By L. J. Smith

At the run . . .

Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by way of demonic spirits who're wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. whereas her buddies Bonnie and Meredith discover the evil that has taken over their city, Elena is going looking for Stefan.

In order to discover him, she entrusts her existence to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the good-looking yet lethal vampire who desires Elena, physique and soul. together with her youth pal Matt, they set out for the slums of the darkish size, the place Stefan is being held captive. it's rumored to be a global the place vampires and demons roam unfastened, yet people needs to reside enslaved to their supernatural masters. . . .

Elena will cease at not anything to unfastened Stefan. but with each one passing day the stress among Elena and Damon grows, and she or he is confronted with a bad determination: Which brother does she quite want?

Back in Fell's Church, Bonnie and Meredith have made a few dire discoveries. They rapidly try and stick with Elena and warn her—only to be stuck up in Elena's most threatening event but.

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She felt that at any second she may perhaps fall to her knees because the melodies stuffed her center. while anyone touched her from in the back of, Elena begun violently, introduced again too speedy from the delusion international the song had woven round her. however it was once merely Meredith, who regardless of her personal love for tune had a really useful advice for his or her workforce. “I was once going to claim, why now not commence now, whereas everybody else is listening? ” she whispered. “Even the guards are out of it. We agreed on via , definite? ” Elena nodded. “We’re simply looking round the condominium. We may also locate anything whereas everyone seems to be nonetheless the following, listening, for almost one other hour. Sage, probably you may type of liaise among the 2 teams, telepathically. ” “It will be my privilege, Madame. ” The 5 of them set out into the Silver Nightingale’s mansion. 28 They walked correct via the weeping door-guards. yet in a short time, they found that whereas virtually each person used to be hearing woman Fazina, in each one room of the palace that was once open to the general public, a black-clad, white-gloved steward awaited, able to provide out info, and to maintain a watchful eye on his lady’s possessions. the 1st room that gave them any form of wish used to be woman Fazina’s corridor of Harpery, a room committed fullyyt to the exhibit of harps, from old, bowlike, single-stringed tools, absolutely performed through people who have been just like cavedwellers, to tall, gilded, orchestral harps just like the one Fazina used to be now enjoying, the track audible in the course of the palace. Magic, Elena suggestion back. they appear to take advantage of it right here rather than know-how. “Each form of harp has a distinct key to song the strings,” Meredith whispered, having a look down the size of the corridor. On both sides the road of harps marched into the space. “One of these keys will be the major. ” “But how can we even comprehend? ” Bonnie was once fanning herself calmly along with her peacock feather fan. “What’s the adaptation among a harp key and the fox key? ” “I don’t recognize. And I’ve by no means heard of a key being saved in a harp, both. it is going to rattle round the sound field at any time when the harp shifted slightly,” Meredith admitted. Elena bit her lip. It used to be this sort of easy, moderate query. She may still think dismayed, can be considering how they can ever locate one small half a key during this position. specifically because the clue they had—that it was once within the Silver Nightingale’s tool, without warning appeared absurd. “I don’t suppose,” Bonnie acknowledged a bit giddily, “that the device is her voice, and that if we succeed in down her throat…” Elena became to examine Meredith, who was once having a look heavenward—or at no matter what was once above this hideous size. “I know,” Meredith stated. “No extra beverages for birdbrain right here. even if i assume it’s attainable that they offer out little silver whistles or tools as favors—all huge events used to do this, you know—give you a present. ” “How,” Damon stated in a delicately expressionless tone, “would they very likely get the most important right into a desire for a celebration being given at the very least weeks away, and the way may perhaps they ever wish to retrieve it?

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