I've been tagged by "Been There, Done That." And this is going to be fun! The game works like this: I get tagged, post the pic for the Lucky 7 MEME, follow the rules and then tag seven others. Good stuff! Here are the rules of the game:
1. Go to page 77 of your current MS
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs - and post them as they're written. No cheating.
4. Tag 7 authors
5. Let them know
This excerpt is from a finished novel, titled Lucy and The Letter Eaters. Click the title and you can download if for free.
Page 77 happens to be the start of Chapter 17. Uncanny!
Ginny stood at the end of the dark hallway. The west wing stretched out in front of her, but not like it was during the day, as it loomed and stretched on for miles. A small, white light was barely visible at the end of the corridor. The hall was dark and littered with the debris of fallen and torn posters, some showcasing student work, technology interpreted by the minds of teenagers.
Ginny walked passed fallen, ripped and torn posters advertising, "Tina Monroe for Student Body President!" "Vote Yes for Tina!" Some were still half attached to the walls, but were covered in a red paint that was splashed in a crude line across the doors, windows, walls and lockers. It dripped like blood, and stopped before touching the floor.
Messages were scrawled in the red paint, but its line never ended. "Stop eating." "Kill them all." The walls turned black as she progressed down the hall and the darkness began playing tricks on her, dancing shadows played across the light. Murderous sounds whispered crude sentiments to her as she continued on her journey. Her own mind whispered to turn back, but she dismissed it, opting instead to listen to the dark voice that had led her here.
A bony finger rubbed her shoulder, inciting her to turn toward the light at the end of the hallway, but the farther she ran, the farther the light appeared to be, until she just stopped and found herself standing in front of Mr. Wilson's door. She knew his door by the John Lennon poster that hung there, telling students to 'Give Peace a Chance.'
Open it. "I can't. I mean, I shouldn't. It's not mine to open." Her voice reverberated in the dark hallway, but as she spoke the dark voice leapt from her mind and seemed to be coming from behind her, threatening her. Open it. It's all in there. Open It! Ginny rolled her eyes and turned the door knob. She found herself faced with the permanent records of every student in school. The room was filled with an eerie green glow. She grabbed two files and looked at them guiltily.
She's not your friend anymore, Ginny. He has changed her. The only way to get her back is to take it. Ginny's eyes gleaned red. "I don't want her back. I don't want any of them. I just want them to want to be me." She staggered with the files back out into the darkness of the hall. Her eyes would not adjust to the darkness, making her feel like she was standing at the edge of an infinite expanse, a never ending drop into nothing.
The posters swirled in the expanse below her, just turning around and around with no wind, caught in a tunnel of nothingness. She caught a glimpse of her own face. She, Lucy, Sebastian and the rest of their science class stood in white lab coats and goggles, smiling as a rocket ignited in front of them. Her smiling eyes pierced at her, and she stood frozen, terrified and just outside their reach. "What have I done?" Behind her the door to Mr. Wilson's office slammed shut, forcing a gust of wind against her and she fell into the black hole in front of her, only to land with a slam onto the hard surface of the linoleum floor. The cool tile hit her skull, knocking her out and when she awoke she found herself in bed, clutching the files. The image of her own judging eyes disappeared as she ate breakfast.
There you have it! 7 paragraphs from page 77 of Lucy and The Letter Eaters, available for free on Smashwords.
I'm tagging 7 random people from my Blogroll:
Nikki from Nikki's Blog
Andrew Rosenburg from
Lissa from Don't Rain on Mondays
Molly Hall from Writer Mama Dreamer
Lisa at Diary of a Square Toothed Girl
Dawn Simon at Plotting and Scheming
Hart Johnson at Confessions of a Watery Tart