Heaven can be found amongst the stars.
They have arrived for their battle in hopes of defeating the Keeper of the Stars. Lian is weakened and Lana is gone. Will they be reunited before it’s too late or will their future together be over before it truly begins? Can Lana be the strength that Lian needs to defeat Them and restore order?
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a serial.
General Release Date: 16th May 2014
Lian strode through the training room then down a set of stairs along the far wall, hidden by a long bamboo screen he had designed it so no one would know it was there. Unless, of course, they knew where to look. On the next level, he paused before a panel embedded in the stone and typed in a code, causing the wall to drop back and vanish to the left.
He walked with determination by the numerous tables and stands of weapons to a large archway, where he paused before continuing on through to the gigantic workspace behind. The one he sought pounded away, working metal into the shape he wanted.
The eight-foot creature stopped immediately and stared across the room at him, his unique orangey-yellow eyes focused directly on Lian. Everything about Inaki was huge. Everything. His face had a nasty scar running diagonally from right to left, which only added to the fearful display he portrayed. Inaki was a creature from Hell, one who Lian had saved when he was still young. The two, despite their vast differences, had become friends. When Inaki had needed to hide from the others who’d wanted to kill him, he’d come to Lian who had been sheltering him since.
“Lian.” His deep bass voice echoed through the room.
Inaki reached into the forge with a pair of tongs and shifted something around. His leather apron covered his otherwise bare chest. The sparks jumping from the flames and landing on unprotected skin didn’t even make him flinch. Lian hadn’t any clue why he wore it, for he knew the fire, even as hot as the flames were—and they were from the pits of Hell themselves—couldn’t hurt Inaki.
“Ala?” Lian didn’t beat around the bush. There was no point—Lana had told him what Ala had said about her doing it for Inaki. Lian had to know if there would be an issue.
“My wife, or so she’d be called nowadays.” He moved to a table, red hot metal in his hand, and began pounding it. “Will it be a problem?”
Part of him longed to say yes. Crossing his arms, Lian moved closer to the place Inaki worked at and watched him hammer down the edges of a sword. The strokes were methodical and each one purposeful.
“No, just a shock when she showed up to talk to my woman.”
“Because of who her siblings are?”
Inaki thrust the metal into a pool, causing steam to rise along with a loud hiss. “Ala has changed much over the millennia.”
“You are my friend, Inaki, but I tell you this. If she goes after my Lana in any way, her blood will soak the ground.”
Inaki moved a lever, seemingly unperturbed by Lian’s threat to his wife, and brought a bucket to him, from which tipped out molten metal into shape castings. “I am sure she is aware of that.”
Lian let it go. His warning had been heard. “I need you to make something for me.”
Inaki never slowed to wipe the sweat away from his bronzed face. “A wedding ring?”
One push sent the bucket careening away. Inaki crossed massive arms over his barrel-like chest. “Ideas?”
“Yes.” Lian stepped closer and gave a smile to the large creature. “This is what I was thinking.”
Word Count: 10,727
Book Length: SHORT STORY
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