A passage in the Bible had him back up. He stormed to the living room and shook Father Albert awake.
Father Albert blinked and looked around confused. “What time is it?”
“A little before eight.” Luc thrust the book at him. “Read this.” He tapped his foot as he waited. When Father Albert glanced uncertainly at him. Luc threw his hands up. “I did not… This part is wrong. How can the Devil tempt Jesus in the desert when he’s imprisoned in Hell? You can’t waltz in and out. It doesn’t work like that. There are things that will keep you there. Creatures in the dark. They can’t be seen, but they grab and hold at the slightest movement. It’s a prison, not a resort.”
Father Albert put the book aside. “What’s bothering you, my boy? You’ve been a bit off since the rummage sale.”
Luc ground his teeth. Didn’t he just say?
But that wasn’t the truth. Acid was eating his gut. He wanted to talk about what––who––was consuming his thoughts. He shook his head and muttered, “Never mind.” He trudged back to his room, feeling Father Albert’s gaze drilling into his back. He sprawled on his bed and stared at the ceiling.
It had been four weeks since he last saw Rose. She was gone, back in the city. He told himself to let her go and forget her. But she remained planted in his mind, despite his efforts to evict her.
Eventually, he drifted to sleep. His dreams were filled with fire and heat. Dark claws dragged him into shadows, and his throat ached from screaming. Sweat soaked him when he jerked awake. The clock said it was three in the morning.
Luc threw his blankets off and stood. Cold made his teeth chatter, but for once, he endured it. It meant he was still there.
Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.
But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?