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CHAPTER ONE - NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Dylan shrugged on the worn leather jacket. The soft material clung to his lean frame and the ratty fur collar tickled his smooth cheeks.   The warm, musty scent wrapped around him. The jacket was as familiar as his own skin. He ducked down to glance at himself in the cracked mirror on his bureau.  He brushed his black hair off his forehead. His skin looked paler under the low basement light than normal.

"Vampire pale," Lyssa had remarked at their last concert.  "Your pretty face and vampire looks should sell a few tickets."

Dylan grinned at his reflection.  Lyssa was the most awesome bassist and his best friend.   He could picture her red spiked hair in his head. Not a color from nature, but bright enough to light up the stage.

His shoulders tensed as the sound of footsteps reached his ears.  His father was home and the old man seemed to have almost preternatural hearing where Dylan was concerned.  Dylan lived in his parents' basement, but it seemed like every move he made was noticed nonetheless. His green eyes flickered to the basement steps. The door at the top that lead into the kitchen was still closed. He could hear the faint clanging of pots and pans as his mother made dinner. The yellow kitchen light shone underneath the closed door.  Dylan breathed a sigh of relief and wiped his suddenly sweaty palms against his dark blue jeans.

He had to get out of here and to Recluse for the gig.  Whenever he had a show, his father decided to go after him. Sometimes he just left Dylan with a black eye. Last time it was bruised ribs. He wasn't going to miss this chance to sing tonight. Recluse was where all the rich people went in Daimon's Cross, including record producers.  That the club was owned by the Mars Crime Syndicate gave Recluse an extra edge.

Dylan's breath caught when he heard heavy thumping footsteps overhead.  Then Dylan saw two darkened spots at the base of the door: his father's massive feet were blocking out the light. Dylan's heart started to pound.  He was moving before he even consciously realized it. He heard the door to the basement opening. He headed towards the high basement window that he had learned to crawl through at a young age. He was hiking himself up to the sill when he heard his father thundering down the steps.

"Where the fuck do you think you're going, you little shit?" his father screamed after him.

Dylan felt the brush off his father's hand on his booted foot, but he yanked himself up and out of the room just in time. As he ran down the driveway, he heard his father's angry bellows following after him, but he didn't slow down.  He ran faster.

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  • Reading this for the second time

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  • Hi. I absolutely love that image below of Karidon, so I searched Mathia's DeviantArt gallery for the full image, yet couldn't find it. Did Mathia even paint that beautiful picture? If she didn't, who did?

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  • In reply to: Erinys

    It was in the mature illustration of Karidon and Dylan that Mathia had made for Xmas :)
    I hope it will be back on the site someday! Thankfully I've saved it on my computer <3

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  • In reply to: Erinys

    Mathia did paint it. I'm trying to remember what illustration it was in. I wonder if it wasn't ported over ...

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  • Rereading this again because I love it.

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  • I was looking for something unlike the other two stories I inhaled so fast I nearly choked on their awesomeness-The Abyss, The Earl King-and I think I just found it.:)

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Dylan Sloan

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Dylan is a rising rock star and the lead singer for the goth band Label Rejects. With his bandmates at his side, he feels he can face the other talent he has other than singing: seeing monsters in the almost constant darkness of the scorched sky. Label Rejects' big break comes when the head of the Mars Crime Syndicate, Karidon Raiken, books them for a gig at the most exclusive club in the city, Recluse. The enigmatic and handsome Karidon attracts Dylan even as the man seems to also attract the most terrifying monsters to cluster around him.

Karidon Raiken

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Karidon is supposedly a cold-blooded killer who murdered all the rival criminals to take over the city. Yet for all his fearsome reputation, he immediately takes Dylan under his wing and appears to admire the rocker's voice as much as his body.  He also apparently senses Dylan's ability to see monsters.  He asks the young man why he is afraid of them.  When Dylan says he's convinced the monsters are there to kill people, Raiken asks him how he knows.  After all, has Dylan ever talked to the creatures that inhabit the dark?

Archon

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Archon is a dread and enigmatic figure. He is the leader of the monstrous Lords of the Darkening and Karidon's father Karidon had turned to him after a betrayal by his mother Steria. But does love influence Archon at all?  Or is there some darker emotion in his heart? His motives remain unclear even as he begins a war against Earth and his son.  If Karidon is to face off against him, would he back down, or would he fight all the harder?  Are his actions to make his son stronger or to seek his destruction? 

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