It’s been ten years…
For Ryan it’s been the longest ten years of his life.
For Emily it’s been days.
He spent those ten years developing a cure for the virus she contracted.
She spent those ten years in a cryostat, her life suspended.
She’s not the only one to be reanimated, but she is the first.
The media is surrounding the compound.
The religious zealots are picketing.
But people have lives to live, and somehow they have to move forward.
Ryan still has work to do. People to revive. A disease to cure.
Emily has a blank slate. She can go anywhere. Do anything.
She can’t stay in the bunker. It casts a pall over everyone.
Now is not the time for distractions.
Now is not the time to fall in love.
I have to say when Becca Jameson goes in a new direction, she goes big!
This series centers on a group of researchers who had been infected by a sample and cryogenically frozen until a cure could be found.
The doctor who finds this cure and puts together a team to ‘thaw’ the subjects is the son of two of the researchers, Ryan Arnand.
Now the first person to go through this process is not one of his parents. Emily Zorich, a hemotologist, was close to a cure when she was taken down by the disease. It was decided that she would be an asset to their team, and she could also evaluate the work Ryan has done that led to the cure. Even though his work has cured many, there was concern that the disease might have mutated over the years and might not be effective on those scientists originally infected.
This is a favorite scene two weeks after Emily is revived.
He took the water bottle from her shaky hand. “You sure you’re not overdoing it? You need to take it slow.”
She lifted a brow. “You say that like I have all the time in the world.”
He scrunched up his face. “Good point. I realize the clock is ticking, but you’re not in any danger so far. The total blood replacement and the drugs we administered to minimize the effects are buying you time. You’re not even showing symptoms yet.”
“Yet. The operative word.”
He leaned back against the couch next to her, having left enough space between them that they weren’t touching. His palms were on his thighs, gripping. When he tipped his head back to stare at the ceiling, she felt the tension coming from his body.
“You must be anxious to bring your parents back,” she whispered, reaching out to set her hand on top of his. What possessed her to touch him like this? She glanced at their connected hands, unwilling to release him. It felt good. Human.
He didn’t pull away. He turned his head slightly in her direction and smiled. He looked tired. As though he’d spent the better part of the last decade working his ass off. And she knew he had. “I’ve waited ten years. Another few weeks or months won’t kill me. We need to be sure we’re doing everything right before we revive the next person.”
She nodded, feeling awkward about touching him so intimately. As she started to remove her hand, however, he flipped his over and threaded their fingers together, holding on to her. When he lifted her hand to his cheek and closed his eyes, she stopped breathing.
His touch was welcome. She was living in another dimension. She hardly understood the world around her or even who she was or what her place would be in this new universe. It was nice to have this connection. Ryan was kind. Caring. Concerned.
She stared at him, learning his features, the way his nose tipped up slightly at the end, the way he licked his full lips often as if he either had a serious need for lip balm or was always about to say something he held back.
He sighed as he pressed her knuckles against his face, blinking his eyes open to meet her gaze. “You ground me. You give me hope.”
Jameson, Becca. Reviving Emily (Project DEEP Book 1) (Kindle Locations 448-467). Becca Jameson Publishing. Kindle Edition.
In spite of all the secrecy involved as it has always been a government facility, things leak. There had been other attempts at revival of people that had be cryogenically frozen that were unsuccessful, due to the different circumstances of the patients.
Life changes rapidly for Emily, for everyone it’s been ten years but for her it feels like just yesterday. Ryan and her have a spark that can’t be denied and even as the powers that be want to send her into hiding for her own protection, the relationship blooms hot and heavy.
Plenty of suspense as the protesters and press come out in full force and some crazies too.
I can’t wait for the next ‘revival’!
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Becca Jameson currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two kids, and the various pets that wander through.
After editing for about five years she recently started writing. She is loving the journey, dabbling in various genres.
When not writing or editing she can usually be found taxiing kids to and from their activities, scrapbooking, and reading!
Late at night she can usually be found sequestered in her office creating fantasy with a glass of red wine and a bar of dark chocolate.