Drifter lives in the Underworld where books are banned, emotions are a disease and everyone must have a chaine- a part of their soul in the form of an animal that remains their lifelong partner and controls their emotions- when they turn sixteen. Drifter cannot wait to have her own chaine and stop having emotions but when the truth unfolds about her mother's mysterious death she must set out to leave the Underworld and find the secrets of a forbidden book on the surface.

What secrets does the book hold and what link does it have to herself and the people around her?
Can Drifter let her emotions show even if it means turning her back on the Underworld's legacy for love? Or will she feel betrayed by the secrets and never want to feel anything again?

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4. CHAPTER 3- Redstar

Chapter 3- Redstar

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I threw my bag on the bed and walked towards the mirror. Sometimes it was hard to tell who was staring back. The messy haired girl with lips too pale, skin too white and legs too long. My reflection annoyed me so I looked away, taking a step towards my bed. As I did, I felt a wooden floorboard creak beneath me. It sank slightly with pressure and raised when my foot was lifted off it.

How had I not noticed that before?

I bent down and dug the edge of the wood between my fingernails before yanking it off. I put the board to one side and reached into the hole in the ground. A rough material brushed my touch. The object was a rectangular shape and was easily pulled out. I examined the front, made of plain, brown leather. Nothing unusual.

“What the-”

Was this what Swiftstep was talking about before I went to Voyagers? Was this what she was supposed to give me?

There were two covers, bound by a lock. Between the covers, thin sheets of paper were tightly packed together but the lock prevented me from seeing the content of the pages. I only saw to rough edges of the bound item.

Reaching my hand into the hole again I searched for a key but there was nothing else there.

“What is it?” I thought to myself before it hit me like a dagger in the chest.

I dropped it on the floor and quickly stepped away.

It was a book.




I woke up early this morning to get to the Voyagers union before anyone else. I couldn't stand to be around anyone. Not even Ranger.

So many questions were running around in my head. Why was there a book hidden in my room? All books and any written records of the surface were burnt. No one knows how to read or write anymore. There are no more books. Or so we thought.

And why did Ironcatch kill Swiftstep? Did he find out she was hiding a book?

It didn't make any sense.

I let a cry of anger out as I through the sword across the room and sank to the floor. In two days I wouldn't feel like this. It will be over before I know it.

“If you want to keep those swords, I suggest you don't throw them around the room.” I heard a familiar voice behind me.

I quickly got to my feet and turned around, trying to look slightly presentable to the future queen of the Underworld.

“It's okay,” Redstar sighed. “Don't bother getting up. I hate all the fuss.” But I stayed standing.

Her eagle chaine flew behind her and perched itself on the desk. I noticed by how it flew, its wings were slightly crooked, feathers dirty and its bright eyes grew dim. It looked like it had taken quite a beating from Redstar's emotions. Maybe she wasn't as strong as she made everyone think she was.

“Aren't you going to laugh at me?” Redstar asked bitterly. “Aren't you going to tell me what an idiot I am?” something struck me about her facial expression. Something was wrong. Her chaine must have been overused and Redstar is feeling more than she is supposed to be.

“What?” I walked closer to her. “Why would I do that?”

Redstar rested her head on the wall. “I know you heard me fighting with Blackstar.”

I gulped. “I don't k-”

Don't,” she punched the wall with her fist. Redness spread along her knuckles and she had left a crumbling dint in the wall. “I know you heard,” she turned around to face me. She slid down the wall and sat in a heap. “How much did you hear?”

I stepped closer and took a deep breath before sitting next to her. “Nothing I didn't already know,” I answered truthfully. “You don't want to be queen. I knew that much. And something about needing to get away from here,” I laughed to myself. “But you can't do that.”

There was a small silence before it dawned on me. “...Can you?”

Redstar didn't answer. Her unspoken words were enough for me to understand. My blood curdled and invisible hands felt like they were chocking me so I couldn't speak. For a while, I sat and watched the world fast-forward as I was stuck, unable to move or scream.

What Redstar was talking about was impossible.

“Your becoming queen in two days!” I finally yelled, standing up so I could look down at her. “You're going to run away from that?”

“I'm not running away from anything.” she tried to say calmly but her chaine was flapping its wings franticly and bumping in to all the weapons on the walls. Eventually it lay on the floor exhausted.

“Then what exactly are you doing?” The adrenaline pumping through my veins made me strain my voice and got my hands shake from something I had never experienced before. I was flipping between confusion and anger but in the end, all I did was shout without much meaning in the words.

“You're all blinded by everything. Every one of you,” she snapped at me. “Why do you think there's a ladder to the surface.”

My jaw dropped. “There's a what?”

Was she making this up? Did she think this was funny?

“A ladder to the surface,” I searched for reassurance in her eyes to tell me that she was lying but I could see every word she spoke was the truth. “Why do you think there's a ladder there, Drifter?”

I stuttered, not getting any words out. “M-Maybe for supplies.”

“Supplies?” she laughed. “Someone wants us to leave. Someone doesn't want us to stay down here forever. And I'm going to find out why.”

I stammered again. She wasn't thinking straight. How could she even be thinking like this when she was the one with the chaine? No one leaves the Underworld. No one.

Redstar got up and began to walk away from me. I quickly got up after her.

“Wait!” I shouted. “You can't leave.”

Redstar turned around and looked at me sternly so I was forced to look into her eyes. Looking away would be a sign of weakness. “Class in cancelled.”


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