Keira’s New Year’s Resolution

Keira is part of the forthcoming THE GATHERING DARK (February 12th, 2013.) Here’s a little bit about her story: Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown. Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection—and somehow it’s as if he can see the same shadowy images.The more Keira slowly confides in Walker, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Trusting him may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. Because Walker is not what he appears to be—and neither are her visions.


So, Keira? What are your New Year’s resolutions, exactly?


Oh, God. New Year’s resolutions. I kind of hate those.


Last year, my New Year’s resolutions were easy.


  1. Get into Juilliard.
  2. Get out of Sherwin, Maine. (See above)
  3. Don’t fail History class. (See number one)
  4. Did I mention get into Juilliard? Yeah. I guess I did.



Of course, since I’ve met Walker, every thing has changed. EVERYTHING. This year’s list is a lot longer!


  1. Don’t die. I mean, yeah, I understand that everyone’s at risk of getting hit by a bus or what not. But my circumstances are kind of different. If I piss off my bosses – that’s how I think of them now, as my bosses – I don’t get fired. I get killed.
  2. Figure out how to survive my parents. I mean, they’re not going to kill me, so I don’t mean that one literally. They are “reconciling,” though, and it’s all therapy speak and and fighting and making up. Being home is nauseating.
  3. Reconcile with my best friend. Yeah, I know. I just bitched about “reconciling.” But Susan and I are going to be okay, I’m sure of it. Now that she understands what’s going on with me, and why I lied, she’s really mostly over everything that happened this spring. Still, we’re not quite back to the way we were, and it’s going to take some time.
  4. Walker. Spend as much time as possible with Walker. Because he’s the only one I CAN be with all the time, this should be easy. Problematically, my parents still don’t entirely trust him, and since they have no idea why I act the way I act around him, they probably won’t ever be totally okay with our relationship. And that sucks.
  5. Get better at being mysterious. I mean, look at this list. It says nothing and it says everything. Ugh. I’ve never been one for lying and keeping secrets, and now that’s what most of my life is about. This probably should have been the first item on this stupid list. Actually – no. I was right the first time. Don’t die is the most important.
  6. Don’t die. I’m repeating that one because it’s most important. That’s a good thing to remember.