Demon Warriors 5 Panahasi Ten thousand years ago Panahasi made a deal with the keeper. It was a deal that not only brought about the creation of the demon warriors, but paved the lonely road he walked on a daily basis. All of that soon changes when he finds two wolf shifters to call his own. But his happiness doesn’t come without a price. The universe must keep checks and balances. And for Panahasi, his balance is Jaden, a creature whose very presence causes wars and famine—and now the man has his sights set on Panahasi’s mates. Growing up in foster care, Drake knew from a young age that Casey was his. But when he meets a tall, lean stranger on a dark country road, the one person who matters most to him may be the one person he loses. Casey loves Drake with every breath he takes. The shifter has been there through thick and thin, through good times and bad. But when he finds he has a second mate, Casey makes room for one large and very handsome warrior. But Panahasi has a very dark secret. It is a secret that if found out, will destroy an entire race. Genre: Alternative (M/M or F/F), Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves Length: 59,790 words .
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PANAHASI Demon Warriors 5 LYNN HAGEN Copyright © 2012 Prologue Panahasi strode toward the entrance of the underworld, wondering why the keeper was summoning him once more. He was still pissed off that the gods wanted to create human beings—a mistake in his opinion. The way the gods spoke, it was a brilliant plan, one of epic proportions. They claimed that human beings would worship them, bow down in reverence, and forever be grateful for their lives. Panahasi knew better. The gods had also spoken of giving these humans free will. It was a disaster waiting to happen. The creatures of the demon realm had free will, and that was turning out to be one big-ass headache. The inhabitants of Serenity City were too terrified to leave their homes. The once-beautiful city was now filled with demons who not only sucked souls out of other beings just for the pure rush it gave them, but for the powers they could steal. There were also hell hounds who terrorized any unfortunate soul unlucky enough to cross their paths, biting them and either killing them, or making them wish they were dead. The gates of hell were unguarded now, allowing any evil dwellers to come and go as they pleased. Times were dark, dangerous, and deadly. The city was in chaos. .
8 Lynn Hagen If it weren’t for the citizens that he treasured so dearly, Panahasi would level the damn place and start all over again. It wasn’t his call, but he could make it his call if things didn’t change soon. If the gods got pissed at him, that was their problem. There was only one that Panahasi answered to, and that was the primal source. No, adding humans into the equation was not a bright idea in Panahasi’s opinion. Although the gods planned on placing the humans in another realm, somehow he knew the two realms would find a way to intertwine. The perfect species was a myth. Give a creature free will and they always found a way to screw things up. And the gods would unfortunately figure that out…the hard way. These human beings would be modeled after the shifters in their non-animal forms, but not have the power to change into animals as the shifters could. They would not possess the special abilities demons were born with, either. They would possess no specialties whatsoever. But somehow Panahasi knew they would find a way to become just as evil and corrupt as those creatures that dwelled in the darkness. The road leading to the bowels of hell was paved with blood and lost souls, not good intentions. Why couldn’t the gods see this? Why did they always think that they were doing the right thing? To Panahasi, they turned a blind eye to what was going on in the demon realm, deeming it a lost cause, and trying to start over with these human beings. Trying to right a wrong with another bad idea was not the route to take. But trying to tell this to the gods was like trying to make a hell dweller into a model citizen. It wasn’t possible. The gods were filled with self-importance and inflamed egos, something Panahasi could not compete with, nor did he want to. “Greetings, Panahasi,” the keeper said as Panahasi entered the underworld. The place was a vast wasteland of lost souls, those who .
Panahasi 9 had died and had not earned their way into paradise. A few dark shadows brushed against Panahasi, but he waved them away. The lost souls were continuously trying to possess any living entity they came across. Thankfully Panahasi was older than dirt, able to keep them at bay. “What is it you seek from me?” Panahasi strained his eyes to see in the utter darkness of the underworld. Normally the darkness was not a problem for him, but true darkness bathed the air of the underworld. The dark shadows almost blended into the background perfectly save for the glowing red of their outline. They were some creepy-ass creatures to look at. “Always straight to the point.” The keeper walked until they reached the room the being used for spells and enchantments. This place wasn’t any better. The dimly lit room held bookshelves everywhere with skulls and candles placed haphazardly on top of books that were either open, or in stacks, seeming ready to topple at any moment. And he wasn’t even going to look at the various jars that held items ranging from strange green liquid to eyeballs floating in smoky gases. “I have spoken with the gods.” It seemed like a day for it. But mentioning those pompous, self- righteous beings made Panahasi dread what was coming next. It couldn’t be good. “They agree that something needs to be done about the demon realm. Things have gotten out of control.” No shit. “I proposed turning the underworld into a prison where the guilty would live out their contemptible existence being tortured with what they had done to the innocent.” The man sounded giddy. Panahasi had never heard the keeper sound so damn pleased and excited. It worried him. .
10 Lynn Hagen “And how will you capture the guilty?” Panahasi started to sit on the edge of the desk, but decided against that idea when something moved around the scrolls that were strewn about the keeper’s desk. “Demon warriors.” The keeper walked to one large bookshelf, grabbing a heavily bound book and dusting it off. “I can cast a spell to create only the strongest of the demon race. They will be the meanest, toughest, and surliest of the lot.” “That only sounds like the evil things already running around the city.” How would these warriors be any different? The weight of the keeper’s words was starting to feel heavy on Panahasi’s shoulders. Somehow he knew he was about to be sucked into the keeper’s plan. “No, they will stand out among the rest.” The keeper laid the book on his desk and then opened it, scanning the pages with interest. “These demons will have the bloodiest of backgrounds, the most deranged upbringings, and the harshest of lives.” The keeper looked up from the ancient writings. “But they will be the bravest, the most honorable, and have the most morally sound characteristics of all creatures, even if they don’t know that themselves.” Panahasi glanced around the room, wondering if these demon warriors were the answer the demon realm needed, or if they would only prove to be even more deadly than what inhabited the city already. Something had to give. He was only one being, and there was a plethora of evil creatures to battle with. There was only so much he could do to help the citizens of Serenity City. “So be it.” The decree had not come lightly. Panahasi knew there were challenges ahead. With these demon warriors’ creations, a price would have to be paid. There was always a price. The universe believed in checks and balances. He knew all too well about checks and balances. Jaden was living proof that the universe kept the scales even. Panahasi only wondered at the heavy cost for peace to reign once more. .