Charity Rain (Charity Series Book 5)(9)

By: DeAnna Kinney

“Oh yeah,” he said matter-a-factly. “I was actually there the day it changed into a lightning bolt. Until then it was some sort of curly vine-like shape.”

“Oh yeah, I think I heard that story. Can you tell me again what happened?” I never grew tired of hearing the Charity and Levi tales. They fascinated me.

“Of course. Well, it happened when I was young.”

“Oh yeah,” I interrupted. “That time when you were kidnapped by that Jason Franco guy.”

“Yeah him. Well, my dad had just rescued my mom and me from the burning cabin in the woods.” His mannerisms had become very animated, and he moved his arms around as he retold the tale. “The cabin then exploded, sending all of us flying. When we finally came to, my dad wasn’t breathing. I remember my mom hitting him in the chest over and over, asking him to come back to her.”

I stopped dead in my tracks, frozen to the spot as he continued.

“When, in desperation, she finally put her palm against his, their connection symbols touched and it was like a bolt of lightning struck their combined hands. It sent my mom flying backwards. Well, my dad woke up and from that moment on their connection symbols were bright blue lightning bolts.”

“Oh wow.” I knew my eyes were wide with wonder. “Do you think she would let me see it sometime?”

He laughed. “Of course she would. It’s pretty cool looking.”

The whole idea of a heart connection mesmerized me. My dad said that it didn’t happen in the vampire world, only in the werewolf one, and it was very rare at that. They say that having one with a human is even rarer. I couldn’t help but wonder what that must’ve felt like to have someone love you that much, so much so that you would die without them. I felt myself beginning to daydream.

“Hey,” Deacon said nudging me a little. “You ready to continue the tour?”


“Hey!” Dixon said coming toward us down the hallway. “There you are, Rain. I went to your room but you didn’t answer. I was going to see if you wanted a tour.”

“Too late, bro. I’m in the middle of the tour now,” Deacon said in a cocky tone.

“Then you won’t care if I join you?” he asked, but it really wasn’t a question.

“Of course not,” I responded before Deacon could protest, but his grumbling was hard to ignore.

I couldn’t help but smile, and they were really cute as they fought for the position to walk beside me. They were too big for all three of us to walk side-by-side down the hall. I didn’t say anything, and they finally seemed to get a rhythm and began taking turns. When I felt it getting a little tense, I would use my gift to ease their moods. I hadn’t known I had the gift for very long and didn’t need to use it often, but the boys seemed to have this competition around me that made them very tense. It was a feeling I didn’t like sensing, especially knowing I was the cause. I didn’t want to come between these once loving brothers, but I wasn’t quite sure what to do about it. Maybe it would sort itself out in time.

They continued to chatter on about things like the killer meals Chef Barney cooked, and the fact that the Drake House was the coolest werewolf facility ever built, and they reminded me that they were the first triplets ever born in the werewolf community and things like that. But my mind had already begun to daydream again. I was back at the story of Levi and Charity and their intense heart connection. It was such a romantic notion, and one that followed me around the rest of the day.

Chapter Seven


I had just finished brushing my hair and putting on a little makeup when I heard the knock at my door. I grinned as I made my way through the living room to the front door. I couldn’t help but wonder which Drake it would be this time.

I opened the door and my breath caught. Darrow was standing in front of me wearing a charmingly dimpled smile.

“Hey, Rain. I was wondering if you would like to take a walk on the grounds with me. I was going to take you on a tour of the facility, but it seems I’m too late for that.” I sensed a slight annoyance in his tone but only briefly.

I laughed at that. “Yeah, I hate you missed that. It was quite an experience. But I would love to take a walk with you. I hear the forest around here is gorgeous, especially this time of year.” I stepped out into the hall and pulled the door shut behind me.

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