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Story Title: Dance with the Devil: A Mafia Tale.

Summary: Meet Isabella Marie Swan, a twenty year old, struggling college student with a bright future but a dark and painful past.

Meet Edward Anthony Masen Cullen, a convicted Mafioso serving time for his crimes.

Now join Isabella and Edward as actions, circumstances and consequences set them on a collision course. At the end of it all, will the pure and untainted Isabella survive the callous and seductive touch of a man no better than the Devil?

It is a dark tell of seduction, passion and lust. Blood will be shed. Lives will be lost. But what do you expect when you Dance with the Devil?

Chapter Number: 1.

Chapter Title: Prologue.

Date Chapter Published: 19th June, 2013.

Chapter Rating: T.

Word Count: 291.

As a child, we are told that the choices we make in life are simple. You choose right over wrong, justice over injustice, good over bad, righteousness over evil. But as you get older and experience life for what it truly is, you will realize that your choices were not so clean-cut; that life was not so black and white. You soon realize that the true choice of life lay in that dreaded grey area, the lesser of two evils, the greater of two goods, the poisoned good over the unforgiveable bad, the tainted righteous over the unredeemable evil.

Now we meet something else we have been taught.

The seven deadly sins: greed, sloth, envy, pride, wrath, gluttony, lust.

At some point in our lives we will all fall victim to one of them and if we believe what our Sunday school teacher told us, we will be condemned to burn for all eternity in hell's fire. None will be left pure for each will be embraced by the encompassing tentacle-like grasp of temptation and as such we all shall fall from grace.

On the other side of the coin we meet the seven heavenly virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility.

These seven virtues promise us redemption, the chance to pull ourselves up from the burning pits of hell that we have unknowingly cast ourselves into.

But what if there are those who do not mind the heat; those that revel in the burn, the pain and the complete destruction of their own soul? Although rare, there are those who do not wish for redemption.

After all, the descent into hell is easy. The question is: are you strong enough to pull yourself out after you revel in it?