'Think of us as a kind of club.The best of the
best - with the best recruited.It is a great gift to be in our
club; unfortunately, there is only one way to be one of us - you
have to die.'
Chapter One - Meetings
Ruby's eyes flew open and she groaned. She hated alarms, how was
that possibly considered a good way to start the day? Someone may
as well clap symbols on your head. But her roommate insisted that
nothing else could get her started in the morning; even when Ruby
swore that she would wake her up with her natural timing alarm
which never failed.Her roommate swung her legs heavily out of bed
and padded across the room to the bathroom.Making matters so much
worse was the fact that her roommate, Sally was pre-med; which
meant early early starts, which Ruby's own degree of Media
Publishing never required.
Ruby rolled over in bed, tangling herself in the covers.
'Oh sorry Rubs, didn't mean to wake you up.' Sally gushed.
'You never do.' Ruby smiled. 'Don't worry about it, I'll go rent
that book from the library, I've been meaning to do that
'Great!' Sally mumbled from the bathroom in-between brushing her
Ruby waited for Sally to leave before getting out of bed and
claiming the bathroom; she let her beauty routine run long and
thorough, spending much more time than usual. She wadded down the
hallway of her dorm room and was greeted by the normal flurry of
friends heading off to class or wanting to grab an early morning
coffee, but today she said no to all and made her steady way to
the library, passing through the grounds of her big yet cosy
University. She'd been at Cutting College almost a year and could
say without a moments hesitation that she loved it there, she had
made the right choice, as usual.
For some reason Ruby just had an intuition about things and she
could always weigh them up perfectly. Ruby just thought she was
lucky, but most people would claim that it was her own special
'gift'. The book she was looking for was a big one about Pop
Culture; her midterm was coming up and she was almost positive
that her teacher was going to try and trick them that this wasn't
going to be in the exam.
Suddenly, Ruby felt eyes on her and she jerked her head up to see
two people staring at her through the stacks. They were standing
so close together that they really should have been one person
not two; their eyes were fixed on Ruby with an eerie intensity
and their lips were twitching constantly. Soon Ruby realized that
they were speaking to each other, somehow understanding the
freakishly fast gibberish of words. All of a sudden their lips
stopped moving and rosy lips spread back over teeth in disturbed
smiles; the male with mousy blond hair licked his lips at her and
the girl nodded in approval. Ruby's book fell from her hands and
she rushed out of the library; that was way too freaky, even for
emo kids and at the moment her urge to get away was greater than
her urge to study.
Rounding the corner, Ruby ran into something; something hard.She
was sent to her knees, the wind knocked out of her - why hadn't
her intuition warned her about that?!
'Hey.' Said a deep voice next to her ear. 'Are you alright?'
Oh so she'd run into someone then had she.Ruby lifted
her head to meet the face of the brick wall only to get stuck on
the most incredible pair of midnight eyes she'd ever seen. They
burned - their depths stretching far past possible, the deep blue
seemed to be intertwined with silver. Leaning back slightly, Ruby
was shocked out of her mind to find that the rest of the face was
just as glorious. He had the slashing, dark good looks of someone
who was too delicious to possibly be good for you and yet there
was something unmistakably relaxed about his mouth which set some
of Ruby's anxiety at ease.
'Ah, fine thankyou.' Ruby stumbled.
'Are you hurt?' He asked.
'No, no, fine. Sorry it was my fault.'
'I know it was.' The god-man said. Ruby's face tightened into
pre-fight mode but didn't get far before he laughed. 'Do you need
a hand?' He said, rising.
'Um, sure. 'Two large hands wrapped around the tops of Ruby's
arms and pulled her effortlessly to her feet. 'Thanks.' She said,
a little bit awed.
'Your welcome.' He smiled ducking his head.
'I'm Ruby.' She said extending a hand.
He looked at her hesitantly before turning his head subtly as if
to check that no one was watching before he carefully took her
hand. 'Nate.' He finally replied.
Ruby couldn't really explain what she felt as he stood there
holding her hand. All she knew was that suddenly she was feeling
hot and her blond ran thicker in her veins. Nate looked her face
over for one more long moment before releasing her. Ruby chuckled
a little to herself; she wasn't the kind of girl who swooned!
'So Ruby,' Nate said slowly. 'How about some coffee - to make up
for running into you?'
'I thought I ran into you?' Nate shrugged his shoulders with a
Ruby laughed and her eagerness spilled from her as she cried
Nate's smile widened. Suddenly Ruby caught a glimpse of his watch
as he signalled with his arm to led the way; Ruby grabbed his
wrist and uttered a low curse.
'Shit!' She said. 'I'm so sorry but I have to get to class.
'Sure.'Nate said and smiled at her once more before walking away
down towards the lawn.Ruby sighed as she watched him walk away,
her amazing God-boy. She rounded a corner at a jog trying not to
be late for the third time this week when she was suddenly halted
but a set of burning eyes and an eerie smile.
It was the girl from the library! She stepped to block Ruby's
path and snickered at her attempt to move past.'What's your rush
Ruby?' Was the last thing she heard before a damp, foul-smelling
cloth was pressed to her mouth and her consciousness slipped