Sydney Avey writes about dynamic women in changing times. The Sheep Walker's Daughter will be republished by The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno in October 2017. The Lyre and the Lambs, currently out of print, remains available in audio. The Trials of Nellie Belle will be published by the Torchflame imprint of Light Messages in February 2018. Half the year, Sydney breathes fresh mountain air in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California. The rest of the year, she soaks up the sun in the Arizona Sonoran Desert. Her poems, short stories, and commentary have appeared in Epiphany, Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, Unstrung, Blue Guitar Magazine, MTL Magazine and Ruminate. She has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Visit her blog at www.sydneyavey.com/blog.
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.