Sweet Saturday Samples-Child of War Rising Son
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The following is taken from the rough draft of Chapter Seven–Highway to Hell– of the upcoming
Child of War-Rising Son Book #3 in the OF WAR Series of ADULT paranormal romance/erotica suspense and drama.
In the kitchen, while Raven stocked up on easy to carry and eat foodstuffs– jerky, dried fruits, and crusty bread, Ares gave out the last of his advice. “The Dead have only the power you give them, most of them anyway. If you refuse to believe they can harm you then they cannot, you got that?”
“Yeah,” Raven stuffed more jerky into the pack as he listened to his Father.
“The mind is a powerful tool, Raven, probably the most powerful ever known to Man or God, so use it well and do not be fooled.”
“I will,” Raven assured as he stopped packing to take in everything Ares had to say. “If I don’t believe they can hurt me then they can’t.”
“Falter in that belief for a mere second and they’ll use it to strike you down. If you’re lucky enough to survive the first strike you better draw your weapons and think quickly, boy, because it’s too late for disbelief.” Ares watched Raven nod with wide eyes hungry for more information so he went on hoping Alena would be proud of him for forearming Raven in this manner. She may not want him to be an Olympian but Ares was damn sure she didn’t want him to die trying. “The air down there is thick and oily. It sticks in your throat and your lungs, makes you want to vomit. Your body will feel heavier than lead once you cross through the Gate that will make breathing even harder but it will pass, you’ll get used to it. Sort of like getting your sea legs. Keep your wits about you; almost nothing is what it seems down there. Stay sharp. The sun isn’t real and it’s hotter than the one you know by tenfold, it’s brutal and it will cook you alive if you can’t find shelter. If you’re lucky, you’ll accomplish whatever task Hades has in mind before it rises. You already know this but I’m going to say it again…”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, whatever I do do NOT eat or drink anything from down there or I’ll be stuck for eternity.”
“That’s not a joke,” Ares advised, “use your provisions wisely make them last as long as you can in case you don’t finish by sunrise. If you have to spend a day under that false sun boy, cover your canteens before the water in them can turn to steam.”
“Blistering, the Mortals don’t call it Hell for nothing.”
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