Mystery awaits as the writing gets underway for Forbidden Journey. This is a YA Fantasy F/F Romance and it will be on the darker side.
Below is the first little bit, unedited and copyrighted. Tell me your first thoughts?
Travel Report I was looking out the window grateful to be landing in Brazil. The Amazon legend was in my grasp. I’d be writing the story of my life on this trip. A story guaranteed to land me that scholarship I was coveting. I heard a faint shuffle from the seat next to me. I turned that way to find my academy mentor sitting there. I sighed knowing I was about to get a lecture. “Maia.” She said sternly. I closed my eyes, “I know Ms. Caulder.” “I don’t think you do though.” I sucked in a breath and held it while I waited for her to continue. “This trip is going to be run very tightly. You cannot go off on your own. Not even with our guide.” “But...” I tried to protest. It was common knowledge that students had gone off on their own with the guide in the past. “Maia.” She warned. “Yeah okay.” I agreed grumpily returning my eyes to the window as we began our descent. I knew why the rules had been changed. The last handful of years the schools that conducted this trip for their humanitarian journalism academies had been plagued by missing girls. No one from my school had gone missing, but that was only because the trip rotated and this year was our turn. The school and the district fought to the end trip. I fought with every last breath in me and my Aunt Rose supported me. Aunt Rose was my guardian since my parents... well I’d rather not talk about them. They didn’t matter anymore, my Aunt was my family. I held my breath as the runway came into view and plotted ways I could escape the harsh guidelines for the trip no in place. If I was going to solve the mystery of the missing girls then I needed to be alone to investigate. I was here. Just minutes away from diving into the Amazon legend. A legend that didn’t just go back a few years, but instead for over a decade.
I worked to calm myself down as the plane landed with a bump and taxied to the small terminal. Soon we’d be on a bus heading towards the edge of the Amazon rainforest. I had my notebook out reading over some of the initial questions I was hoping to ask our guide.
“Boys and Girls.” Ms. Calder said after the plane stopped completely. I looked up and listened, “our guide is Iris she is your age and has lived here her whole life. No one is to go off alone, understood?”
“Understood.” I replied with everyone else, but I knew if Ms. Calder was closer she would’ve been able to hear the sarcasm in my tone. Maybe Iris knew a way for us to sneak out of the camp without getting caught. I’d have to find a way to get Iris alone to ask her. If they only knew what nailing this story truly meant to me. I would do anything to get the scoop of the year, no the scoop of a lifetime.
IRIS They slithered around me, hissing, “are they here?”
“Yes ma’am.” I answered.
He coiled around my ankles, “you are in human form.”
“Yes sir, I’m the guide remember?” I couldn’t keep the disdain out of my voice.
“Bring us a good one. The last one didn’t last long enough.” I swallowed hard at my mom’s hissing before promising them I wouldn’t fail them.
“I need to go, they should be arriving soon.” They both uncoiled themselves from me allowing me to breathe. I turned and ran panting the whole time. I didn’t want to do this again, but I didn’t have a choice. If I wanted to be allowed to use my human form this was the price. Do the bidding of the king and queen of the anacondas. My parents.