Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

Free copy left
You can read our best books
ayziks would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Mark and Maddy and the Terra Nova Chronicles

By ayziks

Adventure / Romance

Chapter 1

They were both kissing passionately alone together in "their" tree - theirs since spending a night together stranded in that tree by the danger of the slasher roaming the forest floor, and discovering their true feelings for each other. Those growing emotions thrilled them both. His hand drifted gently from the softness under her shirt to between her legs.

But after a few moments of elation between them, she moved his hand away and whispered, ""

Mark stopped, sat straight up, blushed, and apologized, "I'm sorry Maddy, I shouldn't have."

"It's all right. There is a part of me that wants to."

Mark smirked and half laughed, "I like that part."

She grinned and punched him in the shoulder playfully.

But then he frowned and admitted, "But I shouldn't be doing any of that stuff."

"It's OK. What you were doing before felt really good. We kinda already crossed that bridge. I don't mind."

"Yeah..." he smiled with that satisfaction that some of her secrets were his too.

Then she hugged him and cooed, "I love you."

With a gleam in his eye, Mark said, "'Love you too. Maddy, we need to do something about this. We've been together three years."

"What do you mean, Mark?" asked Maddy, with very piqued interest.

"Something old-fashioned."

"Turns out I'm an old-fashioned girl, Mark."

A smile formed on her face.

"I'll never forget the day you first told me."

"Yeah. Me too."

Mark shifted in the tree, and pulled a wadded up ball of paper from his pocket.

"Fancy wrapping there, Mark...," she giggled and started to wonder what he had in mind.

He unwrapped two beautiful gold rings, one with a gemstone, and held them before her. Both had ornate Hindi designs, a knowing tribute to her and her mother's heritage.

Her eyes flew wide open and she listened intently. "Where had Mark gotten Indian rings?"she thought.

He was nervous but sincere, "Maddy. I...umm...well, you know we love each other. Terra Nova is our home forever. I was wondering if you might want to spend forever with me? Maddy Shannon - will you be my wife?"

She wrapped her arms around him strongly enough to almost knock both out of the tree and exclaimed, "Oh yes, Mark, yes!"

He slipped the gemstone ring gently around Maddy's finger – in the tradition of the Hindi Sagai engagement ceremony - and kissed her gently.

"You know what to do with the other one, right? That is, assuming you want to give me a ring." he smiled.

Maddy took the other ring and put it on Mark's outstretched hand and said, "Of course, silly. I love the two ring engagement tradition of Sagai. How thoughtful of you to honor my culture, Mark."

Maddy's mother Elisabeth would know exactlywhat this meant the instant she saw them with the Sagai rings.

"We have to tell your parents. In fact, I have to ask your dad."

"Isn't that a little too old fashioned, Mark? What if he says no?"

"I'll be convincing."

"I'm sure you will!"

They giggled and embraced again.

In the background, there was a roar that hushed the forest noises.

Mark spun around and cocked his sonic weapon, "We're not alone. Carnitor...about a 'klick' away. We need to keep moving."

Maddy rebuttoned her blouse, pecked Mark on the cheek, and they climbed down the tree into the relative safety of their vehicle to continue the patrol. He was late on his rounds, but Maddy would explain by saying that she had found a particularly interesting biological specimen to examine in detail. That would technically be true, even though the specimen was Mark. Her mother Elisabeth would know better and roll her eyes. Father Jim would trust his little girl at her word as always.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

MegaRogueLegend666: I love this story so much. It's impossible to describe my excitement with each new chapter in words. The author has such a good writing style, very good descriptions of the fighting and character descriptions/emotions. the plot is also amazing! This fanfic could be a side anime show or novel ......

LouiseJ2: I enjoyed the detail you went into with regards to the case. It made the UNSUB appear believable. The crisis in the middle of the story was my favorite part, very dramatic but not over the top. I feel like sometimes pairings can be overdone but I liked that some of the relationships were a little...

tyleroakleyfan: thank you for writing this story I loved it. it was great I enjoyed every minute of it I couldn't stop reading you did a fantastic job. Thanks for killing ron he was starting to piss me off. he was being a dick. I love that you made it a gay love story its about time someone did. love it great job.

Jean Tryon: As a beta, I found this story outstanding!! Plot, grammar, phraseology, etc Rachel gives us it all. She takes the story into the future from where due South ends. She is an exacting and thoughtful author.

Chris Rolfe: BOY!!! I sure love what Aer-Ki Jyr did with this series. IMHO he captured the essence of what stargate is all about. Thru out the Stargate stories Aer-Ki wrote Stevens and John Shepard some of the main characters in his stories are pursued by a corrupt I.O.A.. All the while Stevens is changing in...

dd1226: I love reading about other countries and I think this story about Cambodia after Polpot creates awareness of the tragedy that happened there and the actions of the U.N. to hold elections. The heroine of the story is easy to relate to, a modern, middleaged woman looking for an adventure, wanting t...

Julia Summers PA: Reading this now. It's fun, hilariously fabulous yet taste of what you desire in a unusual read. I will post an actual review when I am finished. But so far loving the flow and the story seems to keep me drawn

MavisMcQueen: "To Live Again" is a well crafted, highly engaging, heart vibrating tale surrounding our favorite Elven King. The author will keep you engrossed until the very end and by that time you will feel so strongly for Clara and the other characters that you will never want it to ever. Thrandu...

Alex Rushmer: Although I don't know the story of the Phantom of the Opera, I really enjoyed this story. The writing was very evocative, and it really put a picture of time and setting in my mind. The voice of the story really added to the character development. The idea of the time travelling -- or whatever re...

More Recommendations

marycombs14: This is a very interesting book - mostly because the heroine is quite charming and well rounded, and has very real issues to manage in her life. Most of all,. I loved the view inside of the life of a South Asian girl/woman, the emotional self-talk, the customs and preferences, the expectations a...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."