Working in the Resistance, Amly Hyde has specialised in hiding other talents from notice. Now, she has been spotted, and she is hiding in plain sight until she just can’t hide anymore.
Rescued from a capture event, Amly is swept off her feet and through the floor, leaving Resicor in a way she had never really considered. Alive with her feet on the deck plates had never seemed like an option. She is destined for the Citadel and her companion is going to make sure she arrives safe and sound.
Walking Shadow has known his match was on Resicor, and the moment he saw her, he was sure that she was the one. The blue hair was a giveaway, but her strong-minded fixation on survival was a bit of a turn-on. He has time to convince her they are meant to be together but patience has never been one of his virtues.
Amly Hyde walked to her day job at the Coroway Tea Shop. When she passed the first agent on the street, she didn’t flinch. She kept her mind pleasantly blank with her duties for when she got behind the counter rippling through her thoughts.
She felt the agent follow her and her heart sank. They were on to her. Today was the day. She had hoped she would have had more time.
There was nowhere for her to escape between her current location and work. They had planned it carefully. She was going to have to use her final option. This was going to happen at the shop.
Amly walked into the shop with four more agents trailing her. “Morning, Herial.”
“Morning, Amly. Have you seen all the agents around? There must be a talent in the vicinity.” Herial was serving the early-morning customers, and they were all craning their necks around to see what or whom the agents were after.
Amly went behind the counter and put on her apron after stowing her purse. She put cash in her bra and went to work. The agents wouldn’t close in on her until there was less of a crowd. She had an hour before she had to make her move.
She went about her daily task keeping the visible tier of her mind on her job. Amly smiled at the customers and poured tea and caf while she handed out pastries over and over.
It was a morning routine that her customers depended on and she needed to keep up her subterfuge. Nine years ago, her cousin had been taken to the domed city. Two years later, they got news of her death. Suicide. She hadn’t been able to live in the confinement of the bio-suit and in the environment of frustrated and depressed talents. Nola was gone now, but Amly tried as hard as she could to get others out of the path of the agents and into the relative freedom of new names in new communities or the wilds of Resicor.
Now, Amly was the one hunted, but she had planned for this. It wasn’t a great plan, but it would get her out and away from the agents. After that, running was going to be her life until she could connect with the Resistance. She was either going to get off Resicor or die trying, there was no other choice. Her talent could quickly be skewed for evil and she didn’t want it falling into the hands of those who would cull the population to suit their own ends.
After the morning rush eased, she looked to Herial. “It seems that whatever they are looking for is still in the area.”
He nodded. “I think you need to head to the back and check the inventory.” He reached out and grabbed her wrist. In all the years she worked with him, he had never touched her.
She recorded his genetic coding and looked at him with wide eyes. “The inventory?”
“The inventory. You need to check the inventory.” His eyes were blank.
Amly walked into the storeroom and closed the door. Hands grabbed her, and to her surprise, she fell through the floor.
Amly has been responsible for many talents safe removal from Resicor. But now she is the one in need of help. Will the she find herself rescued before it is too late? Walking Shadow knows Amly is his perfect match. But he also knows time is running out for them. Will he make the connection necessary to have the future fated for him?
Hyde and Seek by Viola Grace is thirty-third in the Tales of the Citadel series. Amly has been a quiet presence in previous stories so it was nice to see her get her happily ever after. She was a strong psychic with a skill useful to the resistance. I loved that she was also a smart female. She was able to hide in plain sight and use her skills for protection as well as investigation. She had a network that allowed her to be where she was needed at the right time. I enjoyed seeing her as she began to see the larger picture. She could still be a force, but her reach broaden considerably as a member of the Citadel. Watching her courtship that was somehow innocent and sweet is a skill I have come to expect with Ms. Grace. She manages to capture the essence of the relationship even as it continues to be relatively innocent. Seeing someone who put herself at risk often find her happily ever after was well worth the wait and quite an enjoyable quick read.
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