Of GaeaOf Legacies Series Book # 1By Victoria EscobarPublication Date: March 20, 2013
Her choice will change the world.She hated the wheelchair. Hated the way it made her feel less than what she was. Most of all she hated not being able to do all the things she used to. Ari had been a track and field star, an archery champion and an Eskrima pro. Now she was confined to a wheelchair slowly dying inside from its restraints.Medical science wasn’t working. The tests, the drugs, the therapies were all useless and a waste of time. She was tired of wasting her time; she was tired of failure. It was time to look away from the obvious and try something unconventional.Nothing was ever free and that included miracles. Abruptly, Ari finds herself tangled in a web of lies, questioning everything she’s ever known as truth. Never had she believed she’d be thrown headfirst into a world of good and evil, magic and Gods.Trapped in the middle of a war she had never known existed both parties demanded her allegiance. Ari was a catalyst that could change all the rules of the Earth. But when the time comes to make a choice will she be strong enough to know right from wrong?
And now an excerpt from 'Of Gaea' :
Ari picked up the envelope and opened it. A letter was neatly folded inside with yet another sealed envelope. The new envelope was wrapped with a red ribbon. Before she opened it she looked at the letter that it was wrapped in.
From your mother. She already had the envelope sealed and tied when she handed it to me. I love her enough not to intrude. We love you. ~Ghita
Puzzled, Ari examined the sealed envelope more carefully. There was nothing odd about it. The ribbon had been tied into an elaborate knot that she hated to untie. She would not be able to retie it later. Carefully she undid the ribbon and pulled out the letter.
To my Beloved,
I will not apologize as I am sure you’ve heard enough of it to last a lifetime. My lucid moments are becoming further and further apart and before I lose what remains of my consciousness I write this.
Ghita fears, and rightly so, but I have seen things she has not. Things Gaea had shown me before Ghita destroyed the precarious foundation. Death is not an ending and the choice you will have to make will result in mine. I have seen it.
Do not be sad for this. I pray that it is so. Already the hell that I have endured is tiring. It’s tiring to fight into self awareness every day. There will be a day I cannot, when the fatigue is too great to bother trying and I know this too.
Trust in Gaea. I cannot emphasize that enough. Trust the Mother. We are of her, but we are her and we are ourselves. This may confuse you now, but when your choice comes you will understand. I promise.
Live, my most precious. Live and love and learn. Be free as I can never be again and as Ghita never was. In freedom you will find all the answers.
Already it is a strain to maintain my rationale on such a short letter. I will seal this away and give it to Ghita, who will no doubt hold on to it until the last possible moment. I love my sister, she is my other half, but she can sometimes be so blind to the truth that it clouds her judgment. I pray you have the courage to do what I did not have the strength for. You must do what we could not or all will be lost. There will be no such thing as joy, peace or love in a world in which you have failed.
Know that my soul still holds faith to Gaea, even as I am wracked with pain and delusions from the Tainted.
My love is eternal,
Ari sniffled and fought back tears. Lyris was so strong, so brave to be able to write those words knowing what they meant. It left Ari to wonder, could those that have been Tainted or Purified (she guessed was the term) come back from it? Was there a way to save her mother that didn’t result in death? Lyris had said she saw her own death, so maybe not, but what if Ari could?
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Once upon a time, long, long ago, Victoria was born in sunny Florida, except it wasn’t sunny; it was the middle of the night. Midnight actually, well, two minutes past, but she tried really hard for midnight.
Victoria has been to twenty one schools in her lifetime. With all the continual switching around, she’s relied on her imagination for friends and books for close companions. In high school she remained apart from the whole and spent most of her time in the library either reading or writing.Currently, Victoria has set down roots in New York with her family. She still reads and writes every day. She finished her debut novel Of Gaea in the winter of 2012 and is working on the sequel and many other projects.