TITLE: Mirror Reader
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
Alice's daughter has been kidnapped by a god. Keoki is her ex-fiance. The ghost of Keoki's grandfather has told her a pocket watch that once belonged to her ancestor can help her get her child back.
Alice glanced up to see Keoki dangling the pocket watch by its chain.
Hopping to her feet and eager to accept her prize, she brushed sand off her knees and rushed toward him.
Keoki narrowed his eyes at the timepiece, its tarnished surface beaded with rain that dripped down his hand. "It won't open."
"Let me try." She reached for it, but he held it away from her.
"I've lost people I cared about," he said, his tone more wistful than sad. She had no doubt he included her on his list of losses, just as she did him.
"Me, too." They had both lost their parents in very different ways. Death wasn't the only means to the end of someone. "I'm sorry for your loss."
"And I'm sorry for yours. I won't let you lose more than you already have. It's time for us to go find your daughter."
He placed the watch in the palm of her hand and let the chain pool in a loose coil beside it. When she glanced up, the trace of a smile on Keoki's handsome face warmed her heart.
She clutched the object that could be all she'd need to ensure Olina's safe return home. Gazing at Keoki, she saw the strength of conviction inside the man he'd become. She couldn't help but wonder how he would react once he found out Olina was his. She wanted so badly to trust him enough to tell him and in time, perhaps she could.