Title: Replacement Reality
Genre: Light Sci-Fi
When Sam wins an alternate reality she doesn't want, she knows it means losing her mind and her connection to everyone she loves. Sam must race against the clock and evade a man from her past to save herself.
I look down at the menu. Happiness tonic. Love shots. Anti-anxiety smoothie. Enticing, I think, but I don't like my food messing with my brain. All I want is a little reminder of home: good old-fashioned pancakes that don't have an aftertaste of broccoli like the ones in the academy's cafeteria.
Aiden follows everyone in restaurant as though he is Clark Kent, ready to come to my rescue when needed. Annoying, I think. Telling him to bug off wouldn't really be fair though since I am the only reason he is here. Breaking rules isn't really his thing--especially for something as simple as from-the-box pancakes.
Aiden remains focused on the door when the cuff of my blouse beeps, indicating the arrival of my class schedule. I don't bother to look. I haven't had pancakes for over six months now. It's taken me that long to build up the courage to come here.
The waitress smacks her gum as she places a few glass bottles of syrup in the center of the table. "Well, aren't you a lucky one," she says as she points at the cuff of my blouse. "Last thing you need is a happiness tonic. You must be thrilled. I'm on the replacement reality waiting list. Still nothing though. Gotta work at this joint just to pay for all the therapy until I get it. What I wouldn't give for a perfect past."
Aiden's eyes snap back to our table as he grabs at my wrist for a closer look.