Today. Today’s my day to fly.
Sure, it was crazy. Absolutely insane. Janaya had told me so often enough—and if anyone knew insane, it was her. But I’d been listening to the sky gods soar by overhead for too long to give up the idea. The feeling of rightness and anticipation every time I heard them was a wild, heavy beat in my chest, as fast and hard as those strong, unseen wings beating at the air.
Whenever I heard them I looked up, but I was the only one. Nobody else did. Nobody else knew they were there, and they didn’t believe me so I’d stopped trying to convince them. There was never anything to see after all. But one time, just once long ago when Devon and I were out on the bluffs, we’d both caught a glimpse of something. Something large. Something ferocious. Something amazing.
The swoop of a horned tail, the whoosh of a massive, leathery wing…
Gone in the blink of an eye, but I never doubted that it had been there. Even now that Devon was gone too, I still believed. Whatever lived up there, they almost never penetrated the black soot and volcanic storms of the ceiling, and I didn’t blame them one bit. Hell, I didn’t want to live here and it was the only place I knew. The Great Eruptions destroyed what I’m told was actually a pretty decent place to live once. A place where you could breathe the air outside without masks, and feel the sunshine on your face.
Devon had wanted to find a way to see the sun so badly, so now I’m going to do it for him. I’m going to find the sky gods and get them to take me to see the sun and breathe real air. Everyone’s gotta have a goal, after all. When my teacher asked about mine, I think she was expecting something more along the lines of taking my father’s place as governor, but no matter how hard they try to make me, that’s not going to happen. Because I’m the only one who hears the wings beating and sees shadows through the clouds. I’m the only one who knows it’s not just the constantly rumbling thunder.
I’m meant for other things.
I’m meant to fly.
Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.
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GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING
While trying to save her brother four years ago, Greta was thrown into the witch’s fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.
To survive, seventeen-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.
But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…