SNEAK PEEK at a story from our upcoming anthology.
Portals by A. A. Warne
Wide eyed and staring at the ceiling, Jon hadn’t slept in weeks. He had spent most of the night chewing down his nails until he reached the nail bed, then changed fingers and began again. He couldn’t remember the last time he had stomached a proper meal. Food, sleep, and anything mundane were the last things on his mind.
Frustrated, he ran his hands through his hair, pushing back the brown tufts as he sat up. He humphed out heavy, laboured breaths, in and out, and wished he was some place other than here.
Looking over to the far side of the room, where his twin sisters slept in each other’s arms, chasing their own world of dreams. Seeing them, he regretted his wish. He came back for a reason: to protect his family.
Getting to his feet quietly, Jon looked down at them. Their brown locks wrapped around their soft innocent faces and they didn’t even twitch with him pacing the room. His hand went straight back to his mouth. He fought the nervous urge only to find himself biting down again.
In the room beside his, he could hear long drawn out breaths of his sleeping parents, and on the other side of the hall, his grandmother had just clicked out her light. How could they sleep peacefully every night when he suffered? He paced—one foot in front of the other—until he reached the wall, turned, then marched back the other way.
Check out A. A. Warne’s story, and 15 other stories by Australian speculative fiction authors on November 24th. Pre-order special is 0.99c http://mybook.to/Beginnings