(IFICS #2Freak of Nature)
By Julia Crane
Release Date: December 24, 2013
*Warning 17+ due to sexual gritty topic and language.
Kaitlyn and Erik are sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.
Vance's current victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.
The mission quickly turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it's like to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.
Julia crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan’s Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination.She currently lives in Tennesee with her husband and three children.
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Fractured Innocence by Julia Crane Excerpts
This couldn’t be reality. Had they really been abducted? No! No! No! Please let this be a dream. A
nightmare. Please let me wake up and find myself in my own bed. Things like this didn’t happen, not to
her. Not to her brother! Certainly not in America.
Her family didn’t have money, so she knew this wasn’t about ransom.
Without moving she scanned the room trying to gain her bearings. She was curled up on the floor in the
corner of a small room, that much was obvious. Her body ached. She tried to straighten her legs out but
they remained bent. She couldn’t even push herself up to sitting.
The walls were white and metal filing cabinets lined the walls. A large wooden desk sat off to the left with
a computer. No windows. No pictures or paintings on the wall. Nothing personal whatsoever.
Her eyes continued to dart around the room, finally settling on the men. They were large, wore dark suits
and looked scary. One was tall with a hook nose and curly blond hair, the other was short but muscular
with a bald head. They were not the same men from the car.
Desperately she tried to fight the panic that rose in her chest once she realized her brother was not in the
room with them. Where was he? At least she knew he was alive from their comments. Too young? For
what? So many questions and no answers. Maybe if she could figure out where they were they could
In the dead of night their boat went unnoticed by the sentries as the current tossed the boat around. If they
were like most guards they were probably dozing on the job. But she had to assume they were heavily
armed and dangerous. Erik hit the throttle and veered off at the last second bringing the boat back around
again, getting as close as possible.
Dim lights glowed from some of the portholes, but most were dark.
Kaitlyn analyzed the wind and gauged the waves before leaping forward, she grabbed ahold of the ladder
rung and pulled herself up quickly, climbing with ease. Erik was close on her heels.
Silently Kaitlyn dropped to the floor, and simply stood there watching, listening. Her mind went cold,
analytical. She could hear muted voices, footsteps scraping, water dripping, the hum of fluorescent lights.
In the distance someone coughed. No one was aware of their presence.
The ship was old, rusty and large. It was 965 foot long and had almost 3,000 shipping containers on it.
The captives could be anywhere. Mentally she went over the blue prints seeking out the largest rooms
where Dasvoik would most likely sleep. She vectored in a couple of locations.
The stench was overwhelming—rotten food, feces and urine to name a few mixed with the salty air. While
her sensors were busy sorting out the different scents, sounds and possible scenarios they could encounter,
Kaitlyn panned back and forth scanning the area, taking in the heat sensors.
Several different caution symbols illuminated on her internal screen. Nearby an armed guard stood off to
her left. The man was completely unaware he was a breath away from death— if he made the wrong move.
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