Luminescence (Luminescence Trilogy)

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LUMINESCENCE

 

 

 

a novel

by

J
.L. Weil

Kindle
Edition
Copyright 2012

by J.L. Weil

http://jlweil.blogspot.com/

All rights reserved.

ISBN-10: 1475232845

ISBN-13: 978-1475232844

 

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This book is a work of fiction. The names, characters, places and incidents are a product of the writer’s imagination or have been used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblances to persons, living or dead, actual events, locales or organiza
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Table of Contents

Chap
t
er 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

 

 

Chapter
1

 

I
WAS PISSED – SERIOUSLY PISSED.

And that only meant
extreme
trouble
. Enough so that even in my heightened anger I was frightened. Scared not for myself but for anyone who got in the path of fury now just past my control.

The ripple
of
heat flowed through my veins

bubbled
to boiling point. It scorched my skin
,
causing a line of crimson haze to swivel in front of my eyes. So hot it felt like flames from a dragon
licked at the back of my throat, threatening to
lash
from my mouth if I
dared
speak
.
C
lamp
ing
my teeth
down
together excruciatingly,
I
avoid
ed
my lips
in the process
. The thought of tasting my own blood didn’t bode well at this very moment.
Not with the intense tingle I felt everywhere.

“Let it go Brianna.
” I faintly heard
Austin
’s
resigned
voice. He might have touched a hand to my arm, but I was too far in depths for reason
ing
.

My temper was something I learned early to avoid at all costs – all costs.
Going
to
severe pains to keep i
t
under wrap
,
d
eep breath
ing
,
the whole find your
center of balance. I
’d
t
a
k
en
classes in mediation. L
earning to control my emotions
, doing
what I could to protect others from myself.
It had been so long since it had hit me
with
such intensity that I had forgotten what it was like
– had
forgotten that it
was
wrong.

E
xperiment
ing
with my odd,
peculiar
and volatile
temper
was something I never did
.
Trying
to pick it apart and find out the particulars to why it initiated such bizarre and often harmful results
didn’t sound like a good idea
.
The sensations it induced
made
me
feel
out-of-control, wild, and
reckless. Like there was nothing
and
no one that could stand in my way. I felt empowered. Then after I’d seen
the results of
what I’d
done,
I
was consumed with
guilt and
shame
– a freak
. What normal person
inflicts the impossi
ble with just a flare of anger?

Usually it wasn’t an issue.
I made sure of it.
K
e
eping
mostly to myself, with just a few close friends, but even they didn’t know the violence that lived within – no one knew. Not my friends, not my parents
when they were alive
and not even the
one
pe
rson
I
trusted
and
loved
most i
n this world – my
aunt
.

Part of it was shame and part of it was fear. What if someone found out? I’d no doubt be branded as the freak I felt. The nuthouse would be my new
home
.

None of it made sense, which
was
why I don’t
stress
about it

normally
.
Regardless,
I
tried
not to
reflect
about
my freakish attribute
and
how
different
it
made
me.
What I wouldn’t give to be free of what
ever curse or hexed I’d been born with
. That was
how
I thought
of it
– a curse
. Nothing like this could be good
.
Mostly I refused to
allow myself to get mad or on the verge of angry
– I walk
ed
away.

Until today.

I would have
today
if only Rianne
had let it go. If she hadn’t pushed me further and further
until
there was no other response
but to react.
If only she had
n’t chosen this day to harass
and bully
one of my
best friend
s
. And maybe if I hadn’t already been in a shitty mood from
the day of hell I was already having.
There had been an underlying head
ache
that just wouldn’t quit, gnawing away at the back of my
skull
.
Or if Tori
,
Austin
and
I had stayed another minute
at our locker
’s
fooling around we wouldn’t have passed Rianne in the
hollow.

But
as it turned out, we did pass by
Rianne
and she
had
bump purposely into
Austin
knocking him downing, spewing vile word
s
at him in her cheerleading skanky voice.
A voice
which
begged
me to tear
her
in
to shreds
and ripe out
her
wicked
tongue
that
had no regard for the hurt she
caused other
s
.

Austin
wasn’t a big guy
. H
e might have a
few feet
over my five-
foot,
two-
inch frame, putting him almost at equal level with Rianne. His weight was
n’t
much better and
hardly made se
nse since he
ate like a dying horse on its last meal.
Today h
e had on skinny jeans today, emphasizing his scrawny legs. Hair
product styled
perfectly
still
in place
, framed by his bottle glass green eyes now
crystal and bright
with humiliation
.
There was a stellar resemblance between Austin and Kurt from Glee and had the whole
G
Q
thing going for him.

Nonetheless
, i
t wasn’t how
Austin
looked or how he dressed that had Rianne yelling those choice words out over the hollow
.
It wasn’t enough that s
he’d
purposely
rammed
into him
while we were making our way through the crowd
.
If it had been anything else, I would have been able to maintain the thread holding my anger
in check
.

“Get
out
of
the
way
faggot.

S
he
shrieked
over the bustle and commotion o
f the
circular room
as kids made
their way to final period.
With both
palm
s
spread, she
took
advantage of his unsteadiness and shoved, sprawling him over the
mascot in the center
where practically the entire schoo
l congregated between classes.

Yep,
Austin
was gay.

My controlled snap
ped
like a
rubber band
. T
he combination of hearing my friend being called that ug
ly name
a
nd seeing him tossed
ass first
on t
he schools dull gray carpet,
I felt the first inklings of my temper
peak
.

Momentarily
s
tunned I just g
lared at Rianne while the assault of emotions snuck up on me. Somewhere in the smog I remembered Tori speaking to
Austin
.


Y
ou okay
?
” she
whispered
, giving
Austin
a hand up.

If he had given her a reply it was lost
b
y the full fledge flood of
rage
that
consumed
me.

Fecklessly
I reached out in front of me
and grabb
ed
Rianne’s
arm, stopping her from turning and walking away. Her
sneering
golden eyes pierc
ed into mine with disgust, like little spears of hate. S
he couldn’t believe that I had the gall to touch her.
I was
normally quiet and very non-confrontational.
This was so out of th
e norm it hit a home run off
left field.

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