Today on my blog i have the pleasure of hosting an extract for ‘EARTH 101 ‘ a book by emerging author Emae Church.
A missing girl. A world of secrecy. A quest to expose the truth.
Jayne knows they’re gone, but no one else will acknowledge what’s happening.
One by one, they’re systematically erased from existence. No explanations. No missing person’s reports. No search parties.
Something sinister is afoot. Jayne can feel it in her bones. But uncovering the truth will prove difficult, especially when she discovers who and what is behind the devious plot.
As she searches for answers, she grapples with the lingering effects of a head injury, an unexpected forbidden romance, and a strange new reality that changes everything.
Will she uncover the truth, or will she be the next innocent victim?
This house is where Laura lives.
I’ve battled a mental tug-of-war for the past week, but I must discover, once and for all.
The echoes of Laura’s voice haunt me.
She was so scared.
Why can’t my delusions be unicorns and faeries?
As I trace the few steps up the path to the front door, nerves compel me to flee. I would feel less guilty if I were a burglar even though I’ve done nothing wrong. I search around me; I want nobody to witness the catastrophe I am about to unleash. I shiver away the uncomfortable memory of when I made a scene with Chloe’s mom. The police arrived, and I was driven home in a squad car. Thankfully, no charges raised, but now I have a complaint in a file in police HQ. The car crash opened that file.
A dog barks in response to me pressing the doorbell. I can see a shadowy form break up the light inside, through the glass of the door. I draw in a deep breath. Be calm. You’re not crazy. Just checking in with a friend.
The door squeaks open, and a small, white dog spins about, barking around my feet. Thank you, announce my arrival to the whole street, why don’t you?
Laura’s mom tilts her head. “Jayne? What brings you here?” She gently tussles the dog through the door and pulls it closed behind her.
At least she knows me, so I’m not nuts. “Sorry, Mrs Warden. I was looking for Laura?”
Her features become a strained mask, as though her mouth forgot how to smile.
“Laura?” She blinks several times.
The sting in my forehead compels me to move on.
“I’m sorry, Mrs Warden.” I peer over her shoulder. The wind catches the door, and the dog escapes to our feet again. She bends down to pick up the dog.
I know that house. The furniture. I can see the cabinet in the lounge, which houses figurines from movies. Mr Warden is a hardcore movie fan and collects many memorabilia. I’ve seen inside the cabinet when I came to one of Laura’s birthday parties; many years ago, when we were friends.
“There is no Laura here, Jayne. Are you after Paul?” She places a hand on my shoulder, snapping me back to reality. Paul is, was Laura’s brother.
“I’m an idiot,” I excuse myself, waving my hands to dismiss my words. “I had a knock on my head a while back, and it still makes me mix up people and places.”
She holds the dog close to her chest like a barrier; even the dog looks at me like I have two heads.
“I’m sorry. Ignore me.” My laugh is not as convincing as I leave.
“Tell your mom I’ll ring her later!” she calls after me.
Great. That’s all I need.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Earth 101 is the debut novel from Emae Church, an emerging author, based in the South-West of England, who enjoys the adventure of life with two lovely children, when not saving the world
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