Marcus Scott is an interesting character from the Redcliffe novels. He is a part of the story from about half way through the first book Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel), and although he was only ever supposed to be a supporting character, he has become quite important to Jessica Stone as the series has progressed. In fact, both Jessica and I have developed something of a love affair with Marcus Scott, against our better judgement!
Marcus Scott is a vampire and businessman who became friends with Jack and Danny Mason not long after they were turned. Marcus became a vampire during the industrious Victorian era, and his was a tale of passion and lust gone wrong. He was always an ambitious man, even as a lowly stable boy when he was still human, but once he became a vampire all of his aspirations were accomplished. Marcus has even persuaded me to write his own story, a spin-off novella called The Darkness of Love that I am currently pitching to publishers and agents.
Back to Redcliffe, and Marcus causes something of a storm when he first meets Jessica. Not understanding the depth of Jack Mason’s feelings towards his new, apparently human, girlfriend, Marcus tries to feed from Jessica. At this point she knows nothing about the vampires, and what transpires is a very painful and traumatic scuffle between Jessica and Marcus.
As we move into book 2, Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel), Marcus begins to suspect there is more to Jessica than meets the eye, and by book 3, Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel), he is firmly embedded in her support network. Theirs is a difficult relationship. Here is a short excerpt from Love Redeems, showing a conversation between Jessica and Marcus:
“Would you have killed me last week, Marcus?” I asked quietly.
“Yes.” he replied.
The world spun around me and I staggered, trying not to faint.
“I thought you cared about me?” I asked, feeling stupid but needing to be clear.
“I do,” Marcus replied, “But you angered me and I was hungry.”
“So, you would have killed me,” I said, “Just like that?”
“Yes.” he replied again.
“Fuck,” I cursed, “But surely you would feel bad at least?”
“Of course I would,” Marcus said, “I would be stricken with guilt, but I would learn to live with it.”
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*Image of Jason Dohring from IGN articles; Cover of Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel) from personal archive