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In all the years that came before this, I had never reached this date without fulfilling my obligation. I had chosen this life and would not risk losing it through carelessness.

Only once had I ever neared my rebirth day, and then only due to circumstances beyond my control. It had been 1867 . . . or perhaps 1869. I'd been hunting for my annual victim when I'd found myself tossed into a Hungarian prison. I hadn't been caught at my kill—I'd never made so amateurish a mistaken even when I'd been an amateur.

The prison sojourn had been Aaron's fault, as such things usually were. We'd been hunting my victim when he'd come across a nobleman whipping a servant in the street. Naturally, Aaron couldn't leave well enough alone. In the ensuing confusion of the brawl, I'd been rousted with him and thrown into a pest-infested cell that wouldn't pass any modern health code.

Aaron had worked himself into a full-frothing frenzy, seeing my rebirth anniversary only days away while I languished in prison, waiting for justice that seemed unlikely to come swiftly. I was not concerned. When one partakes of Aaron's company, one learns to expect such inconveniences. While he plotted, schemed and swore he'd get us out on time, I simply waited. There was time yet and no need to panic until panic was warranted.

The day before my rebirth date, as I'd begun to suspect that a more strenuous course of action might be required, we were released. I'd compensated for the trouble and the delay by taking the life of a prison guard who enjoyed his work far more than was necessary.


Otherworld Series
Novels Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Broken, No Humans Involved, Personal Demon, Living With The Dead, Waking the Witch, Spell Bound, 13
Anthologies Men of the Otherworld, Tales of the Otherworld, Otherworld Nights, Otherworld Secrets, Otherworld Chills, Led Astray
Novellas Savage, Ascension, Chaotic, Angelic, Counterfeit Magic, The Case of El Chupacabra, Beginnings, Bewitched, Forbidden, Hidden, Vanishing Act, The Ungrateful Dead
Short Stories V Plates, The List, Chivalrous, Lucifer's Daughter, Learning Curve, Life Sentence, Twilight, Zen and the Art of Vampirism, Paranormal Romance Blues, Stalked, Rebirth, Infusion, Kitsunegari, Demonology, Birthright, The Case of the Half-Demon Spy, Expectations, Truth and Consequences, Territorial, Ghosts, Escape, Wedding Bell Hell, Adventurer, Bargain, Framed, Bamboozled, Young Bloods