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Death, the Pale Rider and the most feared member of the Four Horsemen, has been searching through the centuries for a soul to save him from his solitary life.In the 1700s, Gatian Almasia was rich and a sought-after member of Parisian society. No one realised he'd lost his reason for living three years earlier. When his sister accuses another nobleman of raping her, Gatian does what any older brother would do. He challenges the man to a duel, and kills him. Later that night, the ...
Death, the Pale Rider and the most feared member of the Four Horsemen, has been searching through the centuries for a soul to save him from his solitary life.In the 1700s, Gatian Almasia was rich and a sought-after member of Parisian society. No one realised he'd lost his reason for living three years earlier. When his sister accuses another nobleman of raping her, Gatian does what any older brother would do. He challenges the man to a duel, and kills him. Later that night, the dead man's family takes their revenge on Gatian.
Gatian's death is just the beginning of the journey he must take as Death, the Pale Horseman of Apocalyptic fame. While he doesn't regret taking the nobleman's life, the guilt of not being there when his lover died builds a wall around his heart, and until he accepts forgiveness, he must always be Death.
Pierre Fortsecue is a spoiled rich young man whose heart is broken by the man he thinks he loves. Finding himself alone in Paris, Pierre sinks into a haze of heroin. He gets a tainted baggie of the drug, and almost dies from it. Death arrives to take his soul, and something about Pierre touches the Pale Horseman, who steals him away to help heal.
As Pierre heals and Death begins to feel again, they begin to wonder if love really is the only emotion needed to overcome desolation and destruction.
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series
The room swirled with colours, bright and dark. Reds and blacks mingled with purples and greens. Pierre giggled as he lay on the floor of the hotel room, his eyes barely focusing on the actual furniture or the ceiling. The heroin raged through his veins, dragging his brain down into a drugged fog. He couldnâ€™t remember how long heâ€™d been in the room.
Had it been an hour, a day, or several days? Time rushed by at the speed of light, and yet the seconds crawled. Heâ€™d injected the drug into his arms and legs every time the thrill began to wear off. Pierre didnâ€™t want to think about what had brought him to Paris and why he was alone in the hotel instead of wandering the streets. Being who he was made it easy to have the drugs delivered, and the people who brought it to him didnâ€™t care how much he had as long as he paid them.
â€œI do believe I might be hungry,â€ Pierre shouted to the empty room.
Was he hungry or had some random thought skated across his mind that he should be hungry? How long had it been since heâ€™d eaten anything? He guessed it depended on how long it had been since heâ€™d arrived at the hotel. Pierre had eaten in the hotel restaurant before returning to the room and discovering his wonderful dream come true had disappeared into reality.
It was the moment heâ€™d dropped the note when heâ€™d called for the drugs to be delivered. No one had questioned him, and certainly no one stopped him. Not when there was a cash cow living in the penthouse suite, spending thousands of dollars a day and asking nothing but for them to allow the dirty, lank-haired man to go up there once in a while.
A noise caught Pierreâ€™s attention, and he rolled his head over to one side. He found himself staring at a pair of shoes. Italian leather, he thought. They were beautifully made, and Pierre bit back the envy swelling inside him. Silly really, when he could have bought a hundred pairs just like them.
â€œAre we sure this is the right one?â€
He trailed his gaze up from the shoes over the tailored black slacks and black linen shirt. His mouth fell open when he looked into the eternally black eyes of the most handsome man heâ€™d ever seen. Everything about the man spoke of darkness, and falling into a pit without hope of climbing back out.
â€œAs sure as I can be. The orders have never been wrong before.â€
Turning his head again, Pierre blinked at the sight of the other man standing in the embrace of the dark man. Where the first man was darkness and sadness, the second man was lightness and happiness. His silver hair gleamed in whatever light shone through the windows. The blondâ€™s eyes were as blue as the daytime sky.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t look like someone Gatian would go for,â€ the dark one commented, nudging Pierre with the toe of his expensive shoe.
The light one snorted. â€œIâ€™m not sure what type Gatian would have gone for, but over the centuries, he hasnâ€™t shown any interest in any of the men he came across. There must be something about this particular one that makes him special.â€
â€œI guess. Well, what do we need to do to ensure he comes to find this creature?â€
Pierre would have blushed if he had the energy, and the drugs didnâ€™t cloud his thought process. As it was, he could make out the disgust in the dark oneâ€™s voice, but he had no shame left. He reached out towards the blond.
â€œWho are you?â€ He barely managed to ask the question.
â€œDonâ€™t touch him. I bet he hasnâ€™t bathed in a week.â€ Italian Loafer Dude curled his upper lip in disdain.
â€œSilence, Day. We arenâ€™t here to judge him. That will come when his life is over.â€ The other one crouched down. â€œYou may call me Lam.â€
Day grunted. â€œLooks like his death will be sooner than anyone anticipated.â€
â€œHush, Day. Keep your opinions to yourself. Itâ€™s none of our business why this one was chosen for him. We have to make sure heâ€™ll stay alive long enough for Gatian to come and get him.â€
Lam brushed his hand over Pierreâ€™s forehead. Pierre whimpered as he started to shake. He didnâ€™t know how long itâ€™d been since his last hit, but it felt like the high was wearing off. His eyes rolled in their sockets, and he wanted to plead with Lam to get him some more.
â€œWhat do we do with him now? Heâ€™s going to go into withdrawals, and once that happens, it wonâ€™t be pretty.â€ Day tapped his foot on the floor next to Pierreâ€™s head.
â€œMy orders are to make sure Gatian gets here in the next day or two. So Pierre needs to stay alive until then, at least, but he canâ€™t do that if heâ€™s not high.â€ Lam shook his head. â€œYouâ€™ll have to call his dealer and get more heroin delivered.â€
â€œYouâ€™re an angel,â€ Pierre murmured before he began coughing. His insides twisted, and his stomach tried to crawl out of his throat. He curled into a foetal position, wrapping his arms around his legs and crying out as pain ripped through every inch of his body.
â€œHow did you know?â€ Lam joked with a smile.
â€œIâ€™m not the boyâ€™s dealer, Lam. I refuse to buy drugs for him, or call someone to come and bring it to him.â€ Day sounded angry.
Pierre didnâ€™t care who brought what. He simply needed heroin, or something to dull the pain.
â€œHe needs to have the heroin, and you need to make sure he gets it,â€ Lam ordered. â€œYou know this, Day. If you werenâ€™t going to help me, why did you agree to come with me?â€
Posted December 31, 2014
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