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Heirloom Sneak Peek #2

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Seed Savers: Heirloom, book three in the Seed Savers Series, is due to be released  in November. Here is another sneak peek, this one from the Lily portion of the book:

The hat I wore protected me from the sun’s glare, but after a while I noticed the glare was gone. Looking up, I saw dark clouds hovering in the sky, obliterating the sun.
    “You’ve got to be kidding!” I said right out loud. “Rainy season?” Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew something about different places having rainy seasons. Come to think of it, I remembered yesterday at about this time, the torrent hitting our bus as we sped down the highway. I looked around in search of shelter, but saw none. I was surrounded on both sides by those odd-shaped inverted walls I’d seen earlier. Maybe if I made it to an intersection I could get out of this roofless tunnel before the rain started. I walked as fast as I could without actually running. For a moment I thought I saw something—a vehicle behind me; some movement from the periphery— no, out of the question, I couldn’t get in a car with strangers. Anyway, after nothing passed, I turned to find the street empty, quiet. Must be shadows in the storm, playing tricks.

Twenty minutes later and still no intersection in sight, the sky opened. I was running, but it didn’t matter. In minutes I was soaked. I stopped running, stopped walking fast, but trudged onward. It wasn’t cold, after all, and the wetness was somewhat refreshing. Except the part about my clothes clinging to my body.
    “Hey. Girl!”
    I looked up, a small silent vehicle was driving slowly next to me. A sun-darkened old man with a stubbly white beard leaned over and was shouting at me through an open window.
    “What th-the-galldarn do y- y-you th-th-think yer doin? Climb in here.”
    I hesitated.
    “C-c-come on. Are you deaf?”
    Now I was offended. I noticed a small boy in the backseat, holding a puppy. Where hours earlier sweat had run down my face, rain now poured, dripping off my chin. Caution to the wind, I opened the door and got in. In the rearview mirror, I caught it, right before we sped forward—the phantom vehicle I thought I had seen earlier.


S.Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade series, Seed Savers. Visit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Sign up for the newsletter!


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