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Victor: Meeting Sang - The Academy Ghost Bird Series, #2

Victor: Meeting Sang - The Academy Ghost Bird Series, #2

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Victor: Meeting Sang - The Academy Ghost Bird Series, #2

5/5 (15 ratings)
64 pages
57 minutes
Aug 9, 2016


The Academy: Ghost Bird series in a different look at the very beginning. Read Introductions with a whole new perspective--the boys'. 

Victor Morgan hides from the public whenever he can. It's not that he's a recluse; he hides to avoid rumors and throngs of teen girls throwing themselves at him because of his fame. When his team of friends is assigned a job at a new school, it's his one chance to finally be just Victor; not a local celebrity, or that guy whose parents have a huge house and lots of money. He wants to be normal, to be able to blend in and not worry about what everyone else is thinking or what they may want from him.

Things change when he meets Sang Sorenson. She's beautiful and clever, though she hides her intelligence behind a veil of shyness and insecurity. But with just a look, she makes him say the stupidest things. 

Only things are wrong in her world. She's hiding something dark and terrible, the evidence of it in her haunted eyes. He barely knows her, but he'd give everything to help and protect her. Whatever it takes to keep her safe, he's in.

Aug 9, 2016

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Victor - C. L. Stone


Victor Morgan disliked Luke Duty.

It was one in the morning, and Victor held Luke by his ankles over the edge of a roof, three stories up.

Because Luke was curious, he was hanging over a downtown Charleston home, where anyone could walk by at any moment, including the police.

Luke dangled, inching his way down to avoid dropping his weight so Victor wouldn’t spill off the edge of the roof. His hair was tied back into a tiny bun on the back of his head. He’d already removed his shirt, as it was too loose and would have gotten in the way.

If it wasn’t for the mess of trees in the front yard shielding them, Victor was sure that with Luke’s blond hair and fair skin, they’d draw loads of attention—even late at night.

The grit of the tiles dug into the bottoms of Victor’s bare feet, and it hurt to keep standing. It was painful, and getting worse now that he was carrying so much extra weight and dug his heels into the roof. If Luke had only warned him they’d be doing this, he could have brought sneakers instead of slick shoes that he’d had to leave on the ground.

Keep still. Just hang on.

He breathed in warm, damp air, and then bit his tongue. His muscles shook. Helping Luke commit trespassing or breaking-and-entering wasn’t the sort of Academy work he was used to. Playing the piano and tapping at a computer keyboard didn’t give him a lot of time for strength training like the others.

Luke wriggled as he dangled over the edge of the roof, swinging toward the house, and reached out to grip the ledge of a window. He had a lean body, but he was taller and bigger than Victor, definitely outweighing him.

Victor readjusted and locked his arms around Luke’s legs, but the jeans Luke wore were of a slippery material, and he still felt like he was losing him.

Hurry up, he whispered through clenched teeth. They had no idea if the people inside were home, and he didn’t want to find out either way. He just wanted to leave. With Luke in one piece.

Luke said nothing, but his toes wriggled.

Just when Victor wasn’t sure he could hold onto him, Luke pulled his ankles away from his grip; he wanted to be released.

Was he insane? They were three stories up. If Victor let go, Luke would end up dangling from the window. How would he get back up?

When Luke tugged again, his body arching, Victor lost his grip, his heart lurching in terror at his sudden helplessness. Luke’s feet punched into Victor’s stomach as he launched himself over the edge.

Winded, Victor dropped to the roof, and then, once steady, forced himself to look over the edge, peering down to the concrete driveway below.

Nothing. No splattered body.

He was relieved but frowned, then realized Luke was most likely through the window. Somehow, with his Luke Magic, he’d made it inside.

Victor bit back a few choice words. How could he be so reckless? He wasn’t just risking his neck; he was risking a reputation as well. If anyone saw Victor helping someone break into the house, it would be all over the news in a heartbeat. He’d said he just wanted to look in the windows. What happened to the plan?

The smell of a rainstorm on the way hit his nose as a breeze whipped into his face. He waited, and without anything else to do, reached absently into his pocket, temporarily forgetting that he didn’t bring his own iPhone.

He felt the emergency flip phone instead. He considered using it to let Mr. Blackbourne know Luke was stupidly taking such big risks. He didn’t want to tattle, but Luke sometimes needed stronger guidance than Victor could provide. Mr. Blackbourne was one of the few people Luke actually took seriously.

Right now, though, there was nothing he could do but wait. He couldn’t go in. He wasn’t even sure he could get off the roof on his own.

He quietly tapped out the entirety of a Mozart tune on his leg with his fingertips, slowing on the last few bars to give Luke extra time.

Nothing. Silence.

The silence was better than gunfire or screaming. Luke remained unnoticed, whatever he was doing in there.

Victor scanned the street below, listening for any signal from Luke that he might need help getting back on the roof. He doubted he could lift Luke back up again. He wasn’t sure Luke could even climb his way

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