TITLE: The Legacy of the Eye
GENRE: Science Fiction
On a school-planet supposed to value merit over birthright, the top graduate with a degree in Governance discovers that all headmasters came from the same lineage and that the girl he just kissed is next in line. A self-imposed exile could thwart his parents’ plan to marry him onto a throne that shouldn't exist--if he can evade the bait to bring him home.
"Cat, we're stepping into our future and you're not even paying attention."
Catrine’s hand halted, palm pressed against the cool surface of the heavy wood door. She raised her eyebrows at David and made no further motion to exit the main building of the Academy.
"Our future doesn't start for another couple of weeks," she said.
They were allowed to leave the school that day because the council had granted them an audience. Graduation was still two weeks away.
"You're wrong. This is it. Today we make history." David pushed the door open and the mid-afternoon light rushed into the hall.
She chuckled. "We should wait until the council approves the Tutor Program before we celebrate."
"Why would they reject it? You wrote a great proposal. The argumentation is flawless."
"Just because you couldn't find any faults, doesn't mean the council won't."
They walked toward the front gates of the Academy. The wooden bars stood wide open and seemed more decorative than a true barrier to their exit. Catrine’s eyes were still adjusting to the brightness, but they took in the novelty of her surroundings. This was the first time either student had left the school since their enrollment at the age of two. They were both eighteen now, but Catrine did not feel as ready to conquer the galaxy as David was. Her insides were twisted in knots. She had eaten hardly anything all day. But she would not let her nervousness show--not even to her best friend.