Greetings all and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the place to share 8 sentences with like-minded writers. I just returned from Spain and I’ve missed you all! I was traveling a lot over the last month, hence why I was absent from W.W.W. I’m offering an eight from my YA horror short story, The Burning Night. Many of you will remember the previous snippets from this, but this eight is from the beginning of the story – sort of ‘calm before the storm’ bit.
The set-up: 18-year-old Melissa is angry with her dad for making her spend a few days at a rented country house in upstate New York. She moping in her new room, when her younger sister comes in to check on her. This is in Melissa’s POV.
Ashley walked in clad in a tank-top, and rainbow-dotted baby blue lounge pants. Her euphoria-draped face made me cringe as I wrinkled a brow.
“We’re in a creepy house in the middle of the woods, not at a slumber party, retard,” I uttered under my breath. She ran one hand through her damp blonde hair before laying down on the bed beside me. Her smooth arm pressed against my arm, warming it instantly. I gazed at the fluffy black slippers on her feet as she crossed her ankles.
“Thought you’d be headin’ out with mom and dad,” I said.
“Nah, kinda awkward and when dad told me you were stayin’ here, I didn’t want ya to be alone.”
Aww, kinda sweet don’t you think? I’d love to know what you think, keeping in mind this is a first draft and I’m editing it as we speak. I look forward to reading your snippets, too. I may not get to that until this evening as the World Cup final is on today and my attention will be on that as I’m a soccer fanatic. I’m pulling for Argentina.