I don’t even know what the date is anymore. I would guess that we left the Academy about a month ago but I’m not really sure as the days all meld together after a while.

Weylon caught me writing a letter to Serena earlier today and told me I couldn’t send it because it would be too easy to trace where we are. I know he’s right but I can’t help feeling alone without any contact with my friends.

What is most frustrating is having no one to talk to. With Serena and Elsa, I was able to open up and talk about things that didn’t make sense. But right now I’m feeling very alone. The Elders are distant in the extreme. They don’t even talk to us if they don’t have to. And Weylon Forborrow isn’t much better. At least he wasn’t until … well, today I felt that we might be able to maybe start to trust each other a little bit. That’s why I gave him the map.

Well that’s not entirely true. I think I actually gave him the map because I was scared when I saw what the intruders had done to my room. What if I had been in my room sleeping? I don’t even want to think about it. The map is the only thing they could have been looking for. And I don’t know know who could have known about that map except Raspella. After all, she was the one who had it in her desk. She is the only one who would have noticed it missing. Which means she would have been the one to send the Draíodóir and Elder after us. Could she have betrayed me so completely? And if so, then why?

I let Weylon keep the map. I don’t know if that was a good idea or not. But I just couldn’t have it in my rooms with me knowing that others were looking for it. I know Weylon will keep it a secret. I don’t know how I know this but I just do. He won’t share it with the Elders, that’s for sure. If anyone trusts them less than I do, it’s definitely Weylon Forborrow.

I wonder about Weylon. He has been so standoffish right from the start. But tonight at dinner he was almost human. He actually laughed and chatted. Of course, he kind of ruined the new mood when he tried to enter my thoughts without my permission. But I don’t think he’ll ever try that again. I have to admit I do feel a bit guilty for pushing back so hard. It took him a good half hour to recover. But he had to learn. And once he could actually see again, he looked at me with something like respect. And that meant something to me. It meant a lot actually.

Is Weylon someone I can trust? As my fellow Coimirceoirí, he is supposed to be the only person I can trust. But we started off on such poor terms. It’s been clear from the beginning that he saw me as nothing but a burden. But I kind of lost it when I saw what the intruders had done to my room. And Weylon was there for me. I hate crying in front of anyone and especially someone who I think might see it as a weakness. But Weylon didn’t act like that. He just let me cry until I felt better and then he acted as if my reactions were … normal. If I’m honest, I have to admit that it kind of melted my heart a bit. I mean I’m not stupid. Weylon obviously has a lot of faults, but maybe he isn’t quite as bad as I originally thought he would be. Maybe he actually is someone who could be a friend. Stars knows, I need one of those right now.

 

About Journey to the Rift

Journey to the Rift
by Cathi Shaw
Publisher: Ink Smith Publishing
Publication Date: November 3rd 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis

A dangerous quest into a forbidden land wasn’t exactly what Brijit Carnesîr was planning after her graduation from the Academy. For years she has looked forward starting her life as a member of the Coimirceoirí and she is thrilled to discover that she has been chosen as the Academy Apprentice of her year. But despite the fact that she has been longing to go to Séreméla and work with the Elders, it soon becomes apparent that her fate isn’t as rosy as it appears to be. First, she is paired up with a grumpy male apprentice from Stone Mountain, Weylon Forborrow. Second, it doesn’t take her long to discover that the Elders are not taking her to Séreméla, as tradition dictates. Instead, Weylon and her are sent to The Rift, a dead land tainted with evil. Even before they join the Elder royalty at Tèarmann, an ancient fortress on the cusp of the Rift, Brijit discovers that the Elders are hiding too many things. She is given the task of helping the Princess in birthing the long awaited Queen of the Elders but nothing is as it seems. There is talk of an old and forgotten Prophecy, Weylon is attacked by a creature from the Rift and her grandmother is killed, after revealing a secret that rocks everything Brijit knows about her past. Soon Brijit questions everything she had been led to believe and, worse, she realizes that the future of Séreméla and all of Five Corners is in jeopardy, unless she can find a way to save it!   

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Cathi Shaw lives in Summerland, BC with her husband and three children. She is often found wandering around her home, muttering in a seemingly incoherent manner, particularly when her characters have embarked on new adventure. In addition to writing fiction, she is the co-author of the textbook Writing Today and the true story, Surviving Logan.

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