Redeeming Time by K.S. Hall Book 3
English | 2020 | Children/Young Adult | ePUB | 2.6 MB
K.S. Hall splits her time between the mountains of northern Utah and the red rocks of southern Utah. She is mother to twelve and grandmother to many more. She’s also an avid traveler, reader, puzzle master, and of course, writer.
Reunited with Dante and her Kairos family, Grace faces the greatest challenge yet. Can she protect her mom and brother from the ruthless Xavier? Armed with the Ambitus she’ll need the Kairos beside her to win this war and secure the future for all humanity.
“It’s a gift from my new friend.” Mom’s cheeks turn slightly pink as she grins at me like a school girl. “I was going to tell you about him as soon as you returned from your little trip with Jillian.”
I plop down on the sofa in the living room of my brownstone. I hadn’t been here in months and I take a deep breath, my head spinning. I glance around at the room. The familiar sofa and rug underneath my feet grounds me to my new reality. I’m home. I’m safe. Now I get to make sure my mom is safe, also. I clasp the ruby necklace tightly in my palm as her words sink in.
Swallowing, I try to remain calm. Xavier Castillo is her friend? What the heck! He’s the leader of the Vagaries and a dangerous enemy of the Kairos. Mom has only been on a few dates since my dad died. How dare Xavier Castillo use her like this? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the lengths to which the Vagaries will stoop.
“May I ask his name?” Dante asks politely. He squeezes my hand as he’s sees I’m about to explode. Dante, the handsome guy who introduced me to the Kairos, remains outwardly calm, but his eyes narrow slightly and a muscle tightens along his jaw.
“Well, he’s kind of an important man,” Mom says. “I met him in the ER after he’d been mugged. I tell you, what is this city coming to that a person can’t even walk down the street anymore without fear of being attacked? Anyway, he came to the hospital and I treated his black eye and a cut on his cheek. He was so grateful that he brought me a coffee after work. His name is Xavier Castillo and he’s very nice.”
I jump from my chair and turn to Dante. He stands also. His blue eyes are filled with anger and a determination I’ve come to recognize. We have to tell Mom about Xavier Castillo, the Kairos, the group of time-travelers I’ve become involved with, everything. There is so much she doesn’t know. It’s too dangerous, especially now that Xavier has made contact with her.
The front door flies opens and Henry rushes into the room, tossing his back pack on the chair by the door. He stops short when he sees me and Dante.
“Henry!” I rush over and pull him into a tight hug. It feels so good to hug my little brother. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see him again. He submits to my embrace for a moment then wiggles free.
“I’m hungry. Do we have any cookies?”
“I have some in the kitchen,” Mom says, ruffling his hair. She turns to Dante and smiles. “I’ll be right back.” We watch them leave the room.
“We have to tell her,” I whisper intensely. “I won’t let Xavier hurt my family.”
“You’re right, of course.” Dante rakes his hands through his dark hair. “Vivica won’t like it, but I think the best solution is to take them to Kairos house. They’ll be safe there.”