My Tuesday Teaser this week is from Code Name Jack Rabbit (The Vampire Guard book 1)! And it's on sale this week!
“This thing is going down. We’ve got to get off,” Forge said.
Making their way to the top deck, assisting people to lifeboats as best they could, they finally reached the uppermost deck. It was open to the sky. There were two pools and a section with a line of telescopes, as well as several hot tubs. The sky was dark, the water even darker. Two of the masts were cracked, the sails attached to them flapping precariously. There weren’t as many people up here.
Forge ran to one of the pools. The diving board had snapped in two, and a few people were floundering, trying to get out. Lucas and Blair had followed. Lucas dove into the water and began helping people, Sheryl Sloane among them, to the edge. Blair and Forge grabbed outstretched hands and hauled one person after another out, and then Blair pointed them in the direction of the nearest lifeboat.
Lucas pulled himself out of the pool and grabbed Forge’s arm. “Declan’s over there.”
“I see him.” Forge snagged Blair’s shirt and they ran toward Declan. He was on the other side of the deck, near where the ship was cracking and splintering. They saw Sloane and his son-in-law by one of the rails. One mast broke loose, the heavy pole of wood swinging toward Curtis Sloane. Declan sprinted forward, vaulted the widening crack, and grabbed Sloane around the waist, shoving him away. The two of them skidded into Sloane’s son-in-law, who shoved one hand out to stop them. He wiped his hand across Sloane’s shoulder and down his back, leaving a trail of something shiny.
“Did you see that?” Blair hissed.
“I sure as hell did,” Forge said.
Lucas sniffed the air. “Fish.” Without warning he grabbed Forge’s arm with an iron grip. Eyes widening, Lucas drew in a breath and screamed, “Declan!” Then he charged forward.
Water erupted upward and sluiced across the flooring. The railing crumpled as if under some immense weight, and the ship rocked violently in that direction. Declan looked back, picked Curtis Sloane up, and threw him to the far side of the deck. Sloane grabbed the cracked side of a pool as he went sliding in.
Declan threw one arm over his face and ducked, turning away from the oncoming water. A high-pitched squeal preceded Declan being lifted like a rag doll off the deck and swung back and forth a few times before being pulled into the water. Forge was only able to catch glimpses of the creature because he knew what to look for. Shoving Blair backward, ordering, “Stay,” he darted after Lucas to the deck’s edge in time to see Declan dragged beneath the water’s surface.
Lucas didn’t even slow down before he dove off the ship—with Forge right behind him.
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