Title: THE WORLD NEXT DOOR
Word Count: 95,000
Luc’s childhood is destroyed the night his best friend, Auri, falls through a rip in the fabric of Trillua and disappears into a parallel world—our world. Luc soon Luc soon discovers he’s still connected to Auri through his dreams. In them, he watches her grow from a lost, lonely child into a beautiful sixteen year old girl who doesn’t trust anyone. When he leaders of Trillua discover a way to travel to Earth, Luc risks banishment from the home and family he loves to hijack a spot on their mission and rescue Auri. But Auri doesn’t remember Luc or Trillua. She’s built a new life for herself—one that includes a baby foster brother and sister she’s determined to take care of.
Luc has one month before the Portal back home closes again. One month to convince Auri she belongs with him. But, as the clock ticks down, the leaders of Trillua discover that Luc’s proximity to Auri has somehow made him faster, stronger and almost invulnerable to pain or injury. Luc’s unheard of powers are too much like magic—something punishable by death in his world. The leaders demand he immediately Portal home to be examined as a potential danger to Trillua. Forcing Auri to travel before she accepts the truth of her forgotten past could destroy her mind, but the leaders have threatened to exile Luc’s family into the treacherous Outerlands if he doesn’t return. Now Luc must choose. Abandon the girl he was born to love, or save the family who’s depending on him for their survival.
I’ve written twenty-five articles for the local paper (the GA Harbor Sound) and been published in Woman’s World Magazine.
The sun creeps over the mountains, turning the windows to red fire that match the searing burn in my chest. Auri’s face dances behind my eyes. Ivory skin. Eyes neither blue nor green, but a mix of both, as if the heavens swirled emeralds and sapphires together to create them. Hair with every shade of red and gold, like the sun is rising in each strand…sun…rising...
I rub my hand over my heart and blink a few times. Outside the window, the ThriceMoon has been replaced by the glare of the rising sun. I bolt upright from the hard floor and whisper as loudly as I can, “Sin! Sin! Wake up!” I wave my hand, as if I can physically brush away the ashy emotion-trails surrounding me.
On his bed, Sin jerks as his eyes fly open. “I wasn’t with that girl.”
I snap my fingers in front of his face. “Sin! It’s Luc! I cannot believe we were witless enough to fall asleep. My father and Emelina will banish me if they realize I stayed out all night. Emelina warned me a million times to be rested for my Test today.”
My voice comes out choppy and breathless as I press both hands against my heart. The pain of missing Auri is always worse after dreaming of her all night. I try to take shallow breaths, struggling against the urge to curl up in a ball until it dies down. The grey trails of pain and fear floating around me intensify.