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Christine Feehan - Dark 11 - Dark Descent.pdf

Christine Feehan - Dark 11 - 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 11 - Dark Descentpdf》,可适用于高等教育领域,主题内容包含DARKDESCENTbyChristineFeehanToBrookeBornemanandDianeStacyinappreciationfor符等。

DARKDESCENTbyChristineFeehanToBrookeBornemanandDianeStacyinappreciationforallyoudoChapterOneVeinsoflightninglittheclouds,dancingwhipsofwhitehotenergyilluminatingthemidnightskyTheearthrumbledandrolled,unsettledandflinchingasthecreatureclaweditswaythroughthesoiltoburstintotheair,instantlyfoulingeverylivingthingittouchedLeavesshriveledandblackenedTheairvibratedwithalarmThevampiresettledtoearth,turningitsheadthiswayandthat,listening,waiting,itscunningmindracing,itsrottenheartbeatingwithamixtureoftriumphandfearHewasthebait,andheknewthehunterwasnotfarbehind,closeonhistrail,drawnstraightintotheheartofthetrapTraianTrigoviseburrowedthroughthesoil,followingthestenchoftheundeadItwastooeasy,thetrailtoowellmarkedNovampirewouldbesoobviousunlesshewasarankfledgling,andTraianwascertainhewasdealingwithstrengthandcunningHewasananChristineFeehancientCarpathianhunter,aspeciesnearlyimmortal,blessedandcursedwithlongevity,withtimelessgiftsandtheneedforalifematetomakehimcompleteHewasfirstandforemostapredator,capableofbecomingthemostloathsomeandevilofallcreatures,theundeadItwashissheerstrengthofwillanddutytohisracethatkepthimfromfallingpreytotheinsidiouswhispersandcallofpowerWhenthetunnelveeredupwardtowardthesky,Traiancontinuedonward,pushingdeeperintothedirt,feelinghisway,listeningtotheheartbeatandenergyoftheeartharoundhimAllwassilent,eventheinsects,creaturesoftensummonedbytheevilonesHescannedthesurface,takinginalargearea,anddiscoveredthreeblankspots,evidencethatmorethanonevampirewascloseHefoundawebofroots,thickandgnarled,hummingwithlife,reachingdeepintotheearthHewhisperedsoftly,respectfully,touchingthelongest,deepestartery,feelingitslifeforceHechantedsoftlyintheancientlanguage,askingforentrance,felttheresponsemovingthroughthethickoldtreeLeavesshiveredasthetreereachedtowardthemoon,embracingthenightevenasitshrankfromthepresenceofthefoulbeingsImpartingsecretsandconspiringtohelp,thetreespreaditsrootstoallowTraianintotheintricatesystemprotectingandnourishingthewidetrunkThehunterwascarefulnottodisturbthesoilortherootsystemashemaneuveredhiswaycarefullythroughthelabyrinth,pushingthroughthesurfacejustfarenoughtoscanhissurroundingsfrominsidethecageofsafetyoftheoverlappingrootsabovegroundHeshapeshiftedasheemerged,ashadowhiddenamongstthethickbranchesandleavesForonemomenthecouldseeonlyhisprey,thetall,thinfigureofGallentHerecognizedthevampireasoneoftheancientssentoutbytheirprincesomanycenDARKDESCENTturiesearlier,justashehadbeenTheundeadcontinuallytwisted,sniffingtheairsuspiciously,hisgazedartingalongthegroundHeclickedhislongfingernailstogetherinapeculiarrepeatedrhythmThewindrushedthroughthegroveoftrees,andtheleavesrustledandwhisperedTraianallowedhisgazetoshift,quarteringthearea,searchingwithhismindmorethanhisacutevisionThebreezebroughttheechoofthatstrangerhythmtohim,comingfromhisleftThenfromhisrightTwomoreoftheundeadwaitedtofalluponhimandriphimtopiecesHeshiftedagain,driftingwiththebreezethroughthecageofroots,risingasmoleculesintothenight,allowingthefriendlywindtotakehimhigherintothecoverofleavesDarkcloudsswirledintoaboilingcauldronLightningveinedthemurky,spinningmassHehoveredtherewithasmall,humorlesssmileinhismindDiscretionreallywasthebetterpartofvalorinsomecircumstancesHewouldpickhisownbattlegroundThenheheardtheclickingofthefingernailsagainThesoundwasgrowinglouderWitheachclick,dropletsofwaterfellfromthecloudTinydropletsthatneverquitereachedthegroundThebeadscollectedinmidair,formedalarge,shimmeringpoolHecouldseehisreflectionclearlyinthepoolNotthescatteredmolecules,oranillusion,buttherealmanamongsttheleavesItwashisonlywarning,anditcamejustaheartbeatbeforetheattackHecaughtmovementfromthecornerofhiseyeandinstantlyreacted,somersaultingthroughthesky,shiftingintohistrueform,gratefulfortheleavesthathamperedthenearlyinvisiblesilverynetmeanttoentanglehimSpearsspiraledthroughtheair,alongwithtinydartstippedwithpoisonfromthetreefrog,andshowersofredhotembersthatburrowedintotheskinandburnedforweeksInsectscloudedtheskies,andallthewhiletheclickingofthefingernailswentonrelentlesslyTraianlaunchedhimselfattheshadowyfigureorchestratingthefight,ignoringthetwolesservampiresGallentwasdirectingtheaction,aleaderinevil,ashehadbeenaleaderamongCarpathiansTraianburstthroughthesky,hisfistalreadysnappingout,drivingtowardthevampire'schestGallentshimmeredtransparentlyThefistpassedthroughhisbodyharmlesslyevenastheundeadstruckbackwithrazorsharptalonsThehandcamefromTraian'sleft,theswift,suremovementofafullfledgedmasterTheknifelikenailsdrovedeepthroughfleshandmuscle,allthewaytotheboneOneofthelesservampireshurledhimselfontoTraian'sback,sinkinghisteethintohistarget'sexposedneckTraiansimplyevaporated,leavingthesmearofbloodontheshiveringleavesandthescentoftheancientgiftdrivingthevampiresintoafrenzyofrageandhungerHetraveledquicklythroughthenightTheCarpathianMountainswereriddledwithnetworksofcaves,whererichsoildeepbeneaththeearthwaitedtowelcomehimHewasclosetohomeHehadbeensteadilytravelingbacktohishomelandtoseehisprincebuthadbecomesidetrackedwhenhecameacrossthevampiresHisshoulderthrobbedandburnedHisneckwasafiercetormentTherewereahundredplacesonhisbodythatachedfromtheembersanddartsHefoundanopeningintothecoolinteriorofthemountain,wentdeeperstill,throughalabyrinthoftunnelsintotheearthHefloateddownintothebedofrichsoilandjustlaythere,feelingasenseofpeaceandsolaceinthewealthofwelcomingmineralsAustriaThetheaterdoorsopenedtoallowthesmartlydressedcrowdoutTheyemergedlaughingandtalking,acrushDESCEHTofhappypeoplepleasedwiththeperformancetheyhadwitnessedLightningforkedacrossthesky,abrilliant,dazzlingdisplayofelementalnatureForamomentthelong,sequinedgowns,furs,andsuitsofvaryingcolorwerelitupasifcaughtinaspotlightThundercrasheddirectlyoverhead,andthegroundandbuildingsshookundertheassaultThelightfaded,leavingthenightnearlyblackandthecrowdalmostblindThethrongbrokeintocouplesorgroups,hurryingtotheirlimousinesandcars,whilevaletstriedtoworkfastbeforetherainbegantofallSenatorThomasGoodvinestayedbeneaththeentrancearchway,bendinghisheadtowardhiswifetohearheroverthebuzzofthecrowd,laughingathersoftlyspokenwords,noddinginagreementHepulledherbeneathhisshouldertopreventherfrombeingjostledbythesteadystreamofpeoplehurryingtoavoidtheweatherTwotreesformedtheuniquearchwaytothetheater,thebranchesinterlockingoverheadtoformasmallprotectionagainsttheelementsTheleavesrustledandthebranchesclickedtogetherintherushingwindCloudswhirledandspun,weavingdark,ominousthreadsacrossthemoonAnotherburstoflightningilluminatedtwolargemenpushingagainstthestreamoftheatergoers,apparentlydeterminedtogainshelterinthebuildingTheflashoflightfaded,leavingonlythedimlightingofthearchwayandthestreetlightsflickeringominouslyThelmaGoodvinetuggedatherhusband'sjackettobringhisattentionbacktoher"Down!Getdown!"JoieSandersplowedintothesenatorandhiswife,herarmsoutspread,sweepingthembothtothegroundInonemovesherolleduponherkneeinfrontofthem,aguninheroutstretchedhand"Gun,gun,everybodydown!"sheshoutedAnorangeredflameburstfromtworevolversinasteadystreamtowardthecoupleshe'dbeenassignedtoprotectJoiereturnedfirewithherusualcalmanddeadonaccuracy,watchingonemanbegintotopple,almostinslowmotion,hisgunstillfiringbutupintotheairPeoplescreamed,ranineverydirection,felltotheground,crouchedbehindflimsycoverThesecondgunmangrabbedawomaninalongfuranddraggedherinfrontofhimasashieldJoiewasalreadypushingatthesenatorandhiswifeinanefforttogetthemtocrawlbackinsidetherelativesafetyofthetheaterThesecondgunmanpropelledthesobbingwomanforwardashefiredatJoie,whorolledagaintocoverhercharges'lineofretreatAbulletslicedthroughthefleshofhershoulder,burningapathofpainandsprayingbloodoverthesenator'strousersJoiecriedout,butsteadiedheraim,ignoringthechurninginherstomachHerworldnarrowedtooneman,onetargetShesqueezedthetriggerslowly,precisely,watchedtheuglylittleholeblossominthemiddleoftheman'sforeheadHewentdownlikearock,takinghishostagewithhim,fallinginatangleofarmsandlegsTherewasasmallsilenceOnlytheclickingofthebranchescouldbeheard,astrange,disquietingrhythmJoieblinked,tryingtoclearhervisionSheseemedtobelookingintoalarge,shimmeringpool,staringatamanwithflat,coldeyesandsomethingmetalglintinginhishandHeroseupoutofthecrowd,slammingintoJoiebeforeshecouldscrambleoutofthewayShetwistedjustenoughtoescapethelethalblade,drivingthebuttofhergunupwardintohisjaw,thenslammingitbackdownonhisknifehandHescreamed,droppingthebladesothatitwentskitteringalongthesidewalkHisfistfoundherface,drivingherbackwardThemanfollowedherdown,hisfaceamaskofhatredSomethinghitthebackofhisheadhard,andJoiefoundherselfstaringupatoneofhermen"Thanks,JohnIthinkhesmashedeveryboneinmybodywhenhefellonme"Shetookhishand,allowedhimtohelpheroutfromunderthelargebodyJoiekickedthegunfromthelimphandofthefirstmanshe'dshot,evenasweaknessoverwhelmedherShesatdownabruptlyasherlegsturnedtorubber"GetthesenatorandMrsGoodvinetosafety,John"Thewailingsirenswerefadinginandout"Someonehelpthatpoorwomanup""We'vegotit,Joie,"oneoftheagentsassuredher"WehavethedriverHowbadareyouhurtHowmanyhitsdidyoutakeGivemeyourgun"Joielookeddownattheguninherhandandnotedwithsurpriseshewasaimingitatthemotionlessattacker"Thanks,RobertIthinkI'lljustletyouandJohnhandlethingsforawhile""Issheallright"Shecouldhearthesenator'sanxiousvoice"SandersAreyouhurtIdon'twanttojustleavehertherewhereareyoutakingus"Joietriedtoliftherarmtoindicateshewasfine,butherarmseemedheavyanduncooperativeSheclosedhereyesandbreatheddeeplyShejustneededtobesomewhereelse,justforashorttimewhilethemedicsfixedherupItwasn'tthefirsttimeshe'dtakenahitandshedoubteditwouldbethelastShehadcertaininstinctsthathadtakenhertothetopofherprofessionItwasverydangerousatthetopJoiecouldblendinSomeofthemenlikedtocallherthechameleonShecouldlookstrikinglybeautiful,plain,orjustaverageShecouldblendinwiththetoughcrowd,thehomeless,ortherichandglamorousItwasavaluablegift,andsheuseditwillinglyShewascalledinforthedifficultassignments,theoneswhereactionFEEHANwasinevitableFewothershadherskillwithknivesorguns,andnoonecoulddisappearintoacrowdthewayshecouldShetookherselfoutofherbody,watchedthefranticscenearoundherwithinterestforafewminutesTheothersassignedtothesenatorandtheAustrianagentshadeverythingundercontrolShewasbeingputintoanambulanceandhustledawayfromthesceneMorethananything,shedetestedhospitalsShesimplytookherselfaway,soaringfreeShewantedtobeoutdoors,undertheskyorbeneaththeearthinaworldofsubterraneanbeautyitdidn'tmatter,aslongasitwasn'twithinthewallsofahospitalJoiefeltweightless,free,skimmingthroughthemountainsshehadstudiedsocarefullyAsshesoaredfree,sheplannedatripcavingwithherbrotherandsisterassoonasthesenatorandhiswifeweresafelybackhomeShecrossedspaceSmelledtherainFeltcoolandmoistinthemistofthemountainsFarbelowher,shesawtheentrancetoacave,spotlightedbythesmallsliverofmoonthatmanagedtopeekaroundthethickcloudcoverSmiling,shedroppeddowntoenteraworldofcrystalandiceWhethershewasdreamingorhallucinatingdidn'tmatterallshecaredaboutwasescapingfromthepainofherwoundsandthesmellofthehospitalTraianlayinthecoolearth,gazingupatthehigh,cathedrallikeceilingHisbodyhurtinsomanyplaces,hejustwantedtorestThebeautyofthecavewasbreathtakingandtookhismindoffhisphysicalpainThenheturnedhisheadandsawherShewashoveringjustoverheadtohisleftAwomanwithacapofdarkhairandlargeeyesShewasstaringdownathimincompleteastonishment"You'rehurt,"shesaid"Ifyouwerereal,I'dsendtheparamedics""WhatmakesyouthinkIamnotreal""BecauseI'mnotreallyhereI'minahospitalmanymilesawayIdon'tevenknowwherehereis""Youlookrealenoughtome""Whatintheworldareyoudoinglyinginthemudinthemiddleofacave"Hersoftlaughterrippledthroughhim"Youdidn'tmistakethisforabeautyspa,didyou"HisheartnearlyceasedbeatingThosesimplequestionsturnedhisworldupsidedownHewasawareofeverythingthecoolnessoftheinterior,theblueoftheice,thedramaticsweepofarchitectureformedthousandsofyearsearlierHewasmostlyawarethatherhairwasarichbrownandhereyeswereacoolgrayHermouthwaswideandcurvedatthecorners,andshehadlaughlinesHewasseeingincolorAfterhundredsofyearsofableak,grayexistence,livinginaworldwithoutcolororemotion,thereshewasTheotherhalfofhissoulStaringdownathimwithcuriouseyesandanamusedgrinTherewasbloodonhershoulderandbruisesonherface,atearinthegownshewore"Youseemabitoverdressedforacave,"hepointedoutSheshrugged,herlaughtersoftandinviting"Yes,well,aladylikestoknowshelooksherbestwhenthecavecricketscomecalling""Youarehurt,too""AsmallbitoftroublewithsomeunpleasantfellowsWhataboutyouAnddoyouoftengoswimminginthemudwithagapingholeinyourshoulderYouhaveheardofinfectionandgangrene,haven'tyou""HowgoodofyoutonoticeAsmallruninwithagroupofunsavoryruffiansIwasuncharacteristicallyslow""YouhaveanincrediblysexyaccentDowomenfallalloveryoujustatthesoundofyourvoice"Shewasverygoodatplacingpeoplebytheiraccents,buthiswasdifferenttherewasarichturntohiswordsAsdreamswent,thiswasafunone"Ihavenotnoticedsuchaphenomenon,butIwillwatchforitinthefuture""NicecaveIlovecavesThisonelookslikeawonderfulplacetoexplore""Idonotbelieveithasbeendiscoveredyet,"herepliedpleasantlyPeaceseepedintohisbodyHissoulGenuinelaughterfounditswayintohisheart"ReallyYoujustsortofstumbledinblindfolded,didyouAninterestingwaytoexplorecavesWhereamII'dliketocomebackhere"Itwashisturntoarchhiseyebrow"Youfloatedthroughtheairblindfolded"Shegrinnedathim"IdothatsometimeswhenIdon'twanttobewhereverIamAbadhabit"Herformshimmeredandhersmilefaded"They'redoingsomethingnastytome,Ican'tholdtheprojection"Hesatup,bitbackagroanastheembersbeneathhisskinburnedfiercely"Donotgoyet""I'msorry"Shelookeddownatherarm,lookedbackathim,tearsswimminginhereyes"They'recleaningmywoundIthurtslikeabear"AndthenshewasgoneJustthatfastVanishingwithoutatraceHesattherealoneinthedarkofthecave,astonishedathowlifecouldchangeintheblinkofaneyeShewasrealHerpsychicabilitieswerestrongHehadsharedherspace,sharedhermind,andDESCENTthepathwasimprintedonhisbrainShewouldnotescapehimTraianlaybackandwavedhishandtoclosethesoiloverhim,stillinghisheart,hisbreath,allowingthesongoftheearthtosendhimintoadeep,healingsleepChapterTwo"You'relosingit,Joie,there'snothinghere"GabrielleSanderssankgracefullytothegroundanddrewupherkneesassheregardedhersisterwithcoolgrayeyes"StopmakingyourselfcrazyandenjoytheviewIt'sbreathtakinguphereYou'vebeeninafrenzyforhoursnow"Tippingherheadback,shestaredupatthesky"We'vebeenclimbingforeverIfyouweregoingtofindanything,youwouldhavedonesobynow""I'mnotlosingmymind,Gabrielle,"Joieinsisted"I'vealreadylostit"TherewasasuddensilenceThewindpausedAhawkscreamedasitmisseditspreyGabrielleexchangedalonglookwithherbrother,JubalTheybothstaredattheiryoungersisterSheseemedfocusedentirelyontherocksurfaceshewasstudying"Well,that'sarelief,"Gabriellereplied,laughing"AllthistimeIthoughtIwastheabnormalone"DESCENTJoieletherbreathoutslowlySheknewshewasactingcrazy,almostoutofcontrolWhatwasshegoingtotellGabrielleandJubalThatshereallyhadlosthermindsomeweeksagoandthiswasalastditchefforttoholdontohersanityThatshewasn'tjoking,andshebelongedlockedupsomewhereonheavymedicationWhatareyoudoingThevoicecameoutofnowhere,unexpectedlyasitalwaysdid,catchingherbysurpriseMasculineSometimesamusedSometimesteasingAlwaysalluringShetriednottohearitTriednottorespondButshecouldneverhelpherselfShealwaystalkedtohimLaughedwithhimWantedhimInspiteofthebeautyofhisvoice,thistimehesoundedinfinitelyweary,strained,asifhewereinpain"Comeon,I'msoclosetotheentranceIshouldbeabletoseeitJubal,"Joieappealedtoherbrother,"youknowI'mrightI'malwaysrightThere'sanetworkofcaves,mostofthemunexplored,andwe'rerightontopofit"Joiewascertainshe'dalreadybegunherdescentintomadnessShe'dratherbewiththatvoiceinherheadthanwithanyrealpersonintheworldShelivedtohearthatvoiceShethoughtabouthimdayandnight,wasconsumedbyhimJoieliftedherchinI'mprovingyoudon'texistsoIcangetoveryouIhavealistofwouldbeloversamilelong,andIdliketohavealittlefunforachangeNowisnotthetimeGetoutofhereItisdangerousOfcourseyouwouldsaythatYoudon'twantmetoknowyouaren'trealLook,honey,it'sbeenfun,butwehavetobreakupIcan'thaveamythicallover,evenifyou'reanawesomeloverinmydreamsAgirlwantstohavetherealthi

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