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Excerpt from Elements by Nia Markos #amwriting #UrbanFantasy #YoungAdult

Aidan filled her in, giving her an abbreviated version. She was at a loss for words; the sight of her father lying unconscious on the couch was unbelievable to her. Sitting on the corner of the couch next to her father, she could not stop staring at him. Aidan joined Bet, standing next to where she sat.

“I don’t understand this. How is this possible?” Bet finally spoke, looking up at Aidan.

“We have no answers, Bet. However this happened, mother might know. Did you see her?” Liam answered her.

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Excerpt from Elements by Nia Markos #amwriting #UrbanFantasy #YoungAdult

No one uttered a word when I appeared. They were waiting for Aidan to speak. Aidan was turned away from me, looking out the window. From his slouched shoulders, I knew I had hurt him deeply. Was he really already in love with me? How could that be? It was too soon. He did not know the real me. It must be the bond. It could not be real. Whatever he was feeling was only because of the bond. I looked around at everyone to see they were carefully avoiding eye contact with me.

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Excerpt from Elements by Nia Markos #amwriting #UrbanFantasy #YoungAdult

Continuing my walk around the fountain, suspicion made me stop. I suddenly felt like I was being watched. Looking around and seeing no one, I shook away the feeling. My imagination must be acting up. A little laugh floated in the air. I jumped at the intruding sound. Seeing no one, I set my cup on the rim of the fountain, surveying the vicinity.

“I’m over here.” I heard a voice say. It seemed to be coming from the path leading to the side of the building. I hesitantly walked towards the voice. Still seeing nothing, I stopped.

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Excerpt from Elements by Nia Markos #amwriting #UrbanFantasy #YoungAdult

We finally crossed over, falling to our knees in lush green grass. A brilliant blue lake was in front of us. Aidan lay on his back, eyes closed, catching his breath. I struggled to sit up; realizing the heavy weight on me was Liam, who lay face down on top of me. Realizing where he was, he pushed away from me, coming to rest on the grass next to me.

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Excerpt from Elements by Nia Markos #amwriting #UrbanFantasy

I had no time to form a response before Aidan’s door opened. He stood there, his face rigid, taking in the scene in front of him. Liam gave a harsh laugh before turning, opening the door and leaving us in awkward silence.

Aidan said nothing. He strolled over to the table, filled a cup of coffee for me and one for himself. He handed mine to me without a word. Putting his cup down on the table, he picked up a plate and filled it with food. Avoiding me, he picked up his cup again, took his plate, walking out the front door.

This was not good. On top of his silence, I could feel nothing from him. His walls were up and impenetrable. I managed to upset both Liam and Aidan. Did my mother not warn me about this? She had told me to wait. I needed to fix this and soon. Dejectedly, I sat down on the sofa, sipping my coffee, wondering how I could fix things.

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Excerpt from Elements by Nia Markos #amwriting #UrbanFantasy

Liam was up. This was my chance to get him alone, to finally speak to him without Aidan being privy to our conversation. I jumped out of bed, dressing as quickly as possible. Not wanting to lose the opportunity, I left my room and entered the main living area. Liam was on his heels in front of the fireplace, trying to light some kindling. With his back to me, I took advantage of his being preoccupied to watch him. I heard him swear again and giggled. I watched his back stiffen, and then he slowly turned to look at me.

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Excerpt from Elements by Nia Markos #amwriting #UrbanFantasy

We appeared in an open field, our feet crushing the bluebell flowers that colored the wild grass growing under us. The sun was shining high in the sky with scattered white fluffy clouds floating by. Liam, Aidan and Elron encircled us, scanning the horizon for any threats. I could tell we were alone. The most breathtaking view on my right held me spellbound. I walked towards the edge of the cliff that stood a few feet from me. We were hundreds of feet above the waves that pounded the shore below.

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“I will tell her, but not here. We will be down on the beach.” Taking my hand, he pulled me outside. Fear grew within me. Did I really want to know? What were they afraid to tell me? I followed Aidan down the path to the beach in silence. The climb down from the dune was steep and Aidan had to help me in places. Once we reached the bottom, he took off his coat and laid it on the sand. Once I sat down, he dropped down on his knees in front of me.

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