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Lake of Sins: Escape Excerpt

Trying to save her friend, just might kill her.


Trinity ran blindly away from the sound of the Guards, her backpack slamming against her spine with each stride.  If they catch my scent, they will find me.  She skidded to a stop.  The forest had ended.  A rock wall loomed in front of her, stretching to both sides as far as she could see.  Little crevices and divots peppered the wall, but it was too steep to climb.  She had to make a choice.  The wrong one would cost her freedom, maybe her life.

The trees rustled behind her.  Too late.  They found me.  This had all been for nothing.  Now, the best she could hope for was to be taken with the others.  Her chest tightened.  She had to make sure that her mom and Remy weren’t punished because she escaped.  She raised her hands to her shoulders and slowly turned.  Her breath caught in her throat.  A Tracker, the deadliest of predators, stood on its back two legs, towering above her, front legs hanging down like arms.  Brindle fur covered its body and its eyes glowed yellow in the shadowed forest.  Its tongue lolled out the side of its mouth, exposing a row of sharp teeth on the other side.  Someone should tell it that they no longer exist in the wild.

The Tracker towered over her.  It was at least ten foot tall, standing on its back legs.  Trinity’s breath came in short gasps, hands trembling at her sides.  She should have picked up another stick.  It wouldn’t have been much but it would have been something.  The Guards hollered in the distance, closer now.  A minute ago they were her enemy; now, they were her only chance to survive.  One of the Tracker’s ears tipped back toward the sound, but its yellow eyes never left her.

All of a sudden, her lungs expanded and she opened her mouth to scream.  The Tracker flew forward.  Its large paw capturing her around the throat, stopping all sound as the long claws scraped her neck.  It spun her around, yanking her back flush against its furry front.

“Shhhh,” it whispered in her ear.

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