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The First Mission (Splicers 1)

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73 pages1 hour

Summary

From the Publisher that brought you popular short story series Witching Call, Hostile Hearts, Earthbound Angels, The January Morrison Files Psychic Series, The Eve Snow Psychic P.I. Series, Ralph's Gift, Children of Time, Children of Two Futures, The Magaram Legends, Chains of Darkness, Song of Teeth, Tropical Storms and Friend Zone. And now, Splicers Series...

POWERS SPLICED TOGETHER, SCIONS AND STOCK ARE US, THIS IS HOW WE BEGIN
THE FIRST MISSION

“The overloaded color spectrum flashed violently in front of his eyes as he felt a vacuum form where his aura had burst.”

After years of training among splicers—a secluded community of people able to make auras of energy surround their bodies and burst into concussive blasts—Madrigale is ready to run away.

She has failed to become a successful splicer at every attempt while it comes so naturally to other students. They have been taught that their power comes from their communion with one another, which troubles Madrigale even more, an outsider among a close-knit population.

On the eve of her escape, however, her instructors pair her with Logan, the best splicer among her peers, and the two receive an assignment to escort a group of visitors, who made a recent pilgrimage to the tower where the splicers live, back home through a countryside riddled with bandits and an unforgiving wilderness. Now with the perfect opportunity to never return, Madrigale must decide between her responsibilities and her true desires, and she must decide if she can bring herself to risk Logan’s life and the lives of innocent visitors in order to escape.

She is nearly certain that she very well can.

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EXCERPT

Within the shelf of the tower that Illoso called home, he wiped the sweat from the corners of his eyes and glanced at his watch. Hours had passed since the performance, and now the different families and groups of people who had made the pilgrimage to the Ether Edifice began to take their first steps back home. Now was the most critical time to speak to these people. He had organized this entire event so the splicers could form stronger ties with the surrounding towns, which would give them all more resources, more order, and, most importantly, more protection against the legions of bandits haunting the wilderness between their distant communities.

The time had come to send splicers to visit the homelands of these travelers. He had to get to the central platform of the Ether Edifice to begin the selection process.

Illoso stepped off the balcony toward the hollow center of the tower without hesitation or concern for the one-hundred-foot drop below him.

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