“Spring” by Lele Iturrioz

Lele Iturrioz
(Seasons Within #2)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Gaia finally knows who she is and what she’s meant to do. It’s only been a few weeks since the earth element woke in her. Now that she’s embracing her role as Mother Nature, she must journey with her group of power-wielding friends in a race against time to get back home before Azazel reaches them.

With the awakening of a brand new element, her true past with Edan, a dangerous decision that could change the very essence of who she is, and a traitor among her group, the broken road back to Terra will be a test of strength.

After all, even if Gaia doesn’t know it, war is closer than she thinks.

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Klog Mor unwrapped it and revealed a stunning blue diamond in the shape of a tear and the size of a pear cradled in a silver setting.
“Ah!” Gaia turned breathless. “It’s beautiful.”
“It belongs to all the reincarnations of Nature. It belongs to you.”
“A diamond?” Gaia asked.
“Not the diamond, what’s inside.”
Gaia leaned closer. Inside the diamond, there was a clear drop of water.
“That drop inside the diamond, it’s the oldest memory on Earth. We call it The Ocean’s Tear,” explained Klog Mor. “Some weeks ago you asked me what the Big Flood was.”
“When the Earth and Terra got separated?”
“Yes.” Klog Mor beamed. She loved how Gaia could find her answers no matter what. “This tear is the memory of that day. How it all happened.”
“Wow…How did it?”
“I wouldn’t know,” Klog Mor replied, shrugging her shoulders. “On my hands it’s just another precious stone. Only Nature can see within.” Klog Mor passed Gaia the velvet cloth, making sure the diamond never made contact with Gaia’s skin. “Many years ago, before fire was discovered, there were twins, Alek and Alder, both similar yet very different. Alek was smart, curious, and full of eagerness to create, expand and discover. He yearned for adventures and the answer of every question he encountered, however, he was also selfish, greedy and prideful. As for Alder, he was more connected to Earth than any other living creature. He was able to see Nature’s wonders in a way no one else could, but he didn’t have the drive to expand or create more than what was necessary. Unlike his twin brother, Alder had no greater ambition other than to live in peace. Time passed and both twins grew up and had children of their own. Alek’s descendants were known as humans. They created a magnificent empire, all to the world’s cost. They destroyed forests and rivers in order to build their machines and homes. Alder’s descendants were known as Terrians. They also grew in number but barely a fifth of the amount the humans grew to. They were so in touch with Nature that over the years, the new generations were born with the ability to wield it. One day, while the humans wanted to expand their empire, the Terrians decided it was enough. They fought back.” Klog Mor pointed at the Ocean’s Tear. “Before you take the stone with your bare hand, my dear, you must be prepared for what you’ll see in there. A war is something no one was ever born to live in.”
Gaia drew in a deep breath. She knew exactly what Klog Mor meant. Even after twelve years of dreaming about a war, it never got easy for her to see all that death and suffering. She also knew there was no better way to learn how to prevent the same outcome than to live it.
“I’m ready.” She slid the diamond from the cloth to her palm.

Author Bio:

Major geek by day, hermit writer by night! Love books, sugar gliders and everything that comes in a delicious taco.

I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, Seasons Within

I spend my time writing, planning on writing, reading, drinking coffee like there was no tomorrow, MMA and chilling with my friends and loved ones.

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