Blood of My Monster by Rina Kent EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Novel Title: Blood of My Monster
- Author: Rina Kent
- Language: English
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I didn’t mean to be here.
Or maybe the right expression is: I shouldn’t be here.
I connived and snuck into this establishment that has never catered well
to women and probably never will.
Ironically, this is the safest place for me and the only environment where
I can survive beyond the metaphorical ticking time bomb I’ve been carrying
around for years.
My muscles ache, and I groan with each movement. I’m sluggish, lack
energy, and I’m weighted down by heavy army boots. Every step forward is a
struggle, every breath is scratchy and choked.
A buzzing sound echoes in my ears and I lean against the wall outside the
toilets to catch my choppy breaths.
I raise my hands under the bright fluorescent lights of the grim, graycolored corridor. The brightness adds a layer of gruesome visuals to my cuts,
making them look redder.
The sight of blood thrusts me back to gruesome memories. A pool.
They sizzle through my head, lowering, then heightening in a sporadic
rhythm until a screeching buzz fills my ears. My hands tremble, and my body
goes so still that I could be mistaken for a statue.
You have to breathe.
It doesn’t matter how many times I repeat the mantra. My brain has
already decided that he and I ought to live in the past, crushed between those
corpses we couldn’t save and the souls we left behind.
“Who do we have here?”
The distinctive voice speaking in Russian shakes me out of my surreal
experience. I straighten, letting my unsteady hands fall to either side of me.
The hallway comes into focus again, grim with yellowish stains and dark
walls that belong in prison instead of a military institution. The unnaturally
bright lights make the view glaring, intrusive even.
My eyes move to the one who spoke just now. Matvey. He’s a fellow
soldier in my unit and a pain in the ass who displays seriously toxic behavior.
As luck would have it, he’s accompanied by four other soldiers who stand
on either side of him, watching me with unveiled disgust and humiliating
All twice my size, they have mean features and harsh gazes. They’re
wearing T-shirts and cargo pants that are probably a lot more comfortable
than the combat gear I’m still in.
I was waiting for them to finish showering so I could hop in, which is
something I’ve habitually done ever since I joined the army eighteen months
Despite the factor of intimidation, I square my shoulders until they hit the
wall behind me. I suppress a wince and stare Matvey right in the face. It
doesn’t take a genius to figure out he’s the leader of their little group.
“If it isn’t the weakling Aleksander,” he taunts in his coarse, annoying
voice. His four companions snicker, hitting each other on the shoulder as if
it’s the funniest joke.
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