Dante is trapped inside a glass cage with no way to get out. Day after day, he watches as his friends are taken away by The Gatekeeper. Dante, determined to find his friends, plots his escape. One day, The Gatekeeper opens the lid and Dante climbs to the top. He dodges The Gatekeeper's hands and lands onto the floor with a soft thud. Will Dante find his friends, or something more - his forever family?
Here's the nitty-gritty: I write sinfully scandalous mysteries for adults, and create memorable adventures for young people. If you love Dr. Who, Sherlock, Star Trek, The Sneetches, Marvin the Martian, and Wonder Woman, then we should talk. I also love people-watching, and creating a storyline and dialogue for what I'm seeing. And I'd be lying if I said that some of those experiences don't end up in my books. Tweet with me @kmillerwrites.
The other day, I visited a local pet shop. They had three, young ferrets, inside a glass cage, with four hinged lids. The lids were metal with holes about the size of a quarter. I watched as two of the ferrets played and wrestled. As I approached, the female ferret (she was the smallest and youngest) tried to climb up the glass to reach me. I was instantly reminded of Dante. One of the clerks opened the cage for me. I reached inside, and the female ferret latched onto my sweater sleeve, and started to climb out. I think all of the animals are just waiting for their chance to escape. Can you imagine being trapped and longing to be free? It took a lot of will-power not to leave with three new furry friends that day, but my ferret refuge isn't ready. For now, I'll keep making character sock puppets.
Dante swung his head around. It was the girl! He ran away and hid behind a cage back in the bird aisle. As he watched, Dante saw one of The Gatekeepers talking with the girl. He reached for a bag and scoop, opened Sally’s tank, and plunged the scoop into the water. The fish scattered, trying to hide.