TITLE: Strife in Heliconia
GENRE: NA Fantasy
In the middle of the novel, the romantic leads give each other freedom to pursue what they think will make them happy. This choice means living in different worlds and probably never seeing each other again.
...“I’m trying to memorize what you look like,” Brooke said.
“You look the same right now as when I first saw you,” Taego said, “with the sun behind you… you’re beautiful.”
His words almost threatened her resolve. The air was beginning to warm up, and Taego would have to start his trip before it got too hot.
“I’m glad I met you,” Taego said. Emotion choked his words.
Brooke’s throat felt dry. “You should go, if you’re going,” she said, disentangling herself from Taego’s grasp before climbing out of the hole they had made. Taego followed her. Brooke watched the dirt fill back into the hole instead of looking at him.
“I’m not going to not say goodbye to you,” Taego said, taking Brooke’s hand.
“Figure out how to send messages back. Let me know how you’re doing.”
“Brooke. Will you look at me?” Taego asked. She did. “I promise I’ll keep in contact with you.” He brought both her hands up to his mouth and kissed them. Then he leaned toward her, hesitating. Brooke closed her eyes, and Taego kissed her forehead.
“Swear you’ll take care of yourself?” Brooke asked.
Taego nodded. Moving his lips to Brooke’s ear, he said, “You’ll always be my mate.”
Brooke opened her eyes and watched Taego pick up his sack and begin to walk away.
“Taego,” Brooke said, and he turned. “I’m glad. I mean…thank you for being my mate.”
Taego lifted his hand in goodbye before ascending into a barren, blue sky.