Chapter 14 – A Bad Idea

When Kathryn returned home, she was surprised to see Ryder sitting in front of her computer. “I can’t believe you’re here!” she said, a bit breathless after their kiss. “What are you doing here?” “The captain said I had been working too much, so he sent me home,” Ryder replied. “I decided to come here …

ATSWT – Chapter 4 – Reveal Nothing

Maverick walked over and kissed his wife on the cheek. “I’m sorry, sweetheart.” “I know, you have to go into work for a little while,” Cleo said knowingly. “Will you be all right?” he asked. “You’re not planning on having this baby without me, are you?” “Absolutely not!” But if all else fails, I can …

Chapter 13 – Forgotten Hollow

Kathryn drove into the very small town and stopped near the park. There really wasn’t much to see: the park; the gloomy old house and cemetery she had seen on the website; the two-story Victorian Nancy mentioned that belonged to the Vatore siblings; and two smaller houses on either side of the curve. Kathryn imagined …

ATSWT – Chapter 3 – Babies and Break-ins

“Oh my god,” Hannah Armstrong said to her twin brother, Noah, “they’re at it again.” “Hey, there are innocent children in the room,” Noah said. Their parents, Maverick and Cleo broke apart, slightly embarrassed. “I thought you two were outside,” Cleo laughed. “We were, but I needed a snack,” Noah told her as he headed …

Chapter 12 – An Unexpected Detour

They watched him walk away. “Rather hostile, wasn’t he?” Kathryn said. Rieko shrugged. “That’s the opinion of a lot of people around here,” she replied. “It’s not a good idea to walk around talking about Forgotten Hollow, the Great Vampire War, or Vladislaus Straud.” “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to bring up bad memories.” “It’s …

ATSWT: Chapter 2 – Surprise, Ericka!

“Ericka, we need to go over the quarterly figures,” Grayson Latham said. “You’re bleeding money in one area, and I really think that you need to take my previous advice regarding this and close the department down.” “And what about the people who work in that department, Grayson?” Ericka Quinn countered. “What happens to them?” …

Chapter 11 – Looking for Information

Kathryn asked the barista for directions to the library. Since it was only a short distance away, Kathryn left her car at the cafe and walked over there. The library was housed in a two-story building that reminded Kathryn of the family she had stayed with in Holland during her foreign student exchange in high …

Chapter 10 – The History of Forgotten Hollow, Part III

“My great-great grandfather, Miles Vernon, was good friends with Levi Willow. While he was appalled by Levi’s actions, he understood them. Miles’ family had been vampire hunters for centuries. It wasn’t something that he talked about openly. But he had discussed it with Levi, and told him how to kill a vampire. The next morning, …

The History of Forgotten Hollow, Part II

Nancy stood and stretched. “Forgive me; I had a strenuous workout yesterday, and I’m a little stiff.” She glanced around the cafe and gasped. “There’s a vampire in here right now.” “Where?” Kathryn said, looking around the cafe. “He’s at the end of the bar on your right, in the maroon jacket with the black …

Chapter 8 – The History of Forgotten Hollow, Part I

It was 6:30 in the morning, and despite staying up late reading things from Forgotten Hollow’s website, Kathryn was up before dawn. She had found the information on the site both disturbing and fascinating at the same time. Wanting to know more, she decided the best way to find answers was to go out and …

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