The Almost Girl (Strange Chemistry)

By Amalie Howard

Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tricky as they arrive. yet coming from a global ravaged through a devastating android battle, she should be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for errors. A Legion normal, she is the suitable hand of the younger Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has every thing: rank, accountability and admire. but if Prince Cale sends her away to discover his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been lively again to trendy day Earth, Riven reveals herself in uncharted territory.
Thrown out of her convenience region yet with the attitude of a soldier, Riven has to profit how you can be a woman in a realm that's the contrary of what she knows.  Riven isn’t ready for the great thing about a global that's not like her personal in such a lot of methods. neither is she ready to believe anything greater than indifference for the very objective she seeks. Caden is not anything like Cale, yet he makes whatever in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that is going opposed to each mobile in her physique. For the 1st time in her existence, Riven isn’t definite approximately her goal, approximately her calling. Torn among accountability and wish, she needs to come to a decision no matter if Caden is just a objective or even if he's whatever more.
Faced with hideous reanimated Vector infantrymen from her personal international with agendas in their personal, in addition to an unforeseen reunion with a sister who despises her, it's a race opposed to time to deliver Caden again to Neospes. yet issues aren’t constantly as they appear, and Riven should look for fact. relations betrayals and royal coups are just the top of the iceberg. Will Riven be capable to locate the power to defy her very nature? Or will she develop into the giant soldier she was once designed to be?

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I pant, wiping the sweat off my face with my forearm. “You could be snoozing. ” “Like you're? ” Caden saunters into the room and pulls out one of many chairs on the desk, straddling it along with his legs on each side and his fingers around the most sensible. His darkish hair is unruly as though he’s been operating his arms via it one too again and again in aggravation. He rests his chin throughout his crossed forearms gazing me via squinty eyes. “I desire the exercise,” I say. “And I couldn’t sleep,” he tosses again. “You recognize, a boy doesn’t discover he’s a prince from the mystical land of a ways far-off on a daily basis. ” The sarcasm is heavy in his voice, and that i chunk again a grin on the connection with Shrek. “At least you’re now not an ogre, and it’s most likely much much less magical than the only you have been in. ” His stare is assessing, a lock of hair curling into one eye. “So, inform me whatever. in the event you concept i used to be a clone, you have been coming to get me to convey me again the following, and Shae was once keeping me from you? ” I nod, doubtful of the course of his ideas, yet proceed my hobbies, albeit extra rigorously now. “So i used to be your aim? ” “Yes. ” I sluggish my speed extra with the swords, lunging and stretching either my palms in an arc over my head sooner than pulling them round to front and twisting clear of him. “So am I nonetheless your objective? ” His voice is louder than it used to be, and that i whirl round. yet his voice isn’t louder, and Caden is not any longer sitting. He’s correct in entrance of me. His palms clutch my wrists, halting them mid-motion. He’s so shut that i will think his hot breath feathering opposed to my cheek. In a soft movement, he eliminates the ninjata from my left hand, stepping again and swinging it in a sluggish circle. I take a sluggish breath. “Don’t carry a weapon–” “–that you’re no longer ready to use,” Caden finishes. “Shae instructed me. ” “Cade…” I start. “What? Are you so afraid to struggle me? ” he asks softly. There’s whatever in his voice that I can’t establish, anything painful and aching. “I don’t are looking to harm you,” I say. “These are genuine swords, you recognize. now not fencing foils. ” “I be aware of. ” And sooner than i will imagine, all I see is the flash of a blade curving towards me. The conflict of metal within the small room is like thunder as my blade meets his in a bath of sparks, yet Caden is already sidestepping and impressive from the bottom. In a couple of seconds, I’m conscious that Caden is greater than strong. He’s marvelous. Shae wasn’t joking approximately how simply he holds a sword. I feel that almost all of it's intuition, yet he has the fundamentals of what we're all taught in Neospes. He’s taken step extra together with his personal fencing education. even though I’ve spent the higher a part of hours practising, Caden has me on my feet. even if my physique desires to move into complete assault mode, I restrain myself. “Why are you retaining again? ” he scoffs, examining my slowed pursuits competently. “I don’t are looking to damage you. ” “We’ll see approximately that. ” I drop to a crouch and jerk upward, in simple terms to discover the pinnacle finish of my sword crashing into the ground of his on its method down. His skill to learn responses is uncanny, nearly as uncanny as my very own, and that i grin generally on the unforeseen problem.

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