Good morning, Dear Reader!
Three days has passed so quickly! Today is our final day with bestselling YA author of the MORIUM series – S.J. Hermann.
He has been wonderfully kind to allow us this time with him and so accommodating for taking the time to answer questions and provide excerpts of his work.
For people are are already fans, you will be excited to see an excerpt from the final book in the MORIUM series – “Terminus” below! If you are not already a fan, grab the first book, but you can use the excerpt below as a tease for what you can get from S.J. Hermann.
The MORIUM books carry a powerful anti-bullying message built within the framework of a supernatural YA story.
Below, you will find an excerpt from “Terminus” by S.J. Hermann. Enjoy!
The once navy-blue towel was now a deep scarlet after Lexi cleared the blood off the desk. After she finished, she changed clothes, stashing the blood-soaked articles under her bed.
Downstairs, she could hear Robert talking to somebody, but couldn’t discern who it was. The voice rose in volume as to whomever it was who ascended the stairs. She recognized it as belonging to Nathan when he commented on the pictures which had been thrown to the ground. She rushed about, hiding every piece of evidence pointing to her grotesque attempt. Before he could knock on the door, she’d opened it.
“It’s past nine-thirty. Kind of late don’t you think?”
“Nice to see you, too,” he responded, rushing inside.
She closed the door behind him. “What’s wrong?”
The first thing he noticed was Lexi’s tight, short-sleeved shirt, a welcome reprieve from the oversized sweaters she usually wore. He hadn’t seen her wear a t-shirt in a long time, and an attraction to her began to build within him. Butterflies filled his stomach as they stared at one another, followed by an awkward moment of silence.
“What is it?” she asked again.
He snapped back to the present. “You’ve got to sit down for this.”
She balanced on the edge of her bed, curious as to what had him so worked up.
“Watch the cup on your desk,” he commanded.
She stared in disbelief as he lifted his arm and levitated the ceramic cup in the air.
“Oh, my God! How are you doing that?”
He floated the cup over so it hung suspended in front of her. She reached out to grab it. She turned it over in her hands, searching for some kind of trickery. Pulling it free from her hand, he held it over the garbage can in the corner. He opened his hand as if he were holding it and abruptly closed his fist again, shattering the cup into several pieces which dropped into the garbage can.
Lexi pouted. “That was my favorite cup!”
“Forget the cup,” he continued in excitement. “You haven’t seen anything yet.”
Nathan closed his eyes and spread his arms out to his sides. He levitated a full four inches off the floor, bumping his head against the ceiling. “Can you believe this??”
“Just get down from there.” She spoke with finality.
He lowered himself to the floor and took Lexi’s hands. “If I can do it, that means you can too.”
Lexi glanced at the garbage can where her shattered cup lay in pieces. “This isn’t t right,” she told him, shirking his enthusiasm.
“What are you talking about?” Nathan was incredulous.
That was when Lexi noticed she could no longer sense any emotions coming from him as she’d been able to earlier in the day. “I could sense what you felt today after those guys hit you on the back of the head,” she admitted nervously. “If you can’t control it, somebody could get hurt…or worse.”
She finally conceded to what he’d believed all day; they could both sense other people’s emotions. His curiosity got the better of him, and he locked his eyes on hers in an attempt to tap into her thoughts—specifically, how she felt about him. Fear and apprehensiveness. Not quite what he was hoping for.
“So, you can sense other people’s feelings too?” he asked, sitting on her bed.
She sat next to him and replied, “Yes, I can. Right now, though, you’re a blank slate.” She studied his face before folding her right leg underneath her. “Nathan, we have to suppress everything you’ve just shown me. Our minds are too fucked up to handle these kinds of powers!”
“We finally have a chance to stand up for ourselves! To stand up against Tyler and Maddie, so they’ll give us the respect we deserve,” he cried out in frustration.
Lexi was becoming equally frustrated. “We don’t need these powers to stand up for ourselves, Nathan. How would you suggest these powers are going to earn us any respect? It’s something you have to earn; you don’t just take it.”
“Do you honestly believe those assholes will ever respect us?”
She took his hand and squeezed it tight. “You’ve got to promise me you’ll never use it, especially to hurt anyone.”
He looked away from her in disgust and disappointment as she continued. “Hey,” she said, turning his head back towards her with her finger. “We have to stick together on this, just like we’ve always done with everything else. I need you to promise me you won’t do anything stupid. I’m scared and confused, and I really need you right now.”
“I promise I won’t ever hurt anyone,” he said solemnly.
“Damn it, Nathan!” she yelled, slamming his hand down on the bed and jumping to her feet “I have enough to worry about.” She spun to face him. “I don’t need to worry about my closest friend losing control and hurting someone else.”
Nathan stood and approached her. “Are you saying you don’t trust me?”
She took his hands once again and held them tight. “Of course, I trust you. What I don’t trust is this mystery inside of us. I’ve been filled with anger and hate at times, so I know you have too. It could take one bad day to trigger something awful happening.”
“I know what you’re feeling,” he said.
“Then, you know I’m scared.” She spoke more softly. “Please, promise me?”
Looking deeply into her eyes, he replied, “I promise.”
“Good.” She snuggled into him as tightly as she could. “I won’t be able to get through this without you.”
Nathan pulled away, and Lexi escorted him out. Before she shut her door, he stopped it with his hand. “Everything is going to be okay,” he assured her.
The corner of Lexi’s mouth lifted, offering a weak affirmation of agreement. In the back of her mind, his words of encouragement had sounded hollow. She nodded, and in a soft tone said, “I hope so.”
After pushing it closed, she rested her head upon the door. Disappointment regarding Nathan’s new nature filled her soul. She could sense him, still standing on the other side of the wood. “Please, don’t break your promise,” she whispered.
Where to find S.J. online:
- Social media Stats as of February 2017
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s.j.hermannwriter/
- Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SJHermann
I hope you enjoyed our time with S.J. Hermann. Stay tuned! Next week, I hope to present the work of author B.J. Hyman – author of the HIGHLY popular Day Zero series of books! (You will NOT want to miss this.)