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Apparent Power
by Dacia Arnold

Valerie Russell is a mother navigating the American dream in central Colorado when disaster strikes leaving her stranded 100 miles from home and her two year old son. A quarter of the population has lasting effects of the event awakening a dormant gene that sets them apart from the general population, but Valerie’s genes are even more unique and the government is after her for it. Valerie must get home to her son, avoid capture and devise a way to defeat the rising power that needs her in order to complete the transition to a Totalitarian government.

Chapter One

The veil of steam enveloped her in a robe of air and water. Valerie Russell’s muscles loosened as the water flowed over her. Scents of lavender cleared her mind and calmed her senses. The heat awakened her soul.

“Who the hell are you?” Her hu...





Chapter Two

Valerie restocked the exam rooms with medical supplies, emptied the trash, swept and mopped all the floors. She was careful to steer clear of anything electrical. She also avoided going near his door. Dr. August Wilkes still stuck in her mind no matter how hard she ...





Chapter Three

Valerie screamed so loud her throat could bleed. She had virtually no time to fully process what had happened, had no way of knowing if her husband and son were even alive, and now had no way to get back to them. She knocked the back of her head on the head rest and...





Chapter Four

“What time is it, Madi?”

“Five-thirty. You have a watch on, too,” Madi pointed out with obvious animosity.

Valerie stopped and looked at her traveling companion, “Are you serious right now? You need to calm down. We’r...





Chapter Five

“You know, Mike brags on you more than your brother,” Jack sighed waiting for Valerie to stop looking so down on herself. “I’ve known your pops for a long time. We served together at a training center in Louisiana in the late nineties. He sav...





Chapter Six

Valerie looked down the hallway of Max’s foyer at the light fixtures, anxiously searching for an indication of Max’s genetic standing. She wondered what kind of friend Max was to her father. She had at least met Jack once before, but this was the first s...





Chapter Seven

It was time for answers. Valerie cuffed the pants Hyka had provided, put her shoes on and looked in the mirror to adjust her tank top. She careful to maintain her modesty with her lack of undergarments. She walked down the hall to Jack’s room. The door was ope...





Chapter Eight

“Everyone find a seat and listen up.” The thick southern accent came from the pitch black of the room. She heard others shuffle around her. She stood waiting for her eyes to adjust.

“Curse it, does anyone have a light?” Jack asked after...





Chapter Nine

White knuckling her own hands, Valerie sat in front of the large cherry wood desk across from Max. Certificates and plaques were hung on the walls next to more photos like the one in Jack’s room. She was not impressed with the display of coins, ribbons, a...





Chapter Ten

The cool evening air gave instant relief from the stuffy confines of Max’s fortress. Valerie kept silent pace with Major as she was instructed earlier in the day during battle drills. Hyka walked behind them keeping a moderate distance and Griff had gone far a...





Chapter Eleven

The RV lurched forward, causing Jack and Valerie to lose their balance. He caught himself and pulled her up onto her feet searching her eyes to make sure he heard her correctly. He had.

“What does that mean?” Jack demanded, his grip tightened on h...





Chapter Twelve

“I don’t play their high techy games,” Staff Sergeant Stephenson said waving the barrel of the 9mm in Valerie’s face.

O’Connell came barreling out of the command tent and gave an obvious sigh of relief when he saw that Valerie wa...





Chapter Thirteen

Despite her elaborate show of power, Major lay lifeless under Valerie’s hands. She searched his eyes, hoping he would return. She needed him. She needed him to tell her what to do next. She needed him to be her father’s voice of reason in his absence. Hi...





Chapter Fourteen

Valerie held Scott’s arm tight and rested her head on his shoulder in the back of the package truck. He gently stroked her hair with his free hand. She was almost complete. Having her husband by her side made the entire journey before seem trivial. She was min...





Chapter Fifteen

They provided Valerie a chair next to the grave intended for her husband. She sat in silence in a black dress that Hyka procured from one of the resort’s stores. She had also thought to bring Valerie a pair of sun glasses, though the clouds were still thick. T...










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