Chapter 18: Ascension Graveyard by Candice Coates

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Chapter 18

The Encounter Blog interview with Etta Castle Teague

HL: I want to talk a bit more about your super power. Yeah, we know you don’t like the term but it’s fitting. You want to describe that a bit more? I mean for me, it would be like getting a brand new toy.

ECT: Mr. Albert, being a toymaker, had an obsession with toys, too. I mean who doesn’t like toys? Although he didn’t leave much room for me to get to know other children, he did make sure I was beyond toy savvy. I had knowledge of all the newest gadgets and toys that came on the market. I even got to fool around with them. That was a perk of being raised by him. I did not, however, take a liking to things like Kaleidoscopes.

HL: Kaleidoscopes? Really?

ECT: I absolutely hate them. Mr. Albert had a ridiculous collection of them. They all made me motion sick.  It's amazing how volatile discarded pieces of broken glass, beads and other little bits of colored trash can be when they are seen through mirrors and lenses.Super powers can be a little like that, too.   

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Jørn tried Etta’s phone one more time before it went straight into voicemail. He didn’t bother trying to leave her a message. The automated voice told him at the final ring that her mailbox was completely full.

She had always had such a bad habit of not deleting her messages.

He shoved his phone into his pocket and slung on his jacket. It was almost five in the evening now, but at least he had managed to convince another doctor to come in a few hours early and cover his shift. Lucky for Jørn, Doctor Michael Baxter didn’t have anyone who was supposed to ascend. He clearly had not caught wind of the mess that was taking place. It was either that or he just didn’t care. Nevertheless, Dr. Baxter’s apathy had worked in Jørn’s favor.


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