THE SPLENDOR FALLS
by ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE
Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.
Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.
Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?
She squirmed to peer over my shoulder at the house. Her low growl vibrated against my cheek, spread through me like a second shudder. The hair on my arms rose, my spine tingling with the awareness of someone watching me.
I knew the feeling too well to mistake the sure electricity of an audience. But this was different--the stinging rush of cold horror at being caught. The heavy weight of dread sat on my heart like a stone.
Despite my fear, I couldn't make myself turn slowly; I whirled, like jumping in a frigid pool. My gaze went unerringly up, to the second-floor balcony, and the French doors there. Like the shadows before, the figure was a wisp of distinction that fled before my eye could focus on it.
But Gigi had seen it too.
Which meant that the watcher was real enough. Only my reaction was nuts. The thought was enough to spur me forward with purpose, leaving my fear behind me, as I headed for the house as quickly as my limping determination would carry me.
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