By Laura Baumbach
A cop struggles to save lots of himself sooner than his lover kills his kidnapper.
This a re-issued identify. This tale used to be initially a part of the Hostage print anthology.
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I won’t be okay again until Cody’s home, Jared. ” **** Cody’s face felt like it was on fire. Scratched raw down his right cheek, it was bruised and bleeding where he’d rubbed it repeatedly over the thick, corded edge of the mattress and sharper wooden frame in the hope that the mask would snag. His whole body shook with the effort to stay on his knees on the cold concrete floor, legs secured in an awkward and now painful angle. His back was hunched over while he tried to keep his balance and work the blindfold loose at the same time.
It landed, heavy and hard, the sound abnormally loud in the quiet, nearly empty concrete box of a room. Cody froze. When no one pounded back into the room, Cody heaved a shaky sigh of relief, sparing an evil glare for the fallen boot. A glare that quickly changed into a closed lip hum of triumph. There on the floor, having slipped out of the overturned boot, lay his watch. His bright and shiny new birthday watch with the overprotective, embarrassing, absolutely wonderful tracking device. He was so going to give Gil a night to remember for this gift — if he got out of this situation alive.
He found it an easy way to make money and feed without detection. The elders found it degrading and unnecessary and not to be tolerated, especially from a ‘defective’ vampire. Which was why Harley was on the run, trying oh so hard to elude the two Eliminators on his tail.
Burn Card by Laura Baumbach