Hidden Truths, Hidden Hearts

The first in the Hidden Truths trilogy.
Maria always knew she was different. From when she was a child she could do things she couldn't explain and had a power she couldn't understand. Then she meets Zac who changes her life forever. Together they embark on a journey that presents dangers, reveals long forgotten truths and brings them together in ways they could never imagine.

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1. Prologue: The Chase

Night. A storm raged throught the forest shaking the trees and lighting up the path. Maria ran. It was all she could do. There was something following her. She had to stay ahead. She didn't know who or what it was following. Dare to look back? One glance was all it took. She was being chased by a demon. The creature had blood red eyes like living fire, it had a wolf-like head with a mouth full of razor  teeth that hissed and growled. Its body was covered in scaly spikes. Every feature spelt evil and death.


Maria had to keep running. Her heart was racing. Her legs felt like lead beneath her. But she couldn't stop. She was terrified. Would she get out alive? The trees were starting to part ahead of her. A clearing? She felt her heart leap with delight. Surely she wouldn't be followed into the open.

There was no clearing ahead. No safety. Just a cliff with an endless drop. She kept running. She couldn't stop. Suddenly her legs froze and she stopped dead. Her whole body was paralysed. She could hear the demon behind her closing in. Its ugly head tilted downwards, its teeth bared, a triumphant hiss came from its mouth. Every spike on its body seemed to quiver with anticipation. Nowhere left to run. It was ready to kill. She was trapped.

Suddenly, there was a deafening thunder clap. A bolt of lightning struck the ground just a few centimetres behind her. She heard a sickening crack and felt the ground begin to move. Fear gripped her in iron hands. Her heart was now throwing itself against her ribs as if wanting to break out. If she jumped she would fall to her death, if she didn't jump the demon would tear her apart. Death was staring her in the face. There was no way out.

Suddenly, the ground fell away beneath her. She screamed in terror as she felt herself falling down...down...down. Into darkness, into nothing, an endless abyss.

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