Published: February 14th, 2014
Through bullet or flame, she will fight to be free.
Two young seeksmen are dead, and Sydney blames herself. The only way to get her sister back from the county’s clutches while also preventing more deaths was to offer her own life in exchange for Evvie’s freedom.
She expected a dreadful end, but nothing like the prison in which she wakes. Agonizing county life is redefined in Neo-Necropolis, new city of the dead, which lies beneath the earth. Worse than being allegedly deceased, is the false identity Sydney is forced to assume where Evvie, Sheridan’s captain, and Crewe never existed.
Sydney alone knows the magnitude of the county’s evildoings inside, outside, and now below. At only eighteen, the responsibility to defend freedom falls solely on her tried and tested shoulders – a burden that requires desperate action when a catastrophic revelation upends the world as she knew it.
The people Sydney cares for are more vulnerable than ever. Though she’s buried underground and monitored by county agents, she must escape this new captivity. Maybe it’s time to fight fire with fire. Sydney has proven her courage in facing their weapons, but can she trigger her own?
“That was a nasty thing you all just did. I’m afraid you’ve really upset order this time.”
No shadow of doubt remains. It’s him. “Good, you should be afraid,” I say, feigning courage.
He laughs. “Spirited one you are, Sydney, but you’ll learn yet. I am not afraid for me or for my county, I am afraid for you and – more specifically – for your town,” he says, biting into what little hope I still hold.
What am I supposed to say to him? Evvie is in Sheridan. I can’t allow him to do anything to the town that could hurt her or anyone else, but I also won’t cower and beg a belly-ridden snake. “What do you want me to do?” I ask, inviting him to help me find middle ground between our polar worlds.
“I want you to feel the same chaos you’ve sicked upon me,” he says with a spike of heat in his relaxed demeanor. “Drive fast, but I cannot promise you that your town and loved ones therein won’t already be ash.”
About the author:
Gabrielle Arrowsmith was born to her loving mother, father, and older brother on August 16th, 1988. She grew up in the small town of Ham Lake, MN enjoying reading, writing, playing soccer, acting in school plays, playing piano, and adventures with her brother and cousins.
Gabrielle’s high school years were very well-rounded and challenged her time management skills. She studied diligently, enabling her to graduate near the top of her class and earn an AP Scholar with Distinction recognition for her success in college-level courses and exams. She was seen as a leader in both the National Honor Society where she was elected vice president and on her soccer and track teams which each appointed her as captain. Between soccer and track seasons, Gabrielle acted in enough school theater productions to be inducted into the Thespian Society. During her senior year, she earned the Triple A award for performance in academics, athletics, and arts.
From 2006-2009 Gabrielle attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She played collegiate soccer for the Saints, held two work-study positions, acted in three theater productions and volunteered often. She was on the Dean’s List every semester and graduated summa cum laude.
Since 2009, Gabrielle has enjoyed teaching third through sixth graders in various school settings. She has recently transitioned to substitute teaching in order to pursue her passion for storytelling through both writing and acting. She also continues to enjoy playing and coaching soccer.
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