“So,” Kierah began, her voice seeming loud after a while of driving with Ari in silence, “if you don’t mind my asking, how’d your dad die? Why does Danan blame you? I’m not trying to pry or anything,” she added … Continue reading Chapter 19: Turning herself in
“I need makeup,” I told my stepson. We were in costume to role-play his latest adventure. He was going to be a shadow demon, while his dad and I were warriors. However, as a warrior, a sweater and jeans would … Continue reading 3+ME: Intimidating and beautiful
Flying training was done for the day. Kierah left the speeder hangar, energized and mostly happy. Like combat class, and unlike ballroom dancing or tea etiquette, she could imagine finding a practical use for the knowledge back in her normal … Continue reading Chapter 18: “I don’t think you should go back”
“You need this,” Ari said, in the kind of tone that wouldn’t take no for an answer. And she handed Kierah a mug. Kierah stared at the dark liquid inside it, and wrinkled her nose. “What is it, again?” “If … Continue reading Chapter 17: Coffee — and a confrontation about the past
[Eight years ago] Ethan heard the boy’s sobbing from down the tunnel. Swinging the pick back and digging it into the rock wall, he tried to drown it out. He didn’t know who it was or why he was crying, … Continue reading Chapter 16: Eight years ago
What did it matter what she looked like? What did it matter that she’d brought them food and saved their lives? She was an intruder and she couldn’t be trusted, end of story.
He wasn’t the trusting type — that had been beaten out of him years ago. He knew better. Continue reading Chapter 15: Not the trusting type, and yet …
She held up the backpack, once again full of food. Demarc didn’t say anything as Kierah stood there, waiting for him to allow her in again. But the way he looked at her was strange. Less brutally cold than it … Continue reading Chapter 14: “He was going to kill her.” “He would have been doing us a favor, then.”