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Don't Tempt the Phoenix
Don't series, Book 2
Aithne has spent her life living for her brother. Now that he's found his twin flame, she's free from her duty as his familiar. She plans to relish every moment—and search for a soulmate of her own who will match the longing that burns in her heart. For now, a traveling carnival looks like the perfect vehicle to find the adventure she craves. Starting with the carnival's handsome and enigmatic owner.
Milcham Phoenix hides a secret behind the carnival's dazzling distractions. As the only creature in Paradise who didn't fall into sin, he is unique…and lonely. For centuries he has searched for the one woman whose beauty, spirit and passion tempt him to open his heart.
No one has come close—until Aithne.
No one has come close—until Aithne.
The fire within them burns out of control. But before they have the courage to share their true feelings with each other, evil attacks, and painful secrets are exposed. Truth is the one thing that will overcome an ancient enemy…and the one thing their love may not survive.
In the days of old, a legend is told of a most wondrous animal called the
. He lived in the Garden of Eden and was beloved by all for his wisdom, his compassion and his beauty. He had feathers that rivaled the sun and a voice as pure and lyrical as the angels themselves. Phoenix
The garden was a very special place. Fashioned by Yahweh himself for his creations, it was filled with all species of animals and of course…humans. There was plenty of food and room enough for everyone. It was a good life and all were at peace.
Then, something very sad happened. Man and Woman, who were called also Adam and Eve, ate the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge, which was forbidden. Their eyes were opened, and they became aware. Because of this, Yahweh removed them from the garden so they wouldn't eat of The Tree of Life and become immortal.
But the legend states Eve became jealous of the immortality and the purity of the animals still living in the garden, so she persuaded them all to share in her fallen state by eating the forbidden fruit.
All but the
, who in Hebrew was called Milcham. Phoenix
No matter how Eve coaxed and cajoled. No matter what she promised him, the
stood firm. His mate had already eaten of the fruit and was lost. The Phoenix must have been sorely tempted to be with her, but he would not betray his god by disobeying him. Phoenix
And so later, when the Lord came walking in the Garden of Eden, there was no one left in the paradise he'd created.
Milcham explained to Yahweh what had happened, and the Lord was most pleased with his sacrifice and his faithfulness.
Because of the
's great loyalty, Yahweh rewarded Milcham. He built him a beautiful walled city with large healthy trees and sparkling pools of the purest water in the world. He gave him special foods of nutmeg and other rare spices. He built him a tower on the edge of the city so he could sing his songs to the world. Yahweh promised the Phoenix if he stayed within the walls he could live in great peace for a thousand years. Phoenix
Milcham agreed. He went and lived in the beautiful city, and it was good. A thousand years passed in this manner, but in the last months of the last year, the
got very old and very tired. His feathers lost their radiant glow, and his song became hoarse and raspy. He had trouble chewing the delicious foods and had difficulty getting water from his special pool. Yahweh was forced to gather other birds from outside the walls to care for him. Phoenix
cried out to the Lord for help, and God heard his prayer. He told Milcham to build a nest of the spices and herbs that grew in his forest city. Once the nest was built, the Phoenix was to climb into it and face the sun at the dawn of a new day. Yahweh told him to lift his wings and sing to the sun. Phoenix
obeyed and built his nest. On the dawn of the last day of the thousandth year in his walled city, he climbed shakily into the nest, and lifting his tattered and dull wings to the sun…he began to sing. Phoenix
He sang of hope and of love, of faith and eternity. He sang and sang until his voice was broken and rough. His wings shook with fatigue, but the
sang on unflinchingly. Phoenix
Suddenly, there was a blinding flash of light. Flames burst out of the nest and consumed the
. He became a burning figure of red-gold fire. Phoenix
After a while, the flames died down. Amazingly, the nest and the tree it was in were not burned. But the
He was gone. All that remained was a pile of golden-gray ash.
Then, the ash moved. It trembled and slowly began to heave upwards. From under the ash, there rose up a young
. Featherless and bald, it was small and scrawny, but it stretched out is naked neck and lifted its tiny plucked wings to the sun. Phoenix
In a voice that could barely be heard, it sang. This time it sang of rebirth and life, of immortality and Yahweh's constancy. As it sang, it grew, growing stronger and stronger with every melodious note. Beautiful feathers of gold and red, purple and yellow sprouted and covered his nakedness. Eyes that were blind opened, to reveal orbs of glowing gold.
had risen from the ashes and been reborn. Phoenix
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