Author: Elizabeth Noble
New Colorado Protectorate fell with the assassination of Chancellor Clarke. Like many others, Todd and Nick Ruger left the land of their birth and made a home to the north in Yellowknife. Their world was ever changing. The time came to say a sad farewell to some of their friends and loved ones, but they were taken in with open arms by others and in turn offered shelter to yet more. Through the years they remained steadfast in their duty as sentries to protect and defend those that needed it the most.
Time marches on but through it all they hold each other dear and cherish the love they’ve shared. There are still angry ghosts, Windigos and water spirits to contend with. Their lives change, offering them new roles. When the time comes, they do what sentries have done for generations prior and teach others the skills to carry on as sentries. The Rugers lives were rich and their hearts full with their devotion and love for each other. The tradition of the sentries lived on forever. It was the legacy of Todd and Nick Ruger. That was the way it was always meant to be.
“Screw the damn job,” Nick muttered.
Breaking into a jog, he made his way to the main floor. The sensations of desperation and fear increased, making the hair along the back of Nick’s neck prickle and rise. Despite the fact he wasn’t overexerted, sweat trickled between his shoulder blades. Fear for Todd ramped higher. There was a central section other parts of the prison branched off from. The subdivision he was in contained the offices, prisoner visiting areas, the kitchens, and dining halls.
Hearing movement from the dining hall, Nick hurried in that direction. “Todd!” he shouted. As he ran along the corridor, he glanced behind him a few times. Nothing was there, at least nothing he could see.
A shiver ripped down his back when he heard more sounds coming from inside the dining hall. He reached the door and was about to yank it open when it swung outward.
“You okay?” Todd burst out of the dining hall and ran into Nick, then grabbed his shoulders.
“Y-yeah… I… this place is….” Nick shivered and ran one hand through his hair. “Unsettling,” he finished softly. He dipped his head toward the door. “What’s in there?”
“Nothing pleasant.” Todd gently pushed Nick farther away from the door and shoved it closed. “It’s not as if we have happy memories of this place, and that room is where we were attacked by pyrahni.”
About the Author:
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fanfiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and her sidekick, tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening and winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!) and stargazing all year long. When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published two of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.
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