In my upcoming novel, Traveler, we meet Jessa, a girl who finds out that she has the ability to slide into other dimensions. In this scene, Jessa has just returned from a trip to the other side that ended up being a little disconcerting. She’s not entirely sure she’s cut out for this – but Finn has more than enough faith in her. . .
“Does that happen sometimes?” I ask. “Experiencing a reality that you kind of don’t want to leave?”
He looks away from me.
“Yes, it happens. You’ll learn to get over it.”
I set my elbows on my knees and put my forehead in my hands. “I just want to write. That’s all. I want to be a writer.”
Finn sits down on the bed next to me.
“Nobody’s stopping you. You’ve got an amazing gift. Take it as far as you want to go. None of that has to change.”
“Everything’s changed.” I stand up and start walking for the door.
“Jessa, think about all this for a moment,” he says, grabbing my shoulders and turning me to face him. “You’ve got something here that any writer would kill to have—unlimited worlds to explore, and all at the touch of your fingertips. How is that a bad thing?”
“How do you do it, Finn?” I ask him. “How do you keep from getting attached to people you know in these other realities?”
His hands are still on my shoulders, and they slide up to gently cup my face. “You don’t. Not always.” For a long moment, his eyes hold mine; then he drops his hands and shoves them in his pockets. “But it’s better if you don’t let yourself.”
Traveler breaks on Feb 7th – but you can preorder your copy now!!