At the moment, I’m hard at work on the sequel to Manifesting Destiny, the working title of which is The Great Divide. If you haven’t read Manifesting Destiny, the following piece from my WIP might not make much sense to you. The short explanation is that Diodoric and Marcus share the same body. Eventually, Diodoric will take over and Marcus will fade. Marcus is Cee’s best friend and she’s keen to keep him from disappearing. But she’s also drawn to Marcus’s alter ego . . .
“Hekaterine is right. You aren’t in love,” Cee said. “You don’t even know me.”
“Of course I do. I know everything Marcus knows and more.”
Cee shook her head. “That’s not the same. You know about me, maybe, but you don’t really know me.”
The self-confidence fell from Diodoric’s face, transforming his expression into one of sadness and disappointment. For a moment he looked so like Marcus on those rare occasions when he gave a wrong answer in class that Cee rocked where she stood. She wanted to throw her arms around him, console him, but she stopped herself.
“I want to know you,” Diodoric said. “But you keep sending me away.”
“Because the longer you’re here, the less there will be of Marcus!” cried Cee. “Eventually there won’t be enough of him left to come back!”
Diodoric nodded thoughtfully, brow furrowed as though to ponder the problem. Then he looked at Cee from the corners of his eyes and asked, “But you do like me? A little?”
Cee’s earlier sympathy for him fled in a fresh desire to wring his long, skinny neck.