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The Condition Series Vol. 1
The Condition Series Vol. 1
The Condition Series Vol. 1
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The Condition Series Vol. 1

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The Condition Series Vol. 1 is a collection of short stories introducing the secret society that exists in the pages of Protector, the new romantic suspense novel by Elaine Gonzales.

Imagine what your life would be like if you stopped aging by your thirtieth birthday. Now, imagine you had to keep it secret.

Meet Tracie, William, and Rory. Their stories will take you into a clandestine world where those afflicted with this unique condition live extraordinary, and unsettling, lives.
LanguageEnglish
PublisherBookBaby
Release dateMar 1, 2016
ISBN9781483563961
The Condition Series Vol. 1
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    The Condition Series Vol. 1 - Elaine Gonzales

    Protector

    Tracie

    2014—Nashville

    You’re probably going to think I’m batshit crazy, or something along those lines, but I assure you, I’m not. I’m quite sane.

    My grandmother is one hundred and fifteen years old, but you wouldn’t know it if you saw her. She still looks like she did when she was in college. She doesn’t have that youthful glow about her anymore, but she would definitely have to show identification to get into a bar. My mother and father would be considered elderly if you only knew them by their ages. They’re eighty-five and eighty-seven, respectively, but they both appear to be in their prime. In fact, if you saw me with my parents, you’d think we were siblings, except I’m sixty-two years old.

    Are you still with me?

    Here’s the thing: I have this massive secret that is so intense it could get me killed if anyone found out I was telling you. You must keep it to yourself, or we both might get a visit from a ruthless Protector of this confidential information. I’m not exaggerating when I say this person will scare the crap out of you. Believe me, you don’t want to be on their radar.

    I’m quite serious about this. I trust that you’ll keep this between you and me. Okay, here it is. I belong to a secret society that has existed for almost a hundred years. The reason we have to—or, more accurately, choose to—live hidden from your society is because of the affliction we all share. We call it the Condition, and it prevents us from growing old. We pretty much stop aging by our thirties. That’s why I look the same age as my parents and grandparents. There are thousands of us living with this trait, but there’s more to it than being ageless—so much more.

    First, our immune system is ironclad. I’ve never once been sick, not even a cold, and I will never succumb to an illness or a deadly disease. Can you imagine that? I’m sure it sounds great, and it is, except it’s hard for those of us who are especially empathetic. It’s difficult to hear about all the people in the world who are dying from crap like cancer and HIV. I’ve heard some

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