The Persistence of Memory Book 2: All Our Yesterdays by Karen Janowsky
Love is hard, even for superheroes.
Nina and Daniel have never known any destiny other than fighting their separate masters’ wars. Now, a secretive organization is creating a weapon that will collapse history. Their fight is to stay together. It takes them on a journey around the world and into another dimension.
Nina and Daniel now face risks beyond their imagination. Sacrifices must be made, and time is running out.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult Audiences Only
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I've always been fascinated with mythology, and believe superheroes are our culture's modern day mythological heroes. With the resurgence in the popularity of superhero stories, I was inspired to create my own exploration of what it means to be that powerful and navigate through human issues while the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
They're mostly composites of other heroes and gods. I did a lot of research about superhero stories and comics dating back to the early (20's/30's-ish) twentieth century and built on some of the ideas to create what I hope are unique personalities.
Excerpt Book 2: Chapter One
Daniel watched from the plane as the Beakers formed a shimmering blue cloud above the courtyard at the National Gallery of Art. The courtyard, with its gray, stone-tiled floor and its rainbow of colored souvenir and snack bar awnings, was mostly obscured. He saw people running in every direction, obviously terrified. Many of them were kids. He wished he could make the plane fly faster. “They’re controlled by your followers,” Graham said. He looked anxious, as if he, too, wished he were down there now. “I bet they’re trying to lure you into the open. Maybe you should stay back.”
They were in one of Rob’s larger aircrafts, the one he usually used for VIP’s. It was more like a flying hotel suite than a transport. The cabin had a couple of sofas and couches toward its center in addition to the comfortable but more traditional airplane seats used for emer gencies, takeoff, and landing. In the back, behind a partial wall, were a few bunks with privacy partitions. The plane’s amenities seemed excessive to Daniel, but on short notice, it was the most convenient one available.
He continued to peer down from the window. “Graham’s got a point, Nina.” He turned to her for acknowledgment. She shook her head.
The Beakers swarmed around the large fountain at the gallery’s sculpture garden. The team watched from above as most of the visitors and staff panicked and ran for cover. The problem was that no one seemed to agree on what safe cover meant, and the result was chaos as people screamed, shoving one another aside as they tried to get away. One group of eight children in their school uniforms, along with two adults, however, didn’t have the option to run. They were surrounded and cowering beneath a picnic table.
Daniel banged on the cockpit hatch and yelled to the pilot, “Get us down there, yesterday.”
Nina announced, “This can’t wait.” She stalked her way toward the plane’s cargo area.
“I’m not entirely sure what that meant,” Daniel mumbled to no one in particular. Kevin grabbed Daniel by the sleeve and pulled him along a few steps before they jogged after her.
Daniel and Kevin found Nina in the loading area by an entry hatch. “What the hell are you doing?” Kevin shouted as they closed the gap.
“We need to be down there now,” she insisted.
“Nina, step away from the hatch.” Daniel’s voice was firm. “Get back over here right now.” He could tell by the look on her face that she wasn’t going to follow orders.
Kevin sprinted toward her. “No, you don’t, your goddessness.”
She ripped the latch away from the door next to the loading ramp and dove straight down toward the fountain just as the rest of the team joined them.
Daniel and Kevin looked at each other and cursed. “You three.” Daniel pointed at Graham, Ty, and Abioye. “Parachutes. You.” Daniel pointed at Kevin. “Get Miri and me down there now. Miri get those civilians out of the way. Kevin, work on the Beakers.”
As he wrapped one arm around Miriam and the other around Daniel, Kevin grumbled, “Weren’t women supposed to be under their men’s control in your day?” Miriam whipped her head toward him and narrowed her eyes. “Sorry,” Kevin said. They jumped, and Kevin’s boot thrusters engaged.
Nina wasn’t sure how fast she could fly. In Uruk she couldn’t fly at all. Arms locked along the sides of her body, she willed herself to go faster. Closer up, she saw children and their chaperones huddled together on the ground. One child, a boy with light hair and pink cheeks, crawled away from the group. An adult’s arm reached out to grab him but missed. A Beaker swooped down, grabbed the little boy, and rose up into the sky. Nina thrust her fists ahead of her and picked up speed.
The Beaker, holding the child in its bottom four legs, rushed toward Nina head-on. The boy couldn’t have been more than seven. He was wearing khaki pants and a blue polo shirt, a typical school uniform. His floppy, blonde hair fell over his brow and stuck there. His eyes were scrunched shut and his chest heaved as he sobbed and screamed for his mother. They were only a few meters above the ground now and other Beakers buzzed around the group of adults and children. Nina didn’t change course. Daniel once referred to this maneuver as a game called ‘Chicken,’ which, now that she was participating, seemed like a preposterous name. The Beaker and boy were only an arm’s distance away. It made a sharp turn upward, soaring into the sky. The boy screamed.
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