Welcome to another edition of Weekend Writing Warriors. I guess this is the last W.W.W. session of August, which means summer is almost over. My weekends have become more hectic since I moved, but I somehow managed to find the time to participate. I’m sharing another eight from, The Burning Night, my YA horror novella. This continues from last week’s snippet.
“Don’t stress yourself out, this house is kinda weird…you’re right, Dad’s bein’, like, such an ass.”
Her supportive words and lukewarm grip nearly brought tears to my eyes. ‘Thank you, Sympathy Gods!’ Making a faint smile, I rubbed her arm as a lingering scent of shampoo from her hair percolated through my nostrils. “Thanks, Baby Blue,” I said, referring to her nickname.
A flush crept across her cheeks as I gave her a strong sisterly hug. I called her Baby Blue because of the obvious fact that she was the baby of the family and blue was her favorite color. I adopted it for her on her eighth birthday, but only I was allowed to call her that.
Things are pretty rough for eighteen-year-old Melissa Murdock; her longtime boyfriend cheated on her and now she is forced to spend a few days at an old country house, rented by her parents. Apart from the dull decoration and being in the middle of nowhere, something about this house isn’t sitting well with her. What’s worse is she’s the only one that seems to notice this weirdness.
When her parents leave her and her younger sister, Ashley, alone for the evening, the weirdness comes to life. Things take a turn for the worst for Melissa and Ashley – literally! Finding themselves trapped in a strange room, the teens discover they’re not alone in this house. A family of deranged women subject the girls to excruciating and seemingly inescapable torture. Can the girls find a way out before they are seriously hurt? Will they uncover the truth behind these psychotic women?
This is the official blurb, which I intend to use. I thought it would be helpful to those unfamiliar with this story. Note that Ashley’s refers to her dad this way because he was hard on Melissa in the beginning of the story. This is the last blissful moment for them before things take an ugly turn. I love to know your thoughts. I will get around to reading snippets tonight as I will be surfing at a water park with friends today.
In other news, I start grad school next week and I will be a teaching assistant as well. With my new schedule, I won’t be on W.W.W. as much and regrettably I won’t have as much time for writing. Oh well, I’ll finish my stories eventually, but in the meantime I’ll write an hour here, an hour there.
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