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Elle Omstead is a descendant of Ceres, goddess of the harvest. She knows that her ability with plants will be essential to keep the plants alive that will keep the colonists on board the space ship Goliath alive as it sails through space to another habitable planet. But her efforts to become a part of the crew or even a colonist have been thwarted at every turn so, with no other options available to her, she stows away.
She’s caught, of course, and thrown in the brig where her powers are useless and the plants begin to wither and die.
The Olmstead family first appeared in the short story The Tree Thing, published in volume 5 of the Talking Stick by the Jackpine Writers Bloc. It’s available free on Smashwords and can be accessed by clicking on the cover on the front page of this blog. If you like The Tree Thing, I’m confident you’ll love Earth Legend.