TITLE: The Legacy of the Eye
GENRE: Science Fiction Romance (Adult)
Catrine blinked as her eyes adjusted to the brightness outside the main school building. She should have worn a hat. She stared at the school gate, less than a hundred feet away. Just the thought of walking through it for the first time churned her empty stomach. She glanced at David as he closed the heavy pine door behind them. After sixteen years at the Academy of Demia, her best friend looked ready to conquer the galaxy.
“Maybe we should go over your speech one more time,” she said.
His smile dimmed. “I've practiced it five times just today.”
“Four. And you’re still forgetting to mention that the tutors will be traveling to their pupil’s home planet. That’s a big point in the proposal.”
“Do you want to give the speech?”
Her inside twisted in knots. “No.”
"Then stop fretting. If the council hadn’t liked our idea, they wouldn’t have requested an audience.”
“They probably read the proposal once. How much do you think they grasped? You’ve read it a dozen times and you still forget some of the details. I should have made you write it.”
David's smile returned, brighter than ever. “Then it wouldn’t have been perfect.”
"Or written at all."
But Catrine could not keep the corners of her mouth from twitching. David reached for her hand and she latched onto his. He led her down the front steps towards the open gate. The gravel crunched under their feet.