The Cost of a Rose; or, The Ordeal of Blood: Chapter 29

“You have felt my cruelty, yes. In time, you will see that my power lies not only in producing pain but in succoring those who are mine."

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The Cost of a Rose; or, The Ordeal of Blood: Chapter 28

There is only so much suffering that the human frame can endure and I had endured it to the hilt.

The Cost of a Rose; or, The Ordeal of Blood: Chapter 24

"I cannot for the life of me recall what happened during the weeks that followed that harrowing night. It seemed that I lapsed into a swoon that lasted an eternity, drifting into consciousness only momentarily..."