When your dreams become reality, reality becomes a
Maya dreams of perfect skin, beautiful hair, good grades,
and Eric Brighton—the boy she’s been crushing on since middle school. No matter
how hard she tries, all these things elude her. But when a creepy college recruiter
arrives with news that Maya has omnipotent powers, things change quickly.
Having everything she wants is a lot harder than Maya
expects, though. Will she give it all up for the chance to be normal again,
even if it means losing Eric?
Here is an excerpt. Enjoy!
In this scene, after an “odd” morning, Maya meets her mentor
and finds out the extent of her powers.
have a bad feeling you don’t want to talk about college.”
lips straightened to a thin line. “No. I’ve never even been to college myself.”
unease became a bat and struck her into panic mode.
She jumped up from the
chair, her heart racing. “Who are you? What do you want?”
shrugged. “I’m your guide, Maya. Your mentor, so to speak.”
have a lot to talk about. Would you please sit?”
backed up until her rear slammed against the door. She fumbled for the handle
and pulled it open. A rush of hot air hit her as she turned to the sting of
hundreds of tiny pebbles thrashing her face. Maya raised her hands to protect
her eyes and peered through her fingertips into the blinding rays of a
cascading sunbeams warmed her cheeks and illuminated the outline of a figure
that looked a lot like the Sphinx in Egypt. She gasped and choked on air
riddled with blowing sand.
laughed behind her. “Let me guess. You were thinking that you’d rather be
anywhere but here, and somewhere deep in the back of your mind, you always
wanted to see the Great Pyramids.”
appeared beside her, and she allowed him to close the door. Sweat poured from
Maya’s brow as the room instantly cooled.
you want to be back at school?”
nodded, terror constricting her from any other movement.
turned the handle and pushed. The
secretary looked up from her computer, narrowing her eyes. He smiled, waved,
and closed the door again.
crept from Maya’s toes and up her legs. Had she gone mad?
she allowed him to guide her back to her chair.
eased her down. “Are you ready to talk to me now?”
shook away her fright. “How’d you do that?”
didn’t do anything. You did.”
really. Any of our kind can move from place to place. Anywhere we can imagine.”
reached across the desk and grabbed a pitcher of water that Maya didn’t
remember seeing a moment ago. Goosebumps riddled her skin as he poured a glass
and handed it to her. She reached for the cup, wishing it was something more
soothing like cocoa with marshmallows, and jumped when her hand grasped a hot
mug. The porcelain slipped through her fingers, and the drink spilled across
the papers on the Vice Principal’s desk.
crap! Seston’s gonna have a fit!”
grabbed her hands. “Calm down, Maya.” A rushing wave of serenity
over her. He raised his left brow. “Better?”
nodded, and her gaze dropped to the neat stacks of clean, dry papers on the
desk—and a full mug of hot cocoa set directly in front of her seat.
the frig is going on?”
desire to freak out struggled against the calm creeping through her body.
gaze locked on her, consumed her. She fought against the presence invading her
mind until his strength overwhelmed her. Her resolve snapped, and against her
better judgment, she allowed the tenseness to ease from her muscles.
smiled. “Enjoy that little splash of relaxation. It’s probably the last time
I’ll be able to do that for you.”
do you mean? What’s going on?”
try to explain as it was explained to me. You are adopted, are you not?”
shifted in her chair. Her hands grew cold. “Yes.”
all were. Atrusians, for the most part, don’t raise their own young. Too many
are you talking about?”
are special, Maya. You have gifts no other child here has. You can make pretty
much anything happen, just by wanting it.”
stomach plummeted. That morning, she’d wished she didn’t have to wear glasses,
and her eyes instantly focused. She wanted eggs, and they suddenly appeared.
had to be coincidence. Stuff like that just wasn’t possible. “You’re crazy.”
bird cawed over her head, and Maya jumped from her seat. Water rose and fell
gently around her and all the way to the horizon on every side. She, Edgar, the
desk, and two chairs stood alone amongst the rolling waves of the ocean.
snapped her jaw shut and turned to him. “I didn’t do this. I wasn’t thinking
about the water!”
This one I did. I’ve always enjoyed the sounds of the ocean.”
I don’t. Take me back!”
smiled. “If you want to go home, just desire it strongly.”
grit her teeth. She could feel Edgar wiggling his fingers inside her brain,
pulling against her need to negate everything he said—forcing her to feel
confident, to understand. Her disbelief washed away as she closed her eyes.
gentle sounds of the lapping water disappeared, and she found herself back in
the Vice Principal’s office. Maya’s inner fear once again struggled with
Edgar’s calm until he overpowered her once more, and serenity and understanding
wiped away her unease.
eyes fixed on a stain mottling the carpet at her feet. She wished it gone, and
it slowly faded away. The rational side of her brain laughed, still unable to
process what she’d seen.
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Jennifer M. Eaton is a
contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance. Her work ranges from the sweet
contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter
Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in
The First Day of the New Tomorrow.
While not off visiting other
worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her
wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up
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Paper Wishes: Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it
looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill
makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.
Red: In search of a husband, Emily leaves
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Maya dreams of having everything she wants, but when she gets it, she can’t
give it back fast enough. (Coming in September, 2013 from Muse It Up)