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Hollowed Humusara-New Edition

As the final book of The Primortus Chronicles, PLAGUED PRIMORTUS, nears publication, it’s the perfect time to read  an excerpt from book 2. 

Skylee suddenly sensed the weight of her amulet against her skin. It felt neither hot nor cold. Yet her desire to read her Humusara was stronger than ever. Perhaps it could answer her questions. She pulled the book from her backpack, removed her necklace and placed the amulet inside the diamond-shaped carving in the cover. As usual, it began its miraculous transformation, going from a new-looking journal to a wornand weathered volume of ancient writings.

I never get tired of seeing that, thought Skylee, grinning down at her Humusara as she opened it. Instantly, words begin to shimmer across the page. She glanced up totell Will, but he and Airon seemed enthralled in conversation. Turning around in her seat, she looked at Chrism, who had moved to the back of the glider, and was in her own world with loud music blasting from her E-buds. I’ll tell them later. She peered down atthe aged pages and read.

EXTINGUISHING THE MAN ABLAZE

WILL BRING ABOUT A TOXIC HAZE,

REVEALING FEELINGS LEFT UNSAID

UPON THE TRACK THAT LIES AHEAD.

Hmm, I don’t like the sound of that…toxic haze. She frowned, remembering her trip to the Maori Village where Ashley had used some kind of gaseous concoction on her mom. And he might have succeeded in kidnapping her if Skylee hadn’t stopped him by using the tree’s roots and limbs. Wait a minute, she thought as the words came together in her mind. Ashley Hayes…Haze…that can’t be his real name. The book’s pages fluttered, bringing her eyes back to the paper as itfell open to a new spot. Oh goody, she thought, rolling her eyes, more riddles.

THY HEART SHALL BE CONSUMED BY FLAME,

AND LOVE BE JUDGED OF GUILT AND BLAME.

THE NINE WILL GATHER ONE TO TEST

AND TWO MUST PART AT THEIR BEHEST.

My heart consumed by flames…really? Skylee covered her eyes for a moment and then peeked through her fingers to look down at the shimmering words again. Nine will gather one to test, she reread, dropping her hand as her eyebrows shot up. Nine who, or what? Oh brother, how am I supposed to know what that means?

Skylee glanced at Ann, who still seemed engrossed with something on her V-phone. Of course, she knew Will’s mom had a point about making sure her powers weren’t seen. But it kind of hurt her feelings that she hadn’t even seemed grateful that she’d saved her son from becoming a crispy critter. Skylee exhaled loudly.

“Sky,” Will said looking at herover his shoulder. “You okay?”

Every head in the glider turned inher direction. Oh, hey guys, my Humusara just told me my heart’s gonna burst into flames at any moment, she imagined herself saying. Psssh—nevermind! Shegazed up at them and said, “Yep, I’m good.”

“Well, my neck hurts like heck,” Chrism said in a scratchy voice. “And thanks for asking.”

Airon immediately moved back to sit next to her sister. He took Chrism’s hand and spoke to her in soft tones. How does she do that? Skylee wondered,shaking her head. In any case, she was glad the focus was on Chrism so shecould get back to her Humusara. Looking down, she watched the shimmering wordsfrom her last riddle replaced with new ones.

“Wow, guess you’re feeling chatty today,” she whispered to her book.

TAKE HEED

OF EARS, WHICH LISTEN BUT DO NOT HEAR,

OF EYES, WHICH SEE ALTHOUGH NOT CLEAR,

OF MOUTHS, WHICH SPEAK BUT WILL NOT SAY,

THEIR WORDS, THEIR SIGHT, THEIR SECRET WAY.

“Ugh,” Skylee sighed, pulling her Humusara to her chest and hugging it tightly. Why riddles? I mean really, what’s wrong with plain English, like—Watch out! Brinfrost ahead, turnback! Now that would be more useful. But at the moment all she had was more questions, and chief among them was why the Arcamentum had guided her to Brinfrost.

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Eleventh Elementum…New Edition!

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THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Skylee’s eyes were so intently focused on the envelope, she didn’t notice the colorful insects or Will. She scampered on down the sidewalk.

He gently reached out, clutched her arm and said, “Sky, what’s wrong?”

“Oh, Will, there you are!” she said in a distressed voice.

“What’s goin’ on, eh?” he asked, staring up at the butterflies.

Skylee smiled when she heard his voice. His ordinarily slight Australian accent was much stronger after being in Sydney. Actually, since Airon had come to live with them, Will had picked up more and more of his cousin’s Aussie ways. And Skylee noticed something else was different about Will. He had returned from his trip with blonde highlights in his wavy brown hair. No doubt from spending hours at the beach. She wouldn’t be surprised if his new surfer-boy look turned many an Aussie girl’s head.

For some reason, she didn’t like dwelling on that thought. So, she turned her attention to giving Will a detailed answer about the stranger, the book, the necklace, and the words that had appeared and disappeared. During her little speech the butterflies, still hovering behind her, continued to distract him.

“Will?”

“Uh-huh,” he grunted.

“Will?” Skylee called a little louder.

“Eh?” Will replied, with his eyes still glued to the butterflies.

“What are you looking at?” Skylee questioned grabbing his jacket.

Will finally turned his attention to Skylee and motioned with his eyes toward the fluttering creatures. He gently placed his hands on her shoulders and turned her around.

“That,” he said in a matter of fact tone.

Skylee cocked her head to the side in bewilderment. A mixture of shock and awe possessed her as she gazed at dozens of colorful butterflies flying above her head. She raised an eyebrow and said, “Eastern Tailed Blues, well…their real name is Cupido Comyntas—what are they doing here so early in the spring? Okay, that’s a little weird.”

“Cripes, Sky, it’s more than a little weird. And by the look of it, they’re following you.”

“All right, it’s really weird,” said Skylee, waving her hands in the air to shoo the butterflies away.

As she watched the purplish-blue insects floating into the sky, she wondered if her mind was scattering with them. I must be going crazy. Why are all these bizarre things happening today? She shook her head, trying to clear her thoughts.

“Will, did you hear what I told you?”

He nodded but continued watching the butterflies, now tiny specks, as they faded away. Skylee softly tapped him on the shoulder, which caused him to jump and look over at her.

“Sorry, I’m a bit distracted,” he said with a crooked grin.

She smiled forgivingly at him. Over the last few months, there had been a change in their friendship. It was subtle, but she could sense awkwardness between them.

So, what? He’s still your best friend, she told herself. In fact, they had been BFFs for as long as she could remember. Her mind drifted back to when she was about seven or eight. Those were the days when she spent much of her time with Will and Gracie. They had called themselves the three musketeers, one for all and all for one. That had been their motto.

Those were blissful times even though the skies were gray and even after Gracie’s illness prevented them from going outside to play. They still had fun building forts out of blankets and dressing up as their favorite characters from the books Gracie read to them. Then it all changed—Skylee wished things didn’t always have to change.

She swallowed hard and fought back her emotions. She composed her thoughts and recounted the details about the gifts to Will. She decided to downplay the part about the stranger and the glowing light. It was best not to tell him too much since he was so protective of her. Will crossed his arms and chewed on his bottom lip as he listened.

“Are ya alright?” He reached out and patted her arm. “Did the bloke hurt you?”

“I’m fine, just a bit shook up,” she said, nervously tucking a long wisp of hair behind her ear.

“Well, did you call security or your mum to tell them what happened?”

“Oh, Will, I’m okay,” Skylee said. “You worry too much. I’ll tell them later.” She looked down at her feet. “It’s what I saw in the book that really bothers me.”

“I worry too much? You just told me some bloke climbed through the window and—he could’ve hurt you!”

“But he didn’t…I’m okay. I thought he was after the book, but come to think of it he didn’t really try to take it.”

“And you heard him say something about it existing?” he asked as Skylee nodded in agreement. “So where is the book?”

“I hid it. It should be safe. Why do you think the man said it still exists like he thought something had happened to it?”

Will frowned. “Sky, if you see him again, let me know.”

“I will,” she said, letting out a sigh. “Why are you so obsessed with him? Please, just tell me…what do you think was going on with that book? What could’ve made those things happen?”

“All right,” Will said placing his hand upon his chin in a gesture of contemplation. “Let me get this straight, you opened the book and words just appeared?”

“Yes.”

“That’s impossible,” he whispered in disbelief.

“I know. So there’s got to be a logical explanation.”

“Right, and what did it say?”

“Well,” Skylee thought about it a second. Should I tell him the whole story?

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