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首页 Christine Feehan - Dark 09 - Dark Guardian.pdf

Christine Feehan - Dark 09 - Dark Guardian.pdf

Christine Feehan - Dark 09 - Da…

上传者: dierapunzel 2013-02-21 评分 0 0 0 0 0 0 暂无简介 简介 举报

简介:本文档为《Christine Feehan - Dark 09 - Dark Guardianpdf》,可适用于高等教育领域,主题内容包含DarkGuardianChristineFeehanDarkSeriesbookPrologueLucianWalachia,Thevillage符等。

DarkGuardianChristineFeehanDarkSeriesbookPrologueLucianWalachia,ThevillagewasfartoosmalltostandagainstthearmyadvancingsoquicklytowardthemNothinghadslowedtheOttomanTurksEverythingintheirpathhadbeendestroyed,everyonemurdered,cruellymurderedBodieswereimpaledoncrudestakesandleftforthescavengerstofinishoffBloodraninriversNoonewasspared,noteventheyoungestchildortheoldestelderTheinvadersburnedandtorturedandmutilated,leavingbehindonlyratsandfireanddeathThevillagewaseerilysilentnotevenachilddaredtocryThepeoplecouldonlylookatoneanotherindespairandhopelessnessTherewouldbenohelp,nowaytostopthemassacreTheywouldfallashadallthevillagesbeforetheminthewakeofthatterribleenemyTheyweretoofewandhadonlytheirpeasantweaponstofightofftheadvancinghordesTheywerehelplessAndthenthetwowarriorscamestridingoutofthefogfillednightTheymovedasoneunit,inperfectaccord,inperfectstepTheymovedwithapeculiaranimalgrace,fluidandsuppleandtotallysilentTheywerebothtallandbroadshoulderedwithlong,flowinghairandeyesofdeathSomesaidtheycouldseetheredflamesofhellburninginthedepthsofthoseicyblackeyesGrownmenmovedoutoftheirwaywomenshrankintotheshadowsThetwowarriorslookedneitherleftnorrightyetsaweverythingPowerclungtothemlikeasecondskinTheyceasedtomove,becameasstillasthesurroundingmountainsasthevillageelderjoinedthemjustabovethescatteredhuts,wheretheycouldstareoutattheemptymeadowseparatingthemfromtheforest"Whatnews"theelderasked"WeheardoftheslaughtersineverydirectionNowitisourturnAndnothingcanstopthisstormofdeathWehavenowheretogo,Lucian,nowheretohideourfamiliesWewillfight,butlikealltheothers,wewillbedefeated""Wearetravelingfastthisnight,OldOne,asweareneededelsewhereItissaidourPrincehasbeenslainWemustreturntoourpeopleYouhavealwaysbeenagoodandkindmanGabrielandIwillgooutthisnightanddowhatwecantohelpyoubeforewemoveonTheenemycanbeveryasuperstitiouspeople"Histonewaspureandbeautiful,likevelvetAnyonelisteningtothatvoicecoulddonootherthanwhatLuciancommandedAllwhohearditwantedonlytohearitagainandagainThevoicealonecouldenthrall,couldseduce,couldkillGeneratedbyABCAmberLITConverter,http:wwwprocesstextcomabclithtml"GowithGod,"thevillageelderwhisperedinthanksThetwomenmovedonInperfectrhythm,fluid,silentOnceoutofsightofthevillage,withoutspeakingawordaloud,theyshapeshiftedatexactlythesamemoment,takingtheformofowlsWingsbeatstronglyinthenightastheycircledhighabovethetimberline,searchingoutthesleepingarmySeveralmilesfromthevillagetheearthbelowwasstrewnwithhundredsofmenFogmovedin,thickandwhiteandlowtothegroundThewindceased,sothatthemistlaydenseandstationaryWithoutwarning,owlsdroppedsilentlyoutofthesky,razorsharptalonsdirectedstraightattheeyesofthesentriesTheowlsseemedtobeeverywhere,workinginprecisesynchronizationsothattheywereinandoutbeforeanyonecouldcometotheguards'assistanceScreamsofpainandterrorfilledthevoidofsilence,andthearmyroseup,grabbingweaponsandsearchingforanenemyinthethickwhitefogTheysawonlytheirownsentries,emptysocketsforeyes,bloodrunningdowntheirfacesastheyransightlesslyinanydirectionInthecenterofthemassofwarriorsacrackwasheard,thenanotherCrackaftercrack,andtwolinesofmendroppedtothegroundwithbrokennecksItwasasifhiddenwithinthethickfogwereinvisibleenemiesmovingquicklyfrommantoman,breakingneckswiththeirbarehandsChaoseruptedMenranscreamingintothesurroundingforestButwolvesboiledoutofnowhere,snappingwithpowerfuljawsatthefleeingarmyMenfellontheirownspearsasifdirectedtodosoOthersrammedtheirspearsintocomradesatarms,unabletostopthemselvesnomatterhowhardtheyfoughtthecompulsionBloodanddeathandterrorreignedVoiceswhisperedinthesoldiers'heads,intheveryair,whisperedofdefeatanddeathBloodsoakedthegroundThenightwentonandonuntiltherewasnoplacetohidefromtheunseenterror,fromthespecterofdeath,fromthewildbeaststhatcametodefeatthearmyInthemorningtheWalachianvillagerswentforthtofightandfoundonlythedead*****LucianCarpathianMountains,TheairreekedofdeathofdestructionAllaroundwerethesmokingruinsofthehumanvillagesTheCarpathianancientshadtriedinvaintosavetheirneighbors,buttheenemyhadstruckasthesunreacheditspeakThehourrenderedtheancientshelpless,astheirpowerswereweakestatthattimeSomanyCarpathians,aswellashumans,hadbeendestroyedmen,women,andchildrenalikeOnlythoseoftheirpeoplewhohadbeenfarawayhadescapedthecrushingblowJulian,youngandstrongyetamereboy,surveyedthesightwithsadeyesSofewofhiskindremainedAndtheirPrince,VladimirDubrinsky,wasdeadalongwithhislifemate,SaranthaItwasacatastrophe,ablowfromwhichtheirspeciesmightneverrecoverJulianstoodtallandstraight,hislongblondhairflowingwellpasthisshouldersDimitricameupbehindhim"WhatareyoudoinghereYouknowitisdangeroustobeoutintheopenlikethisTherearesomanywhowoulddestroyusWeweretoldtostayclosetotheothers"Despitehisyouth,hemovedprotectivelyclosertotheyoungerboy"Icantakecareofmyself,"Juliandeclaredstaunchly"Andwhatareyoudoingouthere"TheyoungGeneratedbyABCAmberLITConverter,http:wwwprocesstextcomabclithtmlboygrippedthearmoftheolderboybesidehim"IsawthemIamcertainitwastheyLucianandGabrielItwasthey"Awefilledhisvoice"Itcannotbe,"Dimitriwhispered,lookinginalldirectionsHewasexcitedandscaredatthesametimeNoone,noteventheadults,namedthetwinhuntersaloudLucianandGabrielTheywerelegend,myth,notreality"But,IamcertainIknewtheywouldcomewhentheyheardthePrincewasdeadWhatelsecouldtheydoIamsuretheyhavegonetoseeMikhailandGregori"Theolderboygasped"Gregoriisherealso"Hefollowedthesmallerboythroughthethickforest"Hewillcatchusspying,JulianHeknowseverything"Theblondboyshrugged,amischievousgrincurvinghismouth"Iamgoingtoseethemupclose,DimitriIamnotafraidofGregori""YoushouldbeAndIhaveheardthatLucianandGabrielarereallytheundead"Julianburstoutlaughing"Whotoldyouthat""IheardtwoofthemalestalkingaboutitTheysaidnoonecouldsurviveaslongastheyhave,huntingandkilling,andnotturn""Thehumanshavebeenatwar,andourpeoplehavebeendestroyedintheprocessEvenourPrinceisdeadVampiresareeverywhereEveryoneiskillingeveryoneelseIdonotthinkwehavetoworryaboutGabrielandLucianIftheywerereallyvampires,wewouldallbedeadNoone,notevenGregori,coulddefeattheminbattle,"Juliandefended"Theyaresopowerful,noonewouldbeabletodestroythemTheyhavealwaysbeenloyaltothePrinceAlways""OurPrinceisdeadTheyarenotnecessarilyloyaltoMikhailastheheir"DimitriwasobviouslyquotingadultsJulianshookhisheadinexasperationandcontinuedforward,thistimemakingcertaintobesilentHeinchedhiswaythroughthethickvegetationuntilthehousewasinsightFaroff,awolfhowled,thenotehighandlonelysoundingAsecondwolfanswered,thenathird,bothmuchcloserJulianandDimitrishapeshiftedTheywerenotgoingtomissseeingthelegendaryfiguresLucianandGabrielwerethegreatestvampirehuntersinthehistoryoftheirpeopleItwaswellknownthatnoonecoulddefeatthemThenewsthattheyhadsinglehandlydestroyedanentireinvadingarmyduringthenighthadprecededtheirarrivalNooneknewtheirexactbodycountoverthelastfewcenturies,butitwasextremelyhighJulianassumedtheshapeofasmallmarmot,movinginclosetothehouseHekeptawatchfuleyeoutforowlsasheapproachedthefrontporchHeheardthemthenFourvoicesmurmuringsoftlyfromwithinthehouseAlthoughhewasyoung,JulianhadtheincrediblehearingoftheCarpathianpeopleHeusedthatacutehearing,determinedtogeteverywordThefourgreatestCarpathiansalivewereinthathouse,andhewouldnotmisstheeventHewasbarelyawareofDimitrijoininghim"Youhavenochoice,Mikhail,"asoftvoicesaidThevoicewasincredible,purevelvet,commandingyetgentle"YoumustassumethemantleofauthorityThebloodlinedictatesitYourfatherhadaforeshadowingofhisowndeath,andhisinstructionswereclearYoumustassumeleadershipGregoriwillhelpyouinthistimeofgreatneed,andwewilldothejobyourfatheraskedofusButthemantleofauthoritydoesnotbelongtoourbloodlineItisyours"GeneratedbyABCAmberLITConverter,http:wwwprocesstextcomabclithtml"Youareanancient,LucianOneofyoushouldruleourpeopleWearesofew,ourwomenlosttous,ourchildrengoneWithoutwomen,whatareourmalestodo"JulianrecognizedMikhail'svoice"TheyhavenochoicebuttoseekthedawnorbecometheundeadGodknows,wealreadyhaveenoughofthemdoingthatIhavenotyetacquiredthewisdomtoleadourpeopleinatimeofsuchgreatneed""Youhavethebloodandthepower,and,mostofall,ourpeoplebelieveinyouTheyfearus,ourpowerandknowledgeandallthatwestandfor"Lucian'svoicewasbeautiful,compellingJulianlovedthesoundofthatvoice,couldlistentoitforalltimeItwasnowondertheadultswereafraidofhispowerEvenatJulian'syoungageherecognizedthevoiceasaweaponAndLucianwassimplytalkingnormallyWhatwoulditbelikeifhewishedtotakecommandofthosearoundhimWhowouldbeabletoresistsuchavoice"Wegiveyouourallegiance,Mikhail,aswedidyourfather,andwewillprovideyouwithwhateverknowledgewecantoaidyouinyourdifficulttaskGregori,weknowyouasagreathunteralreadyIsyourtietoMikhailstrongenoughtoseeyouthroughthedarkdaystocome"Lucian'svoice,althoughassoftasever,demandedtruthJulianheldhisbreathGregoriwasbloodkintoGabrielandLucianTheDarkOnesThoseofthatbloodlinewerealwaysthedefendersoftheirrace,theoneswhobroughttheundeadtojusticeGregoriwasalreadypowerfulinhisownrightItdidn'tseempossiblethathecouldbecompelledtoanswer,yethedid"AslongasMikhaillives,sodoI,thatImayprovideforhissafetyandthatofhisline""Youwillserveourpeople,Mikhail,andourbrotherwillserveyouaswedidyourfatherItisrightGabrielandIwillcontinuethefighttodefeatthestrangleholdtheundeadhaveonthehumansandourownrace""Therearesomany,"Mikhailobserved"Thereis,indeed,muchdeath,muchfighting,andourwomenhavebeenallbutstampedoutThemalesneedhopeforafuture,MikhailYoumustfindawaytoprovidethemwithone,ortheywillhavenoreasontoholdoutwhenthedarknessstretchesonWemusthavefemalestoprovideourmaleswithlifematesOurwomenarethelighttoourdarknessOurmalesarepredatory,dark,dangeroushunters,growingmoredeadlyasthecenturiespassEventually,ifwecannotfindlifemates,allwillturnfromCarpathiantovampire,andourracewillbecomeextinctasthemalesgiveuptheirsoulsTherewillbedevastationsuchaswecannotimaginePreventingthatisyourtask,Mikhail,anditisamonumentalone""Asisyours,"Mikhailsaidsoftly"TotakesomanylivesandstayasoneofusisnosmallthingOurpeoplehavemuchtothankyoufor"Julian,withinthebodyofthemarmot,scamperedbackintothebushes,notwantingtobecaughtbytheancientsTherewasarustleinthebushesbehindhim,andheturnedTwotallmenwerestandingthereincompletesilenceTheireyesweredarkandempty,theirfacesasstillasifcarvedinstoneAroundhimamistseemedtofallfromthesky,leaving,himandDimitriinastunnedheapJuliancaughthisbreathandstaredinastonishmentGregorimaterializedjustslightlyinfrontofthetwoboys,almostprotectivelyWhenJulianmovedhisheadtolookaroundhim,themythicalhuntersweregoneasifthey'dneverbeen,andtheboyswerelefttofaceGregoriGeneratedbyABCAmberLITConverter,http:wwwprocesstextcomabclithtml*****LucianFrance,Thesunfadedfromthesky,leavingbehindbrilliantcolorsThosecolorsslowlyyieldedtothecharcoalofthenightBeneaththeearthasingleheartbegantobeatLucianlayintherich,healingsoilHiswoundsfromthelastterriblebattlewerehealedHementallyscannedtheareaaroundhisrestingplace,notingonlythemovementofanimalsDirtspewedupwardasheburstfromtheearthintothesky,drawinginairtobreatheHisworldwouldbechangedthisnightforalltimeGabrielandLucianwereidenticaltwinsTheylookedalike,thoughtalike,foughtalikeOverthecenturiestheyhadacquiredknowledgeinallareasandsubjectsandsharedthatknowledgewitheachotherAllCarpathianmalesastheygrewolderlosttheiremotionsandtheabilitytoseecolors,leavingtheminadark,bleakworldwhereonlytheirsenseofloyaltyandhonorkeptthemfromturningvampirewhiletheywaitedforalifemateGabrielandLucianhadmadeapactwitheachotherIfoneweretoturnvampire,theotherwouldhuntanddestroyhistwinbeforefacingthedawnandhisowndestructionLucianhadknownforsometimethatGabrielwaswrestlinghisinnerdemon,consumedbythedarknessspreadingwithinhimTheconstantbattleshadtakentheirtollGabrielwasfartooclosetoturningLucianinhaleddeeply,takingintheclearnightairHewasdeterminedtokeepGabrielalive,tokeephissoulsafeTherewasonewaytodosoIfhecouldconvinceGabrielthathehadjoinedtheranksoftheundead,GabrielcoulddonootherthanhunthimThatwouldpreventGabrielfrombattlinganyotherthanLucianBybeingunabletokill,duetotheirequalpowers,andbyhavingapurpose,GabrielwouldbeabletoholdonLuciantooktotheair,searchingforhisfirstvictim*****LucianLondon,Theyoungwomanstoodonthestreetcorner,hersmilepaintedonThenightwascoldanddarkShewasshiveringSomewhereinthedarknesswasakillerHehadalreadymurderedtwoofthewomensheknewShehadbeggedThomasnottosendherouttonight,buthehadslappedherseveraltimesbeforepushingheroutthedoorShecrossedherarmsoverherchestandtrieddesperatelytolookasifsheenjoyedwhatshewasdoingAmanwascomingupthestreetHerbreathcaughtinherthroat,andherheartbegantopoundHeworeadarkcoatandtophatandcarriedacaneHelookedtobefromtheupperclass,slumminginherpartoftownShestruckaposeandwaitedHewalkedrightpastherSheknewThomaswouldbeatherifshedidn'tcallout,trytoenticethisstrangertoher,butshecouldn'tmakeherselfdoitThemanpausedandturnedHecircledherslowly,lookingherupanddownasifshewereapieceofmeatShetriedtosmileathim,butsomethingabouthimfrightenedherHepulledoutahandfulofmoneyandwaveditatherHissmilewastauntingHeknewshewasfrightenedHepointedwithhiscanetowardGeneratedbyABCAmberLITConverter,http:wwwprocesstextcomabclithtmlthealleyShewentSheknewbetter,butshewasjustasafraidofgoinghometoThomaswithoutmoneyasshewasofgoingintothealleywiththestrangerHewasruthless,forcinghertoperformallkindsofactsrightthereinthealleyHehurtherdeliberately,andsheendureditbecauseshehadnootherchoiceWhenhewasfinished,heshovedhertothegroundandkickedherwithoneelegantshoeShelookeduptoseethestraightrazorinhishandandknewhewasthekillerTherewasnotimetoscreamShewasabouttodieThenanothermanloomedupbehindherkillerHewasphysicallythemostbeautifulmaleshehadeverseenTallandbroadshoulderedwithlong,flowingdarkhairandicyblackeyesHematerializedoutofnowheresoclosetoherattackerthatshehadnoideahowhecouldhavegottenthereunseenbyeitherofthemThemansimplyreachedoutwithhishands,caughtthemurderer'sneck,andwrenchedhardRunRunnowSheheardthewordsclearlyinherheadandcouldnotevenwaittothankherrescuerSheranawayasfastasshecouldLucianwaiteduntilhewascertainshehadobeyedhisorderbeforehebenthisheadtotheneckofthemurdererItwasimperativethathedrainthebloodfromhisvictimandleavetheevidenceforGabrieltofind"IfindyouhereasIexpected,LucianYoucannothidefromme"Gabriel'ssoftvoicecamefrombehindhimLucianallowedthebodytofalltothegroundOverthelongyearsithadbecomeagameofcatandmousenoothercouldplayTheykneweachothersowell,theyhadchoreographedtheirbattlestogetherforsomanyyears,thateachknewwhattheotherwasthinkingalmostbeforehethoughtitTheykneweachother'sstrengthsandweaknessesOverthelastyearstheyhadscoredmanynearmortalwoundsoneachother,onlytobreakapartandgotogroundtohealLucianturnedtowardhistwinbrother,aslow,humorlesssmilesofteningthehardedgesofhismouth"Youlooktired""Youweretoogreedythistime,Lucian,killingyourpreybeforeyoufed""Perhapsitwasamistake,"Lucianagreedsoftly,"butdonotworryaboutmeIammorethancapableoffindingmyselfwarmbodiesNonecandefeatme,notevenmybrother,whogavemehiswordtodothisonesmallthing"Gabrielstruckhardandfast,asLucianknewhewouldAndtheycametogetherinadeadlybattletheyhadbeenpracticingforcenturies*****LucianParis,PresentDayGabrielcrouchedlow,hisstancethatofafighterBehindhim,hislifematewatchedwithsorrowfilledeyesasthetall,elegantmanapproachedHelookedwhathewas:adark,dangerouspredatorHisblackeyesglittereddangerously,graveyardeyesEyesofdeathHemovedwithananimalgrace,arippleofGeneratedbyABCAmberLITConverter,http:wwwprocesstextcomabclithtmlpower"Stayback,Lucian,"Gabrielwarnedsoftly"Youwillnotendangermylifemate""ThenyouwilldoasyouvowedsomanycenturiesagoYoumustdestroyme"Thevoicewasawhisperofvelvet,asoftcommandGabrielrecognizedthehiddencompulsionevenasheleapedforwardtostrikeAtthelastpossiblesecond,withhislifemate'sdenialloudinhismind,hewhippedhisclawedhandathistwinbrother'sthroatandrealizedLucianhadopenedhisarmswideinacceptanceofthekillNovampirewoulddosuchathingNeverTheundeadfoughtwiththeirdyingbreathtokilleveryoneandeverythingaroundthemTosacrificeone'slifewasnottheactofavampireTheknowledgecametoolateCrimsondropletssprayed,arcedGabrieltriedtogoback,toreachhisbrother,butLucian'spowerwasfartoogreatGabrielwasunabletomove,stoppedinhistracksbyLucian'swillaloneHiseyeswidenedinsurpriseLucianhadsomuchpowerGabrielwasananci

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