• green valley between mountains

    As they walked, the glowing orb stared at them with unseen eyes as they dove deeper into the open cave. Their shadows stretched along the craggy white rocks that now jutted through the sand, glossy and clear as diamonds. A cool breeze shifted through the walls, softly billowing inside. Hana thought she could see her ...
  • tombstone, lantern, graveyard

    Soft light filters through the drawn blinds, and you blink slowly awake. This was how you always awoke. No shrill sound of the alarms. Just the change from darkness to light. As your mind tries to process where you were, a part of you aches. Twisting your head to the right, you noticed the clock ...
  • waves of sand

    Hana tensed in fear at the messenger’s words. The three specks against the shivering sand began inching closer, and as she made them out better in the light, she realized one of them carried shining white chains. “Posdin,” whispered Sayrin, “The athia.” A wisp of light sailed past Hana’s ankles. She looked down in time ...
  • desert and sky

    Heavy rain came down like fog as the group made their way through the city. The two Dimoven soldiers guided Hana and the others with quick steps. When Hana turned around to watch Marcus, she noticed how Brigdu rapped on the front doors of houses. Sometimes a timid tap answered.  The entire time Ino flew ...
  • Three girls showing off wrist corsages for homecoming

    A couple of weeks had passed since the hostage-taking of Hannah’s English class. The school had slowly returned to what most would consider routine. The focus now would be on homecoming season. Hannah hadn’t planned on attending the dance, but her friends talked her into it. Hannah was nervous and unsure while she got ready ...
  • Hallway

    When I see youDo I see you? When I hear youDo I listen to you? Am I the only one here?Is it all my reflection? I want to break the mirrorbut the mirror is my reflection, When I break itI see another mewatching me I don’t want to be alone.I want you to join me. ...
  • archway with storm

    Hana didn’t notice when the blue sky turned gray and light raindrops pattered against the glass walls. She wandered the corridors for a few minutes, and her mind raced. How was she supposed to preserve an entire world? Where would she travel to first? Hana hadn’t mastered any aspect of her new abilities. She wished ...
  • moon with trees in front

    A swelling, growing mass of indigo and violet swirled up toward the ceiling. Thick waves of mist slithered across the slick floors, and as they curled around Hana’s legs, the damp clouds kissed her skin. Deep blue settled over the hall until everyone at the table disappeared. Hana blinked. She checked her hand but couldn’t ...
  • sun set with tree in front

    In a split second, Hana wrenched herself away while the Captain remained frozen, the last light in his eyes glazing over. Brigdu readied a glistening spear, the ends of his fingers shaking. “Watch him!” Hana held her hand up out of instinct. Sayrin gasped behind her. Ino leaped through the crowd again, past the Posdin, ...
  • clay brown wall with steps

    Time slowed down. Everyone else disappeared around her as Hana stared at Marcus, who looked the same as she remembered. He had the same large brown eyes and wide smile, but an unfamiliar essence passed over his face that she couldn’t recognize. “I knew you would return,” he said, his tone soft. He tripped over ...