Concealed in the Shadows
by Gabrielle Arrowsmith
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Released: May 17, 2013
Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033—her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.What Sydney doesn't know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her—can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love? When her sister’s life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known. The cost could be deadly…How will she choose?
We must ACT NOW to Ensure Our Future!
It is no secret that the United States is not among the top ranking self-sufficient nations. What do we import most often? Oil, of course. It quite literally fuels our economy. So what happens when war and political unrest interrupt the flow of our nation’s most sought-after good? The answer is simple: the current recession gives way to the worst economic depression our country has seen.
So what do we do to guard against this calamity? Some have suggested that we come to the defense of our suppliers, but how can we when some are not our natural allies? The United States cannot afford to get sucked into the disaster that is brewing.
The only intelligent option, then, is to rely less on these foreign nations so that we are not so affected by their fluctuation in drilling. There are two ways that we can do this: we can tap our wildlife reserves in places like Alaska or, as a united nation, we can change the way we use our resources. We’ve been talking about consuming less for decades, but now, we are pressed into action.
The single advantage for the first option is that our lifestyle will not be interrupted. The disadvantages to wildlife and precedent, however, are more catastrophic.
If we could commit to the selfless second option, even for a short time, our country could make incredible gains. I have submitted my radical proposition to Congress. In short, it requires that citizens outside of a metropolitan area move within one. Nature would not only be preserved, but would flourish. Imagine how rich farms will be after lying fallow!
Furthermore, energy would be conserved with less commuting. The usage of natural resources could be drastically reduced if travel between the metropolitans were an allowance granted only to government officials and merchants.
Still more progressive would be the effects if we temporarily halted immigration and the imports of foreign goods in the name of socioeconomic reform of our country. Our country could eventually reach a point where our natural resources could sustain our population. The profit from our continued exports could slowly pull us out of the insurmountable national debt.
If none of this is reason enough for you, simply consider the wars that surround us. I do not doubt that the angry winds will soon unify, creating a third world war. Wouldn’t it be nice to not only to spare our children horrific death, but also to provide them a healthy and wealthy future because of our wisdom?
Construct a bright future, or not–the vote is yours.
Gabrielle Arrowsmith was born to her loving mother, father, and older brother on August 16th, 1988. She grew up in the small town of Ham Lake, MN enjoying soccer, school, and adventuresome play with her brother and cousins.
As she grew older, her desire to write led her to fill many diaries and notebooks with her thoughts, poems, stories, and scripts. Her other childhood hobbies included reading, playing soccer, acting, and playing piano.
Gabrielle recalls high school as the time when she first believed in the worth of her writing. Her AP Language and Literature course both challenged and celebrated her craft. Aiming for perfection caused her to slave over her work, but only so much as to allow time for her other college-level courses, soccer, track, National Honor Society, and school plays.
From 2006-2009 she attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. Atypical of a college student, Gabrielle looked forward to writing papers in her various courses. Gabrielle played collegiate soccer for the Saints, held work-study positions, acted in theater productions, and volunteered often.
Since college, Gabrielle has enjoyed teaching third through sixth graders in various school settings. She is now substitute teaching in order to pursue her passion for storytelling through both writing and acting. She also continues to play and coach soccer.
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