XuL by Jennifer Julie Miller



All my dreams and wants were stolen from me in the blink of an eye.
Awakening in the middle of a nightmare, I realize I’m being sold like an animal to be studied and dissected in the name of science. Tragedy strikes, leaving me abandoned and sick. I am only moments from taking my last breath, when strong arms pull me from the darkness.
I thought it was a blessing that he found me, the green man who had haunted my dreams. I let myself believe, for just one moment, I might find a small piece of happiness in this unknown world. But what is the old saying? ‘Don’t count your chickens until they hatch!’
A blood sucking parasite is eating me alive, literally, and no matter what, I’m not going to survive this horror story. My body is failing me. I beg him to let me go; I just want the pain to stop, but he won’t listen. He holds me down and I struggle weakly against his immense strength, choking as blood fills my lungs, when I can’t fight any more, Death opens its arms and invites me in.


My harsh, brutal features have deterred all females, no matter the species. I long for companionship and love. Then I find her, my Kismet, the only one made just for me. The one precious thing I would worship above all others. But the fates are cruel, especially to a male like me.
I am being forced to destroy the fragile bond that has formed between us, as I have to make the hardest decision of my life. One that will make me lose her either way. I hold her small, struggling body against me, tears flow down my face as she begs me to stop. My heart is crushed as I watch the light leave her beautiful eyes. Upon her final breath, I vow not even Death will keep what’s mine.

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