I promised once KINGDOM COME hit 50 “to-read” adds on Goodreads, I’d post a small snippet of the story. Well, we haven’t quite met our goal yet, but that’s okay! There’s still plenty of time to spread the word to all your bookish friends and family. 😉 Even though we’re not there yet, I still wanted to share a bit of the story with you guys. So, without further ado, here’s a peek into KINGDOM COME.
There was no Fairfield subdivision anymore. There were no houses—just debris from shattered homes, fragments of the trees that once shaded those homes, and what was left of people’s belongings. Of my belongings. I looked down, cringing at the sight of a tattered teddy bear next to my foot. My eyes darted back to the rubble, then filled with tears. The people, my neighbors… they were all buried here, in unmarked graves that used to be their homes. And in that moment, my heart crumbled into a thousand pieces.
My mom. My dad. My little sister. They were here somewhere, but they would never hear the screams coming from my lips. They would never see me collapse to my knees and sob uncontrollably when I realized I would never walk into the warmth of my own house again.
Gone. It was all gone.
Just as a crack of thunder boomed above me, my arm was nearly ripped from its socket when someone yanked it from behind. “Run!” Ethan yelled, pulling me to my feet.
I stumbled, attempting to regain my balance. Though my head was far from the moment, I sobered as soon as I glanced up and saw a funnel cloud sprout a tornado before my eyes. I froze, but Ethan tightened his hold on my forearm and took off, pulling me along with him.
We ran for the ditch on the other side of the road. There was no time to panic, no time to think of what to do next. When we reached the others, Ethan gave me a push toward the ditch. I jumped in, curling into a ball as best I could beside Haven. Seconds later, Ethan covered my body with his, wrapping his arms around me tightly. It was only then that I noticed the tears still streaming down my cheeks, sliding down my chin and plopping onto the ground below.
I’m not even sure I expected anyone to hear me, considering my face was buried in dirt, but saying it aloud made it real. And though the wind was howling and Haven was screaming and the world was in disarray above us, Ethan whispered, “I know,” into my ear.
I choked back a sob, because there was no point in crying anymore. What would I cry for? The fact that their lives were taken away so unfairly? Because honestly, I was happy for them. Happy they didn’t have to see what was happening to the world. My body racked with my cries, and the only comfort I had left in the world was in the arms holding me tightly as the sky crashed on top of us.
“Do this for them,” Ethan said just loud enough for me to hear. “But you can’t take the burden with you, Kerrigan. You gotta leave them here.”
KINGDOM COME will be available in May. You can add it to your to-read list here.