Faces in the Water By Tonya Macalino
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But this time the gate had a guardian.
I felt her before I saw her, that same surge of power I’d felt from Jürgen, but more elemental, more penetrating. Both Matteo and I stopped abruptly. His grip on me tightened.
She took form from the shadows that clung to the structure where the light couldn’t penetrate the fog. The delicate lines of her face took shape first, upward sloping eyes, cheeks, and jaw. Her skin had the same pale hue as the clouds around her and her eyes were a ghostly blue, narrowed coyly. She stepped forward and Matteo went completely still beneath my hands. Her long, long silvery hair danced around her face and her glittering gown flowed in the same mysterious storm. My whole body screamed a warning at a mind that had long since gone numb.
Then she laughed, a light airy sound, completely at odds with the seductive threat I felt coming off her.
“Ah, Matteo, are you going to hide her from Hadria? Keep her for yourself?”
Matteo jerked into motion.
“Get lost, Cirena.”
Again the tinkling laugh. She tossed her head back, her hands clasped in merriment. Matteo’s arm turned to steel as he held me against him and pushed his way around her. She floated easily aside, her glee never faltering as she watched us.
“Oh, little Matteo, but what if I want her for myself?”
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A sort of post-apocalyptic book set in a world where a devastating disease, sleeping sickness, traps children in ageless sleep. The disease is carried by adults who were trying to find a cure for another disease and inadvertently created this disease by messing with the DNA of the long dead. Into this setting we place a girl who has been modified to have machines that enhance her abilities and turn her into a sensory gathering being. These sensory experiences are then translated via film to the public.
But even among her peers, she is unique. And this uniqueness is about to be exploited. Apparently someone doesn’t know that the phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” applies to those manipulated into something they didn’t sign up for and being used for nefarious purposes without their knowledge is a good way to unleash something you may not want unleashed.
The story ends with Alyse finding out that someone changed her fundamentally without her knowledge, and she plans to make them pay… I can’t wait to find out how she exacts her revenge, and if she manages to fix the problem and return to her life.
I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds. A little surreal, kind of like Alice falling down the rabbit hole or walking through the mirror; only this little Alyse has claws.
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