Title: The Aeon Star
Author: Lauren T. Hart
Genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi
She wasn't hidden, but he'd never found her here before. She stood alone atop a craggy rock that jutted up from the ocean several miles from the shore. The wind teased her long dark hair into the air and smoothed her gown against her skin. White tipped waves crashed against the rocks, wetting her bare feet and legs with salty sea.
She could hear voices on the wind, the distant whisper of kindred souls that spoke of circumstance and sentiment and a forgotten life she'd left behind. She knew better than to listen, than to follow, than to find. It would only make the Hunter able to find her faster, but there was something different on the wind now, something had changed. There was an excitement among the masses — a sense of urgency — a unity that made them harder to ignore. They weren't just talking; they were calling out to her.
Could she risk a closer look? Should she?
Something dark swept low across the horizon.
She crouched low to the rock. It might have been a trick of the senses but she wasn't willing to risk it. It was time to go.
In an instant she was crouched next to a wall of stone in a sunny garden. Fresh greenery and tiny buds spoke of spring and the sun was high in the sky — whereas on her stony ocean perch the sky had only barely begun to hint toward dawn.
A scatter of imagery flashed before her: hard ground, something blue, panicked screams, ordered shouts, the smell of blood, and the loom of death filled her senses; a forgotten memory she could no longer make sense of, but she knew... this is where the hunt had begun.
"I will find you," a hollow voice whispered through her memory, low and dark. "I will finish what I started," The hollow voice grew louder, felt somehow closer. "Death is your destiny…”