Aster Wood and the Child of Elyso (Volume 4)
J. B. Cantwell
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After many long months of jumping through the planets in the Maylin Fold, Aster has finally made it back home to Earth. But when he arrives, he finds that the comforts he had longed for all this time are not enough to bring him peace. There can be no peace while the Corentin pursues him and those he loves. He must push on if he ever hopes to win this battle between good and evil. Now, Aster must seek the gold he traveled so far to find. But first he must convince his mother and grandma that his tales of travel are true. How can he prove that the magic he experienced on the other end of the universe was real? And Cait, the strange girl who accompanied him back to Earth from the Triaden, is his responsibility to care for now that she has been ripped from her home. Little Cait has harbored some secrets of her own that Aster will need to unravel if he is to find the gold he seeks. And his father, thief of the family treasure that Aster had hoped to claim back at the farm, has gone missing yet again. He must find him to recover the gold, but also to bring him back to the Triaden to see if the healing powers he experienced there will be enough to help his father, too. But Dad holds another, darker secret, and when Aster discovers it, his whole world will be turned upside down.
made sense for us to have more than one copy, just in case. Once they were complete, we compared them to an atlas from the 1950’s to get our bearings. Next to each penciled ring on our papers, we wrote the names of the closest cities. Chicago Denver Salt Lake City Sacramento That was where the biggest ring had been, the spot on the wall where Brendan had made his biggest marks. That was where we needed to go. As the clock passed midnight, we sat across from each other at the kitchen table.
she danced. “The child of Elyso looks at me The child of Elyso sees my dreams…” I leaned back to watch her, wiping the sweat from my forehead with the front of my shirt. I was glad I was so fit from my months in the Fold. If this had been half a year ago, I would have given up by now. Cait didn’t notice me looking at her, so I allowed myself to stare. Probably more than anyone else in this cavern, I had been amazed by her gold finding talent. Absently, I thought of Jade and how, in a
And me. I couldn’t be sure how long we slept. Not even a hint of sun could be seen from so deep within the mine. But some time later, the lights were on and the smell of food was once again floating in the air. I rolled over, groaning at the aching in my arms and hands. It felt like they had been crushed by something very heavy, and I could barely wiggle my fingers. Grandma had packed up most of our things, though had declined to haul it all back up out of the cave to the car. I was glad
to do every day. “Where are you going?” he said. “Lunch is almost ready.” “I’m sorry, hon,” Mom said, brushing past him. “But we’ve gotta get moving.” He tapped the spoon and set it on the counter, approaching her. He seemed concerned. “Why? Cause of Dad? Don’t worry about him.” Mom ignored him and cracked open the front door, pulling up the collar of her coat to cover her exposed neck. “Let’s go,” she said. “You, too, Cait.” Cait made a frustrated sound, then threw down the doll she had
leave it,” I said. “We won’t need it.” Kiron’s blanket had been enough to keep me insulated in three feet of snow, had kept Cait safe beneath poisoned rain. I counted on it now to keep us warm if the heat in this stark desert suddenly disappeared. We walked for a time in silence, relishing the feeling of no longer being constricted by the jumps. Cait skipped alongside me, occasionally kicking rocks that cropped up in her path. I was amazed by her lack of argument about our current situation.