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Title: Secrets Return (Leftover Girl Book 2)
Author: C.C. Bolick
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Mystery
Jes Delaney's story from Leftover Girl continues after months of fighting to recover her memory. She's no closer to learning the truth about what happened the night she ran away, or to finding Chase. When someone discovers the articles from New York, lies begin to pile up as Jes must keep everyone in the dark or risk disappearing again. She finds an odd ally in Pade, who came home distant and broken. Something happened in Colorado to change him, but Jes holds back because he'll never understand her secrets. She still dreams about the gunshot, but now her hands are soaked in blood. Jes wonders why Chase hasn't returned and if her parents will ever forgive her for hiding that she wasn't born on Earth.
Darkness surrounded me as I stared at the ceiling. No one stirred beyond my bedroom door. The clock on the nightstand had glowed eleven-thirty the last time I looked. If only sleep would come, but no way could I stop thinking about Chase.
This new guy couldn’t be Chase. He’d pushed me away, complained about me in his ‘personal space,’ and then actually seemed worried when I painted him a picture of what my life had become without Chase. Between his odd emotions and the new teacher’s familiar cold words, I found it hard to believe Chase and Mrs. Pearson hadn’t returned. But what kept them away for so long? And why wasn’t he in any hurry to tell me now?
My brain felt ready to explode. It was enough thinking Chase was being held against his will, denied the chance to return to Earth. But what if they’d been here all along?
The creek—maybe hearing the rushing water would clear my head. I closed my eyes and pictured myself near the bank. Opening my eyes, I let out a frustrated sigh. White plaster still hung above me.
I closed my eyes and thought of Chase, of the night I’d run away. I’d pictured myself on that platform a thousand times since January. Moving small objects with my mind had become a simple task in the last month, but I still hadn’t managed to zap my whole body somewhere else. Pooling my emotions—fear for Chase, hatred for him possibly being so close, eagerness to see him—I opened my eyes, this time to a black canvas speckled with a million tiny lights.
Water splashed and gurgled to my side. Above me the moon hung in the sky, watching, welcoming me back to my favorite place.
Beneath my back was a bed of grass and leaves that had fallen. As I struggled to sit, the leaves crunched beneath me. The air was hot, no doubt more so since my bedroom enjoyed the advantage of our air conditioner, but it smelled fresh and wide open. My eyes adjusted to the night slowly, but I was in no hurry.
My heart swelled with the knowledge I’d finally used my gift for more than just a task my hands could accomplish. Sure, I was less than two miles from home, but I’d teleported myself here. TELEPORTED MYSELF. I threw my hands in the air and danced all the way to the water. Over and over, I told myself I’d used my power. Me. Jes Delaney. Who would ever believe me?
When I reached the bank, I sat on a rock and slid my bare feet into the water. My toes tingled against the smooth rocks, cold despite the rush of blood in my veins. Moonlight glittered across the rocks and water, reminding me why this place was so special. There was a beauty I didn’t quite understand, but I knew one thing for sure. I didn’t fear the water. I’d never feared water.
I took a deep breath, still unable to believe I’d finally wielded the same power as Chase. My power. Perhaps the gift never really left me. Maybe getting sick had released something inside of me. Or it could have been fate. The fortune teller at the fair had said my power would keep me safe.
But keep me safe from what?
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C.C. Bolick grew up in south Alabama, where she’s happy to still reside. She’s an engineer by day and a writer by night—too bad she could never do one without the other.
Camping, fishing… she loves the outdoors and the warm Alabama weather. For years she thought up stories to write and finally started putting them on paper back in 2006. If you hear her talking with no one to answer, don’t think she’s crazy. Since talking through her stories works best, a library is her worst place to write… even though it’s her favorite!
C.C. loves to mix sci-fi and paranormal—throw in a little romance and adventure and you’ve got her kind of story. She’s written a dozen books including the Leftover Girl series, The Agency series, and The Fear Chronicles.
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