We both groaned as we lifted the heavy iron cover. I dropped down into the icy churning water, sucking in a breath while Will climbed down the ladder. He paused, grunting as he pulled the heavy cover in place behind him.
Just in time. We heard rushing footsteps overhead, voices loud and angry. Will and I exchanged a look and then turned toward the dark tunnel. Will’s hand slipped into mine as he took the lead. “Stay with me. Don’t let go, okay?”
I let him pull me forward. The water deepened as we dragged ourselves along. The sound of rushing water ahead had me backing up against the current. “This is not a good idea.”
Will tugged me by the hand, wincing in pain. “It’s the only way out. Trust me. It’ll be alright.”
“Trust you? That’s a joke, right?”
“Can we fight about this later?”
Before I could argue, a wave of turbulent water rushed in from a connecting pipe, and swept us off our feet. Will’s hand tightened around mine and we dropped abruptly downward. As the slope steepened, the water picked up speed. Darkness and the stench of sewage overwhelmed my senses. I prayed a quick prayer that the end of the tunnel was near. What I worried for next was how far of a fall it would be to the murky waters of the Hudson below when we reached it.
Another rapid decent shot my stomach to my throat and Will’s hand pulled free. “Noooo!”
But the thunderous roar of the cascading waterfall swallowed the sound of my scream. It launched us into the darkening horizon like a torpedo, and then dumped us thirty feet into the icy roiling waters of the Hudson River.
In the year 2057, after a widespread pandemic has wiped out three quarters of Earth’s population and a global shift threatens the world with extinction, sixteen-year-old genetically enhanced Lily Charmichael has more immediate problems. Her uncle is dying of cancer and her healing abilities are ineffective against the blood ties that bind them. In order to find a cure, Lily embarks on a journey into the city, leaving behind her younger brother, whose gift for “life-taking” is on the verge of maturing. Keeping Zeph under control is as much a challenge as keeping him safe, even in the tiny hill-town of Stanton in the Northeast Sector. In return for use of Lily’s gift, the town has kept them protected from the Industry, an agency that would like nothing better than to study and exploit their abilities.
Lily is accompanied on her journey by Will Callahan, a seventeen-year-old grifter who she rescues and heals after he’s fallen prey to one of her brother’s traps. But Will is on his own quest. He’s been searching for his father since severe storms blasted through the Midwest and leveled his entire town. With his home destroyed and his mother and sister dead, Will is following a lead that his father may be located in the city. He agrees to travel with Lily as her guardian, hoping to protect her from the local bully who has his sights set on the strange girl with the brilliant green eyes. But the secrets Will’s keeping could put her in far more danger than travelling alone with the local constable’s son, and if he was any kind of man, he would have told her to run the minute he found her.
PJ Sharon is author of several independently published, contemporary young adult novels, including Molly finalist, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, FAB Five finalist, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, a finalist in both the Sheila and the Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm contest. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One, is a finalist in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards for the YA Category, and is now available on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.
Writing romantic fiction for the past eight years and following her destiny to write Extraordinary Stories of an Average Teenage Life, PJ is a member of RWA, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA. http://www.pjsharon.com
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