Second, the wait is nearly over. About 24 hours remain before the book will be available for purchase. I will post the book on all sites around midnight Pacific time, and it will take a few hours to show up after that, most likely in the late morning or early afternoon. It seems like last time it was showing up in the late morning on all the sites. As soon as they are available, I will post them on my blog and on my Facebook Author Page and the Psion Beta Fan Club Facebook page. So be patient and tomorrow you will have your ebook. The paperback should show up on Amazon's website sometime tomorrow as well. Now, without further adieu, the final character profile. Toad:
Rulé Prado couldn’t wait to be born. He arrived five weeks early and was a handful from the start. Rulé had colic for the first ten months of life, a condition not uncommon among Anomaly Fifteens. The incessant screaming and crying nearly drove his parents apart. Nothing they did could stop the noise that filled the house for hours a day. Because of his extreme condition, Rulé’s vocal cords were damaged, giving him a hoarse voice throughout most of his childhood. His grandfather said he sounded like a toad, and started to call him “Sapo.”
The curse of Toad’s Anomaly Fifteen wasn’t limited to baby colic. In kindergarten, Toad wreaked havoc on the classroom. He couldn’t sit still, he didn’t want to pay attention, and being obedient seemed unimportant to him. During his first three years of school, he gave a girl an shockingly short haircut, carved his initials on every desk in the room, and started three girl-hater clubs. His parents breathed sighs of relief when their next two children were girls. They named the older girl Serenity and the younger girl Tranquility.
Through experience, Toad’s parents learned that exercise and athletics was the only way to curb Toad’s wildness. They enrolled him in football, baseball, and basketball to keep him involved year-round. Toad excelled in football as a striker and forward. He played excellent defense in basketball and led his baseball league in stolen bases and in-the-park home runs. Despite his smaller frame, coaches continually told his parents how impressed they were with his natural athletic ability and encouraged them to put him in is as many different sports as they could find. This led to his parents’ decision to get him involved in archery and racing at summer camp.
Toad went to the camp every year with his friend, Braden. They competed in everything, and took great pleasure in finding more ways to compete, even with silly things like brushing teeth the fastest or falling asleep first. Their friendship had one flaw, however, Braden lost far more than he won. Sometimes it drove him batty. Camp was no different. Toad won archery even though he’d never picked up a bow prior to camp. He won the obstacle course, crushing the course’s best time. And on it went. Braden decided to play a joke on Toad by calling the number on all the government safety signs about seeing something suspicious. He figured people would show up, interview Toad and the camp counselors, find out it was all a prank, and then leave. Afterward, Braden would tell Toad that it had been he, Braden, who had called. Then they’d have a great laugh about it.
Unfortunately, after Braden called the number, he never saw Toad again.