Cursed Ever After by Lacey Carter Andersen EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Lacey Carter Andersen
- Language: English
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- Genre: Mythology, Fairy Tale Fantasy
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I stare at the massive wall in front of me, watching as it changes. It twists
like dough being squished in a toddler’s hands or maybe like a giant plastic
wall that a strange, horrifying creature is trying to escape from. Sometimes I
even imagine I see hands, feet, or even a face pushing through the green
substance, but I’m pretty sure those things only exist in my mind. They’re
images I only see because of the tales told by the locals about this dangerous
wall that separates our world from that of Neverwood.
The locals who come here, usually teenagers who have been dared to do
so by their friends, are terrified by the strange doorway to another world, this
mix between a wall of leaves like a huge hedge and something else,
something that shouldn’t be able to exist in our world. Yet, I’m never afraid,
not because Neverwood is safe, but because I’m one of only four living
people who can enter this place. One of the only people who knows what’s
behind the wall. And although it is a scary place, it’s also a world of wonder.
One I want to return to, even today, after three long months of not being
allowed to go.
For whatever reason, my dad has told me no, and that only he’ll be going
on this trip. I’d protested. I’d even resorted to sulking a little, like when I was
a child, because the whole thing was irritatingly unfair. He’s supposed to
retire as a Gold Keeper soon and allow me to take his place, but I can’t do
that until I’ve learned more, including all the ins and outs of surviving in
Neverwood. Even though I know he’s scared about the day I have to go
through without him, I want to be as prepared as possible.
Which means not allowing me to go with him, when there’s a chance for
me to learn more, is foolish. We should be taking every opportunity before he
retires to train.
How is it that he doesn’t see that? I’m in my twenties. I’m more than old
enough to take over.
The wind blows a little harsher, and I look across the darkened sky to see
grey streaks of light rising over the huge mountains that surround Paradise
Falls. A shiver rolls down my spine, and I wrap my arms around myself. I
haven’t enjoyed storms since my first experience with one in Neverwood, but
I also know stormy days are the most likely days that we can cross over, so I
say nothing, just glance at my father.
My father is kneeling on the ground, going through each item in his pack.
He checks everything when he packs at home, before he leaves the house,
and when he gets here. I once thought it was overkill until I realized just how
important each item is… important enough that if anything gets screwed up,
you can die. His head is bowed over his backpack as he checks each thing,
and I realize his short hair, which used to be pale brown weaved with grey, is
mostly grey now.
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