The trouble with getting into the barracks originally had been, she’d had to figure out what Danan and Tate’s schedule was. But now that they’d agreed to protect her, she’d figured out when they’d be on shift, and those were … Continue reading Chapter 20: Torn away
[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 …
They watched the shadowy figure sneak across the screen, the nightvision view illuminating the nearby area with an artificial green glow. But it wasn’t long before the phantom disappeared off one side of the monitor, only to reappear on another … Continue reading Chapter 11: My Ender, your convict
The boys had started getting sick three days ago. First it was just one, then three, then a half dozen. And before he knew it, over half of his makeshift family was bed-ridden, and the other half forbidden from approaching them. Even with the quarantine, though, others fell ill. He and a few of the older boys tried to nurse the sick as best they could, but with no resources, it was a hopeless task. Continue reading Chapter 10: Cure
Ethan stared at her. Her. It was a girl. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d seen one of those. He blinked, not entirely sure his eyes weren’t lying. But they weren’t. Her hair, released from her helmet, tumbled in … Continue reading Chapter 9: The sickness
Once before, she’d been a stranger in her own room. The first time Kierah had stepped through the giant double doors, she’d been transported to a paradise she’d never dreamed she would ever lay eyes on, never mind live in. … Continue reading Chapter 7: Unanswered