And bringing you today’s huge news…I finished final edits of IF I SHOULD DIE…the last book of the DIE FOR ME trilogy! !!! !!! !!!
Which, believe it or not, is much huger news for me, personally, than pressing my body against Ian Somerhalder’s.
Maybe MAJOR is the word I should be using. Not huge.
So in the context of this major event, I would like to celebrate a little bit with you. My favorite readers. And since I can’t hug you all individually, I will do the next best thing and give you a deleted scene from UNTIL I DIE.
(No, I will not give you a quote or deleted scene from Book 3. Book 2 has only been out a month in English speaking countries. And you have not yet bought it for your sister or brother or mom or best friend. Which you could do right now. But…if enough of you actually do buy it in the next week, I might be tempted to give you a couple of lines from IF I SHOULD DIE Chapter 1. )
For our “I finished the end of the trilogy” celebration, here is a scene that was cut from Book 2.
SPOILERS WARNING TO THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ ‘UNTIL I DIE':
Instead of Kate catching a glimpse of the evil fur-coat-wearing numa Nicolas in Pere Lachaise cemetery, (UNTIL I DIE, Chapter 5) I got all Buffy and melodramatic. And this is how it went down:
I looked directly up into a pair of pale grey eyes. Sneering lips parted to show nicotine-stained teeth, which clenched as the enormous man grabbed me by the shoulders and threw me over his shoulder as easily as if I were a rag doll.
“You’re ours now, little girlie,” he said, as he joined two men who waited under a nearby tree. The three men practically oozed evil. There was only one thing they could be. Rising bile stung my throat as I realized that I was being carried off by a band of numa.
The rain had cleared the tourists from the cemetery, allowing us to move unimpeded towards the front gates. Even though there was no one to hear me, I screamed, kicking and hitting my captor as I tried to flail out of his grasp.
“We were planning on using you as bait, but I have nothing against killing you right here on the spot if you so much as wriggle,” the numa walking behind us said. “In fact, girlie, I take that back. You just keep on moving. I feel like eviscerating something today.” He pulled a gigantic hunting knife out of his coat and twisted it inches from my face. I shut up and went limp, letting myself be carried like a bag of potatoes past row after row of tombs.
“Where are you taking me?” I asked softly after a few minutes.
“Home,” the man carrying me grunted.
“Our home,” the knife-wielder said.
“Where we’ll have plenty of time to play with our new toy before her boyfriend comes to rescue her,” said the third, with a deranged-sounding laugh that froze me with fright.
“Playtime’s over,” came a fourth voice from nearby. “Put her down.” I knew this voice: it was the voice I heard in all of my dreams. I allowed myself a split second to close my eyes in relief before giving one violent thrash with my entire body, causing my captor to lose his hold on me. I dropped to the ground on my hands and knees, and using an evasive technique Gaspard had taught me, rolled a few feet out of the way before springing back to my feet, my hands lifted in fists before me.
Vincent was striding towards us through the tombstones, his dark face lethal. In his clenched jaw and stone-cold eyes I caught a glimpse of the wild inconscient warrior he must have been during his vengeance-wreaking years after the war. Without slowing his pace, he passed a statue of a guardian angel, grabbed the marble sword from its hand, breaking it off at the hilt, then swung it at the head of my attacker, felling him with one violent blow. The man lie motionless on the ground as his two cronies backed up a step, one brandishing the hunting knife and the other drawing a sword.
Vincent ran to my side, pulling me further away from the numa, and revealing Ambrose and Arthur, who stepped out from behind him.
“Just having a little fun,” said one of the numa, in a creepily reptilian voice. His eyes darted from side to side as he backed up, and I could see him weighing whether or not he could make a run for it.
“Us too,” Ambrose said, and wrenching an iron spike off of a metal gate, he thrust it through the knife-wielding monster, picking him up off of the ground as if he weighed as much as a pillow, and threw him to one side.
Arthur went after the third numa, drawing two short swords from inside his coat. They sparred for a few minutes, the ancient revenant’s two-weapon technique confusing his challenger. This drew jeers from Ambrose who was watching them like it was a spectator sport. His taunting befuddled the numa even more, who made a few useless jabs before Arthur moved forward, swinging his swords like a turbine, stabbing the man through the heart with one, and swiftly beheading him with the other.
“He might be ancient as the hills, but you got to give the guy top points for style,” Ambrose crowed.
Arthur threw one sword each to Vincent and Ambrose, who dispatched of their own victims’ heads, while Arthur took out a cell phone and spoke softly into it, telling Jean-Baptiste that they needed to dispose of three bodies. He slipped the phone back into his coat pocket and nodded to Vincent. “Your ambulance driver will pick them up and have them cremated before the day’s out,” he said. “I’ll wait here with the bodies until he arrives.”
“Aww, now that’s a real shame,” said Ambrose. “If we built a bonfire right here, I’ll bet we could attract a whole drum circle of hippie kids from Jim Morrison’s grave and have a regular ol’ marshmallow roast.”
“Ambrose,” I said, my faculty of speech finally returning, “that’s disgusting.” I looked at the mutilated bodies on the ground and felt sick. Vincent was back by my side in a flash and pulled me to him, hiding my face from the gore.
“Aw, now, Katie-Lou,” Ambrose replied. “They’re just monsters. There’s no such thing as respect for the dead in their case. It’s just good riddance and move on.”
“I know that,” I said. “I’ve killed one myself. I’m just not used to seeing…”
“It’s okay, Kate. Don’t look,” Vincent put an arm around my shoulder, steering me away from the bloody scene. “I’ll take you home now.”
His voice was calm, but his face showed an emotion that I had never seen there. It was fear. Even though Vincent had looked as dangerous as a mercenary while he fought, underneath it all he had been afraid. For me.