They met in the darkness. Brandon a mortal. Ezekiel a Shifter. Pain and loneliness brought them crashing into one another.

Their meeting will be the first dominoes in an epic saga that branches through not only time, but blood as well. Broken Bonds will come too light. A new Bond will form in the stillness of the night. And trapped beneath the cogs of fate will be Brandon and Ezekiel. Two beings that were never supposed to meet.

Brandon is lost in misery....running from shadows.

Ezekiel is intrigued by Brandon's darkness...and his sorrowful beauty....but are they destined to be? Will the shadows at Brandon's heels become real and tear them apart before they ever get the chance to try?


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - His End

CHAPTER 1 (The gossamer moon was the only sentinel to witness or tenuous beginnings.) -Unknown Brandon burst past a clump of tr... Read Chapter

Chapter 2 - New Smell

Chapter 2- New Smell Ezekiel didn't know what exactly called him off the beaten path that night....but on instinct he had followed th... Read Chapter

Chapter 3 - Death

Chapter 3 - Death With a snarl, more beast then man, Ezekiel charged into the mortal. He clamped his hands around the mortal's sm... Read Chapter

Chapter 4 - Taking Stock

Chapter 4- Taking Stock "....What do I do with you now?" Ezekiel asked himself. In the deathly silent moments that passed after t... Read Chapter

Chapter 5 - Brothers

Chapter 6 - Brothers Ezekiel could sense the eyes within the darkness as he neared the path that would take him out of the pine fores... Read Chapter

Chapter 6 - Power Play

Chapter Seven - Power Play Ezekiel wasn't sure what to expect after his harsh words....but he should have known that there would be s... Read Chapter

Chapter 7 - Die Now Die Later

Chapter Eight - Die Now, Die Later   "Fine, if this is to be the path you've chosen, then I do not see any of us persuading ... Read Chapter

Chapter 8 - Follow Through

Chapter 8- Follow Through "Mom...You have to promise not to scream...." Ezekiel whispered walking his mother up from the spiral stair... Read Chapter

Chapter 9 - This Is Bad

Chapter 9 - This is Bad Realizing that it was almost three am Ezekiel allowed her the necessary time to emerge from her sleep be... Read Chapter

Chapter 10 - Team Work

Chapter 10 - Team Work All three of Ezekiels brothers shared anxious unsure looks. Then all of then leveled their eyes at hi... Read Chapter

Chapter 11- Hell

Chapter 11 Someone was touching him. Brandon felt it all over his skin, no he sensed it. Eyes. Hands. Something wet and slimy spr... Read Chapter

Chapter 12- Disrespect

Chapter 12 - Disrespect "Dad wait..." Ezekiel began. Mantilo walked forward, snarled and pushed Ezekiel aside. Ezekiel s... Read Chapter

Chapter 13 - Off The Hook

Chapter 13 - Off The Hook "Haa ha.. No one can cut through the bullshit like mom." Nate breathed out happily with a bemused smil... Read Chapter

Chapter 14 - Guardians

Chapter 14 - Guardians Mantilo watched his youngest son steadily and let him stew in silence for a few seconds. Ezekiel like... Read Chapter

Chapter 15 - His Pain

Chapter 15 - His Pain So he dreamed. Brandon couldn't move. He couldn't hardly breathe. He felt a great agony pounding at the ba... Read Chapter

Chapter 16 - Unknown Agony

Chapter 16 - Unknown Agony Glen struggled to ignore the intruder's screams as she moved along the hall walking away from his roo... Read Chapter

Chapter 17 - No Hurt

Chapter 17 - No Hurt Sometime later... Ezekiel mounted the front porch steps panting harshly. His lungs begging for more air... Read Chapter

Chapter 18 - Hanging By A Thread

Chapter 18 - Hanging by a Thread Perhaps his touch had distracted the mortal. Perhaps his words had broken through the fever... Read Chapter

Chapter 19 - Curiosity

Chapter 19 - Curiosity Ezekiel trudged home much much.....much later. The sharp cool night hurried him along one of the dirt pat... Read Chapter

Chapter 20 - Confusion

Chapter 21 - Confusion Soft heavy breaths in the darkness stimulated him. The strong smell of pine, like a sharp soap or lotion pulle... Read Chapter

Chapter 21 - Chase

Chapter 21 - Chase Soft warm light hit him and suddenly he was standing in a hallway. A burgundy hallway, filled with soothing c... Read Chapter

Chapter 22 - Frying Pot to Fire

Chapter 23 - Frying Pot to Fire Damn! Ezekiel panted to himself. He wasn't tired, but the adrenaline crawling all along his heart... Read Chapter

Chapter 23 - Diffuse

At that moment Ezekiels mother steeped between them, her deep green eyes slit and glowing like a cats in the night. "Stop this both of yo... Read Chapter

Chapter 24 - Frustration

Ezekiel swallowed dryly as he realized his father's gaze was on him. His eyes burning through the back of his head. Ezekiel wanted to jus... Read Chapter

Chapter 25 - No Co-operation

Brandon fought to ignore this new, painful world that he had woken up into. He felt out of place here with its hulking men, glowing e... Read Chapter

Chapter 26 - No Strength

  It was only in the silence that Brandon allowed himself to acknowledge his racing heartbeat and the fear. And it was only in t... Read Chapter

Chapter 27 - Uneasy

Glen stalked behind Mantilo all the way to the bottom floor of their home. A soft warmth crawled all along her arms, and brushed her ... Read Chapter

Chapter 29 - Try Again

Ezekiel walked back through the front door to their mansion with determination. Almost two days had passed since he had gotten caught... Read Chapter

Chapter 29 - Subdue

The panic that tried to grip him in that moment was so sudden and so unwanted that Ezekiel shoved the grip it tried to take on him away i... Read Chapter

Chapter 30 - Butting Heads

The stranger grabbed him and Ezekiel couldent understand or quite deny the sharp acr of soft electric awareness that caressed him all ove... Read Chapter

Chapter 31 - Willingness

Brandon kept his mouth tightly clenched, and his body still as he watched the Shifter turn away from him and threw the door open to the h... Read Chapter

Chapter 32 - Listen

  The water was soothing to his skin and Glen proved to be every bit the caring Healer that her sons professed her to be. She st... Read Chapter

Chapter 33 - Q & A

Sometime later found Brandon alone. Clean, exhausted beyond words, a soft throb of pain on every inch of his body, and tucked back into b... Read Chapter

Chapter 34 - Lost Luxury

The moment Brandon saw the precious garments he tried to snatch them away. But Ezekiel was too fast for him. He jerked them out of... Read Chapter

Chapter 36 - New Life

Ezekiel traversed the darkness at a steady sprint behind the rest of his brothers and his father that lead the way. The supple grass pull... Read Chapter

Chapter 37 - Threat In Darkness

    The moon sat like a bloated dot in the balmy night sky as the party of seven finally crested the steep hills locate... Read Chapter

Chapter 38 - Out Of Time

  Two hours later Ezekiel and his brothers had to admit, even to each other that the trail had gone dead cold. Ezekiel knew ... Read Chapter

Chapter 39 - The Horse Killer

  Mantilo caught sight of the house in the distance sometime later. After jogging in the night beside his sons, chasing shad... Read Chapter

Chapter 40 - Final Outcome

Mantilo returned from the horse ranch feeling decidedly heavy with possibilities and a fledgling plan of action for the coming morning. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 41 - Report

  And so his fourth night of sleeplessness and now empty sheets passed him by. Figuring that he wasn't doing anything worthw... Read Chapter

Chapter 42 - Moving Forwards

  Ezekiel purposely turned from the door, ignored the stairs that lead not only to his , but also to the Mortals bed room. He ch... Read Chapter

Chapter 43 - Open Up

Brandon turned his face up into the warm water as his hands scratched at his scalp. It pooled in the crevices of his eyes and dripped pas... Read Chapter

Chapter 44 - Scars

Brandon waited for Ezekiel to speak, but for the longest time the Shifter only examined his wound, so when he did finally speak again Bra... Read Chapter

Chapter 45 - Flame

Alone I blanketed the Darkness, and Alone I held it at bay -Unknown Brandon sat still for a long time after he left. His body, hi... Read Chapter

Chapter 46 - Kail

Once the dream descended, Brandon would always open his eyes to a beautiful sight. The sun rising was far out and beyond him. Starbur... Read Chapter

Chapter 47 - Thirst

Chapter 48 The moment Ezekiel, walked into the room and touched him he felt the strange, but increasingly familiar burn beginning. He... Read Chapter

Chapter 48 - Popped Stitches

Chapter 49 Minding  his speed so as not to intensify Brandons pain Ezekiel surely and patiently led the man in the direction of ... Read Chapter

Chapter 49 - Say It Again

The moment Ezekiels presence and voice faded out of the room, Brandon found it harder not to focus on the pain. Brandon sank his teet... Read Chapter

Chapter 50 - Wild Aggressions

Chapter 51 There wasn't anything to think about. Brandon slammed his forehead into the Shifters face as fast and as hard as he co... Read Chapter

Chapter 51 - HOW DARE YOU

Brandon would have described the feeling coming over him in the next few moment as fear.....if he was ever tortured into admitting it. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 52 - Reaver

Information, and facts.....Brandon thrived on knowledge he gained on a day by day basis. From the first book and words he had ever learne... Read Chapter

Chapter 53 - Erin

Chapter 54 Leaving the Mortal in the kitchen Ezekiel made his way to the front door just as the second knock sounded. He opened the d... Read Chapter

Chapter 54 - Weak & Warm

Chapter 55 Brandon kept his breathing shallow, tried to listen only to his heart beat and the bodies in the room. He wanted to focus ... Read Chapter

Chapter 55 - The Great Loss

Brandon stopped Erin with a soft question. "Wait. Sacred Laws?" He questioned her, then he shared a look with Ezekiel. "What Laws are... Read Chapter

Chapter 56 - Boredom

Life continued on in the mansion with the Leopards for Brandon, but he felt more like a plague victim instead of a guest as the days pass... Read Chapter

Chapter 57 - New Day

  It was on once Brandon had walked outside into the air that he realized how early in the morning it really was. He quickly... Read Chapter

Chapter 58 - Responsibilities

It didn't take Ezekiel long to lead Brandon down to the farm. And the scenery wasn't much more the Brandon had expected to see. Three lar... Read Chapter

Chapter 59 - Playful Mistakes

The hay bales were much harder going. But as the next two hours trickled by Brandon was impressed to find that he and Ezekiel managed to ... Read Chapter

Chapter 60 - Urge to Protect

Ezekiel sat, with a hand full of wet clothing, staring at the stairs that Brandon had just fled up and disappeared from onto the second f... Read Chapter

Chapter 61 - The Band

  After an awkward hour of more work and hay spreading the sun was in the middle of the sky and surprisingly most if not all of ... Read Chapter

Chapter 62 - Nightmare

The Drums that Ezekiel had led Brandon to were seven giant cylindrical towers that climbed at least six feet into the air, covered in cle... Read Chapter

Chapter 63 - Labor

  The next three days they returned to the horse farm. It seemed to Brandon that tending the Band of horses was Ezekiel main con... Read Chapter

Chapter 64 - Complications

  Half an hour later Ezekiel was shaking his head. "Dammit, I knew this was going to happen!" He growled, a flash of bright ... Read Chapter

Chapter 65 - Complications

Half an hour later Ezekiel was shaking his head. "Dammit, I knew this was going to happen!" He growled, a flash of bright light chasi... Read Chapter

Chapter 66 - Billy

After showering, Ezekiel separated from Brandon and met up with his father and brothers in the field. Having personally decided to le... Read Chapter

Chapter 67 - Connected

Ezekiel dreamed seldom...and when he was often just a confusing dream that he would forget within minutes of waking up.... ... Read Chapter

Chapter 68 - Unspoken

The jagged ill-fitting puzzle pieces of his mind came together by the next that no one would know Brandons struggles in the ... Read Chapter

Chapter 69 - How To Talk

For another two days after the Guardians returned Brandon was determined to stay in his room. Electing to skip out on patrols with Ezekie... Read Chapter

Chapter 70 - Prey

They were hungry...but they had already ate a feast of flesh. The beasts sat in the shadows....their thoughts not far from the darkne... Read Chapter

Chapter 71 - Death & Anger

Chapter 71 - Death & Anger Ezekiel had fought many fights over the course of his life as a Guardian. Both physical and mental. Some l... Read Chapter

Chapter 72 - Ghouls

In the aftermath of the attack, nearly five minutes passed where Ezekiel and his brothers simply took the time to regroup and compare all... Read Chapter

Chapter 73 - Rat

Suddenly three new Shifters appeared in the door way of the day room. It didn't take long for Mantilo to notice, and with a smile, a ... Read Chapter

Chapter 74 - Divergent Needs

On the other side, Brandon shared their silence not because he have insight into the Ghouls motives, but because their motives were all t... Read Chapter

Chapter 75 - Good Intentions

Ezekiel suddenly heard Brandon breathing behind him, tight sharp he couldn't quite catch his breath. Taking a moment t... Read Chapter

Chapter 76 - Undeserving

Against Ezekiel's will, the Leopard inside urged him to follow Brandon. Ezekiel simply clocked his exit instead, watching until Brand... Read Chapter

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