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The Veil
Stacy Dee Ingraffia
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I always felt like I was waiting…waiting for something special to happen, something extraordinary.  Then it did…I met Jack.

There’s just a little problem.  You see, Jack’s in an alternate dimension.  So to be with him, I have to find the dimensional portal between our two worlds and crossover. 

You would think that would be enough, but I’m not the only one interested in the dimensional doorway.  Now to save us all, I have to peel back the layers of greed and uncover the secrets that surround us.  That is the only way I can defeat the one man who will use The Veil to destroy us all.


~ The Veil ~


Stacy Dee

Jack was there at his locker just as he promised. On my side of the veil we were alone, so I didn’t have to guard my expression when I saw him. He looked up at me as I came around the corner and shook his head very slightly, so I knew he wasn’t as lucky on his side. I had to wait a couple of minutes for him to finish talking to someone I couldn’t see. It was strange standing there watching him have an animated conversation with thin air, though it did my heart good that he kept peeking at me. I liked the fact that it took so little to get his attention. I knew the second the other person went away because he came right up to me and got close.

He was crowding me back against the lockers, and he was surrounding me, all without touching me. I could see the frustration in his beautiful eyes. And I knew the same frustration was mirrored in mine.

“What did you find out?” he asked in a whisper, his voice husky and melodious. It took me a second to formulate my answer; just having him near scattered my thoughts more than usual. If I acted like this now, how would I ever be able to speak when he could actually touch me?

“I think we are on two separated dimensional planes. That was the only thing that fit.” He kept distracting me because he was trying to touch my face, and I was trying to concentrate so I could feel it.

“The information said there is a way to step through to another dimension, through a thin spot or veil. We just have to find it. It has to be here somewhere close, because I have never been able to see through to another dimension before. Have you?”

He shook his head. “Okay,” he said. “How do we find it?” He took a step back from me as though he expected me to lead him to it.

“I don’t know. Yet...” I added, because he looked so disappointed. I realized at that moment that I so didn’t want to disappoint him.

Looking at him... really looking at him, made me realize this wasn’t just a simple crush. It was too strong, too consuming. He was important. I honestly felt in that moment that if I never saw him again I would cease to exist.

I was just getting ready to assure him that I would find the veil, when a teacher came around the corner and stopped when he saw me.

“What are you two doing?” the teacher asked, in a way that sounded accusing. When Jack answered, I suddenly realized he could see us both... together!

“We’re just talking,” Jack told him, and I could tell by his tone that he didn’t like the man.

The teacher eyed us for a minute, then turned on his heel and left the way he had come. The second he was gone from sight, I dashed to the end of the hall to see where he was going. He was nowhere in sight.

“Jack, do you still see him?” I asked.

Jack had followed me and was looking over my shoulder. “Yeah, he’s heading to the office, why?”

“He could see me!”

He got what I meant and looked with new intensity towards the departing teacher. “What does that mean?” he asked.

“I don’t know yet! But it must mean something. Do you know who he is?”

He laughed, and I was delighted by the sound. “Yeah, he’s the principal, Mr. Wright.”

I thought about it for a second, and then I decided to test a theory.

“You said you saw him go to the office?”

He nodded, looking at me questioningly.

“You go make sure he’s in the office and then meet me back here in five minutes. I’m going to check to see if I can see him in this dimension. The dimensions are parallel, so that means there should be two Mr. Wrights—one for you and one for me. But I couldn’t see him once he stepped away from us, and you could, so that doesn’t make sense, unless it’s the key to figuring this thing out. Maybe he is the key.”

“But there aren’t two of you,” he stated. “I checked yesterday. There is a Tiffany Larsen, though. Her family moved into the Newman place last year to fix it up. It’s almost done.”

I asked the obvious. “I’m not with them?”

“No, just Tiffany and a boy named Tyler and the mother—her name is Jean.”

“That’s my family.” It was a little hurtful to know I wasn’t with them in his dimension, but I shook it off and concentrated on figuring this thing out.

“Go see if Mr. Wright is in the office. I’ll do the same here. There are answers to all of this; we just need to figure them out.”

“Five minutes,” he cautioned, holding up five fingers to emphasize his words, and it did my heart good to hear that he needed to make sure I would be there when he was done.

“Five minutes tops,” I assured him... and I meant it.

It took six minutes, but that was okay. He was leaning against the lockers when I walked up, and the look of relief on his face made me feel good.

I was trying to puzzle through what the receptionist had told me. “He isn’t on campus today,” I told Jack.

“Okay, so what does that mean?” he asked, looking intently at me. “He’s sitting in his office here; I could see him through the glass.”

“I don’t know, but he saw both of us at the same time, and we saw him, and he isn’t here in my reality now, but he is in yours. So that means tomorrow we check again. And then see which reality he is in. He could be the key to us figuring this thing out.”

The warning bell rang, and I knew our time together was up. “Meet me back here at lunch,” I told him, and he nodded. His face got real close to mine, and I stared into his lively green eyes, as my heart cried out, He’s going to kiss me, and I held my breath and concentrated incredibly hard. It was frustrating, because I wanted his kiss so badly, but I could barely feel it. In the end I wasn’t sure if I felt it, or if it was just a figment of my imagination. He must have been feeling the same frustration because he growled out, “We need to figure this out.”

I couldn’t agree more. The rest of the morning, getting through my classes was harder than normal. I was too distracted to pay attention to any of my teachers, and for once it had nothing to do with being dyslexic. Thank Gawd for Tiff. She nudged me and guided me through all of the lessons. A couple of her new friends looked at me as though I was a bug, but I ignored them. People like them needed to put someone else down to feel important, and I had no time for their superficial bullying today. They must have sensed this because they kept their mouths shut, though with people like them, their eyes did the talking for them.


Stacy Dee was born and raised in California.  She married her childhood sweetheart Vincent Ingraffia, and then proceeded to have three sons…Vinny, Joey and Tony.  Stacy is a dyslexic author who never let the condition hold her back.  When she placed her children in charter school, the urge to write became a compulsion.   Life lessons are incorporated in all her books, so are her experiences—the good and the bad.   Currently, Stacy spends all her free time either writing or with her family. 


The Veil was a great book! I honestly don't like to read, but when I started reading this book I could not put it down. And I never expected what was going to come next.  I recommend this book to people of all ages. I enjoyed every second of it; I can't wait to read the second one!  -- Tasha Harper

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ISBN(13-digit): 9781597055406
Copyright: 2010
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 233

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