Golden Shears – Bonus Chapter

I had one surprise twist saved for the end of book 2, but after much deliberation, I’ve decided it belongs at the front of book 3 instead. I’m adding it here, so you can read it now – the rest of the story continues in book 3 of the series… The Emerald Tablet.

17

I could feel the broken bones in my arm scrape together under my skin, like wooden blocks covered in sandpaper. Puriel lifted me up from the pile of rubble that used to be my childhood home and carried me to the black sports car. It was so quiet, I thought my ears must have been damaged, but then I could hear Puriel’s voice. He was asking me something, something about how to drive the car. I shrugged and rolled my head. I’d been in JDRI since I was nine, and driving lessons were never on the curriculum. I looked around for Sitri, why wasn’t he driving? Then I saw him, or at least the dark furry shape he’d become. The impossibly large, wolf-like creature. He was waiting for us in the middle of the road. Howling at us. Puriel finally figured out the mechanics and the car screeched out of the suburban coldesac. I could hear sirens getting louder, and we passed several police cars and an ambulance. I blinked against the harsh flashing lights. Puriel kept checking the skies. I looked up as well, expecting a helicopter, but instead I saw a flash of wings and a glimmer of silver shapes, illuminated by the early light. The sun hadn’t risen yet, so I only saw silhouettes against the dark sky, but I knew what they were. Hunters. Dozens of them.

“Why aren’t they attacking us?” I asked.

“I don’t know,” Puriel said. “But Zeus isn’t going to want us to reach Nevah. Not with the shears.

The Golden Shears. 

I looked down, and sure enough, my pale fingers were still clenched around the golden metal, almost like they’d melded with my fist. My arm looked like a spiked hammer. The shears radiated power, and I could feel a pulsing. A throbbing through my whole body. I didn’t know if it was my own heartbeat, or the shears.

My hands felt sticky, and I realized they were covered with bright blue goo, that shimmered when I moved them. Pure divinity. Zeus’s blood. I shuddered, resisting the urge to wipe it against my clothes.

“Do we have a towel or something?” I asked.

Puriel looked physically pained, and his eyes were coal black, with unusually wide pupils. He stared at my hands with more than just concern. It was hunger. This much energy, right here, it was taking all his strength to restrain himself.

“You… want this?” I asked.

Hunger took over his face, and for a moment I worried he was going to lose control and bite my hand off. Instead he reached for my hand and held it up to his mouth. He gently kissed my fingertips, and I felt his tongue flick over my skin. It should have been erotic, but it wasn’t. I knew this disgusted him as much as it disgusted me. But after what we’d been through, he needed strength. It must have taken a tremendous amount of willpower to resist Zeus, and Puriel had refused him. He’d given me the shears, and I’d stabbed Zeus in the thigh. Nobody could question his loyalty now. He’d had his shot at redemption, and he’d chosen us.

Tall fir trees tore past us. I looked behind us and saw Sitri keeping up, running impossibly fast. We were going nearly over 100 miles per hour. Puriel was hugging the curves tightly, his white knuckles gripping the wheel with singular focus. I couldn’t believe he’d never driven before.

The Olympic forest expanded before us, inviting us in—a hundred miles of virgin territory, as far as anyone else knew anyway. But up ahead, I could see the a small road that cut through the forest to Nevah; Able’s private sanctuary for heirs, roots and magical creatures.

But something looked different this time. Something was blocking the road, some kind of wall. Puriel slammed on the brakes when we got close enough to see clearly. The wall was actually a tight lattice of hunters, their golden armor glistening, swords glowing with divine power. There were at least thirty, and streaks of light overhead told me more were arriving every second. They spread their wings in uniform, and it was like drawing the drapes closed. Puriel slammed on the brakes and the car screeched to a stop. I heard a growl as Sitri launched himself into the wall of hunters, barreling through the middle. He tossed one hunter up in the air with a flick of his jaw, and pinned another to the ground, tearing at its neck with bloody jowls.

“Stay here!” Puriel shouted. He tore the door off and held it with one hand like a shield, then he grabbed his sword and darted towards the fray. His sword didn’t glow like the hunters, who were connected with Zeus’s energy, but after feeding straight from the source, he was much stronger. He cleaved hunters in half with raw strength, slicing through their metal armor. He cut through them like a lawnmower, tossing up bits and pieces.

Someone’s head bounced off the windshield. I hit the wipers, and watched them spread the glowing, silver blood across the glass. A tiny stream of soap shot out, and the wipers worked furiously until I could see again.

I gripped the door weakly and tried to push it open with my shoulder, but pain radiated down my arm. Hunters materialized by the door. One of them ripped the side door off and tossed it aside. He grabbed me by my clothes and threw me to the ground outside. I didn’t think they’d kill me. I was far too valuable, and too dangerous. Unless, now that I had the shears, Zeus didn’t want to take the risk.

The shears. I rolled to my knees and held them up, feeling their power. Zeus was afraid of me. I’d hurt him. The look of surprise on his face filled me with courage. I took a deep breath, and focused on the slender threads of the hunter’s lifespans. They shone like siler glowsticks in the early light. But when I tried to reach for them, a numbing, icy pain shot through my elbow. With my arm broken, I couldn’t lift my hand high enough, which meant I couldn’t grip the threads and also cut them with the shears, not with one hand anyway. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t do any damage. I tucked the shears into my pocket, then lashed out and flicked the thread with my bare fingertips, and watched the nearest hunter crumple and writhe on the ground. The other two froze and exchanged a look. I got to my feet and dusted off my jeans, then looked up at them with a smirk. I curled my fingers like talons, just before one of them swung a fist at me. I ducked and hooked his thread, winding it around my finger before pulling sharply. He dropped like a stone. Two others grabbed my arms and held them in a vice-like grip. A third grabbed the shears, attempting to rip them out of my pocket. An arrow appeared in his neck, and he slumped to the side. I looked up to see Mist flying towards us, loosing arrows nimbly. Dion and Tori were right behind her. Dion charged through the hunters like a bull, skewering them with his double scimitars.

The hunters kept coming, like flies to meat, swarming around us. But then the sky darkened. Able and Stephanie, holding hands, descended in dark splendor, with some kind of dark lattice of energy between them. They sucked out the light, causing temporary blindness, except for the small portal under their arms.

We passed through, with Stephanie chanting, and the gateway closed behind us. The sealed passage swallowed up the sounds of battle. We’d made it back to Nevah safely. My knees buckled and my face hit the dirt, for the third time this morning.

 

 

I’m going to be adding a final bonus chapter here soon – sorry it isn’t ready yet! If you want to sign up to my list, I’ll let you know when you can get it!

Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway too!

 

 

Thanks for your patience! If you have a minute, please post a review on the book on Amazon.

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply Maxine Julian-brotherwood May 3, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Love this series

  • Reply jonetta torres May 4, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Great books

  • Reply Lori Martin May 4, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Looking forward to reading the bonus chapter to the Golden Shears!

  • Reply Claire Hardy May 5, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Please let me know next book or chapter is finish ,
    Thankfully claire
    P.s love the story , great read.

  • Reply Wanda Coble May 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    First you leave me hanging from Shearwater, and now you leave me hanging from Golden Shears. Come on dude! Please write faster! LOL!😇

    • Reply Derek Murphy May 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

      I keep overestimating my ability to write fast. Sometimes when I finish a book, I’m brain dead for the next month.

  • Reply Kelly Bryant May 9, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Loved your books

  • Reply Stephanie Copeland May 12, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Loved your books!

  • Reply Stephanie FryThomas May 12, 2017 at 4:08 am

    I loved this series can’t wait for the bonus chapter or for the rest of books to follow.

  • Reply AmyG May 13, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Hello. Would love to read the bonus chapter of Golden Shears and the next 14 books in the series. 😂

  • Reply Shannon May 19, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I truly enjoyed books one and two, I would very much like to read the bonus chapter of Golden Shears. Do you have a timeline for future books in the series? Thank you for wonderful read!

    • Reply Derek Murphy May 20, 2017 at 1:05 am

      I’m so glad you liked them – I wasn’t sure if people would like book 2. I hope to finish book 3 late this year, and that will probably be the last book in this series…

  • Reply Paige June 3, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    If I don’t read the next book I think I am going to go mad😵😵😵😵😵
    I think my nose has been stuck in D.S Murphy books for five hours now.😝

  • Reply Jennifer Huffman March 23, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Is book 3 done yet? Don’t want to start another book series until I see what happens to Kai. Great books!

    • Reply Derek Murphy April 4, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      I’m so happy you like it – I plan to have it finished this summer, I’m behind because vampires.

  • Reply Sam May 21, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Is there not going to be a book 3?

  • Reply Georgia Vermett-Jenkins June 13, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Patiently waiting for book 3! Any time line for it yet?

    • Reply Derek Murphy June 17, 2018 at 6:30 am

      Book three should be out this fall, hopefully book four soon after (the end of the series). Thanks!

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