Finn Cready, a scientist, helps four children escape the experimental laboratory where they were born, in hopes of giving them the normal life they deserve. However, the children are anything but normal, they have each been born with special abilities that make them very important to the man who created them, Oleander Snyde. Ten years pass in hiding and Samantha, Michael, Apollo and Amelia, are no longer children. Now they must learn to live with the extraordinary abilities that make them unique, knowing they will always be hunted and tracked down by Oleander Snyde. Even after all these years, he will stop at nothing to entrap them and reclaim the four he considers to be rightfully his. They must be ready to protect themselves and to potentially protect the world from a much greater threat. The question is – will their powers be enough? An embracing story of overwhelming challenges, sacrifices, and hope!
Targeted Age Group:: 18-40
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
One day, the characters began to come to life in my head and I knew that I wanted to bring them to life and share them with others. The real inspiration behind finishing this book was wanting to get their personalities out there and make sure their story got told.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters simply began taking form in my head and day by day they developed their individual personalities, their quirks, feelings and specific traits that made them unique. A lot of inspiration also could be taken from different people I've come across in my lifetime.
“Are you sure about this, Polo?” asked Samantha, as she drove the old blue truck steadily down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.
“I'm pretty sure,” he answered. “Well, at least ninety nine percent sure.” He gave her a wide grin.
She rolled her eyes at him but couldn't help but smile back. They had been driving for over an hour and still saw no signs of what they were looking for. Samantha gazed sideways at Apollo. His face was alight with expectation – mixed with a bit of fear. She knew him too well.
He had never been a big risk taker, that sort of thing was more down her alley, yet he always insisted on being by her side through all of it.
This night, they had seen a news broadcast that had set them on a very particular search, one that had been ongoing for many years. To think that tonight they could finally achieve their goal was a feeling too great to put into words. It would be a victory after so many failures.
They continued in silence for a further ten minutes. Apollo put a hand on her shoulder.
“There,” he pointed to their right.
“Yes, I see it.”
There was a vast corn field and all of it was engulfed in bright orange flames. There wasn't an inch that didn't seem to be burning.
“That's definitely no forest fire,” Apollo pointed out, pushing his glasses higher up his nose.
Samantha nudged him gently, “look, straight ahead.”
“A police barricade.”
“Those don't look like normal police though, do they?”
“Probably, which means we are definitely in the right place.”
Samantha kept driving towards the police barricade and stopped at their signal. She rolled down her window.
“Good evening, officer.”
“Evening. I'm afraid I can't let you go this way. As you can see, we've got a very dangerous situation on our hands,” said the officer.
“Clearly,” said Samantha, dryly, not looking into the fake officer’s face.
Apollo cleared his throat loudly, drawing the attention towards himself. “Excuse me, sir, can you tell us what could have caused this?”
The officer looked Apollo up and down. “Probably just the heat.”
“It’s the middle of October,” said Samantha. “Not much heat anymore.”
The officer gave her a look of annoyance. “Must be some idiot tossing a lit cigarette or punk kids lighting the field,” the man said, offering a forced smile. “Why don’t you just turn back and find a safer route?”
“Excellent idea, officer,” said Samantha. She tightened her grip on the steering wheel and a small spark shot out of her hand.
“Thanks so much for the help, officer,” said Apollo, quickly, attempting to distract the officer from noticing.
She started the truck again, making a U-turn and heading in the opposite direction.
“Are you crazy?” he asked her nervously. “I’m stressed out enough as it is.”
“Oh, just relax, will you? I could have taken him out with just a snap of my fingers.” She looked over at him and smiled. “Don’t worry so much… Okay, I’ll pull the truck over and hide it behind those trees, then we can continue on foot.”
“Sounds like a plan,” he said, smiling back. She always knew how to calm him. “Did you see that fire? It’s so strong. How are we going to search for her safely? It’s crazy.”“Why would she start this fire in the first place?”
“I don’t know, maybe she was attacked.”
“That’s not likely,” said Samantha. “If they had attacked her they wouldn’t be setting up that barricade. They would have taken her already. I think they’re searching for her, just like we are.”
“Then, we have to make sure we find her first.”
Samantha found a safe spot to stop the truck out of sight.
“Alright, this is it,” she said, looking directly into Apollo’s eyes. “We have to find her. If Snyde has his men here it must mean she’s still close. He wouldn’t waste resources on this if she wasn’t.”
Apollo nodded in agreement. “Listen, we should split up and that way we’ll cover more ground.”
Samantha wasn’t too convinced about this idea. “We should stick together… We’re stronger together, you know that.”
He considered her words for a moment then shook his head. “The search would be faster. Nothing bad is going to happen. We can take these guys. I can take care of myself, Sam.”
“Don’t argue, you’re not going to win this one,” she said. “We are sticking together.”
“Fine,” he agreed after a moment.
“Is there a plan? This place is too big to be able to find her easily,” she asked him.
“Well, I don’t know quite how to explain it, but I can feel the air. There are places where the fire is new, and it has been burning for less time. That’s where we have to go. If there are new fires, it means she’s still there.”
“You can feel the fire in the air?” asked Samantha. “I don’t think I’ll ever understand your abilities. They’re too confusing… But it’s the best chance we have, so let’s try that. Lead the way.”
He nodded, adjusted his glasses once more and got down from the truck. Samantha exited the truck after him and walked to stand beside him.
“Remember, let’s try and be as discreet as possible, Sam. We don’t really want full out combat here.”
“I can’t make any promises,” she gave him a big grin. “You know how I enjoy a good fight.”
“Never mind… Okay, let’s go. This way, follow me.”
They began walking slowly towards the field. It was hard to see with the amount of smoke that was filling the cool night air. Flames covered almost every inch of the immense field.
“Where’s Michael when you need him?” asked Apollo.
“Forget about that, let’s just find the safest path.”
“This way.” Apollo took the lead, walking slowly. Avoiding the flames as best he could.
Every now and then they stopped or found their path blocked by fire that they could not cross and had to backtrack and find a new way around. After a few minutes they spotted three of Snyde’s men walking ahead of them. Two of the men walked ahead of the third.
Samantha put a finger to her lips to make sure Apollo didn’t make a sound. They both stopped walking and crouched down, looking for a bit of cover. The men continued to walk in silence. Samantha charged her hands with electricity, the energy created blue and white sparks that covered her arms. She began to walk towards the man trailing behind and when she reached him, she snuck up behind him and shocked him with a jolt of electricity. Just enough to knock
him out for a few hours. He didn’t make a sound. The other two men continued walking without noticing their missing team member.
She crept up behind the last two. This time, she created two orbs of electricity in each hand and released them into the backs of the remaining men. They both dropped without a sound.
She turned to signal Apollo to continue. “See, I can behave myself,” she told him.
“Great, let’s keep going, shall we?” he coughed. “This smoke inhalation can’t be any good for us.”
“Relax, you’ll live through it.”
They walked for another twenty minutes and Samantha lost her patience. This search was getting them nowhere. With every minute that went by, they risked her running away, or worse.
“Are you sure you’re leading us to the right place?” she asked exasperatedly.
“I’m doing my best, we just need to be patient.”
“You’re right. Sorry, I’m just anxious. It’s too quiet. We haven’t seen any more of Snyde’s men. What if they already found her and took her?”
“I don’t think so, I can still feel fresh fires. This way,” he pointed to their left.
They walked and walked but didn’t encounter anything or anyone.
“This is useless! Maybe we should go back and try another path, Polo.”
Apollo suddenly dropped to his knees and pulled Samantha down with him.
“What are you doing? Have you completely lost your mind?” she asked angrily. “What did you –”
Apollo covered her mouth. “Be quiet,” he whispered. “Look, over there.”
He pointed to their right. Through the intense orange flames, you could make out the outline of an old barn. Walking in formation towards the barn were at least fifteen of Snyde’s men, all dressed in black military style suits and heavily armed. They cautiously surrounded the barn.
“That has to be where she’s hiding,” said Apollo. “Now what do we do?”
Samantha thought about it for a few seconds and then said, “I’m going in. You cover me. I’ll take out those men and once it’s clear we’ll go in after her.”
“I’m not letting you fight them alone! It’s crazy!”
“How very gallant of you, but I can take them. Trust me, you just make sure you cover me at the right times and they’ll be no problem.”
“You’ll get hurt, I –”
Now it was Samantha who covered his mouth. “Stop worrying, will you? I’ll be fine.” Before he could argue any further, she kissed his cheek and sprinted off towards the barn.
“Sam!” he called out after her. “Damn it,” he mumbled to himself. He got closer to make sure he would be able to cover her. With his powers he would be able to create forcefields and barriers from the air, protecting her from any shots they fired.
Samantha hurried towards the men, not bothering to use any stealth or find any cover. The men were spreading around the barn. They were all armed with automatic shotguns, which they aimed straight ahead. They still hadn’t noticed her approaching. When she was only a few feet away from them, she called out. “Hey, I seem to have taken a wrong turn back there, care to point me in the right direction?”
The men looked confused, they didn’t know how to react. Then, they saw her hands charge up with electricity.
“She’s one of them!” One of the men called out to the others.
All together they focused their attention on Samantha and a few began to fire their weapons. The shots didn’t get anywhere near her. The bullets fired, made contact with an invisible barrier and fell to the ground. Samantha smiled and ran towards the men.
More shots were fired. Again, they fell to the ground before making contact with their intended target.
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