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"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
-William Jennings Bryan

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Day One

Submitted: June 21, 2008

Preface We stood a few inches apart. He quickly touched his hand back to mine. The feeling of exhaustion faded instantly. What was ha... Read Chapter

Day Two

Submitted: June 21, 2008

Emma has two strange encounters with the "stranger" from the teahouse. She learns a dark secret. Read Chapter


Submitted: June 21, 2008

3. EXPLANATIONS I just sat there for a time, trying to decide if he was being serious or playing a cruel joke... Read Chapter


Submitted: June 23, 2008

3. UPSETS After I finished balling, I just sat there on my bed thinking of Ryan and how furious I’d become ... Read Chapter

Day Three

Submitted: June 26, 2008

3. DAY THREE For the third time, I felt a searing pain burning through my veins, acid trickling down my spine. I felt the ... Read Chapter


Submitted: June 29, 2008

6. PREDICAMENTS I rolled over in my bed and stretched. The sun beat down on me through my window. The warmth felt amazing. I opened m... Read Chapter


Submitted: July 01, 2008

7.DECISIONS Ryan didn’t move. I slowly backed away and opened my eyes. I let my hand drop from his cheek. Ryan had closed his eyes,... Read Chapter


Submitted: July 06, 2008

8. OPTIMISM My dad grabbed a thick, cream-colored envelope off the coffee table. I shuffled over to his outstretched arm and reluctan... Read Chapter

Last Day

Submitted: July 07, 2008

9. LAST DAY After I finished my shower, I reluctantly shuffled back towards my room. I hesitantly opened the door—not knowing what ... Read Chapter

Goodbyes and Hellos

Submitted: July 11, 2008

10.GOODBYES AND HELLOS When our kiss ended, I put my cheek against Ryan’s chest again, and he held me tighter. We just stood there ... Read Chapter


Submitted: July 18, 2008

11. Arborson I sat with my earphones in my head, paying attention to nothing but the blaring music. I glanced around at the other kid... Read Chapter


Submitted: July 20, 2008

12. RYAN Beep-beep. Brrrrnngg. Beep-beep. Brrrrnngg. I reached for the desk near my bed, where I had put my cell phone. I turned ... Read Chapter

Free Day

Submitted: July 28, 2008

13. FREE DAY I woke up the next morning with a crick in my neck. My head was drooping sideways on my shoulder, and I was slumped over... Read Chapter

The Cave

Submitted: August 05, 2008

14. THE CAVE Ryan looked me intently and asked, “Are you cold?” “A little,” I admitted. “You know,” Ryan began, a... Read Chapter

Encounters-Part 1

Submitted: August 11, 2008

Okay, so I wasn't able to post the entire chapter because it is too long. So, I've put up the first part of the chapter...luckily, there ... Read Chapter

Encounters-Part 2

Submitted: August 12, 2008

K, this is part 2 of chapter 15... * * * About a half-hour after I’d returned to the common room, Julia came storming in, huffi... Read Chapter

Predator and Prey

Submitted: September 14, 2008

16. PREDATOR AND PREY I stretched, rolling onto my back. I opened my eyes and was blinded by the bright light shining through the sin... Read Chapter


Submitted: October 03, 2008

17. HEART-TO-HEART My eyes shot open and I woke from my dream shaking and gasping for air. Thick, sticky sweat (venom) drenched my bo... Read Chapter


Submitted: October 29, 2008

18. REALIZATIONS I just stared at him, my mouth gaping. Oh. My. God, was all I could think. Today was the anniversary of Ryan’s sis... Read Chapter

First Hunt

Submitted: November 11, 2008

19. FIRST HUNT “Are you sure about this?” I asked, as Ryan climbed out onto the window ledge of my fifth-floor dorm room. “... Read Chapter


Submitted: December 01, 2008

Author's Note:Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of this thing.I probably would have killed Emma and Ryan both by now if you h... Read Chapter


Submitted: May 10, 2009

First off, thanks for being so patient. I'm truly sorry I've taken so freakishly long to update. Second, this chapter is definitely not t... Read Chapter