AS TOMAS/IKAN LEARNS OF HIS TRAGIC PAST, HIS TRUE SELF AWAKENS
HE ISN'T MEANT TO BE A HUMAN TRIBUTE—BECAUSE HE IS OF THE GODS
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The hurricane comes—and with it the awakening of Tomas's consciousness of just what he is.
He helps Mila and the others escape from the village. Unfortunately, he gets retaken by the villagers. But he realizes that he is no longer the boy he once was, nor even the young man he grew into. And that he can call upon the jungle to help him escape.
He begins to believe.
In the meantime, Mila and the others must navigate their way through the dense jungle, surviving hunger and thirst—and each other. In their struggle, Mila and Tim grow closer.
But can she truly leave Tomas behind?
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Mila got away, Mila escaped, he reminded himself. She would be on the shore, or close to it, by now—the storm would only weaken once the eye passed—they would make it back to her parents’ house. He could imagine the surprised looks on George’s and Gloria’s faces…. His thoughts were so focused on Mila that he didn’t even notice the man pissing on him until a warm stream hit him in the face.
It was Chac, the man who had been groping Mila and Meredith on their way to the village. Ikan jerked up as far as the rope would allow, which was less than a foot. Chac laughed at his impotence, and Ikan was hit with the memory of every last insult, taunt, and beating Chac had ever given him, riding on waves of hot, angry pain.
Thinking was painful. Anger was painful. Better to feel nothing—be nothing. He would soon be dead, anyway.
But, for just once in his life… and he thought, Why not? What is Eztli going to do, kill me?
So he did it again, for the second time—he envisioned a snake, coiled around the man’s throat, choking him to death. The first time, in the jungle, the others had stopped him. But there was no other this time. Only Chac.
And Ikan, despite being tied like a lamb bound for slaughter, lying in the mud, felt giddy with power as Chac gasped and started to turn purple and began to claw at his throat. The serpent—it wasn’t real, and yet to Ikan it was as clear as day—around his throat bobbed its head staring back at Ikan with cold, beady eyes, an unasked question flicking about its forked tongue.
And Ikan, hearing the voice in his head, answered, Yes.
Eztli was almost right, he thought as he watched Chac stagger away from him and collapse in the middle of the village. Shocked gasps came from the houses around them. I do not have a god within me. I am a god.
Next in the Series:
1. Opaque Dreams
2. Murky Waters
4. Impending Dawn
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