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Fallen in with Shadows : A Novella: A Novella

By Johnson, Kevin, Wade

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Title: Fallen in with Shadows : A Novella: A Novella  
Author: Johnson, Kevin, Wade
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Drama and Literature
Collections: Science Fiction, Authors Community
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Publication Date:
2022
Publisher: Self-published
Member Page: Kevin Johnson

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Description
An adventure tale of a young man, bereft of close family, who falls out of the world he was born in and into one of a series of parallel worlds, followed by a shadow whose touch he fears and flees

Summary
Blaise is a young man used to his world being yanked out from under him. He lost his family to a railway accident at thirteen. Though his unconventional aunt raised him, it wasn't long till he found that her favorite place of peace and stillness turned out to be something much, much more. He falls right out of the world, and finds himself pursued by a shadow on the ground, whose touch he fears and flees. And in his flight, finds his way out from under the shadow of losing his family, and on to a happy fate.

Excerpt
(Lightly edited for spoilers) Snow falling through skeletal tree limbs above and around, my skis coming down on a mountain slope, and I could just see the tips of the shadow's fingers above as it reached over top of my head from behind me. The skis saved us. We went rocketing down the steep slope, just before the shadows that emerged with us could take hold. I "knew" how to ski, but Serenity really did know, and shot off ahead of me. I couldn't give anything too much thought, I was too busy *shushing* down a slope I'd never seen before, but I shoved my heart back down from my throat as I dodged a tree, then a boulder. The sun shone somewhere, but the heavy overcast muted the day to vague, seemingly sourceless light. The sound of my skis, and faintly Serenity's, were all I heard in the winter cold. I wasn't making any exclamations, and certainly Serenity wouldn't. I held both poles tight in mittened hands. My pack and harness weighed on hips and shoulders. Branches swiped at my head from in front, almost as a hand had moments ago from in back, and all was speed and balance. I found the moves and the equilibrium needed much easier than I'd expected. It reminded me of why, and what I'd left behind. Behind my goggles, I didn't dare let tears start. They'd freeze, or maybe steam the goggles, or both. And goodness knew I couldn't go having some kind of breakdown. Even an expert on skis couldn't do that on a slope like this, I felt certain. But I was having a terrible time. *Someone who cared about me. Someone else who did. Gone. Gone gone gone.* Then ahead of me the slope dropped away, a sheer cliff or something. I rode my skis out to the end of it, no hope of stopping, and not far enough ahead of the shadows to do it anyway. I flew off the end of the slope into empty air. Looked down and saw the mountain had indeed fallen away, more snow and ice and rock visible hundreds of feet below me.

Table of Contents
Chapter One: Not in the World Chapter Two: Blinding Chapter Three: Burning Chapter Four: Come Shadows Chapter Five: To Darkness Chapter Six: The Glory of the World Chapter Seven: The Glory of the Word Chapter Eight: Wait Ten Years Chapter Nine: Fallen Away

 
 



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