMirkowillplaychesswithyouHeisquitegoodOrIwillteachyoumoreaboutthelocalherbsandhowtousethemtoheal"SlavicawasatrainednurseandrenownedforherhealingskillsthroughoutthedistrictandforherknowledgeofthelocalhealingherbsandhowtousethemThesubjectfascinatedNatalyaandsheenjoyedspendingtimeinSlavica'scompanywhilethewomanimpartedherknowledgeNatalyashookherhead,regretlingeringinherheartSlavicawasthekindofwomanthatmadeherachetobepartofafamilyandcommunity"Thankyou,Slavica,butIhaveprotection"Shepulledthecrosshangingonthethinsilverchainfromwhereitwashiddenbeneathhershirt"Iappreciateyourconcern,butI'llbefine"Slavicastartedtoprotest,butstoppedherself,pressingherlipstogetherfirmlyShesimplyshookherhead"IknowwhatI'mdoing,"Natalyaassuredher"I'mgoingtoslipoutthroughthekitchenifyoudon'tmindI'vegotfoodanddrinkenoughforseveraldaysandI'llbebackinthemiddleofnextweekifnotsooner"SlavicawalkedwithherthroughthediningroomNatalyariskedanotherglanceatthemansittingatthebartalkingtoMirkoHeseemedabsorbedintheconversation,butshedidn'ttrusthimHehadshowninterestinheranditwasn'ttheinterestofamanlookingforawomanShehadnoideawhatitwas,butshewasn'tgoingtotakeanychancesShegaveasmallnodtowardtheman"WhoisheIhaven'tseenhiminherebefore""Hetravelsthroughthiswaymanytimesonbusiness"Slavica'sexpressiongavenothingaway"He'sveryquietandIdon'tknowwhathisbusinessis""Ishemarried"Theinnkeeperlookedalarmed"Thismanisnotforyou,NatalyaHeiswelcomehereasalltravelersare,butheisnotforyou"Natalyadidn'tdareriskanotherglanceintheman'sdirectionHewasfartooobservantandshedidn'twanttodrawhisattentionShewalkedthroughthediningroomintothesmallkitchenTherewastheinevitablesheep'scheeseandbasketsofpotatoes"Don'tworry,I'mnotlookingforaman""IhaveseentheyearningonyourfaceandinyoureyeswhenyoulookatchildrenWhenyouseemarriedcouples,"Slavicasaidgently"Youwishforafamilyofyourown"Natalyashruggedcarelessly,avoidingtheotherwoman'sgaze,notwantingtoseethecompassionsheknewwouldbethereWasshebecomingthatobviousWhenhaditbecomesodifficultforhertohideherfeelingsbeneathhercarefullycultivated"flip"personality"IliketravelingIwouldn'twanttobetieddown"Itwasablatantlieandforthefirsttimeinherlife,sheknewshehadgivenherselfaway"ItisnaturaltowantafamilyandamanforyourselfIwaitedtofindtherightone,"Slavicacounseled"EvenwhenmyparentsandneighborsthoughtIwastoooldandwouldneverfindhim,IthoughtitbettertowaitthantomakeamistakeandtiemyselftosomeoneIdidn'twanttospendmylifewithIwaitedforMirkoanditwastherightthingtodoWehaveabeautifuldaughterandthisplaceandthatisenoughWe'rehappytogetherYouunderstand,NatalyaDon'tgiveyourselfawaytojustanymanbecauseyouthinktimeisrunningout"Natalyanoddedsolemnly"IunderstandandagreecompletelyI'mnotfeelingdesperatetofindaman,farfromitI'llseeyousoon"Shepushedopenthekitchendoor,gaveacheerywavetowardthefrowninginnkeeperandhurriedoutintothenightAfterthewarmthoftheinn,theairoutsidewascold,butshewaspreparedforthatShewalkedbrisklyalongthenarrowroadleadingtowardthemountaintrailAnemptyhorsecartpassedherandshecalledoutaskingforarideThefarmerhesitatedandthenstoppedforherNatalyacaughtupthehemofherskirtandrantocatchupbeforehecouldchangehismindMostofthelocalsusedthehorsecartsratherthancarsTheyweresimplevehicles,awagonontirespulledbyoneortwohorsesTheywereusedforeverythingfromtransportationtohaulinggreatsheafsofhay"Thankyou,sir,"shesaidasshetossedinherwalkingstickandclimbedaboardShesettledherselftowardthebackofthecart,notwantingtomakethefarmermoreuncomfortablethanhealreadyseemedtobehaulingastrangewomanaroundTohersurprisehespokeMostoftheoldermarriedmenwerequitereservedaroundyounger,singlewomen"WhatareyoudoingoutthislateThesunhasgonedown"Heglancednervouslyaroundhim"Yesithas,"sheagreed,avoidingthequestion"You'reoutlateaswell""Itisn'tgood,"hesaid"Notthisnight"HekepthisvoiceverylowTheconcerninhistonewasunmistakable"BetteryoushouldallowmywifeandItoputyouupforthenightOrIcouldtakeyoutotheinn"Hewaslookingupatthemoon,atthecloudsswirlingoverit,partiallyblockingthelightanditwasclearhedidn'twanttoturnbackHeshookthereinstospeedthehorseupNatalyaglancedupattheskyandtheboilingcloudsthathadnotbeenthereminutesbeforeTheheavymistobscuringthetopofthemountainsspreadlikebonyfingers,reachinguptowardthemoonandlowerfortheforestLightningedgedthemistingoldenarcsThunderrumbledinthedistance,centeredmainlyoverthemountainSheslidherhandinsideherfurvestandtouchedthehandleofhergun"Theweatherchangedfastthisevening"Anditwasn'tnatural"Ithappensthatwayinthemountains,"thefarmersaid,cluckingatthehorsewithurgency"It'sbesttotakecoveruntilthingssettledown"Natalyadidn'treplyShehadtogettothetopofthemountainHadspiesletherenemiesknowshewascloseWeretheywaitingforherSheturnedherattentiontothecountrysidepassingbysoquicklyWastheremovementintheshadowsIfso,shehadtoleadtroubleawayfromthefarmerTheyhadtraveledfarpasttheperimetersofthevillageandwelloutintotherollinghillswherefarmsdottedthelandscapeShestayedalert,watchingforsignsofanimpendingattack,hersensesflaringoutintothenight,reachingforinformationSheinhaled,takingthenightairdeepintoherlungs,workingtounravelthestoriesthewindbroughtherThewindcarriedthestenchofevilThewhisperofmovementintheforestThescentofwolves,restlessbeneaththemoonHerchinliftedSobeitShedidn'tgolookingforfightsShewas,infact,usuallythefirsttowalkaway,butshewastiredofbeingpursued,oflookingoverhershouldereveryminuteofeverydayIftheywantedtofight,shehadcomeprepared,becausethistimeshewasn'tgoingtoturnawayThefannerpulledthecartontoanarrowlaneThehorseslowedtomakethesharpturnandNatalyajumpedoff,wavingatthefarmerasshehurriedawayHecalledouttoher,butshekeptgoing,walkingbrisklyupthehillsidetowardthetimberlineThemomentshewascertainshewasoutofthefarmer'ssight,shestrippedoffthebrightlycoloredskirtandblouse,foldingthemalongwiththescarfandtuckingthemintoherbackpackThedoubleAmisstickswentintoloopsatthebackofherbeltforeasyretrievalHerentiredemeanorchangedasshegrippedthefamiliarwalkingstickShestrodewithtremendousconfidence,weavinginandoutofthehaysheavesuntilshewasclearofthefarmsAwalkingpathledupthemountain,atrailforgoats,nothumans,butshetookitbecauseitwasthemostdirectapproachShecrossedthroughafieldofalpineflowers,theblossomseverywhereasshepushedthroughthehighgrassestowardtheslopeoftimberThemoonwasalmostcompletelyhiddenbythedarkeningclouds,andtheclosershegottotheforest,thelouderthethunderboomedFlowersandgrassgavewaytobushesandscrubLargebouldersdottedtheslopeAfewheartierflowershadmanagedtofindtheirwayintothecrevicesThetreesweresmallandveryscraggly,butasshewoundherwaythroughtwomoreswitchbacks,thevegetationchangedcompletely,growingfullerandtallerNatalyahadstudiedtheCarpathianMountainsSheknewtherangewasoneofEurope'slargesthomesforcarnivores,richwithbrownbear,wolvesandlynxThemountainsstretchedacrosssevencountriesinCentralEuropeandtheheavilywoodedforestswereoneofthelastrefugeslefttoEurope'srareandnearlyextinctbirdsandlargerpredatorsAlthoughhometomillionsofpeople,theCarpathianMountainsboastedhugetractsoflandthatremainedutterlywildanddangerousShepausedtoexaminethepristineforestsurroundingherTheareareceivedtwicetherainfallofsurroundingregionsandtheamazingforestsandgreenhillsgaveevidenceoftheamountofwaterthatfedtheriversystemsbelowThevividcolorsofgreendrewherintothecoolnessoftheforestalmostasacompulsionwouldWhydidsheknowthisplaceHowhadshedreamtofitHowdidsheknowthatwhenshetookthepathonherleft,whichwasnomorethanadeerpath,itwouldleadherdeepintotheinteriorandshewouldfindthefainttrailthatwouldtakehertotheverytopofthemountains,rightupintotheswirlingmistswherefewpeopleventuredtogoShemovedfastalongthepath,usingalight,groundeatingjogthattookherthroughthebrushquicklyShehadtomakeittothetopofthemoun

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