Aeterna is a young adult fantasy novel I started in 2015 as joke and never stopped writing. While that original draft is truly a horror to behold, it was the first real project of my career and the story that launched me into a world I’ve never wanted to escape from. Two years and a few dead brain–cells later, I began the official rewrite in 2017. While the story is now on hiatus as I work on a different project, it remains my first love and I hope to return to it sometime in 2022.
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The strong shall be as tinder,
And the work of it as a spark;
Both will burn together,
And no one shall quench them.
This was it, she thought, this was the reason she existed. Not life and love and all the things that made people smile, no. She was the band of steel that kept the blade from snapping. She was the final link in the chain. She was barbed-wire and broken glass and all the things people put atop walls to keep others out.
Stepping back and lifting her face to the light, suddenly grave as she peered at him with eyes too small for the enormity of her soul, she was no one and yet everyone — a child made of silver and stardust and ten-cent aluminum. “Who be you, mister? Why did they run away from you?”
He lifted his face to the stars as though he knew them all by name, and in the darkness, his eyes were a reflection of their souls. Despite the quietness and sincerity, despite the lamb-like exterior — in that moment, all the ferocity and untamed edges of his soul burned through his eyes and boiled in the air. Emolas was not a lamb, she realized. Emolas never was.