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Meet Cadan, a character from ANGELFIRE who takes on a more crucial role as the series goes on. He is one of my absolute favorite characters and is so much fun to write! The artist captured him perfectly and the way she uses light is breathtaking. I can't say too much about him, but here's a short teaser from the Halloween party Ellie attends in ANGELFIRE where she meets him for the first time
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“I’m Cadan,” he replied.
“That’s an unusual name,” I noted absently.
“It’s a very, very old one.” The backs of his fingers traced along my bare collarbone. I shivered.
“Are you a friend of Josie’s?” I asked, trying to concentrate on our conversation as he touched me. He made it next to impossible to accomplish that.
“No,” he said and looked up from my collarbone, his fiery opal eyes capturing mine.
As I stared into them, I could have sworn I’d seen golden flames flickering in the irises. I blinked and the flames vanished. “Do you go to our school?”
“Do you know a lot of people here?”
“Only one,” he responded. “Your Will.”
I blinked in confusion, suddenly sober. “My—?”
In that moment, Will appeared beside Cadan, the back of his fist flying and slamming into the boy’s jaw. The Phantom mask flew off and shattered on the floor like porcelain.
Okay, that wasn’t quite the move I had wanted Will to make a few seconds before.
“Will!” I screamed, grabbing his shoulder and yanking him back. “What the hell is the matter with you?”
He said nothing, but only stared at Cadan. Will’s eyes were bright green and, even in the dark hall, I could see his power humming furiously around him. Cadan rose to his feet, cupping his jaw—laughing. I would have bet everything I owned that Will’s punch should have crushed every bone in Cadan’s face. How was he even alive? Unless he wasn’t human.
“What are you doing here?” Will demanded, his voice subzero cold, frightening even me.
“I only wanted to meet her,” Cadan said. “I had to get a look at the girl who’s been rustling everyone’s feathers so much lately. She seems to be the object of Ragnuk’s obsession, not to mention Bastian’s. Can you blame my curiosity?”
Nausea clawed through my abdomen and my body went stiff with fear. “Reaper?”
“He’s one of Bastian’s Vir,” Will growled, not looking at me. Cadan leered knowingly at Will. He reached a hand out to me, but before I could react, Will’s sword swung through the air and the tip pricked the beautiful demonic Vir’s throat.
“Don’t you dare touch her,” Will warned, pressing the blade a fraction of a millimeter deeper.
Blood peeked at the tip. I glanced around, praying no one would notice.
“She’s a lovely thing,” Cadan said, still as stone, his chin up, his eyes locked on Will’s. “I see why you keep her so close. You wouldn’t want anyone like me sweeping her off her feet, would you?”
“Leave!” Will demanded. “Or we’ll take this outside and finish it.”
Cadan licked his lips as if the prospect were delicious. “I can arrange that.”
In my horror, my voice dropped to a harsh whisper. “I can’t fight dressed like a sexy nurse!”
“My dear,” Cadan said, his voice as sensuous like wine, “I don’t intend on harming you. Your Guardian, here, is another story. We have unfinished business.”
“We aren’t carrying our quarrel into the world of humans,” Will said. “It can wait.”
I couldn’t be sure if Cadan’s face was disappointed or not. “Another time, then?” he asked.
“Agreed,” Will hissed.