TITLE: Form and Void
GENRE: Science Fiction Thriller
When Lethe Maya is mistaken for a serial killer with whom she shares an unusual genetic anomaly, she and Cyrus Kane, an agent obsessed with bringing the killer to justice, are caught up in a fight between powerful factions determined to gain control of Lethe and everyone like her.
Lethe was born the second time on the night of her eighteenth birthday. Her new life began much as the first one had, with blood and screaming. This time, neither was hers.
The hot night air closed around her as she staggered across the golf course, sand sliding into her shoes, sticking to her fingers when she stumbled. Every breath rattled in her ears. Through the wrought iron gate of home, she saw a cool, blue glow from the water. Selah, her younger sister, had left the pool lights on.
Her hand shook as she entered the gate code – three tries before it opened. Once inside, she leaned against the blood-warm metal and emptied her stomach in a single clenching spasm.
She wiped her lips with the back of her hand and smelled the blood, sticky between her fingers. She clutched the railing to keep the world still. This wasn't happening. She didn't want to hurt anybody, Westley least of all. Her eyes prickled with the threat of tears, breath coming in wheezy little gasps.
"Go home," he had hissed at her through gritted teeth, one bloody hand grasping his wound and the other reaching for his phone to dial 911. "You can't... be here."
When all she could do was cry and say, "I'm sorry" over and over, he'd shoved her hard to start her moving across the golf course.
She wished she could erase the last hour.