Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.
A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.
As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.
~ Xpresso BT
My head shot upright and I nearly slipped off my chair. I’d fallen asleep in the waiting room at the clinic.
Dolore stood over me, a tablet in her hand. “The doctor will see you now. He’s not blind either. Ha-ha!”
I faked a laugh and took my tablet. The clinic was empty besides me.
The red-haired lady showed me through the green door. Inside, there was a long hallway with doors leading into examination rooms.
I saw a flash of white.
Suddenly, I was in the hall of the infirmary at the Line.
The long green hallway, the double silver doors, the nurse, the hose, the blast of cold water.
I felt my plastic mattress in my sleeping compartment. I saw the bed and dingy grey sheets in my appointment room. The silver door where the appointments entered. The blood on the walls after Lover Boy…
My skin went frigid with cold sweat. I dropped the tablet to the floor and rocked on my feet. Someone grabbed my arm.
“Hey, you okay?” It was a man’s voice.
I shook the arm off. “Let me go.”
His hand released me, and I gripped the wall for balance.
“What’s the matter? You feeling faint?” the man’s voice asked.
I couldn’t look to him. My eyes were glued on the long hallway of the infirmary.
I blinked twice, and it was gone.
I was actually in a grey hallway. Framed digital posters of puppies and kittens hung on the walls. Brown doors in the hall had large red numbers painted on them.
I felt lightheaded.
The red-haired woman came up behind me. “What’s going on, Doc?”
“I’m okay,” I lied.
“Can you make it to exam three?” he asked.
I nodded, though the walls seemed to move as I inched forward.
Dolore helped me stagger to a room a few doors down. Inside, there was a shiny metal examination table too small for a person to lie on. The room was painted a soothing grey-blue. More kitty and dog posters hung on the walls.
I slumped onto a bench in the corner. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what happened.”
“It’s okay,” Dolore said, pouring some water from a pitcher by a deep sink and handing me a glass. “No big deal.”
“I saw…” I killed the sentence before it could escape. I had sworn not to tell anyone else where I was from. ”
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Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.
Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.
Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.
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