Hey! I’m Vivienne Reid, but I prefer to go by Vivi. I’m just your regular student with an unhealthy obsession with fantasy novels and Slim Jims. (I mean, who doesn’t love a snack with a good book?)
Everything was peachy until Max Green invited me to a beach bonfire party. I’m not the kind of girl who cares about the school’s hottest jock—much less parties. I’ve been a loner all my life, which was exactly why having someone acknowledge that I exist sounded pretty cool.
So, like a fool, I agreed.
There’s probably something else you should know about me. My father drowned when I was little. I barely remember him. Ever since then, it’s just been me and my mom. Well, and my best friend in the whole world… a golden finch named Solstice. He didn’t like the idea of me going to Max’s party, either, and I should have listened to him. I wonder if he knew how the events would unfold that night?
Long story short, Max is a jerk and after he and his friends had a few beers, things went south, fast. I found myself stuck underwater trying to get away from him when something weird happened.
Ever heard of the Lady of the Lake?
Yeah, she snatched me up and brought me to a new world.
Are you keeping up with me? This is where it gets really weird.
The first guy I run into is smoking hot. Like he has crazy muscles, blue tattoos over his arms, bleached hair and white-washed eyes that makes him just look downright otherworldly.
Well, that’s because he is. He’s a Nephilim, half-human half-angel hybrid.
He’s also my fated mate.
One touch and we’re bonded, just like that. I don’t believe in love at first sight, but something about Killian is different. He unlocks this potential in me that I never knew I had.
Turns out I’m not exactly human, either. I’m from a long line of women, descended from the goddess herself—or a supernatural so powerful, that’s just what she’s called. Don’t get me started on the details.
I have goddess blood in my veins, which means sometimes I’m able to do some pretty cool stuff. Like jump over walls, or kick Jasmine’s butt. That duel was pretty fun, if I may say so myself.
All of this was a lot to take in, but it only revealed to me the truth about my father’s death. He’d died protecting me from all of this supernatural bull crap. It was because of his death that my goddess blood activated as a child. I had created Solstice and called the bond between Killian and me before I even knew about any of this.
Of course, I’m not the fated mate Killian thought I was. I’m not strong enough to help him evolve into the dragonrider he’s meant to be, much less sustain his wyvern, Topaz.
At least, that’s what everybody thought when I bonded with a dead egg. Yep, dead as a doorknob. Zilch. Nada.
Killian’s supposed to be my mate, but he can’t understand my choice. Not that I can blame the guy. By bonding with a dead egg, I’m draining him and his wyvern of what limited magic he has. To him, I’m just a Conduit, a creature that’ll drain him until he’s dead.
That’s me. Kind of like a succubus without the smexy parts. Where’s the fun in that?
I’d been obsessing for days, weeks, maybe even months. I have no idea how much time has passed while I mumbled over my egg, begging for life to return to it.
I knew that I couldn’t keep this up forever. When I made the mistake of parting with my egg, even for a few moments, my mind and body finally gave out. Jasmine and Killian began plotting to sever the dragonrider bond with the Dean’s sword.
Like I would ever let that happen.
There’s a Class 7 Tunnel tonight. That means that a real-life portal between Heaven and Dragonrider Academy will be in place. It might have the answers I’m looking for, so I muster the last of my strength to find it.
Oh, I found the Tunnel all right, and Solstice, my golden finch who turns out to have been the spirit of my wyvern all along! I reunite with Solstice and he hatches from the egg in a glorious burst of light.
One problem… Wild dragons followed him to this realm.
If we all burn up in flames, it’s all my fault.
Well, I’ll just blame Solstice, assuming we make it back to the Academy in one piece.