The Nightmarers will be live and published on... [drumroll!] February 12th! The news is out, the word is final! Look for it on that day on Amazon, or request it from your local bookstore!
Now that we have our exciting news behind (or rather, ahead) of us, I present to you... Chapter 3 of The Nightmarers!
If you missed the previous excerpts, they can be found at the links below:
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The Nightmarers Preview 2
Enjoy, and happy reading!
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In the blazing cold where the Ice Caves used to be, I had but one thought. Where were they? I had no idea, but they were beginners and I decided that was a good enough excuse.
Then again, checking my watch, I saw it was still quarter 'til. These kids still had a few minutes.
With a start, I realized I didn't even know their names—or... anything about them! I made a mental note to find out.
I shivered. I showed up nearly half an hour early, so... where were they? I tapped my feet on the ice, trying to keep them from freezing.
Finally, there was a blur in the air, and two figures appeared. One was wearing a large T-shirt and sweatpants, while the other, slightly shorter, was wearing pink fleece pants, and a large T-shirt as well.
By the time they finally came up, it was nearly ten after the hour! I couldn't help but give a slight complaint.
“What took you so long?” I chided.
The boy answered, “What? I didn't think this would work!” The girl was pale-faced.
“Kris... where are we?” she murmured. She had shoulder-length blonde hair and worried eyes. I guessed she was about thirteen.
“I don't have a clue, Andromeda” The boy, Kris, replied. He also was around thirteen and had brown hair spiked up above his forehead.
“Why were you late?” I asked again.
The two (siblings? twins? friends?) just now seemed to notice me.
“What?” they asked in unison.
“Why were you late?” I repeated, much slower than necessary.
Andromeda glanced side-length at Kris. Kris nodded slightly.
“Sorry... we have... sleep issues.”
“Sleep issues?” I asked, incredulously
They looked at me like I was some martian.
I guess I was to them. I realized I was being kind of rude.
“Look, sorry.” I apologized. “I just wanted to know why you were late meeting me here.”
“That's okay,” Kris said, shrugging it off. “We told you—we have sleep disorders. We're twins, and we were born with narcolepsy. Both of us took longer naps than usual in the day, and so we couldn't fall asleep sooner.”
I was shocked. I couldn't think. Well, I could, but the only thing that echoed in my brain was, How ironic! The first Dreamers I get have sleeping issues! This was perfect. Just perfect.
“How bad is it?” I asked, numb.
“Not bad,” Andromeda assured. “We just have to take naps in the day, and then we're fine.” Kris nodded.
“Okay.... Never mind that. I've got a lot to tell you.”
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