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Newsletter Exclusive – Sistiri: Awakenings by Sophie Duncan #FreeFictionFriday #Fantasy

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Newsletter Exclusive: Clippie by Sophie Duncan

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Read an eBook Week 2018 – eBook Offers

Read an eBook Week 2018

It’s Read an eBook Week 2018 at Smashwords and to celebrate eBooks all over the site are marked down in price. We love eBooks at Wittegen Press, so we have enrolled many of our books in the promotion.

Some books are FREE and others have between 25% and 50% OFF.

The Chronicles of Charlie Waterman by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Title: The Chronicles of Charlie Waterman
Author: Natasha Duncan-Drake
genre: contemporary fantasy
Cat’s Call 100% OFF
Cat’s Creation 50% OFF
Cat’s Confidence 25% OFF

The Burning Web by Sophie DuncanTitle: The Burning Web
Author: Sophie Duncan
Genre: horror, ghost, LGBTQ+
Length: novella

Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse by Natasha Duncan-DrakeTitle: Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse
Author: Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: paranormal, LGBTQ+
Length: novel

Dreams and Reality by Natasha Duncan-DrakeTitle: Dreams and Reality (Dark Reflections 2)
Author: Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: sci-fi, LGBTQ+
Length: novel

In the Event of Death by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-DrakeTitle: In the Event of Death
Author: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: horror
Length: 2 short stories

When Darkness Beckons by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-DrakeTitle: When Darkness Beckons
Author: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: horror
Length: 2 short stories

Myriad Imaginings by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-DrakeTitle: Myriad Imaginings
Author: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: various genres
Length: Anthology – 28 stories

Night Blood by Sophie DuncanTitle: Night Blood
Author: Sophie Duncan
Genre: contemporary paranormal, vampire
Length: novel

Blood Sacrifice: The Avebury Legacy by Natasha Duncan-DrakeTitle: Blood Sacrifice: The Avebury Legacy
Author: Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: contemporary paranormal, vampire
Length: novel

Happy Valentine’s Day – Romantic Free Reads

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day one and all. We hope you are all enjoying the chocolate if nothing else :).

We have two free short stories for you today, one ghostly tale of lost love from Sophie, that is too long to be in a post, so it is available to download from Smashwords, and another, a humorous paranormal romance that is below.

Phantom Love

by Sophie Duncan

When Ben promises to show his cousin, Ellen, a ghost, the pair set in motion a series of events that lead them into a terrifying encounter. Yet, within her fear, Ellen finds a purpose, and it is to find out what Millicent Van Curren, shot by her lover, wants from them.

Phantom Love is book 1 in the Inspired By… Series, where each story is prompted by a memory.

Motivation by Natasha Duncan-Drake


by Natasha Duncan-Drake

“Don’t tell me you’re torturing him again.”

Dee looked over at the wolf sitting with his head on the table, balefully watching her with his big blue eyes.

“I am not torturing him,” she said, turning to Tobi and accepting a quick kiss from her girlfriend, “the puppy eyes are not trying to wheedle something out of me, he’s stuck and he did this to himself. I told him not to come in, that I was practicing complicated magic, but did he listen to me?”

She didn’t bother keeping the exasperation out of her voice.

“Oh, Will, what have you done now?” Tobi said, walking over and giving the wolf a rub on the head.

He whined in response.

“So why haven’t you turned him back?” Tobi asked.

“I can’t,” Dee replied. “I don’t actually know what changed him into a wolf. He’s part fae, the magic will wear off eventually and it’s too dangerous to mess around.”

“How long is eventually?”

“A day, maybe two, a week at most.”

“Deadre, you cannot leave our third as a wolf for a week,” Tobi said in a tone that Dee found entirely unnecessary. “We’re supposed to be going to my parent’s this weekend and, like that, Will will shed everywhere.”

“This was not my fault,” Dee defended herself. “I told him three times not to open the door, and yes, it was locked, but you know nothing can keep him out if he wants in. It’s his major talent.”

The wolf made what could almost be taken as a scoffing noise at that.

“Not the point,” Tobi said and put her hands on her hips.

Her hair had also started turning dark brown at the ends which, when it came to dryads, was not a good thing at all.

“Okay,” Dee did her best to placate her volatile girlfriend, “if he doesn’t change back by tomorrow we’ll take him to Shallaka. If anyone can figure out how to turn him back it will be her.”

The ends of Tobi’s hair began fading back to green.

“You really don’t know how?”

“Sorry, no,” Dee admitted. “I was practicing a spell for a new piece.”

Dee specialised in using magic to create art, and she was becoming quite well known in the field. Some people thought having a degree in magecraft and using it to make sculptures and paintings was a waste of power. Her parents for one. They had been horrified, but she couldn’t help what she loved doing most. She could have gone out and gone into industry, the military or police work, like most of her classmates, but she’d met a Bolshie dryad and a mischievous half-fae who liked to encourage her to follow her dream.

“I was focusing on a subconscious image, trying to get it to manifest, and Will walked in and interrupted my concentration. Unfortunately I was right on the point of casting. I don’t know if the subconscious image was a wolf, so that’s why he ended up that way, or if the magic found the wilder part of his nature and just went with that form.”

It wasn’t that Dee couldn’t turn people into animals, it was just she hadn’t done this deliberately. Will was a natural shapeshifter, so it was quite possible the spell had activated that, but she couldn’t be positive. Magic was nothing to mess around with unless you were sure.

“Damn, and I was hoping for a good hard shag tonight,” Tobi said, which made Will sit up and wag his tail. “I suppose you and I could improvise, Dee darling.”

Dee couldn’t help it, she burst out laughing. Will looked crest fallen at the idea he might be left out.

“Do you think about anything else?” she asked with a wry shake of her head.

“It’s spring,” Tobi replied, “all dryads are horny in the spring.”

“And what about the summer, autumn and winter as well?”

“My tree is very fertile,” Tobi said, doing a very good impression of affronted, “it’s just nature.”

Will yipped hopefully.

“Sorry, Sweetie,” Tobi said, “but I draw the line at bestiality.”

“Is it technically bestiality if he’s not a real animal?” Dee asked, laughing at Will’s dejected expression.

“As far as I’m concerned, yes,” was the very sure answer. “Shame, what I was after was a big hard …”

Will sparkled round the edges, there was a small explosion, a large puff of smoke and wolf became man. Admittedly a man coughing as he inhaled magical residue, but he was definitely no longer canine shaped.

“Works every time,” Tobi said with a big grin.

“Told you it would,” Dee said, she’d been texting her girlfriend for the last half an hour.

“You ganged up on me,” Will accused.

“Only because I knew the best chance of getting you back quickly was your own magic,” Dee told him and held out her hand. “You just needed the right motivation to activate it.”

Will was incredibly powerful when it came to magic, the only problem was, he had little to no control over it. Dee had been positive since the day she had met him that it was a mental block brought on by years of abuse from his fae relatives (they were not fond of half-breeds). She and Tobi were working on helping him with it. Sometimes they used less than orthodox methods.

“So, I am still a horny dryad,” Tobi said with such an innocent smile it should have been illegal, “shall we take the afternoon off?”

“One of the reasons I love you is you have great ideas,” Dee said and let Tobi pull her out of her chair. “Come on wolf-boy,” she added and grabbed Will’s hand on the way past, “you still need to apologise for interrupting my creative moment.”

“I’ll do my best,” Will promised.

A triad was not a common occurrence, a triad from three different species was even rarer, but Dee loved how theirs worked.

The End

All Hallows Read – Free Book – Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

All Hallows Read 2017
Free Book
Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

Every year at this spooky time we like to support All Hallows Read and give away a free book to our trick or treating visitors. All Hallows Read is a movement supported by the great Neil Gaiman to promote the joy of reading by giving away a scary book instead of candy.Pumpkin

Since it’s very hard to give candy through an internet connection, we think this is a win/win idea and have been supporting it since 2012.

We have a spine tingling book for you this year with two spooky stories to get your blood pumping as things go bump in the night!

Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law

Looking for Luticia by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Lucy is the host of a successful ghost hunting TV show, but their latest location is going to be a lot more haunting than she or her crew have ever dealt with before.

Lost in the Dark by Sophie Duncan

Evelyn Edness is a medium who works for the dead, helping them to move on from the limbo of an eternity as ghosts. Kate Grange has come to ask for her help.

The book is free at Smashwords today ONLY. Tomorrow is goes up to 99c, so grab it while you can.

Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law
Click here

Happy Halloween!

We hope you have lots of fun with costumes and candy and all the wonderful things about this time of year. Stay safe and enjoy the spooks and scares.

Newsletter Exclusive: Dark Celebrations by Sophie Duncan

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Trick-or-Treat Halloween Price Slasher – FREE Books! #TrickOrTreatReads

Welcome to our Trick-or-Treat Halloween Price Slasher. This gruesomely great time of year is upon us once more, spooky friends, and that means only one thing: Trick-or-Treat. It’s difficult to give away candy in a virtual world, but eBooks are much easier. Mwwwaaa ha  ha…

In honour of this wonderfully spooktacular holiday, we at Wittegen Press are giving away some of our books, and we have lots of others on offer too.

We are part of the Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop, run by the wonderful Patricia Lynne. Many wonderful authors are giving away books instead of candy. See the list at the bottom of the post for all those taking part.

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Price Slasher –FREE books!

Every year at this time we launch a two story Halloween anthology to give away for AllHallowsRead. This is an idea supported by the wonderful Neil Gaiman where people give a scary book for Halloween. This year ours is truly chilling.

Made In Blood: Tales of Terror

Authors: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: horror

Two delicious tales of terror to tingle the spine:
The Warmth of Blood by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Mirror Twins by Sophie Duncan

The book is downloadable from Smashwords for free, just follow the link and download it.

Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire CurseDead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse
(in progress and FREE to read on Wattpad)

Author: Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: Vampire

Max Statton is in Moscow for the premiere of his new movie when a terrifying encounter turns his life on its head. Attacked by one of the city’s resident vampires, Max is bitten and infected. Only a team of local vampire hunters prevent him being dragged into the underworld of the undead.

Fighting for his very existence, Max must resist the vampire curse trying to take over his body.

Free Books With Discount Codes:

All of following books are usually 99c BUT are also available on Smashwords for free for 24hrs, but to get the discount you have to do the following:
  • click the buy button at the linked book page (click the title)
  • put the coupon code (in bold after the title) in the box on the page that comes up
  • click apply coupon
  • checkout as normal and the book is yours for free

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Price Slasher –Discount Books

We didn’t want to leave out our other horror/paranormal genre books either, so they are reduced by 35% as well.
Author: Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: vampire
Code: JM78G
Author: Sophie Duncan
Genre: ghost story
Code: EY92D
Author: Sophie Duncan
Genre: vampire
Code: BN37F
Author: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: paranormal adventure and romance
Code: SE52M
Author: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: horror
Code: SG76Z
Author: Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake
Genre: horror
Code: KS85H
Author: Sophie Duncan
Genre: paranormal adventure
Code: NH48E
Click the links in the list below to visit the other great authors giving away books.

Birthday Bargains! 50-100% OFF eBooks

Birthday Bargains! 50-100% OFF eBooks

It’s our birthday 🙂

We have decided to celebrate by giving back to our readers and having a 1 day sale on our eBooks.

Most of our 99c books are FREE today and our other books are all 50% off.

The links below will take you to Smashwords where you can use the code below each book at the checkout stage and it will give you the listed discount. Smashwords has formats for all eBook readers.

Instructions for those unfamiliar with uploading files to their eReader:
Kobo | Kindle | Nook (FAQ Library 12.)


 50% OFF

Code: YK56E ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: NL76B ($3.99 $2.00)

Code: RC88P ($3.29 $1.65)

Code: TW59A ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: NK42G ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: JH96V ($3.29 $1.65)

Code: HY46X ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: AB22K ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: HQ98K ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: EL44K ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: UK22K ($3.99 $2.00)

Code: FS25R ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: EU58T ($1.99 $0.99)

Code: DB24G ($2.99 $1.50)

Code: TR76G ($2.99 $1.50)
And of course there are still our permanently free books as well.

Permanently FREE

Share a Scare – Free Fiction – Halloween Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to the Share a Scare Halloween Blog Hop 2015. All the participants will be sharing something scary, be it scary fiction, a scary real life story or some scary art, so be sure to check out all the sites on the hop after you have seen our offering. (We are also part of the Trick-or-Treat Blog hop – scroll down further to see that as well)

We have taken part in All Hallows Read for the past three years and this year we wanted to continue, but also to have a blog hop which includes art and other scary things as well, hence the Share a Scare blog hop was born.

This year we are giving away our new eBook – Parting the Veil. It will be available for download for the entirety of the 31st Oct 2015, but after that it will be gone, so GET IT NOW below.

There are two versions of the book, one for visitors to the site and one for our subscribers with an extra story in it – if you would like the second version, please subscribe to our newsletter and the links will be sent to you.

Parting the Veil by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-DrakeParting the Veil
by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-Drake

Worse than Death by Natasha Duncan-Drake
Death frightens everyone, but there are worse things than death lurking in dark corners.

Family Matters by Sophie Duncan
Julie is 14. She’s at boarding school while her mum and new husband are preparing for their first baby together. Abandoned alone at school for half term, Julie finds she has a new companion. Alice is a school girl like her, only, Alice is dead, and her intentions for Julie may prove fatal.

Geoffrey by Natasha Duncan-Drake
(Subscribers’ bonus story – to get the version of the book with this story in please subscribe to our mailing list)
Mel is house sitting for her best friend Beverly, but Beverly forgot to mention the family ghost before hand.

Download links:
Kindle | ePub | PDF

Many thanks to everyone who visited and downloaded our free offering.  The giveaway is now over. Parting the Veil is now available on Amazon Kindle for 99c.

Instructions for those unfamiliar with uploading files to their eReader:
Kobo | Kindle | Nook (FAQ Library 12.)

Don’t forget to visit Sophie at Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles and Tasha at Tasha’s Thinings for more scares as well and then check out all the other participants in the hop.

Happy Halloween *cackles wildly*…

Share a Scare participants:

Today we are also part of The Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop – where the idea is to give away books instead of candy to those who comment.

Trick or Treat Blog Hop
The Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop

These are the books we have on offer for Trick-or-Treaters (click the cover to see the main book listing :

The Beginning - Vampires The New Age, Sequel 1
The Beginning
Book of Darkness
Book of Darkness
In the Event of Death
In the Event of Death
When Darkness Beckons
When Darkness Beckons
Cursed- A Horror Collection


Please comment and let us know which one you would like and whether you would like a Smashwords Code (with this option, if you lose the file you can always download it again) or a direct email of the book to you. Smashwords offer most formats and if you have the direct email you may choose Kindle, ePub or PDF – please choose when you comment.

Trick-or-Treat Participants:

Paranormal Romance Blog Hop: Give Us Your Best Excerpt!

Thanks to Jolie Du Pre over at Precious Monsters for organising this hop :D. Pop on over here to see the other blogs involved in the hop, who are all sharing excerpts from their Paranormal Romances too.

So, today we’re celebrating all things paranormally romantic, and we’re sharing excerpts from that genre. Ghosts, incubi, vampires, demons, we’ve written them all here at Wittegen Press, so today we’re sharing two excerpts from our multi-genre anthology, Myriad Imaginings. Plus, if you’re feeling wordy, we have a romantic crossword for you, both cryptic and quick clues [Please note – click continue reading below to see the crossword].  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win one of two copies of the Myriad Imaginings eBook as well.

Myriad Imaginings – Excerpts

The Giveaway Games - Myriad Imaginings by Sophie Duncan & Natasha Duncan-DrakeSo today we’re taking excerpts from Myriad Imaginings. This is a multi-genre anthology of short stories, which includes erotic romance stories. We have each chosen an excerpt from one of our paranormal romance stories.

Buy Links: Amazon | Smashwords | iBooks | Google Play | Nook | Kobo

Excerpt: Incubus Shadows

Sophie Duncan

Arran lives in a world of magic, so his interest in the arcane sciences of the past is frowned upon. That is until he meets Lord Robert, master of the castle beyond the edge of Arran’s village. Robert is an unusual man, a immortal and powerful man, who shares Arran’s interest in the history, and Arran agrees to be his apprentice. Yet, with Robert comes Mark, his twin, an apparently much more dangerous creature, and Arran must meet each brother on his own terms.

This excerpt is taken from when Arran first meets Lord Mark.


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“You must be the new boy,” a smooth, somewhat amused voice broke through Arran’s awed reverie and, startled, he looked round for the source of the words.

What he found surpassed any legend and the way his heart threatened to beat out of his chest told him he was looking at Lord Mark. No human who had survived the magic wars had come out untouched by the power that had destroyed the past, but some had been more touched than others. The confident, eye-catching figure before Arran had Lord Robert’s sharp, young, handsome features, long dark hair and strong shoulders, but this was no man the like of which Arran had ever seen before.

Lord Mark’s skin held the palest of green hues, a trick of the light perhaps if not for the darker shadows glittering with silver that traced down from his hairline over the contours of his face, over a long neck and down under an unlaced white shirt that parted just enough to show off a muscled chest.

The legends said ‘demon’, ‘sex-monster’, protected from being hunted down like others of his kind by the power of his immortal brother. In the presence of the myth, however, Arran knew instantly this creature needed no protecting and his stomach knotted in a very different way to his original nerves. Arran swallowed hard and dropped his eyes.

Even without looking, Arran could still feel Lord Mark’s presence, his skin bristled with it and, more, his libido took notice. In that, he guessed, the legends might be true and, more to cover his own reactions than knowing what to do, Arran bowed.

Lord Mark’s reaction was unexpected, he laughed, and the deep, warm sound sent a skittering of nice feelings right down through Arran’s body, settling in his cock.

“Such manners,” his host observed and Arran tensed as he heard footsteps coming towards him.

He didn’t dare look up, his reaction would be all over his face and he had no doubt Lord Mark would see it. He did not want to offend his master’s brother before even taking up his new position, so he found himself staring at Lord Mark’s long, suede boots. They were very handsome boots, much like their owner – Arran tried to halt that thought before it carried on, but this close he could even smell his tempter, all man and musk, and his senses went spiralling outwards.

Arran’s magic was also reacting to whatever power this devil possessed and he had always been hopeless at controlling what little sorcery he had, so, he was forced to take the bull by the horns.

Carefully, Arran took a step back and then looked up. He forgot to breathe at that point, because he looked right into Lord Mark’s eyes and the tug on his soul was unmistakable. Bright blue irises flecked with decadent red drew him in and he felt his mind tumbling away, the blood descending rapidly from his brain to his trousers. Yet, before he could fall at this creature’s feet, something inside him stalled, and, defensively, he took a second step back and he blinked.

“My Lord,” he stammered at his smiling doom.

Lord Mark, thankfully, did not move closer again, which Arran knew would have been his downfall, but he did drag those unusual eyes up and down Arran’s body, which really didn’t help the way Arran’s trousers were becoming too tight.

“I thought my brother was mad when he announced he had invited one of the yokels into our home,” Lord Mark finally broke the silence and began to walk around Arran like he was on display, the sensation that attention generated would not have been altogether unpleasant had the situation been different. As it was, Arran ground his teeth and prayed for deliverance. “However, I can see the potential he saw in you. Do you think you have potential, Arran?”

The fact this nobleman had taken the time to learn his name did not pass Arran by. Nothing about the exotic magic within arms’ reach was passing Arran by and most of it was descending to his cock.

“Yes, My Lord,” Arran eventually replied, loaded question or not, choosing to answer it directly. “I want to learn.”

Lord Mark remained silent as he completed the rest of his circuit and Arran watched when the sorcerer came back into view. He’d been warned a thousand times by the old tales that, with strong magic came dark forces, but he had never experienced them before. The legends were true, Lord Mark was an incubus, Arran could feel that fire in his belly, but, as the creature came to a halt in front of him once more, that power ebbed a little and he knew the tease was over. As Arran settled back onto his heels, Lord Mark viewed him more seriously.

“Welcome to Castle St John, Arran,” the nobleman eventually offered and held out a hand.

Never having had a rich man hold out his hand to him before, it took Arran a moment to respond, but then he took the palm in his. He shivered as his magic leapt unexpectedly in his belly at the contact, but it felt good and he smiled.

“Thank you, My Lord,” Arran replied.


Excerpt: Cleave to Until Forever

Natasha Duncan

Ewan works for an organisation that investigates and deals with paranormal threats and runs a team for them. Several months ago one of his team, Adam Craven, was injured in an explosion and left paralysed. They were on the brink of becoming more than simply friends, but the organisation’s rules have kept them apart since the accident. Prior to this excerpt Adam has been accosted by a shape changer in the form of a leopard in his garden, which spoke to and then bit him.


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Ewan looked up from the notepad on which he was making notes. Everyone else in the house where they had set up base was supposed to be asleep, but he had just heard something. His team were in a safe house waiting for their next assignment and it was dark in the room he had co-opted as his work space, the only light being from the desk lamp. Shadows filled the rest of the space and he suddenly felt as if he was not alone.

“Who’s there?” he asked, stretching his senses to try and pick up anything that might be hiding.

There was the click of something on the wooden floor from the far corner and he stood up slowly, eyes glued to the darkness. He lifted the table lamp off the desk, pointing it towards the dark corner, but before the light reached it a huge shape walked forward.

The cat was enormous and there was nowhere it could have come from. All that lay behind it was a wall. It looked up at him with intensely blue eyes surrounded by its inky coat and for a moment they just stared at each other. Those eyes seemed hauntingly familiar, but the shock of a leopard standing where none should have been able to be chased away the reason why in Ewan’s head.

“Adil,” Ewan called out loudly, breaking the silence and then the cat came straight at him.

He didn’t stand a chance as it leapt the desk with speed even a cat should not have had. Its teeth dug into his shoulder through the thin shirt he was wearing and pain blossomed through the whole left side of his body. As he fell, he and the cat went separate ways and he knew he would not have a second chance. Whatever it was, it had attacked him and he had to defend himself.

Pushing the pain away with long-practiced ease, he reached for anything that could be used as a weapon. The cat roared when he stabbed it with the pen from his desk, half going down as the pen imbedded itself in the creature’s leg. The letter opener hit home on the cat’s side as he used that as well and the beast staggered back.

It collapsed completely almost straight away, low sounds of distress coming from its mouth and Ewan scrambled away trying to gather his wits. His shoulder hurt, but there didn’t seem to be any major damage and he dragged himself to his feet just as Adil charged into the room, throwing the light switch.

“Wait!” he shouted as Adil immediately went to shoot the fallen creature.

The cat was lying there, half on its side, clearly in pain and it was not fighting. There was something all too familiar in the eyes that met his and Ewan knew he was not looking at an animal. Something was going on here, something he did not understand, but he knew he needed to.

“Who are you?” he demanded.

The cat made a low growling sound, something that made Ewan think of confusion rather than anything else. Now that he had a chance to think he realised that he may have been attacked, but if it had wanted to kill him, his throat would have been far more vulnerable than his shoulder. Everything seemed far too confusing.

Then he felt it, heat coming from the wound and his vision shifted strangely for a second.

“What, what did you do to me?”

He felt light headed and had to grab the side of the desk.

As if satisfied, the cat put its head down and made what could only be described as a sighing sound and went limp. It was either dead or unconscious and given that Ewan didn’t think he’d hit anything vital, he suspected the second. He wanted answers, but they definitely weren’t coming from that direction.

“Get Lilian,” he said in a bitten off tone, refusing to give in to the need to pass out.

Adil did not argue, but as the Arab turned towards the door something began to happen to the cat. For a moment Ewan thought his vision was playing tricks, but the way Adil stopped told him he wasn’t the only one.

First of all the fur began to get shorter, as if being absorbed, and then the body began to shift and change. There was the sound of twisting bone and cracking ligaments and before his eyes the cat became a man. A naked man with a scar on his leg, bleeding from the wounds Ewan had inflicted. A man with a very familiar face.

“Adam,” he whispered, not believing his eyes.

For a moment Ewan’s thoughts stopped in shock, but then he began thinking again.

“Get Natalie here as well,” he said, “we need to know who the hell that is.”

Adil disappeared through the door and Ewan moved himself along the desk, hanging on and concentrating on not letting whatever was moving through his veins get the better of him. The facsimile of Adam was completely still, pen through his upper arm, letter opener in his torso. He had to be alive, because all the wounds were still bleeding.

“Ewan,” Lilian ran into the room and came to a dead stop.

“It wasn’t Adam until a moment ago,” Ewan said immediately, “it was a leopard; Natalie is coming.”

Lilian clearly didn’t know what to do and stood there staring. They had left Adam in the hospital a little under three months ago and he could see all of Lilian’s protective instincts coming out.

“That’s Adam,” she said, but Ewan put his hand out as she went to step forward.

“It bit me,” he told her and for the first time she really seemed to look at him.

His shoulder was throbbing and he could feel blood running down his arm.

Natalie and Adil appeared through the door and distracted him from any further discussion.

“What is that?” Ewan asked without ceremony and pointed at the unconscious form on the floor.

Natalie appeared startled, but immediately narrowed her eyes, held out her hands and concentrated. She was the sensitive on the team and very good at spotting traps left by the hidden paranormal world. For several seconds her face was completely focused without any distinctive expression and then she looked honestly shocked.

“That is Adam Craven,” she said, almost as if she did not believe her own conclusion.

Ewan swore and Lilian moved instantly.

“Adam,” Lilian said, falling to her knees beside her prone friend.

There was no indication from Adam that the younger man had heard and Ewan tried to take another step forward. The room span alarmingly and he started to fall, only missing the edge of the desk because Adil caught him.

“Patch him up,” he just about managed to say as darkness began to close in around his vision. “We need … need …”

Any justification he was trying to give died on his lips as whatever had been in the bite saturated his brain completely. Blackness reached up to claim him and all he could do was fall into it and surrender.


They could not call a doctor, that much was a given, but Adil was well versed in general first aid. Natalie took over when Ewan collapsed, which did not make Lilian very comfortable, but it meant she did not have to make any of the hard decisions. Adil saw to Ewan first, but there was little they could do except put him to bed and hope. The bite was not deep and other than disinfectant there was nothing to be done.

Adam on the other hand required triage.

“This is already healing,” Adil said, short and to the point as ever after removing the pen.

“How can that be?” Lilian asked, leaning over to see.

Adam had never healed fast; Adam has been a perfectly normal human being with just the faintest touch of precognition (if the wind was blowing in the right direction and the stars aligned as he had been so fond of saying). Yet, there, right in front of her was the proof. The hole in Adam’s arm was bloody, but it was already scabbing over.

“Clean the wounds,” Natalie said, “then keep an eye on them. I want to know what the hell is going on.”

Lilian wanted to protest, but it seemed to be the only course of action. She was worried about Ewan and about Adam and it all seemed completely crazy. Shape changers were born they weren’t created, it was a fundamental principle and it seemed to have been broken. That Adam could have done something drastic after discovering he was paralysed did occur to her, but she didn’t think he was that stupid.


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