by Michele Barrow-Belilse
To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, seventeen year old Lorelei sacrificed everything,
and the dangerous bargains she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely
back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her high school friends and her supernatural
boyfriend, despite the dark magic growing within her. Love across dimensions is complicated,
especially when an invisible veil between the two worlds is sealing, threatening to separate
Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to exploring her new found powers. But when her
friends fall ill, and her healing touch only makes things worse, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if
Nightmares from the Nevermore tighten their icy hold when someone arrives determined to
destroy Lorelei’s world, starting with those closest to her. Once again she’s forced to choose
between her family... her friends... and a love that was ill-fated from the start.
“Stay. Just.... Stay.” The second I said it I felt awful. What was I asking? I knew he couldn’t stay,
that he needed to return to his world to stay alive in mind.
Since the night of the dance we’d carefully stayed away from discussing our little predicament.
We were still at a standoff. He couldn’t live in my world without magical aids to keep him alive,
because of the toxic nature of our polluted air, and I couldn’t go back to his world, because of
a bunch of angry beings trying to kill me. That left us here. He would have to return to his world
and refuel, to come back to mine. How long the potions lasted depended upon how much stress
he was under. Physical exertion, extreme emotions all used up the reserve more quickly. Then
there was the issue of his still being tied to Venus, the daughter of the ice witch I killed. A curse
had caused his forced fealty to her. Killing the witch was not only supposed to save Mythlandria
from her destructive wrath, it was also supposed to free Adrius of the curse that bound him to
the ice witch’s commands. Who knew there was a daughter who would take over the bonds,
and that she was also his ex-girlfriend.
Now she wants me dead in payment for killing her mother, and as a bonus, I’d be out of the
way so she could get Adrius back in her life. That he could come here at all means the curse is
weakening. I want his freedom, but at which price? Was I willing to kill for it? I’d have to end her
life as well if I was going to destroy the bonds. And I wasn’t a killer. Even Octăhvia’s death was
more of an accident than intended. I had no idea what awakening the magic would do, or how
to wield it. This arrangement seemed like our only option, for now. And while I hated to see him
leave, there was something comforting in being able to pretend that my life was normal again.
As normal as it ever was. I could enjoy being back home with friends and back at school which
surprisingly enough, I’d missed. It’s amazing how coming to the edge of your life multiple times
will make even the most mundane routines a welcomed change.
“Think about what you’re asking me,” he said. “You know why I have to leave.”
He watched me suck in a breath of regret, as I wished I could take back my self-serving plea.
Pain creased his eyes. “Sleep soundly, Lorelei,” was all he said. He kissed the top of my head
The tense set of his jaw revealed the effort it took to leave. I watched him walk away, biting
down on my lower lip until he reached the driveway.
“How am I supposed to sleep?” My voice was almost too quiet to be heard over the howling
wind. But his hearing surpassed most mortal’s.
“Warm milk with honey works well,” he answered my whisper, his back still facing me. “It helps
with the night terrors too,” he added.
“You know that’s not what I meant.” I moved closer, descending one step at a time until my bare
Adrius froze. Electric pulses crackled between us.
“I was talking about sleeping without you. Here.”
“You’ve managed to do it before,” he said cautiously, the strain of his resolve vibrating in his
This was wrong. It was selfish. How could I ask him to stay, when I know that leaving is what
would keep him alive to return to me?
“I’m sorry. I’m being silly. It’s just I can’t—“
With whipcrack intensity, his resolve burned away and he rushed toward me and pulled me into
his arms. His touch burned though my shirt as his hands splayed against my back, pressing us
closer. He kissed me, hungrily at first, then it quickly deepened to ravenous. Matching his fervor,
I tangled my fingers in his hair. Every inch of me was on fire. He gasped, his lips slowing against
mine. By the time we separated, we were both breathless. He leaned his forehead against mine
for a few rapid heartbeats, then pulled back. Our eyes remained locked in a palpitating stretch of
silence that spoke volumes. My head swirled, and all I wanted was more of where we’d left off.
But he read my intentions. The corners of his lips quirked and he shook his head. Warm hands
slid down my arms with one last caress, before he disappeared. Gone so quickly I didn’t actually
see him leave. Swallowed by the darkness of the night and the forest that held the secret
one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write
about the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. A fan of all
things romantic, her young adult novels are populated with scintillating witches, vampires and
fey. Her bestselling debut book series Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy) was optioned for a
major motion picture this year. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who
indulge her never-ending obsession with reading, writing and most importantly... chocolate.
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