A Sumerian water and sky god myth collides with a modern high school.
Ayanna is a math nerd, logical and rational, even cold, but Calder makes her feel things she never had before. Somehow, she’s able to accept it when she discovers he’s a reincarnated Sumerian water god. Will she be able to accept the full truth, that the story of Enki and Inanna has been reborn in a modern Ohio high school?
~ Published by Inkspell Publishing ~
What readers have said…
“From the moment I started this book, I had difficulty putting it down. The author takes you right into the world she’s built, and you feel a part of the story. Truly and epic novel.” ~ Christine Lee, nerdgirlofficial.com
“The characters are deeply drawn, and the pace moves right along. Images aren’t just vivid, Ms. Kaye’s descriptions are downright poetic. The Sunshine State is wasted on an author who loves the rain and conveys its moods and music in ways that even a person who hides from thunder storms can appreciate and enjoy.” ~ Rochelle Weber, Roses & Thorns Reviews
“This is an amazing book. The story is thrilling and holds you to the end.” ~ Karen I Boatright, Amazon reviewer
“Wonderful writing, story, characters, plot, research. Kaye’s story stays in your mind and makes you want to finish to see how it ends.” ~ MA, Amazon reviewer
“What’s a love story without twists?…This tale was enjoyable right from the opening scene to the very last word…Rawness of emotions from all sides…” ~ Amy Willis, InD’tale Reviewer
May 2016: Winner Crème de la Cover contest through InD’tale
In ancient Sumeria, Enki was the god of water. He was a mediator with a sense of humor. He invented civilization and assigned destiny. He saved mankind from the great flood.
Inanna was goddess of the heavens, of love, and of war. She was playful and self-willed, a multifaceted female. She was attractive to men but not so easy to attain.
While entertaining Inanna at a feast, Enki became drunk. He gave Inanna the Me, the gifts of civilized life, the universal rules to be followed by mankind. This transfer empowered Inanna and ultimately brought peace between their people.
Chapter 1: Study of Water
I slipped down the hall, careful to hide my shadow. I knew exactly where to walk to remain invisible. The stairwell up to the top rows of bleachers creeped me out with its confined darkness, but then it opened out on the massive room containing the school’s greatest source of pride. Camouflaged by the shadows, I stood at the railing as if at the stern of an ocean liner. Instead of brine, I smelled chlorine. And my favorite sea creature walked the deck below.
Unlike most schools, the swim team and dive teams were the stars, not the quarterback. They practiced year round. Everyone went to their meets, but only few went to practices.
Either for the purpose of conserving energy or the coach’s attempt to focus his athletes, probably the latter, only the lights directly over the pool were on, which meant the entire upper section hid in darkness, along with dark-skinned girls in dark jackets.
Calder stood to the side as the coach talked. Calder’s mood seemed to have shifted, as it often did. His expression was dull and annoyed. During most of the coach’s droning, his gaze remained diverted. He stared at the water that still rippled slightly from the divers.
Finally, the coach shut up. Calder slipped off his warmup jacket and pants, then stood on the block as he peered into the clear depths, frame limp. His teammates tucked their scalps into caps and suctioned goggles onto their faces. Calder kept his hair extremely short but uncovered, and a neat, thin layer covered his chest, not shaved like his teammates.
When he was in the water, he looked more at peace, as if all his stress dissolved in the chlorine.
After the practice let out, we both hung back. I waited to be able to slip out unnoticed, and he waited for his time alone with the blue depths.
As the coach walked out, he shut down all the lights but the minimum, and Calder walked the edge of the pool, as if daring the water to pull him under. His feet slowly and deliberately continued the entire length. His eyes focused on the shining surface, on the almost-invisible barrier of breath. Alone in the water, he revealed yet another facet of his personality, something no one was allowed to see, something he hid behind that charming disinterest. There was something more to him, and I felt driven to figure out what it was.
Calder studied the water, as if trying to understand its mysteries, trying to will it to divulge its secrets. He gazed as if he knew it intimately, as if a relationship had been forged between them, but his friend obstinately held out, refused full truthfulness. He turned the corner of the pool, circling his prey, then stopped to squat at the edge, his toes over the lip. The dive platform partially obscured his frame, but I saw as he dipped his fingertips in, shimmering the water. I could’ve sworn his lips moved as if he were murmuring a greeting or, more accurately, a tender whisper.
It felt too personal to watch, a moment between lovers.
I slipped down the stairs and out of the school, then walked through the park toward my house on the other side. Today’s snow still clung to the branches—snow in October. The temperatures were starting to drop but not into freezing. I’d never seen snow this early. It was all anyone could talk about today.
I walked up the front steps and wiped my feet at the door.
“Ayanna, where have you been?”
I didn’t even get the door closed before my mother’s voice rang out. She walked out of the kitchen, holding a spoon covered in mashed potatoes. She made great potatoes, but I missed her traditional cooking. We hadn’t had a meal with curry in forever.
“Well?” she said.
I almost said a boy’s name just to watch her reaction. “Jennifer. She needs help in calculus.” There was a Jennifer where I’d been, but she spent the time watching her boyfriend try to beat Calder’s time in the breaststroke. No one beat Calder.
Her posture relaxed. “Oh. Good.” She turned back toward the kitchen. “You could’ve had dinner with her if you wanted.”
I rolled my eyes. White girlfriends were okay. As if I was going to find any Indian boys in Leetonia, Ohio. Before I said something that would get me a lecture, I went upstairs to do my homework.