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Shadow World Series
Sixteen years ago, Kira Chiklak’s mother promised her a miracle on Christmas morning. Instead, she woke to the news her brother was gone forever. The Alaskan pilot’s dreams have always told her the future but have never revealed the secrets of her past.
Now Kira’s dreams are warning her another child in Amarok is in danger of meeting the same fate as her brother. As Kira races to save Annie Michaels’ life she comes to believe her past and Annie’s future are inextricably linked.
The last thing Hunter Jackson expects to do during Spring Break is unravel a mystery. When Kira asks for his assistance, he can’t refuse her request. But can he help her protect Annie when his own heart is at risk?
Page Count: 126
Word Count: 33564
Sometimes I wonder how things would have turned out if I hadn’t. If I’d kept my nose buried in that menu in search of a dish I couldn’t pronounce. But I didn’t. I looked up and saw Annie hanging onto the banister as she descended the stairs that led to the Michaels’ apartment. She clung to the hand of a girl I guessed was her babysitter as the two of them made their way across the room. Annie wore a pink fleece footie sleeper and her auburn hair hung loose around her face. I think that’s what pushed me over the edge. She looked so damn innocent.
I pushed my chair back from the table and grabbed the wolf hat out of my jacket pocket.
“Be right back.”
They were waiting outside the swinging doors outside the kitchen. Annie was staring at the doors as if she were waiting for her mom to breeze through them, like she always did. The babysitter’s eyes flitted across the restaurant, looking for people she recognized. Then she turned back toward Annie and smiled down at her.
Liv appeared just as I reached Annie and the sitter. Her eyes locked onto mine and even Annie could read the warning there. Stay away from my child.
Annie turned to see who her mother was giving the evil eye to. She glanced up at me in confusion. Wasn’t I the lady who flew planes in the sky? The pilot her mommy talked to while she colored? Her eye caught on the wolf hat in my hand. “What’s that?” she asked.
“Liv, I need to talk to you.”
“It’s not a good time.”
She leaned down toward Annie and brushed her hair back from her forehead. “Ready for bed, sweetie?”
But Annie was not to be diverted. “Is that a wolf?” She reached for the battered hat in my hat. “Can I see it?”
“Um, sorry, I don’t think that’s a good idea,” I said. “It’s kind of yucky.”
Annie rested her gaze on the hat. “What happened to it?”
“It was in a cave for a really long time.”
Liv rose to her full height and turned her body so she was blocking Annie’s view of me “Kira’s sorry, honey, but she can’t talk to you anymore. She has to get back to her table,” she said. “Don’t you, Kira.”
It wasn’t a question. And from the way her eyes blazed I knew I’d crossed a line.
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