The Pearl Diver

by S. Elliot Brandis


I’m Elsie, from the planet Caelum.

It’s 96% ocean, but that’s okay. Out of all six planets (or seven, if you believe the myths), we’re the only people with gills. I can breathe underwater for minutes at a time, discovering the secrets of the deep-sea. Diving is my first love.

But not everybody understands.

Each year they run a competition—a single black pearl is dropped into the ocean, and graduating students dive to find it. It sounds easy, but it’s not. The ocean is a dangerous place, with caves, crevices, and flesh-eating creatures. Some years, not everybody survives.

It’s how my brother died.

My parents won’t let me compete. At times it seems like the whole island is against me. I don’t care. I will enrol, win, and gain the ultimate prize—a job diving on the head planet of the entire system. I’ll do whatever it takes. I will be the Pearl Diver. Or die trying.


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Category: Science Fiction - Dystopian


Solace

by Therin Knite


Corina Marion has a father problem—namely that her Red Cross doctor of a dad has finally returned home from sixteen years of war...as a body in a box to be buried.

But when a strange old man confronts Corina at her father's funeral, he offers her the impossible: the chance to finally meet Luther Marion. And in a moment of uncertainty, Corina makes a choice with consequences she can barely fathom.

A choice that sends her twenty-five years into the past. On the cusp of the harrowing events that will shape Luther Marion's life...and death.

And in order to return to her damaged home, supportive friends, and uncertain future, Corina will have to fight tooth and nail alongside the man she's resented her entire life. Because if she doesn't help fix the past she's inadvertently changed with her presence, Luther Marion may not live long enough to become a hero at all.


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Category: Science Fiction - Time Travel


Sapphyre

by Jason Komito


Orphan, thief, healer, demon slayer.....What else will she become?

Sapphyre has always known she has some innate magical ability, but being an orphan who grew up on the streets, she is unaware of where it comes from and how to control it. For the last two winters she has served ale and food in the Dragon’s Flagon.

Until one evening, when a thin, dark-skinned stranger arrives to the inn. Sapphyre learns the stranger’s name and listens to his tale. Ashcon is a runestar, a defender of light and the stars. The runes all over his body enable him certain powers and can only be seen when activated, and even then only by extremely powerful practitioners of magic. Ashcon asks Sapphyre to join him and his companion Skken in the search for a man named Sorenthor, who will be able to determine why she can see his runes and from where her magic hails.


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Category: Fantasy - Epic


Gypsy Hunted

by Andrea Drew


Reluctant psychic Gypsy Shields (she prefers the term "intuition consultant") finds herself in trouble when, on her way home from a blind date, she interrupts a kidnapping in progress. Her heroic attempt to intervene is repaid with a collision between the attacker's van and a brick wall. She awakens in hospital, paralyzed on her left side and unable to speak and share vital information about the crime. Fortunately, her telepathic connection with her niece helps her throw a line out, attracting the attention of a police detective: Connor Reardon, Gypsy's date the night of the attack.

Stepping in to protect Gypsy, Connor even listens to her claims of psychic power. What she cannot know is that Connor suspects the kidnapper is someone close to him and the victim has secrets that will rip departments apart and challenge friendships.

Can she use her powers to prevent her own murder?


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Category: Science Fiction - Adventure

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