Violet Haze – Caleb’s side-story
In Violet Haze, we follow Caleb’s path to emotional self-awareness during the time period surrounding the Mechatronic rights movement. The events begin thirty years prior to the start of the series, and will follow Caleb all the way to his reawakening by Jenadri and Trip in Book 3, Tracing The Stars. His struggles to understand Organic emotions and the fight for equal recognition among Organics collide as he falls in love with Violet and learns of her connection to an underground Mechatronic movement.
The street outside Franklin’s shop was vacant, the marketplace a block over nearly just as empty. Eyes followed them as they boarded the bus in silence. One expression held judgmental anger, but most held unexpected compassion. It was clear, from the whispers Organics forgot Mecha were quite capable of hearing, that the citizens of Easton were both appalled and unhappy with the rioters’ actions.
In a daring move, Caleb met one woman’s eyes as he openly took Violet’s hand in his. The woman’s gaze darted to the hands then back up to Caleb’s face as he let the expected wall of indifference fade. His bold statement was awarded by the woman’s smile. The whispers he heard as he left the bus, hand-in-hand with Violet, uplifted his hope that things would improve, despite the horrible actions of a few.
“Caleb,” Violet looked down at their joined hands as they walked. “People are staring.”Continue reading