The Seraphoenix Saga Book I
“Move,” Leo hissed. “If that thing gets in here… well let’s just say, you don’t want to be in here with it.”
Scarlett crawled forward as fast as she could, the hard uneven floor scraping her hands and knees. Suddenly the space was plunged into absolute darkness as Leo closed the small door and Scarlett felt the nearness of the walls closing in. She gulped and tried to hold in a pitiful sob, small spaces were not her thing and small pitch black spaces were the worst. She blinked several times trying to get her eyes to adjust to the dark.
“Shhhh…” He whispered bumping into her stationary figure.
Clamping a lighting reflex hand across her mouth, Leo stifled the imminent scream.
“Sshhhhh… keep moving, it’s not far and then we’ll be in a bigger cavern.”
Scarlett upon hearing the words not far lunged forward grappling and stumbling as fast as she could though the pitch-black passage. She winced as the uneven hard rock bashed and bruised her knees as she scrambled and crawled along. The only thought circling her mind.
‘Escape, escape, escape.’
She could feel Leo right at her feet as the splintering crash of the breaking door echoed through the narrow tunnel.
A bloodthirsty screech roared horrifyingly in the enclosed space. Scarlett wanted to scream but in her frantic effort to evade the most spine chilling sound she’d ever heard she tumbled sightlessly through an opening. Leo landed at the side of her, just as the Aksu Zini broke all the laws of physics, and elongated into a winged leathery worm sliding easily into the passage with a wet sticky slithering pop. Nimbly Leo leapt to his feet, as the sickening squelching sound got closer by the second. He dived through the darkness towards the wall next to the opening and yanked hard on a wooden lever protruding from the pitch black rock; it creaked tiredly as he applied more pressure trying to release the age-old bar.
Scarlett edged away in the blackout until she came to an abrupt stop, she could smell the nauseating stench streaming out of the tunnel ahead of the creature, she choked placing her sleeve over to mouth to stop gagging.
Her mind raced, her pulse quickened and she closed her eyes tightly praying silently that Leo was going to stop it.
The Aksu Zini lunged forward screeching, its blazing red eyes illuminating the tunnel in a deathly glow. Scarlett couldn’t help but look and stared in terror as the two eerie red dots grew bigger by the second careening towards the opening and towards them faster than she could imagine. Leo gave the lever another sharp tug and it suddenly released with a dull crack, a huge stone crashed down covering the tunnel mouth just as the Aksu Zini emerged into the cavern. The heavy block landed with a muffled squelch trapping the Aksu Zini.
Scarlett could see the malevolent red eyes staring at her in the gloom and she screamed. It echoed, bouncing off the smooth rock walls disappearing into the depths of the nightmarish cavern. The Aksu Zini hissed and snarled as its eyes dimmed and very so slowly winked out, the endless darkness returning as Leo rushed to her side.
“We have to leave, take my hand,” his voice was even and controlled. “I’m hoping it’s dead, but they take a hell of a lot of killing, so let’s go now just in case.”
She did as he asked and reached out in the darkness, his fingers connected with hers gripping her hand tightly, a reassuring warmth spread through her fingers.
“Just follow me, and keep your back to the wall,” Leo instructed. “The ledge isn’t very wide so be careful where you place your feet.”
“But I can’t see,” she almost wailed in a whisper as she waited for her eyes to grow accustomed to the thick black blanket obscuring her vision.
“I can see just fine, trust me and don’t let go,” he answered.
“That’s easy for you to say Mr. frigging night vision.” she retorted sarcastically.
He laughed and guided her carefully through the darkness.
Scarlett shuffled almost blindly along in the pitch black; she had no idea where on earth they were. As her eyes became more accustomed to the aphotic opaqueness, she could just make out his outline and see two silver halos surrounding his eyes.
“Leo, can I ask you something?”
She was met with stony silence. She tried again. “Leo…”
“How are we going to get out of here?” Her breathing was fast and shallow.
Leo’s eyes flashed brightly for a split second, and he smiled widely, even though he knew she couldn’t see properly.
“Don’t worry, just keep hold of my hand,” he gave her hand a reassuring squeeze. “Not far now, just don’t lean forward.”
They were creeping along a narrow but natural ledge, which dropped off to unfathomable depths inside the massive lightless cavern. The rock shelf climbed at a steady angle and for the next few minutes, and all Scarlett concentrated on was keeping glued to the wall as she tried to keep up with Leo.
‘I’m spider girl, I’m spider girl,’ she repeated the mantra over and over again in her mind.
He stopped and she sidled next to him.
“I need you to pivot on you left foot and swing around so that you are facing me, there’s just enough room on the ledge for both of us.”
“You want what?” She trembled waving her free hand uncertainly in front of her feeling nothing. “I can’t…”
“I really need you in front of me,” he said again. “Please…”
She wondered what was below in the deafening silence in this chilling rock prison. She reached her right hand out into the void again, it was shaking as she reached across and pivoted just as he had said, grasping his coat tightly.
“Please don’t let me fall,” she whispered uneasily as her right foot left the ledge and she swung nervously into position.
His arms clamped tightly about her trembling frame. “I need to put your hands around my neck and hold on tight,” he replied softly, carefully adjusting his grip around her slender frame.
Scarlett slid her hands around his neck, clutching tightly. “You won’t let me go will you?” She asked tensely, her body suddenly rigid with fear.
“Of course I won’t let you go,” he murmured.
She could feel the slight warmth as his cheek brushed hers in the dark and she was acutely relieved that he couldn’t see steaming the blush rising, burning her cheeks.
“Hold tight,” he said quietly, the words seemed to dance off his lips. “It won’t be long till we are out of here.”
They stood as one, clinging resolutely to the rock like a limpet in a gale. Leo’s grasp tightened just a fraction and he dived off the ledge into the black void below.
The air rushed passed and Scarlett squeezed her eyes tightly together and prayed. The fall seemed to last for infinity and Scarlett resigned to the fact that she probably had only a few seconds to live, when she suddenly felt a strong lurch followed by an abrupt sideways jolt.
“Don’t let go,” Leo said above the noise of the air. He seemed to veer sharply to the left, Scarlett clung as tightly as she could, daring to take a little peek when they seemed to slow down briefly.
“As if!” She replied above the rushing wind.
"She is the only one of her kind, he is her last hope"
Scarlett Paige is just a regular teenager until her parents suddenly decide move to back to America after living in England for the past 17 ½ years. Thrust into a new school, a new town and a whole new way of life, things can't seem to get any worse until her 18th birthday arrives.
Her world as she knows it is irrevocably changed by a set of life threatening complications when she discovers her true identity. That she is The Phoenix the only one of her kind, a hybrid human being with supernatural powers beyond mortal imagination. But she is untrained, and unable to use her mystical powers without guidance and training from The Seraphoenix Angels.
Worse still, two mysterious and powerful Angel brothers are looking for her. One to save her and one to kill her, who will win?
Scarlett finds herself amidst a battle that’s been waged since the beginning of time, as she discovers the disturbing truth that Angels aren't always good! One brother has a terrible plan to rid the world of humanity, while the other strives to save it and Scarlett is caught smack in the middle as both the Angels need her Phoenix powers to accomplish their goals.
Will she become a pawn in their schemes, as she is thrown into total chaos and plunged into an entirely different future and one that is utterly unexpected?
There are fatal consequences she never saw coming. Beings she never knew existed, and homicidal demon creatures that she wished never existed at all, are conspiring to change her life forever!
‘Scarlett Phoenix’ is the jumping off point for this exciting new YA PNR series ~ The Seraphoenix Saga.
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Bella Harte has been writing for well over a decade, and completed several novels before deciding to go in a whole new direction and write for the Young Adult genre. More specifically the YA PNR – Young Adult Paranormal Romance category.
Her first published YA Novel is ‘Scarlett Phoenix’ - Book I in The Seraphoenix Saga, with Book II:- ‘Crimson Fire’ being schedule for release in early 2013 and Book III:- ‘Red Ashes’ for later in the year.
She has also been working on two other YA PNR series:
The Angel of Death Series
Book I – Reaper Book II – Touched Book III – Afterlife
Nine Lives Series
Book I – The Glaring Book II – Midnight Calling Book III - Hunters Moon
Aside from writing, Bella has been worked as a fashion designer, interior designer, artist and currently she is figuring out ways to best market her novels. She attended Business College after leaving school, followed by Art College, where she studied ceramics, fashion design, pattern cutting, textiles and art.
She has a solid business background and has worked for a World-Wide Export Company which enabled her to travel to far off places around the globe and enjoy a wide and varied cross section of cultures.
Bella says of the future: No one can predict what’s around the corner, but the journey will be a fascinating one to say the least and I always expect the unexpected!
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