{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

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

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
quillandspindle would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Brink

By quillandspindle

Romance / Action

Prologue

Stand before the looking glass

And see the path behind

Through rocky road and lonely pass

Here to this brink we find.


Pale yellow light from a low ceiling lamp bathes a wooden table where three coffee mugs sit, steam slowly rising. A woman, her face beautiful but tired, leans back in her chair, hands wrapped around one of the mugs, thumbs sliding over the rim, back and forth.

"How can you be sure?" She asks.

A man removes his hands from his face and lays them, palms down, on the table. He has not touched his coffee.

"She can't," he says to the woman. "I mean, can anyone be sure, really? But there is a chance."

"And you think he'll agree?" She is not so much incredulous as tentative, hopeful.

A second woman, her hair pulled back in an elegant bun, turns sightless eyes to the first. "He still loves her, doesn't he, after all these years?"

The man huffs. "Well, it's been a while . . . Who's to say he hasn't moved on? They might have been a good thing - if they'd had more time - but, you know, the war and . . . losing her and . . . everything. Not that I ever thought it was a great idea. Anyway, it's risky."

He turns to the first woman, and his tone is almost pleading as he kneads his temples with his fingers, muttering between his hands. "You know what I think about magic. I just can't let go of the fact that it's such a gamble. What if it can't be found after all - and then, it'd be -"

"You don't want to get his hopes up. I get it," she finishes his thought. "But not even trying? I mean, it's a risk either way, isn't it? And it's not as if there's anything to lose if Bunny's right." She tilts her head slightly toward the second woman.

Bunny hooks two fingers through the handle of her mug and lets the scent of the coffee guide it carefully, delicately, to her lips. She closes her eyes as she sips, more from muscle memory than focusing her sense of smell; blind eyes savor scents as much open as closed.

"Henry knows what needs to be done, Veronica. He's just being practical for practicality's sake. I may be blind but I can still feel magic when it's there. And even a blind person can see that he still loves her. Henry, of all people, should know what it's like: Everafters and humans, falling in love, and not getting their happy ending."

She adds, as an afterthought, "Sorry, Veronica. You're Henry's happy ending."

Henry grimaces, then returns his hands to his face. "Fine. Say he agrees. Are we planning on telling him everything, then? Because if -"

Veronica waves her hands in agitation. "No! We tell him enough but not everything. Yet. When we have it - the elixir - then we'll tell him everything… if he hasn't figured it out himself by then what it's for… what it can do for her."

"Deception." Bunny blinks. "You two haven't changed much, have you?"

"Look who's talking," Veronica shoots back at her. "And I prefer the term 'information management'."

Bunny smiles, pushing her mug away. "Alright. We're done. Who's going to tell him?"

Veronica looks at Henry. "I think you should," she begins, placing her hand on his arm. "He'll probably take it best coming from you. I mean, between men."

For a while, Henry doesn't move. Then he nods in staccato and rises from the table, taking his mug and Bunny's as he moves toward the sink. There, he grips the edge of the basin, half-turns and says, "You'd better be sure, Bunny. Getting everyone's hopes up like this. . . if you're wrong . . . if this is a wild goose chase . . . if . . . if . . ."

Bunny is already pulling on her coat that Veronica has handed her. As she leaves the kitchen and heads down the hallway to the front door, she pauses.

"Henry Grimm." Her voice is firm. "Maybe you were brought up to believe death is the end. I wasn't. You've got your happy ever after; let them have theirs."

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Dina Husseini: It was a great hook. I do not like reading scifi because they end up being like all the rest but this one kept me wanting more.

Marimar Amieva: I just can't believe the story! I absolutely loved it, all of it. The characters and their chemistry between them, and the fact that they are relatable. The story also has some sick plot twists, which I never saw coming. I loved the fact that it is an adorable love story but has its mystery touc...

Giuliana Cassetta: My face is full of tears, I never cried like now with a book or even a movie. I loved every single chapter. I truly don't know what to say, I'm out of words and my eyes hurt from crying. Such an bittersweet story, it's so wonderful. One of my favorites for sure. Keep it up!

jessiehs: This was absolutely amazing. I loved how it went back and forth between perspectives. I actually cried at the end I was so happy. This was amazing. I can't even think of another word to describe it. Thank you for writing his.

Roy Jenner: I was pleased to join the action where this B-17 was limping back across the English Channel defying all odds. Obviously written by a person more than familiar with the interior of the Flying Fortresses that were familiar in the skies of Southern England during World War 2. Plenty of action here ...

snowview03: This is the first book I have read on this app and I loved it! When I read the title I thought about the hunger games, but this novel is so much more. Some book have a comparison between other books that fallow like premises so i will do my own: Arena has the compellingly emotional stresses and t...

Alkira Joan: Great story, I found it hard to read especially the dialogue. You just need to fix up some spelling errors and the gramma .I enjoyed this book. was a little hard to get though.,.,..,.,.,,..,.,.,, , , , ,.,, , , , , , , ,., , ,.,,,,,

Ruby0h: Overall I thought your story was really good! It drew me in right away and kept me interested as the story progressed. I loved the character of Kayla being inserted into this story, and the way she affected and shaped the life of the original story into something totally new and interesting. I lo...

Alkira Joan: I omg I am honestly speechless I couldn't stop cry it's so sad I wish it had a better ending and they would all be happy and the end is their going to be a second book?thanks for the amaZing story xoxox

More Recommendations

maewilde25: I liked this, though it dragged on for over 200pages and heaven knows I did not expect the plot twist in the middle. David being Cristiãn. I was wondering when he would show up and didn't know he was there all along. it looks like there should be a sequel, please let there be a sequel. I know the...

Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...

Laraine Smith: Your story is both sweet and beautiful! You are a true artist! Keep up the great work! I also love the picture that you chose for your book! :)

OpheliaJones: This story took a different kind of spin on the "normal girl lives with definitely not normal guy" plot. The plot points of Frey's father, Liam's family, and Frey's view of Liam's world were good to read. She did not fall in love with him in the first couple weeks. Their lives were not smooth in ...

Laraine Smith: This should be a movie! You are talented! It is that good! Keep it up! It is visual! It grabbed me! Don't give up!

JONANNA: As an avid reader it is not often I say that about a book. The plot is what was different and the twists where unexpected. This book is defiantly a page turner and enjoyable read. I can't wait to reread this novel after a little editing to finish off the shine on this wonderful novel.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.