Rift - Excerpt

This is an excerpt from Furthermore - an anthology to support cancer research. This short story is told from Eviana's POV and gives the reader a glimpse into the friend's trip back to California between Promises and Betrayal. You can buy Furthermore here and in the meantime enjoy the excerpt from RIFT below!

“Please, Kain. We need to get out of this car.” Daniel squeezed his narrow shoulders between the two front seats and continued to beg. “I can’t stand one more minute in this icy environment.”

Kain rolled his head and gripped the steering wheel hard enough for me to see white knuckles. After driving a day and a half in tense silence, I agreed with Daniel. We all needed a break from each other.

“We don’t have time,” Kain replied.

“We have plenty of time,” Daniel countered. “Are you really that anxious to get back home? I’m sure Eviana’s not.”

“Daniel!” I reached across the back seat and punched him in the shoulder.

“Ow, that hurt.” He rubbed his arm and turned back to the front. “See, she’s abusing me. We need a pit stop before this gets violent.”

“And just where would you like to go?” Kain asked. I heard the defeat in his voice. Daniel had won, even if he didn’t know it yet.

“Like I told you a million times, the Grand Canyon. We’ve seen the road signs for the last two hours. I’ve never been there and I’d hate to miss it when we’re this close.” Daniel patted Carissa’s head while she sat motionless in the passenger seat. “Carissa wants to go there too.”

She not so gently pushed his hand away and smoothed her hair. “I’d rather go home,” she grumbled.

“What? You want to see one of the Wonders of the World?” Daniel asked. “Me too! See Kain, we all want to go.”

Carissa turned to look out the window, making sure to avoid eye contact at all costs. She hadn’t spoken much since she caught Kain and me in our almost kiss right before we started our trip. Despite having time together as we drove through the night, it looked like their issues remained unresolved. Apparently, she wasn’t thrilled with Daniel either.

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