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?
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.
“Are there others?” Ari murmured quietly and the air buzzed incessantly with random bits of conversation again.
“Just started walking out of nowhere.”
“She was probably faking it.”
“It’s a miracle you know.”
She grabbed onto the last one. “There are no such things as miracles.” Was the response.
“Then what was it, for that poor girl to get hit by a car and be crippled then be able to walk again eight months later?”
“Magic. Wasn’t it?” The last part seemed to be directed at her. With it, she felt like something hit her, and she flew backwards and the papasan toppled. Her ears were ringing and she couldn’t tell up from down.
“You can’t be left alone can you?” A pair of feet entered her field of vision and she followed them up to see Leonidas staring down at her. He bent down to sit her up and with the motion the world swirled into a kaleidoscope of color and motion.
Leonidas cursed and Ari felt something trickle down her face. She swiped at her face and her hand went through a sticky liquid. The red fluid was a surprise. “My nose is bleeding.” She stated dumbly.
“Obviously.” Leonidas dragged Ari over to the wicker seat and sat her down. “Sit here. Don’t bleed on the furniture and no more gifts for right now. Give me a second.” He vanished back into the house.
Ari sat as still as possible. She felt like she had just gone a round with a heavy weight boxing champ and lost. Her body was starting to ache for no reason and when she couldn’t take the incessant pounding in her head anymore she dropped it between her knees.
“Oh good, you’re already in position.”
Before Ari could lift her head to utter a sound her head was yanked up by her hair something was placed in her lap then her hair was let go and her head fell into the bowl.
It looked like water, steaming. When she inhaled the cough couldn’t be prevented but there was something in the steam that cleared the fog from her mind.
“A few more inhales just like that. Then you can tell me what you were doing.”
Ari reluctantly did as he instructed and slowly sat back. Surprisingly, Leonidas had a cloth ready and gently wiped her face. His eyes were intense, not in affection, but irritation and possible frustration.
“What were you doing without a guide?”
Ari cocked her head quizzically. “A guide?”
“What has Nasya been teaching you?” He sat back. “A guide, a teacher, a mentor. Technically, you shouldn’t try things without a second to help you out until you understand it.”
“I’m not an invalid.”
“No you’re not, but you’re new. It’s like riding a bicycle without a helmet and knee pads. You don’t do that until you’ve gotten so good you can ride with no hands without falling. You just rode without hands and crashed into a brick wall.”
“Thanks for the analogy.”
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