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First Page: Skye Chase – YA Superhero Fiction

First Page: Skye Chase – YA Superhero Fiction

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Silence is one of my talents.

I slipped out of bed without making the slightest rustle of bedsheets. I felt the click of the door handle, but I knew how to open it without disturbing the peace. I’d done this so many times before, I didn’t even have to think about my actions as I flew–wait at the corner for the first guard to sweep his flashlight along the hallway, good, go–and went down, turn at the first left, left again, last door on the right.

The soft knocking was the only sound I made up to that point. The light from under the door became striped where a man’s feet stepped. Then the door creaked open slowly allowing a streak of light to spill into the corridor and make everything glow until I hurriedly went in and closed the door behind me.

“Good evening, Skye,” Dr. White greeted me with a nod and kind smile. “Your escape went smoothly, as always?”

He walked around his desk and sat in his office chair as he spoke, reaching over to his bookshelf to turn down his classical music so that it was just background noise.

“Yup,” I said, taking my usual spot across from him. “Happy Friday.”

“Happy Friday,” he acknowledged, “and happy birthday.”

“Oh, thanks.” I’d forgotten about that. Wow. I was seventeen today. I had spent five years in this hellhole. Vaguely, I wondered if I would be here long enough to someday forget what the outside was like. As much as I dreaded the possibility of it, I almost hoped I would.

“I have something for you.”

He reached for his drawer and I immediately looked right through the wooden desk out of curiosity.

“Money?” I said skeptically before he had fully retrieved the twenty-dollar bill. What was I supposed to do with twenty bucks in this place?

Almost as if reading my mind, Dr. White held it out to me and said, “You can save it to use if you ever escape. There’s a lot more to escaping than just escaping, you know.”

I accepted it without a word, thinking that escaping was hard enough by itself.

“So tomorrow’s another playground day.”

I nodded. Playground days happened twice a week. They weren’t very interesting on the days I didn’t try to escape. Basically, we just went outside for a couple of hours. Soak up some sun and breathe the sweet mountain air. There wasn’t actually a playground; that would draw too much attention. There was a tarmac area and a dirt area, fenced in by a simple fence on the inside and a tall electric fence around everything.

“Are you going to try to escape again?”

I sighed and lifted my elbow to show him a bad scrape. “I’m not at full health yet. So no.”

He nodded. “Maybe next week.”

Dr. White knew me well.

“Can I ask you something?” I asked, leaning forward in my seat as if about to diverge a well-kept secret.

“Always,” he responded factually.

“How come you never tell anyone when I tell you I plan to escape?”

It was something I had asked a few times before, but I always forgot the answer.

“Several reasons,” he replied, “the first of which being that I wouldn’t mind very much if you were to somehow leave this place. Second, I don’t know how you would manage to escape anyhow, so it would make no difference whether I said anything or not. Lastly, given your track record for attempted escapes, everybody already knows.”

“But they don’t know when exactly.”

“That’s true, but even you don’t know that, do you?”

I only shrugged.

First Page: Entrata – Suspense

First Page: Entrata – Suspense

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It was just an ordinary Saturday night for Isabelle Nelson.

After working all day, it was finally 10:40 and her crew had left, so with her paperwork finished and most of the restaurant lights turned off, she did a quick run through one more time to make sure all of the equipment was properly shut down.

After verifying that it was, she shut off the last of the back lights and went to the front of the building, entering the office and squatting down the spin the combination on the safe. Once it was locked, she was ready to go. Standing up straight, she grabbed the cup of pop she had poured herself and grabbed her keys. Turning off the office light, she walked out and shut the door behind her. Then she stood in front of the alarm until the green light told her it was ready and she could set the alarm. Once the beeping began, she quickly walked out of the building, locking the door behind her and then making her way out to her car.

It had been a very long day, and all she wanted to do was go home, take her shoes off, and finally relax. She had worked 11 to close, which was nothing out of the ordinary, but seeing as she was having problems at her house, she had to run to Wal-Mart that morning to get some necessities.

At 19, Belle still lived at home with her parents. Normally this was no problem, but recently when her parents accepted an old couch from an old friend, their house became infested with bed bugs.

Bed bugs—tiny little demons that invaded your home and ruined your life.

Okay, they hadn’t really ruined her life, but they were still extremely inconvenient. Nearly everything in the house had to be thrown out—what hadn’t been thrown out had been disinfected and put into thick black garbage bags and stored in the trunk.

The trunk because Belle was currently living out of her car.

When she went home, she would go into her family’s camper in the backyard to get a shower and use the bathroom, then she would change into pajamas and go out to her car. She already had a pillow in her backseat, but she kept her comforter in their camper as she didn’t want anyone at her work to know that she was living like a homeless person.

It was humiliating and exhausting, not to mention uncomfortable.

Sighing as she got to her car, she pulled out her car keys to unlock the door. Belle opened the door and slid into the driver’s seat, leaving the door open and one foot outside the car as she reached across the counsel to put her purse in the passenger seat, then she placed her Diet Pepsi in the cup holder. As she slid the key into the ignition, she was startled by the sudden sound of footsteps pounding on the pavement—and it sounded like they were headed right toward her.