Time for another Blog Fest! (It’s short – I promise!)
This one is from Shelley Sly: http://storiesintheordinary.blogspot.com/
My entry is an excerpt from my YA fantasy The Disappearances, right after the scene from Adam’s perspective that I posted for another Blog Fest on May 12th*. There’s also a previous post fromApril 2nd that has an older version of the first couple of pages of the manuscript**.
I shook my head as my brothers bickered about the distribution of wealth in the front seat of the car. Truthfully, I was glad for the distraction. Having Adam angry with me and not being sure how I felt about Brad made me anxious about going to school.
“Why don’t you guys give it a rest,” I complained.
“You know, Eve, you can jump in and have an opinion for once,” Alex snapped at me. “Instead of just judging others.”
“I have opinions! But I don’t want to be shouted down by you and Fidelix. You’re both impossible!”
“At least we know what we want from our lives. We know what we stand for. What do you stand for?” Alex sounded as harsh as he looked.
“Give her a break. She’s younger than us.” Fidelix smiled at me.
I scowled in return. “I’m not too young to have opinions.”
“Please share them,” Alex said, as he reclined and leaned against the window with his hands behind his head, like he had all the time in the world.
I realized we were parked at the school. There were two choices, split without saying something or staying and arguing. I glanced at Fidelix for a way out, but he waited to hear from me too.
“So, what do you think about all of the McDonalds disappearing?” Alex leaned toward me with a serious face.
They never took me seriously. “I, I think it’s a message, but I’m not sure who it’s from or why, exactly.”
Adam rolled his eyes. “That’s a lot to go on.”
Fidelix turned to Alex. “Give her a chance. You’re always jumping down her throat.”
“Because she has nothing to say.”
“That’s not fair.” I folded my arms across my chest. “I’ve seen things. I know things.”
Both boys perked up. “What do you know?” Fidelix said.
I hesitated. “Adam and I have been investigating. At first, it was his idea. We were about to make a breakthrough, but….”
“But what?” they asked in unison.
“But... now he’s not speaking to me.” I was surprised about how upset I sounded.
“What kind of breakthrough?” Alex asked. “What happened between you and Adam?” Fidelix asked at the same time.
“I can’t explain. I shouldn’t say. Forget it.” I fumbled for my backpack and rushed out of the car, without looking back.
Here are the other entrants if you want to check them out:
1. Shelley Sly
5. T.J. Carson
6. E. Elle
10. Stephanie McGee
11. Theresa Milstein
12. Nicole Murray
13. February Grace
14. Donna Hole
15. Olivia Herrell
16. L' Aussie Denise
17. Writers Block NZ
18. Dawn Embers
19. Izzy G.
20. Erin Kane Spock
21. Angela A
22. L. Hild
*Excerpt from Adam’s perspective:
** The beginning of The Disappearances (earlier version):