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VAALBARA: Visions and Shadows
By Michelle Horst
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

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Aislinn blushes, stutters, and is famous for her sarcasm. In other words, she’s a typical teenage girl. Although normal, Aislinn holds a truly fantastical secret, and has spent her whole life wondering why she has been plagued by the frightening dreams that feel so realistic, she can barely breathe at times.

When a new student named Ryan comes to school, this handsome stranger sparks feelings in Aislinn she never knew she had. As Ryan continues to follow her around, Aislinn begins to notice some odd quirks about the ‘new guy.’ He speaks as if he’s from another time, and the stories he tells have Aislinn completely confused. Soon, teenage life goes out the window when Aislinn uncovers the fact that her dreams are quite real, and that her name is Alchera. When Ryan reveals that he is Raighne, her guardian sent to bring her back home, Aislinn’s true destiny begins.

Stepping through a waterfall, Alchera soon finds herself in Vaalbara, her homeland, where she quickly learns that she must retrieve Ten Chosen Ones from Earth. The immortals on Vaalbara must train this long lost girl, while she has to accept a warrior sister; a sibling who’s being used by the Angels; and, a Mother and Father who are complete and utter strangers.

With her beloved Raighne by her side, Alchera must contend with Adeth – a monstrous immortal who will do anything to make sure the Ten Chosen Ones do not survive. And Carter – Adeth’s only son – who goes from torturer to confidant in the blink of an eye.

While Alchera fights the strange forces of the shadows growing within her own heart, she must complete her destiny, stay away from the Land of Shadows, and try with all her might to determine who she’ll spend eternity beside: Raighne, who she loves with her whole heart; or, Carter, the man who knows about the nightmares eating away at her soul.

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To be continued....


There would be sent a girl.
She will come with dreams.
She will see visions; visions of The Chosen Ten.
Another morning.   Another day. Oh, great!   Wake up, Sid…yet another few hours for the teenagers of the world to unite and drive me closer to insanity. 
            I opened only one eye at first. It didn’t help. The same crappy morning still stared me right in the face. So I did what any normal person would do; I snuggled deeper into my blanket, pulled it over my head, and groaned when my alarm started buzzing. I swear the roll call at Alcatraz couldn’t have been this dismal.
            I slammed my snooze button for the third time, but I knew it was inevitable. I had to get up now, or I’d miss my lift to school, and walking definitely wasn’t an option in this damn cold!        
            Oh…and then there was the dream; the one I’d been having frequently over the past few weeks. It always began by the same beautiful waterfall. Although it looked nothing like the one I went to every day. In the dream, the water in the pool looked inviting - a clear bluish-green color that looked as if lights were flickering from somewhere down below. Of course, what really got my attention was the man. I just wish I could see his face! Ugh, yes. It was one of those crappy dreams where you’d see this gorgeous guy walking straight at you, but just before you could make out his face…you’d wake up.
It really sucked. However, a few seconds later, I laugh at myself for just thinking about it. I mean, seriously, having the hots for a faceless guy is about as desperate as I can get.  
I stretched myself out before reluctantly getting up. Winter was definitely not my favorite season, and the worst part? It was only just beginning. The trees had just shed their leaves, and the grass was transforming into its’ normal color of dead-straw. The worst was still to come though - the blizzards were gearing up and they’d soon be on their way. Boy, I just loved those, especially the raging winds that would cover everything with inches upon inches of ice and snow.
Then came the part where my heart would break for a whole two months. The part when my actual waterfall would freeze over and I wouldn’t be able to crawl in behind it for my daily comfort.
I dragged myself to the bathroom across the hall so I could get ready for another day of torture in that hellhole they preferred to call school.
My toes were ice cubes by the time I reached the bathroom. I took turns standing on one foot at a time, trying to get my circulation to kick in. It helped a bit, though the cold would seep right back in as soon as they touched the tiles again.
I wasn’t as lucky as Molly and the rest of my adopted siblings. They had walk-in bathrooms upstairs complete with heated flooring.   
Molly, Patrick, and Cassie. It was the usual crap, as always. They had the ‘spoiled rich’ thing going. I got hand-me-downs from Molly. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t like I actually got rags. Most of the clothes still had the tags on them. 
Molly had this addiction, buying tons of clothes so they could hang in her closet for a few weeks before they would find their way to my room. She had good taste, too, so I never looked bad. I’d also managed to buy myself a few things that were more my taste from the sale items over at Lillie’s Place. That shop had the best bargains on any given day. 
People might wonder where I got money to be able to buy anything for myself. The secret was I earned it reading people’s palms. That might sound strange to some, but if they were blessed with the gift, I would assume they’d use it to their own advantage, too.
Molly was running late, as per usual, so I used the extra time to check if the battery in my MP3 was charged for the day. I got that from Molly, too, when she got herself an iPod a few weeks back. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t last one day without my music. It’s my way of blocking out the world around me; as soon as I hear my music nothing else matters anymore.  
I guess one could say that I’m not exactly the deprived ‘Oliver Twist’ orphan that I pity myself to be when I’m having a bad day. I have a home, clothes, my music and, oh, yeah…there’s Sid. What else do I really need for everyday survival?  
“Come on! We’re going to be late for school again,” I yelled. I knew it didn’t help but the need to rush her was always there…especially in this world I affectionately liked to call, Nutsville.


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