The Calling (Darkness Rising)
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A powerful secret. A desperate race for survival.
Maya and her friends are on the run. Having escaped a deliberately set forest fire and a fake rescue team with dark intentions, they were just beginning to feel safe again. Then their helicopter crashes near the Vancouver Island wilderness, and Maya and her friends realize they're about as far from safe as they can get.
But Maya has a secret. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. It's part of who she really is—and it has something to do with her mysterious paw-print birthmark. Yet as Maya and her friends face unforeseen dangers, it becomes clear she's not the only one in their close-knit group who has something to hide. And if they're going to survive, they'll need all their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.
realized Rafe was staring up at me. “I’ve got you!” I shouted. He smiled, this weirdly calm smile. “I know.” “Just hold on!” “I am.” “We’ll get you down.” “It’s okay, Maya.” His voice was as strangely calm as his smile. My heart was thudding so hard I could barely breathe, and he just kept smiling up at me, his gaze locked on mine. Calm washed through me, slowing my heart, as if I was feeling what he did, an oddly disconnected peacefulness. “It’s okay,” Rafe said again. “They’ve got you.”
dangling over the edge, his shoulders set. “I’m sorry,” I said. “I just never know whether you want to talk or don’t want to—” “I was going to break up with her.” He blurted it so fast, I wasn’t sure I understood. I lowered myself to sit cross-legged beside him. “You were …” “I was going to break up with Serena. End it. Dump her. Right before she died.” “Oh.” “Yeah, oh.” A sardonic twist of his lips. He went to stand. “Forget it. I shouldn’t have—” I caught his hand. “Don’t. You want to
work and no play. I don’t see why she has to practice so much. I don’t.” Nicole grabbed Serena by the leg. She let out a giggling shriek as she was pulled under. I dove and managed to grab her under the arms and pull her up. She came up sputtering and scowling. “What was that for?” she said, pushing wet hair from her face. “It’s Nicole,” I said, grabbing her arm again. “She’s trying to drown you.” Serena laughed. “Nicole wouldn’t hurt me. She’s my friend. She’s just—” She went under again as
crash, Mom hasn’t come home. But she didn’t take my laptop. She told me to pack it. I didn’t.” “Why?” Sam said. “Because my homework’s on it,” he said, in a tone that implied this was a stupid question. “Laptop perishes in the fire? I get a free pass on every assignment.” “Which I’m sure she knew you’d try, so she took it. I’m supposed to be the paranoid one, guys, and I—” Corey was already gone, heading for the stairs again. He took them two at a time. Then he pitched forward, hands
was wearing anything of Nicole’s. I’d sooner put on Sam’s stuff, even if black really wasn’t my color. I was about to ask Sam if I could borrow something when she came out, phone in hand. Her expression said she hadn’t talked to her aunt. “There’s a signal, isn’t there?” I said. “They can’t block the whole town.” “No, I’ve got a signal but …” She looked up. “Her cell number’s been disconnected. I tried a few times.” I took the phone and called my mother. Then my dad. Both times rang through