Today I'm hosting a Choose Your Own Adventure blog hop written by the lovely Eliza Tilton, author of Broken Forest, which came out yesterday! Woo! So, without further ado...
If you’ve landed here during your adventure, skip all this and continue your adventure below.
If you’re wondering what’s going on, go here to start your own adventure!
And may The Creator bless you on your journey.
“Yes,” you say.
You follow Tavo who follows the stream east—towards the wolves. This isn’t your first hunt, but you’ve yet to see a winter wolf. The stories your father tells, describe them as large white nightmares that hunt in packs. Facing a beast like that isn’t what you had in mind.
The stream winds around a large pine, and Tavo stops.
“Something wrong?” You scan the trees, searching.
“No, nothing’s wrong,” he says, turning to face you.
His dark eyes almost appear black, and the closer he steps, the more your pulse quickens. “Can I tell you a secret?”
You nod, curious to hear what the ‘great’ Tavo has to say.
His hands fidget and he can’t seem to look you in the eye.
When he doesn’t answer, you turn to leave. “I have no time for games,” you say.
Suddenly, Tavo is standing in front of you.
“What . . . .”
His lips press against yours, igniting a fire inside you. The fire grows as his hands travel from your face to your sides. It’s no secret you care for him, but to know he feels the same lifts you into the sky, whirling you around in bliss.
He pulls away. His hands find their way back to your face, caressing it.
“Forgive me for taking so long,” he says.
The kiss has distracted you, but you’re no fool. “How did you move so quickly?”
“That’s what I wanted to tell you.”
A wolf howls.
“But not now,” he says, grabbing your hand. “We need to move.”
Both of you run, following the stream until it ends at a pool where two wolves sit eating a dead animal. The sight of the massive beasts sends ripples of fear through you. You’re frozen in their presence.
Tavo steps in front of you, pushing you behind him. “Stay here,” he whispers.
Before you can argue he walks towards the wolves, his hands stretch out before him.
At the sound of your voice, the wolves look at you. Their eyes glow a sickly yellow. Keeping your gaze on the white creature, you grab your dagger. When the first wolf leaps, you throw the dagger straight into its eye. The wolf howls and thrashes its head back and forth, then runs back into the forest. It’s then you see the fire sprout from Tavo’s palms.
The fire covers the other wolf in a blanket of death.
Tavo grins, but he shouldn’t. Any magic user must be sent to The Order where they will be tested. The last villager that went to The Order was never seen again.
By the pond are bunches of black flowers, enough for the next two moons. You’re glad you survived the wolves, but terrified as to what will happen to your beloved Tavo when the elders learn of his secret.
Broken Forest Goodreads blurb:
Hopeless he'll never be more than the boy who didn't save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.
And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.
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