When she "borrows" an ancient amulet she inadvertently sets in motion a series of events which results in her waking up in 18th century England, betrothed to an arrogant, self-centered Earl. Too thick. Heck, Katherine was elated too. And then just as suddenly reality crashed in and ended her short-lived fantasy. Oh Ned, she whined. She poked out her lip and made a sad face. She leaned forward and bumped her forehead on the top of the desk in theatrical defeat. Ned laughed brightly at her antics.
Oh, no worries, my sweet. My job has some pretty nice perks, he boasted. I have just the thing for you to wear down in storage. Give me but a moment and I will retrieve it for you. He reached out and gave her arm a reassuring squeeze. Yes, yes, I am serious.
He petted her arm. Now, chin up. With one final squeeze on her arm, he turned on his heel and made a dash for the elevator. He jumped inside and the doors slid shut. One foot lifted in the air… she shook her head to the unheard beat…. She dropped her foot back down and quickly scurried behind her desk.
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She half expected to see Ned burst from the elevator doors doing the Speedy Gonzales " her name for his fast-paced walk across the reception area floor. However, it was not Ned coming across the room at all. No, instead, it was an attractive older man. He took his time and had a casual elegance. There was an umbrella tucked under his arm and a small box in his other hand. His suit, which was dark gray and exceptionally tailored, contrasted with his thick white hair, even though you could see glimpses of the dark, almost black color it had once been.
Good evening. May I help you? Katherine plastered on her most flattering: I am a professional, smile.
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His eyes twinkled. As a matter of fact, my fine lady, you may, he said with a crisp English accent. Gingerly he set the box on the desk. I would like you to look at an item I have. He tapped his fingers on the velvet lid. Uh… She forced her gaze up from the box. She twisted her fingers together. All the appraisers are gone for the evening. She cleared her throat and slid her sweaty palms over the sides of her skirt. Of course, certainly, I can try. I will warn you though, I may not be of much assistance to you. She smiled playfully at him.
Oh my GOD! What am I doing? Flirting with him? His frown faded. I feel quite certain that you of all people are the only one who can help me.
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The fine hairs on the back of her neck stood up. She was getting a strange feeling about him. She searched her brain but came up empty. He lifted his hand and moved her nameplate to the side. The uneasy feeling receded a bit, but not entirely.
Katherine leaned forward to get a closer look and got a big whiff of his cologne. At least that is what she thought a refined English gentleman should smell like. He had such an old world charm about him too. Actually, he looked like he was from another century altogether. All thought fled her mind as he pulled a substantial blood-red stone encased in gold, from the box.
The stone swung haphazardly and glimmered beautifully under the lights. Actually, she really wanted to take it from him and had to force herself not to. What in the hell is wrong with me? Of course, she knew better. She narrowed her eyes, never taking them off the prize. Not one bit. All that mattered was that necklace and her desire to wear it. He covered the stone with his hand. She blinked and pulled her gaze back to his. Immediately her face flamed with color. He was giving her the weirdest look. He cleared his throat and his eloquent voice echoed out through the room.
Do not let the beauty of this necklace fool you, he warned, and uncovered the stone once again. Legend has it that every one of the previous wearers mysteriously disappeared. Distracted, her eyes followed the stone back and forth, back and forth, until he covered it with his hand again. She shook her head. How can the wearer disappear and you have the necklace? The necklace does tend to show back up through time, he said.
Who knows? He shrugged.iitraangn.in/11996-phone-sms-locate.php
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Perhaps there is more than one of these floating about. He waved his hand dismissively and then set the necklace down on the desk. More than one necklace? A giddy rush of excitement passed through her. She wondered where she might find one for herself but why should she? One was right here, within her grasp… She walked her fingers towards the necklace. Strange, she said more to herself than to him. Her mind began to envision it all. He chuckled. The sound reminded her of a Christmas cookie, warm and sugary.
I have only met a few of the Knights. Most are good lads. As for Merlin, he keeps to himself mostly. He leaned in and lifted his hand to the side of his mouth, whispering, He likes to keep himself closeted away so he can spy on Morrigan. Wait a minute…was he serious? Oh no, was he some crazy eccentric? Of course he was …he had to be. She never met anyone normal. And she was all alone too. Ned said he would be back in a jiffy. That made her feel much better but just in case she took a step backward. Not that it mattered. He had a really faraway look on his face and she doubted he even knew she was here anymore.
I apologize dear… He gave her a sympathetic look. The tale has been lost through time. Mayhap there was another reason altogether for the making of the necklace or necklaces. He chuckled lightly. Katherine noticed his laugh sounded strained, not sugary and warm this time. What was he up to? He set the necklace back down on the desk and ran his fingers down the length of the chain. This necklace is supposed to have power within, he commented distantly. Apparently, if this necklace is worn when the moon is full, and the stars align just right, otherworldly things will happen.
She opened her mouth and shut it again. What the hell? Right, sure…if you say so. I am completely serious Katherine. He widened his eyes for emphasis. Take heed to what I say! This is no mere necklace. The wearer will become captive to the whims of another.
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Well, okay then. That did it. Poor man. He obviously had some issues with delusion. The necklace was a beauty though, that was for sure. She had never seen anything remotely like it, ever. Except for the Hope diamond which was pretty in a different way. It always amazed her how the owners sent the Diamond to the museum. She read they shipped it in a plain brown wrapper with no insurance… nothing.
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What would have happened if it got lost? Rich people do crazy shit and this guy looked like he was well on his way to being crazy too. She shook her head sadly and turned around to get a contract for him to look over. It was getting late and it was better to get this business finished as soon as possible. Just broke it. Unfortunately, she found herself contemplating breaking that one as well. Dang it! She took a breath and plastered on her best: I am a professional smile again, and turned around. Where did he go? An uneasy feeling gathered in the pit of her stomach.
She tried to come up with a simple explanation for his sudden disappearance.
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The cold dark marble, the perfect backdrop for the fiery stone. It sparkled like liquid fire. She stole glances at it like she did with Dane and Candy, always pretending not to look, but keeping it within sight. Surely, he would be back in just a moment, especially if it held all that mystical mumbo jumbo he claimed it held. A sneaky little voice inside of her head whispered, It would only take a moment to try it on. Katherine looked at the necklace with longing as her little voice dared her to touch it.
She knew it was against policy but what could it hurt, really? Her hand inched forward, shaking. It was just a necklace for goodness sake.
Maybe it was the story the man told her… but more than likely she had gone over her limit of caffeine for the day. Maybe the cup she dumped on her blouse earlier had seeped into her body through her pores, which was more believable than the necklace being the cause. Her little sneaky voice whispered again… Do it. Do it. The words stuck in her mind like a bad record caught on some sticky substance from a long forgotten party. She gave in to her little voice and snatched the necklace from the desktop. In one fluid motion, she fastened it around her neck.
Or, if she were caught, she would surely lose her job. None of it seemed to matter right now. The moment it hit her skin, she felt a jolt. Like she had been scuffing her feet across the rug and had built up a huge amount of static electricity. Grasping the necklace, she held it against her chest.
Why did the Knight go to such lengths to bring the girl back and where did she go? The stone grew warmer in her hand. Her mind flashed to a time that was not her own, to a place she had never seen before…. Purplish hues ran through the trees, falling across the carpeted floor of a forest. The smell of pine and earth hung heavily in the air, as if it had just rained. After she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. But Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him. Complicated much?
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You figured this would make for good story telling and it would. The problem: the two main leads. Shiloh Ravenwolf is supposed to come off snarky, bold and feisty but her characterization falls short.
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