Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy and paranormal thrillers.
She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.
Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com
Kado closed the distance between us. “Auren, I’m taking you from this place. You can either come or your own free will or by force.”
Tamir tensed next to me. I held my hand up to stall whatever he was planning. I didn’t need this turning into a fight, especially in front of Jade. Physically she was healing well, but her mind was still fragile.
“If I go with you—“
“If?” Kado arched an eyebrow.
“’If’ I go with you, we have to take Jade as well, and you have to promise me you’ll return her to Deakan on Appolia before we return to the Dark Isle.”
“It’s not possible, Auren. You can give birth any day now. Makari will keep Jade safe for the time being.”
He turned towards the mountains to lead us on a more difficult path. So much for taking the easier route through the pass. It wouldn’t likely slow the dogs, but it might slow their handlers and the dogs wouldn’t stray far from them. By the time we started up the mountain, the dogs were getting closer.
“Keep going,” Kado told me. “I’m going to lead them away from you and I’ll catch up.”
Kado strode off. Jade watched him with panic in her eyes.
“Don’t worry. He’ll be back soon,” I assured her.
“Yeah, but what if they come after us?”
Jade rested her hand on my shoulder and gave it a squeeze. “It must have been hard realizing you knew nothing about who you really were.”
“It was, but at the same time at least I finally understood why Kado was so protective of me. Even then, the Galvadi were hunting for me. And I didn’t make it easy for him. He was trying to keep us off their scanners, while I was doing everything possible to gain some freedom.”
“That’s pretty scary. I wonder if you ever came close to being captured even then.”
I shrugged. “Kado never said anything, but then he’s not one to rehash the past unless there’s something to gain from it.”