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The Crimson Flow

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic
Cain had heard tell that others like him existed but, he knew none were of his making. Vampires, however, make mistakes too, they slip up and one such error from five decades ago suddenly appears before Cain with a most unsettling salutation - "Hello - dad!"

The 2nd in The Tides of Sorrow series sees Cain and the ever-so-persistent Becky coming head to head with other vampires. She still desires to be like him, but he stands his ground and refuses to turn her. So what will he do when another offers to make her wish come true?

Table of Contents

1.0 - MASSACRE - PROLOGUE

Submitted: September 15, 2019

Luke Dubois' "life story" was unusual, to say the least. Quite how or why he'd survived that fateful day, remained a mystery to him, but ... Read Chapter

1.1 - MAGPIE

Submitted: September 15, 2019

In a soft rush, the shower of sand fell from his body as he pushed himself upright. His eyes watched the glittering grains of powdered qu... Read Chapter

2.0 - TORTURED SOUL

Submitted: October 10, 2019

No matter how he tried to thwart her, Becky always found him. At first, he knew not how, but he soon found out a particular pair of angel... Read Chapter

2.1 - OLD HABITS

Submitted: October 10, 2019

He pushed himself up into a sitting position, the soil of his lair sifting to settle in the space he'd vacated. Dusting down his clothing... Read Chapter

2.2 - YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Submitted: October 10, 2019

As they opened the door, a whorl of dust rose, dancing in the sunset's rays before settling again onto the old floorboards. The fading li... Read Chapter

2.3 - DOSSIER

Submitted: October 10, 2019

Although he had important matters to discuss, Cain, nevertheless, took a few moments to ensure Becky was comfortable, warm and calm. Gent... Read Chapter

2.4 - BLOODLESS

Submitted: October 10, 2019

With a heavy sigh, Cain sat forward again and once more rifled through the portfolio. Amid the photos and notes were some newspaper and m... Read Chapter

2.5 - SUCK IT UP

Submitted: October 10, 2019

With news of one of the vampires having disclosed information about this renegade brood, Cain was anxious to meet with him. "I want to he... Read Chapter

3.0 - INITIATION

Submitted: October 10, 2019

Footsteps, slow and steady, resounded within the dilapidated warehouse. Luke Dubois had returned. He was visiting the first of his hives ... Read Chapter

3.1 - HORS D'OEUVRE

Submitted: October 10, 2019

Riley's fascinated eyes followed the vampire's hand as it held a little plastic stirrer, moving in circles around the cup. "You drink cof... Read Chapter

3.2 - MY MOST TRUSTED

Submitted: October 10, 2019

Turning into an alleyway a few streets from the McDonalds they had just left, the vampire strode quickly, confidently. Four-storey bu... Read Chapter

3.3 - THESE ARE MY ELITE

Submitted: October 10, 2019

Luke stood on the balcony overlooking the club interior.  His fingers curled around the tubular bannister as he scanned the bodies b... Read Chapter

3.4 - NEPHILIM

Submitted: October 10, 2019

"I thought he was dead," Christine voiced flatly following Luke's announcement. From the little bowl on the table, he picked up a few... Read Chapter

4.0 - DO NOT PATRONISE ME

Submitted: October 13, 2019

He entered the room quietly and closed the door. Pausing once he did so, he noted the air was heavy, laden with melancholy. Only the ... Read Chapter

4.1 - MELANTHA

Submitted: October 13, 2019

"The modern consensus is that thousands of years ago, although those times are considered somewhat punishing, it is still construed as a ... Read Chapter

4.2 - A FEAR OF HISTORY REPEATING

Submitted: October 13, 2019

Sitting opposite, Craig quietly watched the vampire irritably tapping away on Becky's laptop.  Cain was searching for more infor... Read Chapter

4.3 - BECAUSE HE'D LOVED HER

Submitted: October 13, 2019

Becky sat twiddling her thumbs, lost in thought. She felt numb, not quite knowing what to do, trying to be rational and reaching no real ... Read Chapter

4.4 - I DO NOT EXPECT YOU TO FORGIVE ME

Submitted: October 13, 2019

Sunlight filtered through the voile curtains in Becky's room, chasing away the shadows of night. The rays crept across the centre of the ... Read Chapter

4.5 - I HATE YOUR GOD

Submitted: October 13, 2019

A soft but persistent knocking stirred Becky from her sleep. It took a few seconds for her to peel her tear-encrusted eyes open, which sh... Read Chapter

5.0 - SLAVE

Submitted: November 20, 2019


Warning: This chapter contains some mature content
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5.1 - BREAKFAST

Submitted: November 20, 2019

Riley felt like the prey which had inadvertently walked into a den of wolves. From different vantage points in the dining room, five pair... Read Chapter

5.2 - A MEANS TO AN END

Submitted: November 20, 2019

"Why are you so nervous, Riley?" Luke asked. The vampire stood in front of the human who sat, agitated, on the edge of the bed. Riley... Read Chapter

5.3 - PLAN B

Submitted: December 26, 2019


NOT SURE IF THIS CHAPTER IS SHOWING PROPERLY AS FOLK SEEM TO HAVE SKIPPED IT ALTOGETHER. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF IT IS NOT SHOWING PROPERLY FOR YOU
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5.4 - THE REVOLVING DOOR

Submitted: December 26, 2019

"So, where are we going again?" Riley asked for the third time as he sat in the back of the yellow cab.  Tony issued an irritabl... Read Chapter

6.0 - NOT AGAIN!

Submitted: December 27, 2019

With her suitcase deposited in front of the hotel door, Becky wondered for the umpteenth time what the hell she was doing. Her inner deba... Read Chapter

6.1 - THIRD-TIME LUCKY?

Submitted: December 29, 2019

Becky shifted away from the desk, allowing other guests to move forward. She felt they were judging her, which was annoying, but she was ... Read Chapter

6.2 - DO WHAT IS EXPECTED

Submitted: January 04, 2020

"Christ Almighty, what a fucking idiot!" Becky spouted at her reflection. Her self-abasement, however, did not stop her from applying the... Read Chapter

6.3 - 'DANNY'S SPECIAL'

Submitted: January 04, 2020

Riley walked beside Becky, hands in pockets. He scanned the sea of pedestrians expecting to see at least one of the brood watching them. ... Read Chapter

6.4 - HOMEWORK

Submitted: January 05, 2020

Riley fought the rising fear which surged from his belly. Indeed, he'd expected the vampires to be watching, especially with Tony having ... Read Chapter

6.5 - A LENS OF ETERNITY

Submitted: January 11, 2020

Cole entered through the side door at the Nitelife. As usual, he waited for it to click securely closed, but it seemed to be acting up ag... Read Chapter

6.6 - SIBLING LOYALTY

Submitted: January 11, 2020

The other two stared. There had not been a 'Plan C' - although it had been joked about occasionally - at least they had thought ... Read Chapter

7.0 - 1 IN A MILLION

Submitted: January 11, 2020

Early evening... Steam billowed from the shower as Cain pushed open the cubicle door. Grabbing a towel off the heated rail, he steppe... Read Chapter

7.1 - HELL AND BACK

Submitted: January 24, 2020

Extremely agitated though he was, Cain knew Craig was not to blame for Becky's irresponsible behaviour. Yes, the angel had failed in his ... Read Chapter

7.2 - THOUGHTS OF HER CONSUME ME

Submitted: January 24, 2020

There were so many eateries off North State and its adjacent streets it was easy blending in with people milling around while they decide... Read Chapter

7.3 - THE GHOST OF A TOUCH

Submitted: January 24, 2020

Vampiric traits flushed his skin. Cain's mood was thunderous, furious beyond words. How could Becky endanger herself like this? Not only ... Read Chapter

7.4 - GOOSEBUMPS

Submitted: February 01, 2020

Senses piqued, Cain stilled. He picked up voices. They seemed to be coming from various points within the building. Not all were coherent... Read Chapter

7.5 - I REMEMBER YOU

Submitted: February 01, 2020

The second door on the ground level opened out to another narrow corridor. From this, three more doors bled off from the hall, two of whi... Read Chapter

7.6 - ROLODEX

Submitted: February 03, 2020

"I do not know what you mean," Cole said, looking at Becky, his eyes hot and fierce. "But you two need to get out of here. Now!"&nbs... Read Chapter

8.0 - YOU WERE A MISTAKE

Submitted: February 08, 2020


Not sure if this has appeared correctly. People seem to be missing this chapter and reading the next one??
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8.1 - SNARED

Submitted: February 08, 2020

"What the fuck is he doing?" Fergus questioned. He stood next to one of the darkened booths at the rear of the room, watching i... Read Chapter

8.2 - WILD STALLION

Submitted: February 09, 2020

"NO!!" Cain roared, his voice reverberating around the entire room. Crying out, he pushed up, the jagged mesh tearing into his body, stri... Read Chapter

8.3 - THE BEST I CAN BE

Submitted: February 18, 2020

Instantly, Nick and Craig swooped into battle. The Fallen were strong, lethal, and fast. Their wings buffeted, whipped and struck th... Read Chapter

8.4 - PERKS

Submitted: February 18, 2020

Cain's wings splayed against the backrest as he rammed the young vampire into one of the booths.  The crossbow went flying, its trig... Read Chapter

8.5 - BELOVED

Submitted: February 18, 2020

Stepping over the ravaged remains of Luke's coven, Cain moved hesitantly, reluctantly, to Becky's side. He did not wish to face this grim... Read Chapter

9.0 - THE BIGGEST REGRETS

Submitted: February 18, 2020

The thought of losing Becky had been too great - a sacrifice Cain could not bear.  He was painfully aware, even had they reached her... Read Chapter

9.1 - I COULDN'T LOSE YOU

Submitted: February 18, 2020

Fangs extended, he bit into his wrist, deep, then scored his chest with razored talons. Holding his bleeding arm over Becky's mouth, he w... Read Chapter

9.2 - FROM THE DAY I FIRST SAW YOU

Submitted: February 18, 2020


WARNING: MATURE CONTENT
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EPILOGUE - YEZER HA-RA'

Submitted: February 18, 2020

A sound, muffled, distant, reached his ears; someone was crying, wretched, their pain visceral. He attempted to shift his head to pinpoin... Read Chapter

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