Take Me Home
Four adventure seekers win an all-expense paid trip to Costa Rica through an advanced dating game, but things take an unexpected, sinister turn in this short psychological thriller series.
With each swipe right on his Q phone, Eli dreams of a chance to escape his lackluster life with Jesse and find new love. But as his dreams near realization, he begins to wonder if the contest organizers have revealed everything there is to know about the prize.
When the contestants arrive at their destination, their lives converge in unsettling ways. They discover they are at the center of a lethal plot with more far-reaching implications than they could ever imagine. As the situation escalates, their survival depends on who they choose to trust. But will it be too late?
Hot sweat dripped down Eli’s face. His legs, up to his hips, were heavy. His head felt like it belonged to someone who had been dragged for miles by a dozen mules and left for dead. The air was cold, but his body burned as he stared subconsciously into the darkness. A sickly smell, a cross between rusty metal and vinegar, wafted around him. He tried to remember where he was, but his recollection of events from the night before did not match the powerless state he found himself in. Although his heart was pounding heavily in his chest, to him, it felt strangely nonexistent. It was as though his body, from his waist up, belonged to someone else, and everything he’d ever known had vanished.
He slipped in and out of consciousness, and just as he was starting to make sense of his surroundings, two uniformed men barged through the door and headed straight for his bed. His first instinct was to run, but the men subdued him and loaded him onto a stretcher. He woke up in a crowded hospital ward with two tiny windows and a stained ceiling.
“Where am I?” he asked, surprised at the sound of his own voice. He’d been unable to speak before then.
A woman muttered something in Spanish and patted his shoulder to calm him.
“I need…” He started to say and moved his head frantically from side to side before a heavy hand pushed him down while the woman stuck a needle in his arm and sent him back into deep unconsciousness.
Oby Aligwekwe is the award-winning author of Nfudu, Hazel House, The Place Beyond Her Dreams, and the Take Me Home Now psychological thriller series. In 2021, The Place Beyond Her Dreams won the National Indie Excellence Awards in the Young Adult Fiction Category.
When Oby is not writing, she enjoys traveling to exotic locations and bringing pieces of her travel with her. She lives in Ontario with her family and supports her community through her charity Éclat Beginnings.