A Vampire Blood Bonus Fairy Tale.
“Won’t you tell me?”
Pulling a jar from his stall shelves, he opened the top and revealed his treasure within. “Silver leaves from the black oak trees of Silvane Forest.” He nodded toward the dark woodlands beyond the line of bonfires already set for the feast. “They hold magic,” he whispered.
“Magic, indeed.” It was Josephine’s turn to smile. “I do not believe in magic.”
He chuckled. “It exists all the same.”
“And what does this potion do which you are brewing?”
His eyes crinkled together with joy…or perhaps mischief. “This is a love potion.”
Love. She had never known love.
“If I give this potion to someone, it will make them fall in love with me?”
“Nay.” He chuckled. “If you drink this potion, it will lead your true love to you.”
“How will I know he’s my true love?”
“Because anything he asks of you, your only reply will be ‘Yes, I will.’”
She eyed the bubbling concoction skeptically while the apothecary dipped a ladle in the cauldron and filled a clear vile with the potion. It sparkled a vibrant, emerald green.
“Here. This is my last batch. But I will give you a vial on one condition.”
“And what is that?”
“That you drink it all down. And if your true love should appear to you tonight, then you must return to me with a gift.”
“What kind of gift?”
“That I shall leave up to you.”
“That is a strange bargain, but I will take it.”
She accepted the vial and drank it all down, feeling it tingle down her throat. Then she caught up to her cousin buying a candied apple.
Copyright: Juliette Cross.
The Love Potion: Part Three, Coming Soon!
And don’t miss The Red Lily by Juliette Cross! A red riding hood vampire retelling, featuring Sienna, Josephine’s granddaughter.
About The Red Lily:
When Red falls for the Big Bad Wolf…
The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close…even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.
Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it’s the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying…not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.
About Juliette Cross:
Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona.
Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.
From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.