Two Brothers: Origin (A Ramtalan Trilogy)
What teenage boy doesn’t want to fit in and have friends? That’s what Argus Dachel, 17, wants more than anything, but because he’s half alien, and a New Breed, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that he and his brother, Tai, are being pursued by a secret government agency. To top it off, now in their senior year at public high school, both boys risk exposure when Argus uses his extraordinary strength to defend himself against the school bully, falls for 16 year-old Lola and then learns that New Breeds are set for extermination by another group of hostile aliens. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, what chance do Argus and Tai have of survival?
Born in Sydney, Australia, Ms. Gabel now lives in the United States with her family and hairless Sphynx cats. She has dabbled in several careers, including archaeology and wildlife biology, but writing is her true passion. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, obtaining two bachelor degrees and has taken additional courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Ventura College in Ventura, California, and is currently enrolled in graduate school for archaeology. Like writing, learning is a part of her life. She is a multi-genre writer, with a historical romantic suspense novel, a women’s fiction novel and a science fiction novella recently published, as well as several short stories published online and in print. Her latest novel is Two Brothers: Origin, A Ramtalan Trilogy, a young adult science fiction novel. Her favorite quote paraphrased from Sir Francis Bacon: Knowledge is Power.
“Don’t let the past cloud your future.” Aunt Celeste came over to Argus and sat beside him. “Give me your hand.”
It wasn’t like Aunt Celeste to want to hold his hand, but he held it out anyway. She grasped it tightly in her own and gazed into his eyes. His hand tingled, not painful tingling, but like static electricity tingling. Aunt Celeste’s eyes were bright blue, intense, he was drawn to them. She gripped his hand harder and immediately a flood of images popped into his head.
A wedding with a couple standing under an arch of white flowers by a lake. A mountain cabin surrounded by tall pine trees. The man in hip-waders standing in a lake fly-fishing. A picnic; blanket on the grass, wildflowers everywhere. The same couple lying on the blanket, embracing, looking so much in love. Next, the woman, very pregnant, in a wheelchair in a hospital. The images came fast, as if they were a movie that was fast-forwarding. A house, a car, a boat, then…an explosion…a woman’s body, burned, washed up on the shore of a lake…
“Argus! Let go!” Aunt Celeste shouted.
He hadn’t realized he was squeezing her hand. He let go. Her eyes weren’t as bright anymore.
“Argus, you weren’t meant to see those last images,” she said softly.
“Were those…my parents? And my mom? On the shore?” There was a lump in his throat. Nobody should see their mother dead. Worse, burned. “What happened to her? And my dad?”
Aunt Celeste placed her arm around him. “I told you, a boating accident. I got there too late to help your mother. Your father’s body was never found. There was nothing I could do. I was watching you and Tai so they could have some time alone.”
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