Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the
earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population.
Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.
But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.
“Welcome, Miss Dannacher,” said Dr. Little when I entered his office. “Thank you for agreeing to see me tonight.”
Did I have a choice? He motioned to one of the chairs on the other side of his desk, and I sat down, my nerves on fire.
“So, what are we celebrating?” I asked as blasé as I could and
looked over Dr. Little’s shoulder at his stone statue of Claus rather than making direct eye contact with him.
“Something special, something very, very special. Something that should make you very, very happy. Making you happy and keeping you that way are very important to me.” The fervor in his eyes made me cringe.
“Really, you could have fooled me. Don’t forget that I spent
three weeks in solitary confinement.”
“That was for your own good. We couldn’t have you trying to
run away or consider hurting yourself again, now could we?” He smiled. “I can only hope it gave you time to think
about how well you’ve been treated since your awakening. We
gave you back your life — something that was impossible in your century — and in doing so, healed all of your injuries.
We’ve provided you with food, clothing, a warm bed, and medical care.”
All of which were true, yet hard to appreciate considering
why they brought me back tolife in the first place. I didn’t get
my old life back, but they did give me life.
“You can never give me what I really want.”
“That may be true, but we have given you something.”
About the Author
Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson
spent much of her years at the
beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.
Find her at: http://www.karrithompson.com/