Midnight Runes (The Bestowed Ones, #1)
by Celeste Buie
Release Date: 05/21/14
WHEN YOUR FUTURE’S AT STAKE, DO YOU FOLLOW YOUR HEAD OR HEART?
Brynn Emerson has always been in control of her life—until a mysterious stranger invades her dreams and her boyfriend, Trevor, suddenly dumps her.
Life gets more complicated when secretive newcomer Landon shows up at school. The playful and handsome Landon is somehow connected to Brynn’s ex-boyfriend.
Determined to find out how they know each other, Brynn draws closer to Landon…only to realize too late that she’s risking more than she thought possible.
Meanwhile, a person of power has his sights on Brynn. Will Trevor and Landon work together to keep her safe? Or will she be pulled against her will into their mysterious world?
Elyse’s first order of business was to seek out the psychic and put our names on the list. With our appointments secured, the guys could only hope she’d lose track of time.
They wish they were so lucky.
Elyse and Jared went first. They sat together in front of her table, but she read them individually. I stood close enough to hear but not close enough to look like I was eavesdropping. I knew instantly she was someone I could be friends with, even though she looked closer in age to my mom. She had one of those outgoing, yet loving personalities that drew people to her. Maybe it was her carefree fashion style, or the way she styled her short red hair, that projected that sense. She was accurate with their personalities, likes and dislikes, and hopes for careers. Even Jared seemed impressed. I didn’t know why he had felt so threatened about it. It was harmless fun.
Then it was our turn.
Trevor’s demeanor changed immediately when he saw her. He didn’t break eye contact as he walked to a chair. He sat and crossed his arms; I couldn’t imagine why he would have an issue with her. She smiled and looked briefly between us. I reached over to hold his hand, hoping the gesture would calm him.
“Big changes coming, Trevor. You’ve already started them. Don’t doubt who you are or your direction. She’ll be a big part of it.” He shot out of the chair when she mentioned me, and I felt anger radiating from him. She dismissed his hostility and continued, “Reconsider your decision to exclude her. It will prolong the resolution and potentially change your future together.” He turned on his heel and stormed out.
Then she looked at me and politely smiled, as if apologizing for his behavior. “My dear. You also have changes coming, and they will take you in a new direction. You sense things are not what they seem. Trust in that and let it guide you. A new…” she hesitated as if searching for the perfect word, “method to answer your questions is going to present itself soon. It is all meant to be, Brynn. Find strength in that.”
I dazedly thanked her for her somber message and left the tent perplexed, disappointed our readings had gone so differently than our friends’.
The prediction of our future together being jeopardized nearly knocked me over. I knew Trevor was keeping something from me; she had confirmed it better than any outsider could have.
Elyse and Jared waited for me with cautious anticipation. Trevor wasn’t with them, and I didn’t see him in the immediate area. I scanned the crowd before finding him immersed in a group of people. I didn’t recognize any of them at first glance and lingered on their faces, trying to place them. They looked like they had already graduated and were definitely old enough to be in college. One of the guys turned his head and caught me staring. My eyes locked onto his chocolate brown ones for an instant before a nudge pulled me out of the trance.
“So pretty heavy stuff, huh?” Elyse asked.
“It’ll be okay. Trevor will forget about it after he’s cooled down a bit.”
Jared said, “Let’s eat. The food smells good.”
I followed them to the appetizer table. I risked a glance to the mystery guy and caught him looking at me again. Did he just look up or was he staring at me the whole time? I held his gaze longer than I expected myself to. It turned from an innocent stare into a challenge over who would look away first. He did.
Trevor kept his distance the rest of the party, and although he wasn’t specifically upset with me, I didn’t push him for an explanation. I had to make sense of it too.
I live in Michigan with my husband, our two sons, daughter-on-the-way, and huge adopted dog. We’ve lived in three cities within this beautiful state and have visited many of the places mentioned in the Bestowed Ones’ series. One of the most adventurous things I’ve done is horseback ride across the state on the Lake to Lake trail. I love traveling, giving back to the community, and taking on all forms of creative projects.
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