Lovers In The Woods – Helen Alexander
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: February 19, 2014
They called her Sleeping Beauty back at the lab.
Nina has been asleep for a long time. Two hundred and fifty years, to be exact. She doesn’t change, and she doesn’t die. She’s always fifteen. All she wants to do is to wake up, but she can’t. Something – or someone – is keeping her in a perpetual dream state.
Leon is a programmer working for a security systems company in the Metro Palisade. His life is fairly ordinary and uneventful. But one day, things change. He begins to see a strange girl in his dreams. He knows she needs his help, but he doesn’t know who she is – or if she’s even real. Leon is willing to risk a lot to find out, and his curiosity finally gets the best of him. The mystery that surrounds Nina is greater than Leon had imagined, however: soon he’s on the run from the company he worked for, the police, the secret service and the criminal underworld.
All Leon wants is to save Nina from her endless sleep, but the price of that rescue could be a terrible one. Somehow, Nina is connected with the fabric of reality itself, and there are many dubious people chasing after the legendary Sleeping Beauty in the hopes of wielding ultimate power. When the world begins to fall apart with the sudden, inexplicable outbreak of war, only Leon holds the key to saving everything from complete annihilation – but, unless he can rescue Nina, it may already be too late.
Helen Alexander is a best-selling author and digital artist living in San Francisco, California. After graduating from the Academy of Art University, Helen worked as a video game artist in San Diego and Los Angeles. Currently she is back in San Francisco, at work on several new projects, including a comic book, a children’s book and a dark fantasy/horror novel. You can visit Helen at helenalexander.weebly.com for the latest news on upcoming releases, author interviews and previews of new stories and works-in-progress.
She dreamed of a great city. It was a city she had never seen before, a city from the future. Nina would walk its streets, which were full of the strangest people she had ever seen. Some of them were not really people, even. There were things with extra arms, and eyes, and legs, insect-like things and bird-like things, but they all wore clothes and could talk intelligently. A Birdman called her over softly on one street corner and took her by the arm. He had bright red eyes, like those of an albino rat, and in his beak was an unlit cigarette. Nina was scared of him. “Please come with me,” the Birdman said, and they began to walk away down the street, hand in hand. As they passed under a tall arc, which read, “Metro – Entrance,” the Birdman turned to Nina, and said: “Take the train to Stella Maris, Nina. He will be waiting for you. He will help you.” Nina was about to ask who “he” was, but she was already walking down the concrete steps. Just ahead, the multiple horseshoe arcs lit up the subterranean entrance to the Metro. An old-fashioned train whistle sounded. The high-pitched scream of the whistle echoed through the dark halls of the subway, announcing the approaching train as it pulled into the station: a fantastic, antique looking thing. Nina only had enough time to read the destination placard on its side. It spelled, in glowing letters, “Port Stella Maris.” Then she woke up.
He dove after her.
The dark substance surrounded Leon, was choking him, but the further he sank, the more he saw: there were strange buildings there, like castles at the bottom of the ocean, suspended bridges, airplanes, horse carriages and horses, hovers, clocks, planes, Deltas, and the quickly moving, flying shapes of people that looked like mannequins. They flew past him, all around him, dressed in all manner of clothing from all the different epochs. It’s just a giant data dump, Leon thought, as the memory bank regurgitated itself all around him. Snippets of conversations, car horns, train whistles, phone calls, cat calls, applause, a dog barking, laughter, sirens, the beeping of various devices he couldn’t identify and the sound of a news broadcast swelled up into a single monstrous sound wave, which rocked him back and forth as he sank. There were people here, too. Many people. Leon couldn’t quite see them, but he felt them all around him.
Metro City, 4535.
Leon, a programmer working for a security systems company in the Metro Palisade, keeps seeing a strange girl in his dreams. She is imprisoned in some terrible place and needs his help, but he doesn’t know who she is – or if she’s even real. Leon’s curiosity and excellent hacking skills lead him to uncover an ancient, terrifying secret, one that will forever change his life and the world as he knows it.
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