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Hell On Heels Series
Elle and Patrick have settled into a life of peaceful domesticity with their infant daughter after years of battling in the holy wars. However, Hell's agents haven't forgotten about them. When Pyro unleashes his torment in the worst way, Elle and Patrick must find a way to save their child and hold onto each other in the face of incredible evil. Will Hell have the last word in a battle that forces Elle to return to the darkness inside herself?
Page Count: 46
Word Count: 12380
Elle was too numb to cry as she lifted her baby girl’s sleeping blanket to her face, deeply inhaling the sweet scent of baby powder. Her voice hitched brokenly. “My little Mads is gone.” She was lost in grief, her back to Patrick standing behind her. “We’re horrible parents. Any decent set of parents would have sought some kind of angelic protection from this very thing until she was grown.”
He placed a gentle hand on her shoulder, and she quickly shrugged it off, whipping around to face him. “I trusted you. I believed you when you said we were safe from Pyro and Cascadia. You were wrong—they didn’t forget about us at all. They were just waiting for us to make the mistake of thinking that.” She landed a hard blow to his chest. “You were wrong!”
Her fear and anger exploded, and she struck his chest with a clenched fist again and again, until he wrapped his arms around her tightly, resting his chin on her head. She couldn’t concentrate on the soft words he whispered, trying to pull away. He held her tighter, and the dam broke, sobs coming forth from deep inside of her. She stopped fighting him, leaning into his embrace.
Patrick finally spoke, his voice hoarse with emotion. “Tagas will know what to do. I’ll get him over here as quickly as possible, and he’ll help us. All of the Heavens will help us get her back, baby. Please believe that. This was purely my mistake, and I’ll find Mads, even it if means that I die in the fight.” He rocked Elle in his arms. “This is not the end of our happy life.”
Elle nodded, dashing away tears with the back of her hand. “Tagas can fix this. We need him now.”
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