Published May 1st, 2013
Published by Rhemalda Publishing (now self published)
Genres: Ya, Fantasy
Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not just Abby’s life at stake.
In this scene, Abby and Kye are on a bus, and Abby has fallen asleep on Kye, but he doesn’t seem to mind. Though she doesn’t really know him at all, he shows up in her dreams, and these dreams feel prophetic enough to make her uncomfortable, and leave her feeling more confused than ever.
When I jerk awake, the full moon bounces above the mountains like a bright ball in the
darkening sky, gilding the edges of the distant cliffs. Kye rubs my arm and smoothes my hair.
Heat creeps up my cheeks as I lift my head to meet his gaze. The tenderness in his expression
makes me long to stay right here, wrapped in his arms and staring into the endless pools of blue for the
rest of forever.
I tear my eyes away, feeling silly, and glance at his watch. After only an hour, my crush has
developed into something far more dangerous. Kye traces circles up and down my arm, and my chest
tightens when his hand slides under my chin and tips it up.
A spark of recognition passes between us, something undeniably strong and just as inexplicable,
and I can’t look away. Conversations buzz around us, but we float in our own little bubble, focused and
unmoving for what feels like eons. Then his hand moves down my arm until our fingers lace together.
He shifts, pulls me closer, his heart beating a quick, irregular thrum under my free hand. In this
moment, I want Kye to kiss me in the same way my lungs want oxygen. The wanting makes me tremble
from an ache I swear I’ve felt before, but can’t for the life of me remember where or why or with whom.
It is that sensation—the not knowing—that pulls me back, sends me scrambling out of his arms.
He keeps a firm hold of my hand, refusing to completely break contact. His thumb caresses the
inside of my wrist, sending vibrations of energy to awaken all my senses. It feels as though time is racing,
dragging me along behind it, and I experience a surge of panic. What if my time with Kye is limited?
What if he’s only a temporary part of my life? Will I be gutted when he leaves? I might.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Stay calm. Don’t freak out again. Not here, on the bus. Not in front of
Kye. Not while he’s holding my hand. The warmth from that hand spreads up my arm, keeping me
grounded, and I realize that it is because I’m holding on to Kye that I’m able to find my balance.
“You okay?” His voice is unsteady.
“Okay?” I shake my head. Of course I’m not okay. I’ve completely lost my mind. “You?”
He shakes his head too.
At least I’m not the only one.
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