Teaser From the novel Sweet Sleep Part of the In Protection of the Conduit Series written by Kim Cormack
Chapter 1 - The Moments Before She Sleeps
The humming of Kayn’s blood that coursed through her veins seemed to sing along to the steady, almost tribal, beat of her feet as they pounded rhythmically into the dirt. A veil of earth flowed behind her; she resembled a flaxen haired angel attempting to outrun a cloud. The cloud of dust seemed to follow her for a moment or two longer than it should, with not one whisper of wind in the afternoon air. The smile that spread over Kayn’s lips while she trained showed that her heart was overflowing with so much joy that it could not be contained beneath a serious competitive demeanor. Watching Kayn run was a beautiful experience to behold and people would stop by the track after school simply to watch her before beginning their long walk home.
Kevin left class quickly every single day, rushed to his locker and fumbled with the lock in a desperate attempt to get up the hill to that spot in the grass where he would watch Kayn train. There was a method behind his madness, for his best friend had a twin sister that he had been addicted to the mere sight of since kindergarten. To anyone else this would make no sense at all but Kayn was his friend; Chloe was his fantasy.
Kevin shoved past the herds of students trying to pry through a single doorway. He was accidentally shoved by a girl up against the wall; his bag dropped and his books fell out. His organizational skills had always left something to be desired. In the congested school hallway, after taking a moment to collect his papers, he zipped up his bag and continued his quest for his one moment in the day to be in the presence of the unattainable Chloe Brighton.
Kevin ran up the hill and unceremoniously plopped himself in his usual spot in the grass. There Kayn was; kicking up dust like a champ. He would time her next lap. Kevin clicked his watch as his best friend flashed by him. Kevin smiled at her even though he was certain that she had not even noticed him sitting there yet. Kayn just oozed happy vibes when she ran; it was contagious.