Agartha's Castaway - Book 9 (The conclusion of series)
Faith and Matthew. I love you.
My Father God in heaven.
Jayde Scott. Thank you for reading this entire manuscript from start to finish. You're the best
critting partner ever! Your advice, ideas, and suggestions were nothing short of amazing. I
couldn't have done it without you!
My brilliant editor, Autumn J. Conley.
How did Commander Tio discover we are in the Deep Sleep Lab? Did Thorn, Jack, and
Mike manage to get to the ship without being stopped? Casey shook her head against the
hundreds of thoughts and questions racing through her mind as she arched her back and kicked,
struggling to free her arms from the soldier's grasp.
“Stop it,” he hissed.
“Let me go,” she shouted furiously. “I swear, once I'm done with you—”
“You're not going anywhere except into deep sleep,” Tio interrupted. He turned to face his
squad. “Line the Agarthians against the wall, single file. Shoot anyone who refuses to
If they gave in, they'd be lost, because the commander would kill them regardless. “Don't
listen to him!” Casey shouted. “Together, we have to fight back with everything we have!”
A rush of murmurs echoed through the group, then faded into silence.
Tio's menacing gaze focused back on Casey. “For some reason, they're not listening to
The people were like sheep being led to the slaughter. Casey couldn't understand why they
wouldn't fight. She was sure if they stood together, they'd stand a chance.
The commander's voice broke through her thoughts. “Didn't you think waking up all these
people would set off an alarm? I immediately forced the doors open and sent in my troops.”
She ignored his harsh tone. Opening the deep sleep pods all at once without thinking there
would be consequences was a mistake she wished she hadn't made. Of course, it wouldn't have
mattered anyway, because she never would have left her parents behind.
Tio grabbed a fistful of hair and yanked her head back. “You're nothing but a kid playing
soldier, and your silly little game will cost you your life.”
She winced as a jolt of pain shot through her scalp. Maybe I am a kid playing soldier, but I
certainly didn’t ask for any of this. Fate had bestowed this wonderful honor upon her, and now it
would ultimately lead to her death. Frowning, she rolled her eyes. Thanks a lot, Fate.
Tio bent forward, whispering in her ear, “You might not be the dark-haired Agarthian I was
seeking, but there are plenty of experiments I can't wait to try out on you.”
She stared at him, infusing a message into her gaze that soon he'd be defeated. The soldier's
grip felt like iron around her upper arms, squeezing her muscles until they burned—and not in a