Under the Willow
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by Kari Jo Spear
Category: Young Adult/Fantasy
Description: Shane and Cody -- two high school seniors, one growing up lonely and abused on a struggling horse farm, the other a privileged sports star. Each carefully hides a secret truth about himself. Both are unaware of the undercurrents beneath the surface of their quiet Vermont town, currents from the society hidden in the woods, by the streams, in the mountains, and even in the air around them. Shane and Cody -- both chosen to become part of the culture hidden nearby, but chosen by opposite sides in an elemental struggle that has been underway since the beginning of time. It's up to them to forge a bond between the two groups despite the danger, not just to unite them, but to save them all from the dangers posed by humans who are destroying the world that keeps everyone alive. Shane and Cody -- who must find their own peace with each other in a world more complicated than they've ever dreamed. A world which is also more wonderful than they've ever imagined.
eBook Publisher: Torquere Press/Prizm Books, 2011 www.prizmbooks.com
eBookwise Release Date: July 2011
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [238 KB]
Reading time: 158-222 min.
All Other formats: Printing DISABLED, Read-aloud DISABLED
Finally, two hours after Cody had taken his sleeping pill, he lay back, flung his left arm over his eyes, and vowed he'd rip out his IV line and strangle the next bastard who came in. Though he changed his mind, because the next person to appear by his bed was Shane.
So the sleeping pill had worked at last. With a sigh of pleasure, he gazed up at Shane and hoped nobody woke him for a long time. There was no comparison between Shane and the hot nurse. Cody reached out with his nearest hand and slid it underneath the faded denim shirt Shane was wearing untucked over a pair of khakis. As he flattened his palm against the warm skin of the firm stomach, Shane gasped and stepped away.
Right. He'd forgotten in his sleep that Shane wasn't gay. That was cruel. Shane ought to be gay in his dream, at least. He caught hold of Shane's shirt.
"I just wanted to make sure you were okay," Shane said, reaching down and trying to loosen Cody's grip. Cody wasn't about to let go. "I'm taking off for a while."
"Don't," Cody said. Meaning both about the shirt and him going away. "I need you."
Shane looked startled.
"That thing in the woods scared me. You make me feel safe." Cody knew he would never have said the truth like that if he'd been awake. If this were real.
Shane's fingers paused for a moment. "Cody, I don't know what you saw. The thing I saw was different. It wouldn't have made me crash my bike like that. It was--amazing. I think what you saw was a different sort of the same thing. But I'm just guessing."
"Maybe you're braver than I am."
Shane finally got his shirt free from Cody's fingers. "No way. Not braver. I've seen the insane things you do on the soccer field. I'm more desperate, maybe. More lonely."
"That's impossible," Cody said flatly.
Shane shook his head. "Look, the less you're involved with me, the better. You'll be safer without me around."
"Because I think I'm turning into one of them," Shane said softly.