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Sneak Peek of Power of Lightning

Available 17th April 2020

Here is a peek at Book 2 in my Lightning Touch series. It is the last book in the series. I usually put Chapter 1 up as an excerpt, but it contains spoilers for people who haven’t read Book 1 yet, so this is just from another part of the story.

I sat myself down in the comfy chair in the counsellor’s office. He introduced himself as Dr Lysander.

This’ll be good.

There’d been no warning, just a message to go to see the counsellor at 0900 this morning.

“So, Miss Callista, how are you feeling today?”

That was so cliché. I resisted the urge to roll my eyes. How was I going to take this seriously? “Lennina. Please. And I’m fine, considering the circumstances.”

“Okay, Lennina. What circumstances would that be?”

My eyes wandered to the walls where there were numerous certificates and awards prominently displayed. “Daniel and I are being held here against our will and should be allowed to go home to complete our training.”

He steepled his hands and looked at me. “What makes you think that you are ready to go home?”

“We were told that we needed to learn control and we’ve done that. We’re not a danger to anyone. We can finish our training back on our home planets.”

“Dr Rowen and Xander Zaleski are working closely together to make sure you get the best training available. You need to respect that. They only have your best interests at heart.”

Tauren crap. “Yeah. Sure they do.”

“So. Can I ask you some questions?”

No. “Sure.”

He led with the obvious. How I ended up getting the job with Katoa and what were my plans for the future and blah, blah, blah. I answered them all and tried not to squirm in my seat.

He moved on to my childhood and home life and of course, once I got to the bit about my father leaving, he was very interested.

“How do you feel about your father now?”

Seriously? Were all counsellors in the universe the same? “How would you feel?”

“That’s not really relevant. I need to know how you feel.”

After my conversation with Mum, those feelings were a jumbled mess.

“I hate him for leaving. He just walked out the door and we never heard from him again. Who does that?”

I bit my lip. I needed to shut up. I’d just given him a whole heap of ammunition.

“So you haven’t had any contact with him since you were eight?”

Oh, boy. “No. I just said that.”

“Would you like to talk about the way you feel?”


“Would you like to talk about what you believe a parent should do to nurture their children?”


I shouldn’t have told him anything.

“How are you feeling now that we’ve been delving into your past?”

“Like a million credits.”

“Lennina. You are meant to take these sessions seriously.”

“Sessions? With an ‘s’? How many sessions are we talking here, Doc? I have a busy schedule, you know. Gotta learn how to not kill people with my out-of-control Talent.”

“It will be as many as it takes. Longer if you don’t lose the bad attitude.”

“That’s funny. My supervisor back in Navigational Operations told me I have a bad attitude too.”

The good doctor squeezed the bridge of his nose. I was starting to get to him.


“Lennina, we can work on that in these sessions if you’d like.”

“What’s there to work on? This is me. Take it or leave it.”

He took a deep breath in through his large nose. “You need to improve that attitude if you want to work for Katoa.”

“Well, that’s the thing. I don’t. I quit.”

Lysander’s eyebrows rose. “You resigned? I don’t have anything about that in your file.”

“No. Neither did Xander. I quit the day of the collapse. Only it was verbal. I didn’t get a chance to do a written one.”

“Okay. Well, I’ll add a note in here about that.”

“Yeah, you do that. No one else has. They all want to pretend that it didn’t happen.” I leaned forward in my seat and waved a finger at him. “And don’t ask me how I feel about that, or I might just zap your arse.”

His eyebrows rose again. “Is that a threat?”

“Yeah, but only a half-hearted one. It wouldn’t be worth the trouble I’d be in.” Guilt crashed over me when I thought of them hurting Daniel again.

Lysander sighed. “Why don’t we leave it there for today and you can come and see me again when you can take this seriously?”

“What makes you think I’m gonna take this seriously next time? Or ever?”

He sighed again. “I will make another appointment for you. You can return to your normal training for the rest of the day. Take care and I will see you soon.”

“I hope not.”

“Lose the attitude, Lennina. It will not serve you well while you’re in here.”

“I don’t care.”

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