Character Preview (And Excerpt!)
Some of you have been asking a lot of questions about a certain unnamed character in the last scene of The Assassins of Light, so…
Character Preview! 😊❤️
Meet Princess Myrinne!
(Well, technically, if you’ve finished The Assassins of Light, you’ve already met her. You just didn’t know her name. 😁)
Princess Myrinne is a very important character in The Reign of Darkness, and I can’t share a whole lot of the why because…spoilers…but…
What I can tell you is that she’s very concerned about Rose (for some reason).
And she’s definitely not Kara’s biggest fan. But…Kara’s not entirely innocent in that. (Of course she isn’t. When is Kara ever innocent? 😂)
And…well…there’s much more to her than meets the eye…
Princess Myrinne stared at Kara, her nose wrinkling at Kara’s clear lack of manners. “Uh,” she muttered, “people don’t usually lie down in my presence.”
Kara folded her arm behind her head and lifted her eyebrows. “Really?” she said, a wry grin tilting at her lips. “Do you have sex standing up, then?”
Rose stared at a random flower vase, her eyes wide. “Oh my word.”
The princess offered Rose a very forced smile. “This…is your lover?”
Rose shrugged sheepishly. “She’s…umm…an acquired taste?”
Kara snorted at that.
Princess Myrinne shot another glare at Kara—who simply smiled back at her. “I don’t see how,” she muttered. She turned to Rose. “Is the room okay?”
Rose stared blankly at her. “It could be bigger.”
“Oh,” Princess Myrinne said, straightening. “Well, I could try to find…”
“That was sarcasm,” Rose interrupted, her eyebrows high. She waved her hands at the massive bedroom. “It’s like four times the size of my apartment.”
Princess Myrinne frowned. “Oh. Then, I assume…you’re comfortable?”
Rose glanced at Kara, who was currently stretched out lazily on the bed, flipping through that strange, illegible book—that Galenos had just asked her not to touch. “Well, she’s comfortable.”
An amused smile curved at the edges of Kara’s lips, but she said nothing.
“I’m not concerned with her,” the princess said. “Are you comfortable?”
“I’m surrounded by people I don’t know, and I don’t even know where I am,” Rose said slowly, “and people keep bowing to me.” She threw up her hands. “How am I supposed to feel comfortable when everyone keeps bowing to me?!”
The vampire shrugged. “People bow to me all the time. I’m a princess.”
“Really?” Rose said, her voice thick with sarcasm. “I thought Princess was just your first name. And the tiara was some kind of new fashion or something.”
Princess Myrinne shot a wary look in Kara’s direction. “Is she joking?”
“Usually,” Kara said, flipping to the next page of the Book of Gibberish.
Princess Myrinne turned back toward Rose. “Bowing is merely a sign of respect, my Eklektos,” she said with a polite smile, “and a sign of reverence.”
“Reverence?” Rose repeated suspiciously. “Reverence for what?”
The princess turned to leave. “You’ll understand. Soon enough.”
“Oh, great. More vagueness,” Rose said. She flashed her sassiest smile. “You wouldn’t happen to be related to Erastos, by any chance, would you?”
Rose had meant it as a joke, but as soon as she mentioned the name Erastos, the strange, tiara-wearing vampire froze, her slender shoulders stiffening.
Kara must have noticed it, too, because at that moment, her intense, blue gaze darted toward the princess—but only briefly. Rose noticed Kara smooth her hand over her shirt—in the exact spot where she usually hid her throwing knives.
But when Princess Myrinne turned back toward Rose, she looked completely at ease again, as if nothing had ever happened. “He’s my uncle.”
Rose blinked in shock. “Oh,” she sputtered. It took her a few moments to regain her composure enough to respond. “Then, does that mean he’s…here?”
Princess Myrinne frowned at the strange question. “His memorial is.”
“His…memorial?” Rose repeated bewilderedly.
“He died,” Princess Myrinne told her, “ten thousand years ago.”
From my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness,
Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series.
©️ Britney Jackson