Neon (meaning new) – is the forth most abundant element in the universe, but rare on Earth, found at 1 part in 65,000.
It is an element which doesn’t like to react, because the outermost shell of electrons orbiting the nucleus is full, giving no incentive to swap with other elements. Produced through fractional distillation, the chill factor makes neon important. A high electric charge excites the neon and it glows as it returns to its neutral state.
It’s inertness makes it long-lasting.
Can you imagine the future when you are thirteen years old? When you’ve lost everything? From the ruins of war in a bombed out town in Syria; the desperation of refugee camps; and slum cities in Turkey, the paramount goal is safety and the impossible: Europe. This story is of our time and does not shy away from harsh reality. There is abuse, exploitation, huge risk, suffering and pain, but there is also romance and a few good souls.
When you 'come out' it's not always over in one go, sometimes it's more complicated. When you've found the person you love you don't want to be apart, sometimes it's not that easy. Alex and Matty must confront the obstacles thrown in front of them and deal with an episode from the past that they thought was all over with, but which comes back with disastrous consequences.
If you could tell your life story before it began do you think anyone would believe it was true? That is what I have written in this short story, it's a prologue to my life. My recollection is fading as I grow older which is why I am telling you this now. You will have to take from my history whatever you care to, but know this, it's all real!
The intense heat and desolation hits you immediately the journey begins at the sordid truck stop, where sex is sold as easily as a beer. Jabez, the boy they call John, is a candy seller working for the hotel barman, a magician who can read people. But there is another reality, the Palace of Dreams where Jabez is the guide to strange events and pleasures. A bond is formed in the search to find El Cuervo de Plata (The Silver Crow).
Three young men endeavour to navigate their way through life, overcome the obstacles that life throws at them and make a future for themseleves. It's a voyage of self discovery where secrets are revealed and where they must confront their relationships with each other and with their families