favorite quote from the book:
fail, you'll wish you'd never been made.”
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Clandestine by Hannah Rials book excerpt
Prisoners. Me. Anne. We’re actually prisoners. Held captive by our own families. For our own good? My
brain’s still having a hard time processing all this insanity, and we’ve been trapped in here for a week
now. No word from Eli or Mason, or even my parents, who apparently support this. I keep asking myself
how they can let this happen, how no one is speaking up against this, and I can’t come up with a good
answer. This is all ridiculous, even for my parents, who I can’t begin to understand. To let their psychotic
niece imprison their youngest daughter in order to “fix her” based off some insane plan to overthrow
Everyone’s completely lost their minds.
Are they so desperate for me to be normal that it’s come to this? I glance at Anne sitting at her desk.
She hasn’t really spoken much since we have expended all of our escape possibilities. We’ve failed so
many times, but not for lack of trying. Thomas is just too paranoid and thinks too far ahead. Deuxsang
are highly discouraged from practicing our abilities on our own kind, but desperate times call for
desperate measures. I tried compelling our guards—and I somehow succeeded without any training
whatsoever— but we didn’t even make it to the stairs before Thomas stopped us.
Anne tried dreamwalking, searching for Mason or Eli or anyone, but we learned that it’s a lot more
complicated than it sounds. You just think of someone, see their dream, and slip right in, right? Wrong.
Anne got shoved out of so many dreams, and she couldn’t even find Mason. She ended up with a
migraine that made her throw up all over the place for a couple days. I really didn’t want to try inflicting,
but seeing Anne so sick, paired with my own desperation, made me get over it.
Plus, it was kind of fun to see the guards weak.
That was the closest we came to being free. I had all of our guards crying out on their knees, wishing for
release. I made myself sick to my stomach. I had my hand on the front door, when all of a sudden, we
were both knocked to the ground. My eyes went black when my head cracked against the cold tile of
the Lacroix’s foyer. We didn’t even see who hauled us back upstairs and locked us in our impassable
tower. Ever since then, Anne hasn’t said much to me.
It’s been three days, and I’m going mad. I’m normally the one telling her to shut up, but now I can barely
get a syllable out of her. It’s like she’s broken. And I get it, I guess. This is all falls back on me. My cousin
is the one with the insane, suicidal plan; my family is the one keeping us here. I’m the one they need to
“fix.” My boyfriend…ex-boyfriend…is the one who got himself kidnapped. If it weren’t for being friends
with me, she’d be cuddled up in some jazz club, listening to Monde Musique and staring all moon-eyed
at Mason. Life would be normal.
Well, as normal as a rule-breaking Deuxsang can get.
And now she knows the truth about her brother— that he was different, like me, and the Council took
him for it. Now he’s probably dead. Her parents let it happen, but what’s worse, they lied to her about
it. How could they do that to her? How could anyone do that? I saw a piece of her break when her mom
finally told her the truth. She can’t look at either of her parents now. Again, that’s my fault.
As Maryville native and a senior in college at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah Rials began writing her first novel, Ascension, at age twelve. Her first YA novel Ascension is a modern day teenage romance filled with "double-blooded" vampires and revengeseeking witches. Published by Aletha Press of Maryville, TN is the second book in the trilogy, Clandestine, was written and editing while she was a full-time college student. After graduating from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA in Creative Writing, she will be attending college at Bath Spa University’s MA (England): Creative Writing for Young People; a yearlong master’s degree.
Hannah is a vampire fanatic, a New Orleans lover, and a dog obsessor. She loves her friends, family, and finding new adventures. To keep up with Hannah, you can find plenty of pictures of her corgi Buddy and her travels on Instagram @herials because who doesn’t love a cute corgi picture? Connect with Hannah on Facebook, Twitter and via her website.
“I feel like I am living proof that dreams do come true.”- Hannah Rials