This excerpt is rated PG-13. "Symbiosis", a science/fantasy novel about a goddess who survived the eruption of Thera. She believes she's just an odd human until Jesse kidnaps her and forces her quickening.
By Madison Woods
PROLOGUE - excerpt
Riha drifted in the liminal state just beneath consciousness until the sound of dripping water finally roused her. It wasn’t so much that the water was loud, but it was the lack of other sounds, sounds she should be hearing, that caused her attention to focus. Where was the laughter – the soft conversation? She became awake...
Shit. Shit. Shit. And damn it all to Hell.
Of all the times, it would happen now. A knowing teased at the back of her mind. It was a sensation similar to déjà vu, but many degrees stronger. It drove her to distraction and she knew from experience it would bother her until she relented. Slipping her hand under her collar she rubbed her neck and shoulder, lingering on the scar she’d carried there all her life. The little self-massage was a habit that helped her fall into the pattern of wait-receive-release.
Four things marked Ki as being different from everyone she’d ever known.