TITLE: The Bridge Maker
When Linh discovers that dark magicians from an ancient, parallel world named Lau Dai La are searching for a magic crossbow to conquer Earth, she must locate it before they do, or they will kill her family.
She slammed her textbook shut. Something stirred inside Linh, some strong desire to break out of her mundane life and escape somewhere. Somewhere like a mystical world she had read from her fairies’ books where she could play with elves, fairies, and other magical creatures and not think about school. What’s the point of doing homework at home just to forget everything a week later?
She threw her assignments into her schoolbag, pulled out her notebook and colored pencils, and opened to a page to finish her horse sketch. Below the drawing, she wrote, For Mom. This would make her mother happy. She heard soft footsteps approaching the study room.
“Do you need help with your homework, dear?” Linh’s mother’s voice came from behind her chair.
Linh hesitated. “Ummm.”
“Oh, that’s such a beautiful drawing! May I take it with me?”
Linh turned around and nodded. Her mother thanked and hugged her, a hug so soft and gentle it warmed her heart.
“Can I ride horses again?” Linh asked. “I want to go back to summer camp.”
Her mother’s mouth drew into a straight line. “Not this summer.”
"Please, please Mom?” Linh’s throat constricted like a twisted chain. “I want to become an equestrian.”Linh’s mom fell silent for several heartbeats and stroke Linh’s hair. “I’m happy that you love horses, but it’s not a proper job.”
“But I spoke to girls older than me who work with horses there.”
“You’re too young to work, dear. You need to concentrate on school and get good grades.”