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WHILE YOU WERE GONE tells the flip-side story of the first Duplexity novel, NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE.
Bonus scene from WHILE YOU WERE GONE, told from the perspective of Eevee Solomon:
WHILE YOU WERE GONE is a he said/she said story about Danny, a boy who jumps to a parallel universe that he desperately wants to stay in and belong to, and Eevee, the girl from that world that he meets and falls for, hard. In the novel, they run into each other by chance (as if chance actually exists) in a grocery store after first meeting each other at a midnight rave in the middle of nowhere. Well, actually, first time meeting for him, not so for her, as she had an encounter in the past with the Danny who usually lives in that world. (Parallel worlds are tricky that way.) In WHILE YOU WERE GONE, we see Danny’s perspective of running into her again at the store. Here, as a bonus scene, is Eevee’s take on that same scene.
Life is strange like that.
You’re heading one way, minding your own business, and suddenly life throws something—or someone—in your path and next thing you know, you’re headed in an entirely different direction.
He was the last person I ever expected to see again. Especially in the dairy section of the grocery store. To be honest, he didn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d even be on my side of town. Which only makes the whole thing weirder.
It was just a quick stop for yogurt and soda before heading back to school. We’d finished up Dad’s press conference for the Skylar event over at DART. I hadn’t had a chance to change out of my uptight business dress, and my feet were killing me wearing those stupid heels. I swapped them for the flip-flops in my overnight bag and let my hair down. Jonas pulled up to the curb by the front door, and waited while I ran inside. I headed for the back of the store, where the yogurt is, first. Grabbed a few flavors. Then did an epic fail at balancing the containers while shutting the refrigerator door. Someone picked up the lemon raspberry that had fallen out of my hands. When I turned to thank the person I saw that it was him.
The stranger I kissed that night at the museum. The boy I was never going to see again.
“It’s you,” I said. Ugh. It was all my brain could come up with, so suddenly full of the memories from that night. The feeling of his arms around me. The taste of his lips on mine.
He looked like he recognized me, but couldn’t remember how. I could see it in his eyes. I can only imagine how stupid I must have looked. To be honest, the whole thing threw me. It was such a shock. And it seemed like every move I made, every word that came out of my mouth, just made me look like a fool. So when another power outage hit and store went dark, I took the loser way out and left.
I know. Totally lame.
But I wasn’t supposed to see him again. Not at the grocery store. And certainly not again at that rave.
How is that possible? How in the world is that even possible? That’s just too weird, too much, to be a coincidence, right?
Big thanks to Nichol for letting me be her host!