My life has been an endless march of survival and roadblocks. The gate closed, and we were trapped in the DarkVerse. We eventually made peace with the darklings, but for over a century, gatekeepers came and went, and still, we could not return home. Then I was taken against my will, and tortured for decades.
When I escape, all that is on my mind is vengeance and the drive to finally accomplish what I set out to do: open the gate.
But I wasn’t prepared for her. We plucked Jade out of a nightmare of a life. How she is even sane is a wonder to me, but the second she manifests, she is proving to be one of the best of her kind.
I shouldn’t keep watching her. My eyes shouldn’t linger. But I can’t stop. I’m astounded by this woman and everything she has overcome. And by her stolen glances, the way she doesn’t turn away from my scars of war and torture, I don’t think I’m alone in this.
She is a darkling, and I am an ultralight. We couldn’t be more different. We’re natural enemies.
But Jade has changed everything, and I’m not so sure going back to the LightVerse is where I belong anymore.