From Underworlds #1: The Battle Begins
I tore around the next-to-last corner. Almost there. One
final turn, then-BLAM!-right into . . . Dana!
The crash threw her into the wall, and I fell flat on my
I leaped up and pulled her to her feet. "Dana! I''m such a
klutz! Are you okay?"
She looked into my eyes. Her long brown hair was tangled.
Her cheeks were beyond pale. "Owen, I know the real reason my
parents went to Iceland. The monsters. They''re coming here. But
you can''t tell a soul, not yet-"
I stepped back. "Monsters? Dana, what are you-"
"Find the book! In my house. It''ll tell you everything.
It''s not like the others."
"Dana-" I thought I heard someone at the far corner. Before
I could see who it was, thick black smoke billowed up from the
floor under Dana''s feet. The air roared like a jet engine. And I
heard words-hissing-as if from a million miles away.
Dana''s face went white. "HELP!"
She threw something at me. Flames shot up in a ring around
her feet, the floor split open, and she fell straight down. I saw
eyes, dozens of them. And shiny black stuff. And thrashing shapes.
"Dana?" I shouted. "Dana!"
But an instant later, the floor sealed up, the fire
vanished, and Dana was gone.