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Damn, he could devour a feast of oxen with no help at all. A smile creased his face at the thought of his father’s elaborate banquets, plentiful cattle and fowl covering the long table, juices dripping from their succulent flesh. His mouth watered. Banging his fists together, he rejoiced in the desire for food after all the dim eons in an aimless world—unseen by the humans he observed, ignored by other ghosts, confronted by the occasional demon.
His brow furrowed, and he wondered at his increased vitality. Was the curse fading? The possibility of becoming a man again caused his heart to thunder in his chest.
The demon serpent-lion he had fought and killed must have rekindled his warrior’s appetite. He smeared the red liquid across his chest. The first blood he had spilled in over a thousand years. He sucked blessed air into his lungs. The beast deserved a thousand deaths. It had dared bare its teeth at the woman.
In his mind’s eye, he saw her as she danced beneath the moonlight. Small of stature, but strong looking, she resembled a queen or goddess. Dark silken hair haloed an enraptured face as she lifted her arms to the sky. It seemed to him she was calling down the moon, in the same kind of secretive ritual he had learned of from his mother, concubine to the king. Women in such a stance took on the power of fabled times, and the one called Ivy was no exception.
Still, at the same time, she had looked all woman. Ritual over, she had appeared startled by his presence, for a moment only. Then she had stood firm and taken his measure. His loins twitched at the memory of her eyes on him.
His stomach rumbled. First things first. He must fill his belly. Then he would search out the woman.
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Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance