Book #1 in the Of Legacies Series
By Victoria Escobar
Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Her choice will change the world.
She hated the wheelchair. Hated the way it made her feel less than what she was. Most of all she hated not being able to do all the things she used to. Ari had been a track and field star, an archery champion and an Eskrima pro. Now she was confined to a wheelchair slowly dying inside from its restraints.
Medical science wasn’t working. The tests, the drugs, the therapies were all useless and a waste of time. She was tired of wasting her time; she was tired of failure. It was time to look away from the obvious and try something unconventional.
Nothing was ever free and that included miracles. Abruptly, Ari finds herself tangled in a web of lies, questioning everything she’s ever known as truth. Never had she believed she’d be thrown headfirst into a world of good and evil, magic and Gods.
Trapped in the middle of a war she had never known existed both parties demanded her allegiance. Ari was a catalyst that could change all the rules of the Earth. But when the time comes to make a choice will she be strong enough to know right from wrong?
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About the Author:
Once upon a time, long, long ago, Victoria was born in sunny Florida, except it wasn’t sunny; it was the middle of the night. Midnight actually, well, two minutes past, but she tried really hard for midnight.
Victoria has been to twenty one schools in her lifetime. With all the continual switching around, she’s relied on her imagination for friends and books for close companions. In high school she remained apart from the whole and spent most of her time in the library either reading or writing.
Currently, Victoria has set down roots in New York with her family. She still reads and writes every day. She finished her debut novel Of Gaea in the winter of 2012 and is working on the sequel and many other projects.
When the sun was nearly gone Ari began to fidget. “You should turn a light on.”
“Afraid of the dark?”
“It’s not the dark I fear, but what resides in it.” Ari bit her lip as she scanned the growing shadows. “I’ve seen things in the shadows, things I’d rather not fall prey to.”
He didn’t laugh or jeer but slowly stood and walked over to the edge of the circle. From his pocket he lit a match and then dropped the lit match to something she couldn’t see.
A ring of fire rose from the ground and traced the circumference of the circle. When it touched itself it went out, but there was a light, that she couldn’t explain in its place. It wasn’t the red light of fire either, but a cool, almost clean feeling light.
“Our mother Gaea, this night we ask for protection, this night we ask for healing. This night we ask you bless the faithful with Your love.”
Ari could hear Leonidas’s prayer from where she sat, or rather, she felt it. The words weren’t quite right though. She didn’t hear them as he spoke them, but as a chorus of voices together as one. The voices chanted together and drowned out Leonidas’s words. Goosebumps broke out
along her arms.
As Leonidas shuffled back over Ari saw movement behind him. The darkness that she feared manifested along the edge of the circle. It had more form than it had previously. The demon horse was more pronounced in shape and larger than she remembered it being. There was with ooze streaming from its head and tail and dark rivulets of liquid streamed over
him that she could only envision as some form of acid.
The trees and plants seemed to shrink back away from it. Or at least that’s what she thought until the light creature joined it. Then she realized what the darkness killed the light was bringing back to life only for the vicious cycle to continue.
She was more shaped this time too. She looked like a white peacock with the train of light behind her wings and tail. Everything about her glowed and it was painful to look at her for too long.
“Can you see them?” Ari gestured to the edge of the circle.
Leonidas turned and even though Ari didn’t see his face she saw his posture still and harden. “You are not welcome here. Gaea walks here, not you. Be gone! You have no business here.”
“The child is our business.” The light creature danced up the wall searching for an entrance.
“Give her to us and we shall leave everything as it was found.” The dark thing wasn’t so subtle and struck the wall of light with its hooves.
“Gaea walks here.” The Kirin appeared inside the circle. Her voice was a beautiful song. “Leave this place. Now.” She stamped her hoof once.
The other creatures only hissed at her. The Kirin reared backed and then charged. She rammed into both of them and all three vanished. Before their eyes the trees and plants sprung back to the way they had been only minutes before.
“Now I’ve officially seen everything.” Leonidas muttered. “How often do you see them?”
Ari laughed weakly. “Do nightmares count?”
Leonidas bent down to look in her eyes. “Nightmares always
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