GENRE: YA Speculative
Quinn, who has sneaked out of Centrix, is staying with Kalan's family. Earlier, she and Kalan argued. Now she has come to apologize--but she stops just outside his bedroom when she overhears a conversation with his brother Tanner.
“There’s no other way,” Tanner says. “And if you try to stop her, she’ll go running straight to Lem. He’ll be happy to send her back.”
Kalan makes a disgusted sound in his throat. “I wish he’d never stopped by.”
“You can’t just keep her hidden.”
“Well, I’m going to have to do something,” Kalan says. “Because there’s no way she’s going back to Centrix.”
My heart is pounding and my jaw aches from clenching my teeth. I am about to blow into the room and tell Kalan exactly what I think of his plan when I hear a loud crash from the other end of the hallway.
As I turn to look through my doorway, an explosion rocks the house and sends me stumbling against the wall. My bedroom is engulfed in flames.
Kalan and Tanner burst from their room as I find my balance, Kalan’s expression bathed in horror. Then he sees me, and his arms go round me as naturally as if we’ve always known each other.
“Are you okay?”
I nod, unable to speak. Dillon and Lydia come running; I hear Rose calling to the younger children, herding them out of the house.
“Quinn, get outside,” Dillon says. “Boys, let’s go.”
In a daze, I back out of the hallway, watching as Dillon hands Kalan a large, black cylinder and yells for Tanner to grab the cylinder out back and work from the outside. Tanner almost runs me over on his way.
“Get out of the house!” he yells, pulling me by the arm until I follow him.