Now she placed the one person she would die for in the path of a killer.
Chapter one part one
Rissa craned her neck and looked at the stone altar that was twenty feet in the air before she turned and stared into the brown eyes looking at her until Renee lowered her gaze. There were a lot of things that Rissa’s co-workers said about her. She was still looking for adventure at the grand old age of twenty-nine, they were wrong. She was a hanger-on, she had no other choice. No matter what they said she wasn’t stupid, and she didn’t care how many times the team of Paranormal Today tried to tell her shifters were real, she would call BS on them each time.
That should end it, but it didn’t. Rissa was with the team in some old castle in some backwoods state that the team refused to name because it was more mysterious that way.
“Do I look like the type to climb a stone altar and wait for some shifter to come violate me? Once again shifters don’t exist outside of television.”
This altar was supposed to be a shrine to shifters that were gods. Women were sacrificed to keep them from taking out their vengeance on the world. She wasn’t even going to give her opinion on the thought of shifter gods. No how, no way.
“Rissa, why so serious? Like you said shifters don’t exist. All we need you to do is lie on the altar and look scared. We’ll get a shot of it and then move on. You’ll be famous.” Renee gave her one of her patented smiles.
“Renee, do I look like an idiot?”
“Come on Rissa; this will be a money shot. Soon as we are on air, our paychecks will double maybe triple. You’ll be rolling in money. Pleaseee.”
Apparently, she did look like an idiot. With a big sigh, she headed towards the altar. Why was there an altar in somewhere rural America anyway?
“That’s it, Rissa, I knew I could count on you. Now to make this scene as authentic as possible, we’re going to pull the camera’s back. You won’t see us, but we’ll see you. Promise you won’t move?”
“Promise but Renee you owe me.”
“Whatever you want.”
The smile on Renee’s lips made Rissa a little nervous the last time she wore that smile something happened but whenever she tried to think of it, her mind got fuzzy, and she felt a little sick.
What was she trying to remember?
The altar was too high making her dizzy at the thought of climbing it. To reach it you had to climb the stone steps next to it which were crumbling around the edges. She watched, careful of where she placed her feet.
“I’m climbing the steps,” she called out so Renee would know where she was.
How did she forget to tell Renee and the rest of the crew she had a slight fear of heights? Her hands held onto the stones that were on the side of the stairs as best as she could while she prayed not to fall. Not that she thought HE was paying attention to her. HE let her lose her job. With a sigh, she climbed onto the altar and wondered who was going to help her down from here. Maybe it would be Mark he wasn’t bad looking. Too bad he didn’t do it for her.
“All right I’m up here, and I’m lying down. I hope you get what you need soon. I know I said shifters don’t exist but damn am I freaked lying here.”
Nothing, no one said anything. In fact, Rissa couldn’t hear any noise, but she promised to lie here and wait. Renee owed her something big. The longer she laid here, the more she wanted a big fat bonus.
It was the feel of something slithering against her leg that made her scream. She might have fallen off the alter if hands hadn’t caught her as her body rolled to the side in an unthinking mass of terror.
“Calm down; it’s only a snake.” He reached his hand out grabbed the snake and dropped it to the ground.
Her eyes watched the snake fall and then shake itself before slithering off. The snake fell. She stared at the male noting that his eyes were a dark gray, and his hair was black. She might have been enamored by his looks except that was when she realized she was around twenty feet off the ground, and the male was hovering next to her with nothing but air under his feet.
“I’ll see you on the other side, Rissa.” He disappeared when gas filled the chamber, and she passed out on the altar.