“I brought a dead cheerleader back to life,” she blurted. Naitanui’s luminous yellow eyes widened. “I probably would have gone with ‘hello’ to break the ice. But that was definitely another option,” Austin said. “Where am I?” She demanded. “You’re outside the Break,” Austin said. “You could have killed her.” Naitanui gave Austin a look Cate was all too familiar look. Her mother used it often. It came with an “I’ll deal with you later” clause. “But I didn’t. We found her. I couldn’t risk her vanishing.” “Inside.” Naitanui stepped backward through the cascading water. “Huh?” Cate muttered. The water didn’t splash on Naitanui’s head. He passed through, leaving the water undisturbed. She pulled back, digging her heels into the ground and crossing her arms. Until Austin did some explaining, she wasn’t going a step further. “Have it your way.” Austin bent and grabbed her behind the knees, then slung her over his shoulder. “Put me down.” She pounded on his back with her fists. Unperturbed, he strode toward where Naitanui had disappeared. A shudder ran through her body, and the waterfall was behind them. They had walked straight through and arrived dry on the other side. She stretched to touch the water, and her fingers glided through nothing. Another shudder ran up her arm yet it remained dry. “It’s a glamour.” Austin set her down. “More magic.” He strolled further into the cave, heading for an opening in the rock wall. The slightest hint of light filtered through the gap. She looked from Austin to the waterfall, deliberating whether to run or follow. “You can’t go back to 2014 without me. Come and learn about time travel.” Austin ducked through the archway. “You demanded I bring you here for answers, so man up and come and get them.” Little puffs of red dirt rose as she marched after him. Time travel. What the hell? This wasn’t going at all how she expected.
Author Rhonda Sermon:
Rhonda lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and two children. Her two ragdoll cats can often be found helpfully walking over her keyboard, chasing her mouse or generally complaining loudly about the lack of priority their needs are being given. On the good days, she adores writing, on the challenging days, it’s still awesome. Her debut novel Timesurfers was a finalist in the Young Adult category and overall runner up in The Strongest Start 2012 Contest hosted by TheNextBigWriter.com.