Title: Interwoven Deceptions
Genre: Urban Fantasy
A determined, blind educator, with the aid of her police detective lover, vows to rescue her psychic students who've been kidnapped by demons. So, she must reinstate her psychic talents, then travel to the demon world to close the portal and stop the demons' conquest of humanity.
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In the past, darkness had been my friend, not tonight. A dozen flickering candles supplemented the electrical lights in the kitchen. For now, I'd overpowered the darkness, but not my distress. Sweat beaded my brow, and expectation left goosebumps on my skin. I paced the foyer, taking slow, deep breaths.
My precognitive sense told me of a visitor tonight, yet whom and when remained elusive. I stood frozen several seconds hearing the knock at the door. I hadn't expected my visitor to appear on the material plane.
I braced the door against the howling winds, as Alyssa, one of my student's parents, slipped in.
Her dark eyes met mine. "Roberta's gone." Her hands shook.
Cold shivered down my spine as I put an arm around her. "When?" Another of Compton's teenagers had joined the Missing. The urge to do something dared me to break the promise. I slammed it back.
"Her mother said she never came home last night." Alyssa scuffed into the kitchen.
"Join me for tea." I got another cup.
"It's really bright in here." Her aura flared gray with skepticism.
I answered her unasked question. "I can still distinguish some shapes and bright colors. When objects are close enough, I can make out some details." NO need to mention my ability to see auras and other astral phenomenon.
Alyssa slumped into a chair. "Another teenager missing. You've got to help me protect Ariel."
Lightning brightened the outside darkness, while the sky-rocketing atmospheric pressure sent tingles up my arms.