Jessie moved from New York to North Carolina one week after school let out for summer break. Her newly single mother and Jessie move in with grandma Gayle. Being a teen in a retirement area, is one more thing to add to her 'this sucks' list. It's bad enough to have to move, but even worse her alcoholic father left them as he went on a quest to be an artist in Greece.
Things begin to look up when she is reintroduced to Caleb, the dorky boy that saved her life one summer at the beach. Caleb is no longer scrawny and nerdy, he is now tall, dark and handsome. Caleb is a Light Tamer.
Jessie and Amber become fast friends. Amber is a no frills girl, her snarky comments and sassy attitude will raise a few eyebrows and have you laughing out loud. Amber is rough around the edges, a light tamer with only two years left to find the one she is bound to. Her father's surfing accident left her dad paralyzed and her brother dead.
“Well, you and I are mates. It is when two Light Tamers are bound together by an event. When you drowned, that bound us together. When my mom died, it killed off the protection that my parents gave me, making me weak. Dad does his best to protect me, but seriously he can’t be with me all of the time. We’ve realized that at the school, there are teachers that are protectors of some sort. There are several Light Tamers at the school, but not all know it. The young ones don’t seem to know, and some of the other kids don’t either. It is confusing to keep it all straight in the beginning. Stick with me kid, I’ll keep you in the know,” Caleb said.
“How do the Dark Ones steal light from us? Do they only take the light from the room?” I rinsed off the shell in the water, only to discover it is cracked. I throw it back out to sea.
Caleb stopped walking and turns to face me, he drapes his arms over my shoulders and I shudder as he steps in closer to me. We stand like two love sick kids taking a stroll on the beach. I put my arms around his waist and take a deep breath as I felt his energy radiate through me. He bends his head down and puts his forehead to mine. “After they take the light from the room, they drain the light energy out of you. If we survive the draining, we become Dark Ones. No one knows how to survive, so we can’t chance it. We have to stay charged with light always, I mean always. On dark gloomy days, we need to stay in a lit room. Light to us is like blood to a vampire. Even vegetarian Edward needs blood. The FROG is equipped with special lights for days like those. I think your grandma installed those lights in your room. Don’t you have the solar system in your room with lights that flash to every constellation? My dad and I went over to help her set it up. She did it so you could enjoy the night without fear of the shadows. The way it is set up is to keep the room in a hovered type light and the lights on the ceiling are special too.”
He pulls me in, closing the space between us and hugs me in tight. I put my head on his chest, listening to his heartbeat and the ocean waves. Right or wrong, he feels right…that’s what matters, right?
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