“Shhh,” Penny whispered to herself. “You don’t want to wake up the gatekeeper.”
Dropping into a crouch, Penny pressed her back against the wooden fence in an attempt to make herself as small as possible. She didn’t know exactly what time it was, but if she had to guess, it was close to midnight.
Moving as quickly as she could, Penny didn’t stop until she cleared the courtyard, stopping only long enough to gulp down some of the Mountain Dew she nabbed from the nurse’s desk earlier that evening. She could feel her heart threatening to jump out of her chest and more than once she looked over her shoulder, nervously expecting the gatekeeper to let lose the hounds.
Penny could just make out the corner tower a few feet ahead of her. There was a spot in the fence line just big enough for her to squeeze her body through. If she were caught trying to escape, Penny knew she would be better off dead than what the gatekeeper would have waiting for her. But after what she saw this afternoon, death would be better than remaining here…
International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.