Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Word Count: 60,000
Sixteen-year-old Catalina Bramson has never seen the sky. A good mage stays in the underground cities and avoids humans at all costs. When Catalina stumbles upon a portal leading to the surface, she can’t resist the temptation.
Expecting to enjoy a night beneath the stars for the first time, Catalina instead interrupts a savage murderer in the middle of harvesting body parts. Nearly killed, Catalina is rescued by a dashing Irish boy named Will. Despite knowing it’s illegal to befriend a non-magical human, Catalina cannot help but fall in love with Will.
But there’s a secret behind magekind living separately from their non-magical cousins: humans are susceptible to a fatal sickness known as magic poisoning. When Catalina discovers Will has contracted the illness, she vows to save him as he once did for her. Now, Catalina must not only solve the murder mystery she tripped into the middle of, but also make a deal with an unscrupulous faery if she wishes to find a cure for the boy she loves.
Catalina gnawed on the inside of her cheek as she stood in line. With each step she took toward the Arch, the glass vial hidden within the inside pocket of her vest became heavier. She’d smuggled medicine into the city before, but it always felt like the first time. She supposed there were just some things you never got used to. Knowing the Arch wasn’t designed to detect her precious cargo didn’t stop her palms from sweating or her stomach from flip-flopping.
“Next.” A guard dressed in a black trench coat with a stiff upturned collar waved her through.
Catalina sucked in a breath and stepped beneath the Arch. It wailed.
“Hands in the air!”
Catalina held up shaking hands. This couldn’t be possible. She’d passed through the Arch dozens of times with the medicine on her and the alarm had never gone off before.
Another guard stepped over and passed a plain black rod over her, starting at her head and traveling down. It glowed white when it neared where the vial was hidden.
Catalina’s stomach bottomed out. They’d updated their artifacts. For once, the law was a step ahead of her.
The guard flipped open her vest and reached into the inside pocket, plucking out the vial. He held it up before his face, arching an eyebrow. Within the glass vial swirled clear liquid filled with glittering particles. The guard pulled out the stopper and sniffed.
Catalina caught a waft of honeysuckle flowers.