The Brood: The Prophecy
There were those willing to kill to prevent the prophecy from unfolding-that a great Siberian Tiger would take a Leopard as his mate. Despite the words of the Great One, Anna had never believed it was her destiny to fulfill the prophecy-the Tigers hated those of the Leopard clan. No Tiger would ever protect her from others of his kind and certainly wouldn't consider taking her as his mate.
Word Count: 25,550
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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© Cover Art by Alex DeShanks, August 2007
New Concepts Publishing
Lake Park, GA 31636
This is a work of fiction. All characters, events, and places are of the author's imagination and not to be confused with fact. Any resemblance to living persons or events is merely coincidence.
Alexei was remarkable as a man.
He stalked through the dense forest brush with all the innate skill of a mighty animal. His step was light but his body driven by a powerful purpose. Every sense his body had available was focused on the task he set out with.
Today he hunted.
And she was the prey.
Anna eyed the intruder cautiously from her perch in the thick tree top. The dim light of the afternoon was beginning to fade and there was no question she could easily elude him and his rifle once night fell. She did not fear the human hunter.
Anna feared the animal she knew him to be.
Alexei sought vengeance this afternoon. Misguidedly it was aimed towards her but it was still deeply rooted inside of him. His brother had been murdered and based on the fierce passion that blazed in his sinful dark eyes, someone was going to die for it. The only question was why he wasted his effort with the human weapon in the first place.
It was the pull of the unknown that had her trailing him this afternoon. She could smell the animal inside him. She could sense the power clawing to be unleashed from its human restraint. She sought to protect herself by keeping tabs on the man but deep down she was apprehensive of the beast he could be.
A man she could strike at. A tiger would kill her before she had the chance.
There had been much talk of the brothers’ return to the forest. Had they returned to claim their birth right among the tigers, to fulfill the legend that was known amongst them all? The leopards had reason to be wary. A united tiger pack held many implications. The smallest concerned their food supply. The largest meant their extinction.
But it was one of their own that had slain Alexei’s brother. The tigers were evidently just as edgy about the change Alexei brought with him. They had killed to scare him away, to keep their clan status quo. She doubted they would hesitate to slay again to preserve their current way of life. So, why hadn’t his animal instincts shown him that?
Graceful and stealth like, she descended from the shelter of the tree to follow the intriguing stranger. Her senses elevated on alert, she stalked the handsome man further into her territory. It had been a long time since she had enjoyed the sight of another human. And it had been even longer since she had sated her sexual appetite on such a desirable man.
Alexei might have danger written all over him. His current state of anger very well might be her demise if she wasn’t careful but that didn’t stop the powerful lust that drew her closer. The hard planes of his muscular body as it stalked through the forest, the scent of masculinity that enveloped him heated her in a way that had long been dormant.
She was lusting after a known enemy and the distraction would prove deadly if she wasn’t careful. Slowly she lowered herself to the ground and listened. Her wandering thoughts had caught her off guard, and Alexei’s path had led them to the waterfall where her ears were filled with gushing water and were distorted to other movement.
She cursed her stupid hormones.
Cautiously, she raised her head and soaked in her surroundings. She was cloaked by the thick vegetation and knew her black coat of fur blended in well with the darkening evening. Failing to capture his location by sight, she sniffed the night air and froze.
Anna smelt tiger and not tiger in human form. Someone else was hunting where they shouldn’t be. Whoever that intruder was, he was far more of a threat to her than Alexei and his gun.