Elle Carlton hasn't seen light in nearly eight years...until now. When faced with the chance to find Kaleb, her missing love, there's nothing she won't do. Her determination knows no bounds except one: he's not on Earth. Elle will have to leave everything she knows, and embark on a perilous journey from our world to Acryen—a realm where nothing is as it seems and truths are lost in all the lies.
In a land where dragons once ruled, magic is the ultimate weapon and kingdoms are on the brink of war. Prophecies are coming to life, and creatures unlike any other are emerging from the shadows. Elle only desires one thing: to find Kaleb. But, what she doesn't know is Acryen has its own plan, and you cannot fight what's already been written.
Someone had told her once ‘memories fade with time’, but not hers. Hers lived on like an amputee’s dull ache. Her hand touched the necklace around her neck. She could feel the two circles joined together harmoniously. Kaleb jumped in that day to find it for her. She squeezed the necklace in her palm. It came back to her. But Kaleb never did.
The wind and cold worsened with time. Now, Elle could clearly hear the beginnings of a storm. Trying to jog her memory back to a few hours ago, Emelie had said something; she wasn’t sure what, but something about a storm passing through.
“Reminiscing’s a joke huh?”
Elle quickly whipped her head back. Coco barked a few times, but quietly settled back down. The voice was familiar. It had to be her.
“Who are you?” Elle demanded.
“Someone who you will soon come to appreciate.”
“That doesn’t do me any good. I need more than that. How do you know so much about me?”
The girl walked over to the edge of the lake near Elle. She was so close that Elle could smell her jasmine scent clearly along with the wet foliage. It began sprinkling, and in only a matter of seconds, it started to rain.
“With some things, it’s best to leave them hidden in the dark. Not everything is meant to unfold…or at least not yet.”
Elle stood up straight. She felt too vulnerable sitting down with this girl hovering over her and the rain having kicked in. “How did you know about the lake and my necklace?” She tried yelling out all her questions, hoping her voice would overpower the wind and rain.
“You are asking the wrong questions,” the voice replied.
“Then what should I be asking?”
“Do you really want to know?”
“Yes,” yelled Elle.
Elle’s body went numb. “What are you talking about?”
“The only person you’ve thought of for eight years.”
A fire Elle hadn’t felt in a while rekindled inside her and she found herself yelling. “What! Where is he!”
“Now, I will ask again, do you really want to know?”
“Jump?” Elle could have sworn she heard wrong or at least hoped so. “Jump.” “I can’t!” screamed Elle.
“If you want to know, then do as I say.”
Elle’s heart was pounding in her chest. Her breaths were short and squeezed. The rain grew louder, harsher. And then, with a leap of faith, she jumped. The water hit her like a hundred knives.
As, she slowly faded, she opened her eyes one last time. She could see the young girl standing on top of a boulder, looking down at her before the dark enveloped it all.
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