Chapter 27: A Change of Heart

Their world trembled beneath them, a fearful animal too scared to move. Even when it stopped, Cameron’s dirty hands continued to shake. They were a part of this destruction. They shouldered its pain. They didn’t move straight away. One because they didn’t want to risk hitting their head. They couldn’t see very well and couldn’tContinue reading “Chapter 27: A Change of Heart”

Chapter 25: Arkeh:na’s Decision

Cameron knew Avery had reshaped the Grandmoeders’ hearts when Grandmoeder Nai gained a twinkle in her eye. It took a lot to persuade her into doing anything she didn’t want to do, but Cameron saw it, and so did Grandmoeder Geneva. Geneva was the final call, the decision maker, and Avery had sold her onContinue reading “Chapter 25: Arkeh:na’s Decision”

Chapter 24: Out of Your Comfort Zone

Cameron’s kisses could only quiet Avery for so long. “You can’t live your whole life in these caves. Look at what it’s doing to your body.” “But I’m fine. This’s normal.” “You puked three times last night! Do you know how many times I’ve puked this year? Not once. The last time was when IContinue reading “Chapter 24: Out of Your Comfort Zone”

Chapter 20: Translation

They thought they’d read Avery right. Even though they were covered in dirt, even if they didn’t have magical abilities like their Moeder, they thought she still liked them for them. They’d been wrong. Although, as they sat on her bedroom floor, tracing designs into the “carpet,” they didn’t believe that as much anymore. AfterContinue reading “Chapter 20: Translation”

Chapter 19: Sleepover

“Avery,” Cameron said, relieved. “You’re really here.” She didn’t believe that. As soon as she saw them standing there, she thought she was still half-asleep. She hadn’t showered yet. She was wearing a throw-away band t-shirt from sixth grade. How much worse could this nightmare have gotten? She hadn’t even prepped her parents on meetingContinue reading “Chapter 19: Sleepover”