- Title: Closer to Knowing (Pleiades Archives Book 1)
- Series: Pleiades Archives
- Author: Brandy Leigh
- Genre: Science Fiction Romance/Fantasy
- Length: 112 pages
- Publication Date: August 15, 2015
On a routine babysitting gig, Sophia Greyson’s run of the mill life was turned upside down. A near death experience brings her supernatural powers she doesn’t understand and can’t control. Dark forces beyond her control begin disassembling her perfect world, one block at a time.
Finding herself defenseless and alone, she turns to Dr. Desmond Casey for help. Desperate to protect her from the demon that is hunting her, Desmond introduces her to an existence beyond the traditionally held finite themes of this world. Ultimately, Sophia is faced with the choice to lend her power to the forces of good or the darkness.
After about an hour of intense reading, she decided to go get a coffee. She put on her black trench coat over her sweatshirt and jeans, slipped on some canvas shoes, and headed out the door. Sophia locked it, and as she turned, she got the distinct impression someone was watching her. She looked up and down the hall, but naturally, the hall light was burnt out, so she had to rely on the light coming in from the street. She couldn’t make out what it was, but the feeling was still there.
Shake it off, she told herself. Sophia walked down the hall, down the stairs, and just as she came to the door, the feeling came back. This time, there was also a shocking amount of darkness. She knew the darkness. She had felt it before. The night Thomas was killed those few months ago; she had felt it then. Sophia stopped and looked around. She saw nothing. She was scared. Sophia reached in her pocket and took out her phone. As she hit the send key, an overwhelming sense of panic hit her. She cowered in the entryway of the apartment building. From the shadows, she could make out the glass door with the light from the street streaming in. Sophia was trying to control her breathing, but fear had set in. She looked up. Standing at the doorway was the dark woman. She was there and, in a flash, she was gone.
The moment the woman disappeared, the darkness went with her. Fear and panic swept over Sophia. Sophia sat huddled in the stairwell, unable to move. She could tell her eyes were glowing; her hands were too. Desperately, she tried to control her breathing, focus on something else, but the calm didn’t come. A chill ran through her body, strong and violent. Something was definitely wrong. She pressed send on her phone again, but only got Desmond’s voicemail. Sophia was speechless, so leaving a message was pretty impossible. She hung up. Eventually, she calmed herself enough to stand. The glow in her hands had faded, as had some of the panic. She stood in the doorway for what felt like forever. Finally, she mustered up the courage to open the door, and no one was there. Stepping outside, Sophia scanned the street, but there was no sign of the dark woman. She walked down the front steps and around the corner. That was the last thing she would remember.