Summary:Alec’s life feels like a hopeless dead end, when suddenly a mysterious air nymph appears and tells him he’s someone special. The two quickly fall in love — but her father, a jealous and protective Greek god, had already decreed that “no man” shall ever be with her. But Alec and his new nymph lover can’t stay apart from each other. And with each kiss, with every touch, the curse slowly transforms Alec into a girl — into a fellow nymph, like her.
While “Alee” begins adjusting to her new life and identity as a girl, her best friend Palo has a sudden realization. He’s been depressed his whole life for one reason: he’s really a woman on the inside. Why did the Fates choose his friend to be transformed, who didn’t even ask for it, while he’s stuck in the wrong body for the rest of his life? Full of despair, and without warning, one day Palo jumps off a cliff and commits suicide.
Shocked by the sudden devastating news, Alee gets an idea. Using her new nymph powers, she may be able to give Palo a new body and gender. But it requires her to enter into the underworld of Hades to save her friend first…
In the early morning hours, before the sun crested the horizon to make its presence known, Alec Smith stared down at the shadow of Lake Vouligmeni far below him with both fear and resolve. The sheer cliff separating him and the waters held nothing but pain to those who dared continue beyond. The rocks and hard lake below acted as the perfect stop for the living. Only those searching for death itself would venture beyond this point.
And yet death was precisely what Alec was looking for.
He had come to the end of his rope and the end of all hope. Everything had fallen apart. His fiancé who he had thought to be the love of his life had run off with her cousin’s best friend. The job he had hoped would pan out for him had been denied him on the basis of his failed relationship. And the man his mother had married after his own father’s passing had shoved him down the stairs when he objected to the shiner he had given his mother that night.
He had come to the end of his rope and there was nowhere else to turn. Like it or not, Alec had to admit, the world would be better off without him.
Staring down at the rocks, he closed his eyes and paused before he took the final step to oblivion.
So long mother, he thought. Sorry for disappointing you…
“Alec, I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” a sweet feminine voice sounded behind him.
Alec stopped and turned around. A young, twenty-something year old woman stood opposite him. She wore a dress of the lightest blue that shined even in the darkness of the morning. The color complimented the dawn’s light before them. Her long light blonde hair hung down around her shoulders and seemed to blow perfectly in the breeze. Her face was flush. Her eyes the color of a deep blue ocean.
Alec couldn’t help but stare at her. She was so…beautiful! “Who…who are you?” he stammered.
“Let’s just say I’m a friend,” she said, reaching for him. “My name is Aura.”
“Aura,” he said, puzzled, taking her hand. A sudden shock ran up his palm, like the shock he received after running his feet over carpet.
“Ouch!” he said as she pulled him back away from the cliff’s edge. “That stung!”
“I couldn’t help but notice you were in some distress,” she continued, oblivious of the shock that had passed between them. “I have personally sat upon this cliff side before, staring down at those very waters, wondering if I should end it all here. The only thing that stopped me was the thought of the pain and of oblivion and of how upset my father would be fetching me from Hades. It’s such an awful place. If I had the time to go on, I would. I just can’t tell you all the details…”
“And what did you come up with?” Alec interrupted, intrigued by this young woman before him.
“Come up with…what?”
“Why didn’t you kill yourself?”
“Oh, didn’t you hear? Because of the pain…and my father…and…”
“I’m glad you didn’t,” he interrupted. “But I have none of that going for me. My father died of cancer. My mother remarried some idiot. My fiancé left me at the altar. And no one really cares if I live or die in this stinking town or not.”
“That’s not true,” she said innocently. “I care.”
“You care…” he mocked. “But I don’t even know who you are!”
“But I know you, Alec Smith,” she said sweetly. “I’ve been watching you. You’re cute!”
“Cute?” Alec said. “Why am I cute? And how do you know my name?”
“I know a lot about you. I know the way you roll out of bed. I know the way you smile at your mother in the morning. I know the way you stand up for those in need and the way you walked up to the cliff, intent on ending your own life…”
“How do you know all of this? I’ve never seen you before! “
“I know everything the morning wind knows. Everything!”
“I guess I’m glad someone knows what I’m like…” he said softly.
“Yep,” she said gleefully. “But there is one thing I don’t know.”
“I don’t know why you can’t see how special you are!”
Alec sighed. “That’s because I’m not special.”
“Oh, hellhound! That’s not true!” she said shaking her head. “You are special. You’re very special. I don’t appear to anyone who isn’t.”
“Appear? I don’t even know who you are!”
“I told you! I’m Aura. I’m the morning wind, the gentle breeze off the lake. I’m the first thing that wakes you up in the morning as you take a deep breath of fresh air out your window. I’m the wind who brings you rain come afternoon and scatters away the fog from the night before. If I had time to go on, I would. I just can’t get into the details.”
“So let me get this straight…you’re the morning breeze and you say that I’m special because I can see you and…”
Aura suddenly looked around in alarm. “I’m sorry. I’ve gotta go.”
“What?” Alec said suddenly. “Why?”
Aura pointed at the horizon over the lakeside. Alec followed her finger. The sun had risen and was now hovering over the waters. The morning mist had faded into the dawn’s light and a slight breeze could be felt over the lake.
“Why it’s just dawn. Why…” but Alec stopped. Aura was gone. Alec turned around suddenly, expecting to see her standing nearby, but all that greeted him was the morning mist.
Alec shook his head, convinced in a moment that it was just a dream. Beautiful women didn’t disappear with the morning breeze. Then, out of nowhere, he heard her voice again.
“Meet me here tomorrow, Alec,” she said over the sound of the wind. “Earlier this time, before the dawn’s light shines bright.”
Alec tried to find the voice again, but it was gone. Completely this time. Only the morning mist and the lake breeze remained of the woman who in a moment had stolen his heart.
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While "Alee" begins adjusting to her new life and identity as a girl, her best friend Palo has a sudden realization. He's been depressed his whole life for one reason: he's really a woman on the inside. Why did the Fates choose his friend to be transformed, who didn't even ask for it, while he's stuck in the wrong body for the rest of his life? Full of despair, and without warning, one day Palo jumps off a cliff and commits suicide.
Shocked by the sudden devastating news, Alee gets an idea. Using her new nymph powers, she may be able to give Palo a new body and gender. But it requires her to enter into the underworld of Hades to save her friend first...
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