Friday, February 10, 2012

Emotional Post-I'm Hearing Voices!!

For the last day of the I'm Hearing Voices Blogfest, it's time to let emotions run wild. The prompt is to pick one emotion and make others feel it!

And since my WIP is YA horror, Fear is the word of the day.


My pulse smacks my throat, shooting along my arms, but I draw a knife from the bamboo knife block on the counter—like it can protect me—and force my shoes to The Spot. I lift the heavy ornate rug from the shiny hardwood.
I don’t want to do it. Everything in me is telling me to lower the rug, to go hide in my room like always. But after hearing that voice, after being antagonized by Sierra, I have to check.
The floorboards groan, but I bend. Hook my fingers under the latch.
My tongue swells with the pressure of lifting the heavy door. I haven’t approached this since they found him. Since my mom went to prison.
Musty, cool air creeps up from the hole, biting at my legs and the bare skin of my arms. Three wooden steps lead down into the five-by-five or so space, just large enough to shove a body—living or dead—into. But it’s empty. Except for—what is that?
I lean in and nearly lose my balance. The knife drops from my grip and lands with a clang. A huge stain leers up at me. Dry heaving, I jerk up, slam the door shut, and kick the rug over it, hurting my injured leg in the process.
            Blood. What else could that stain be? My stomach won’t stop curdling, and I can’t get the image out of my head. My mother, dragging the body. Dropping it in. The body. Dropping. Splatting.

21 comments

Morgan said...

A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Love your writing, Cort. And I had no idea your WIP was Horror! Holy crap, I can't wait to read it! *winks* Loved the excerpt. :D

Tasha Seegmiller said...

This is really creepy and has me very curious. Great job.

Kyra Lennon said...

Eek! I need to know what happened before, and what happens next after this creepy scene! Great stuff!

Julia King said...

That is freaky! Way to get me into the scene. Nice job!

Emily R. King said...

Ugh. The last part made me queasy. Wonderful work!

Angela Cothran said...

Fear! Check!!! This is SOOO well written, Cortney. What a cool story :)

Cassie Mae said...

Eww!!! Oh my gosh that is so freaky scary! Bravo Cortney. Wowza!

Kelley said...

Oh my gosh I'm lucky I went to the bathroom just before I read this :)

Cortney Pearson said...

You are all awesome!! :D

@Morgan-Thanks! I was so nervous to post this, actually, because it's a LOT darker than anything I've ever written before! I can't wait for you to read it too!

@Tasha-Thanks!

@Kyra-Yay!!! I'm so excited I piqued your interest!!

@Julia-Thanks!

@Emily-It makes me queasy too!!

@Angela-Thanks so much!! :D

@Cassie-Thanks a bunch too!

@Kelley-LOL I'm that way too. I couldn't go to the bathroom by myself after watching The Skeleton Key.

Miranda Hardy said...

Great descriptions! I'll be writing a YA Horror this year, too. Very nicely done.

Carol Kilgore said...

Eewwww. Love it!

Emily Moir said...

The mom killing someone and hiding the body in the house. That would give me the creeps to be there. Nicely done.

amy makechnie said...

Definitely gives an emotional response - fear! Great job!

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Eewww! That was so evocative, great writing.

Tara Tyler said...

oh, the horror!
great piece!

Juliana L. Brandt said...

Ahhh- so good! I love where you ended it, such a cliff-hanger! :)

Leigh Covington said...

Oh man! Fear and YUCK! "splatting!" Good word! And totally creepy! I swear, with all these scary entries I'm going to have to leave a night light on tonight! lol. I'm such a wuss!

Ashley Nixon said...

Oh my! Such great writing! And I'm totally creeped out by the idea of a mother killing some one! Great job!

Angela Cothran said...

I wanted you to know you are in my top 10 for this challenge :)

Cortney Pearson said...

YAY!!!! Thanks, Angie! How exciting!! :D

Trisha said...

This was amazing Cortney - great job! The tension was not just palpable, it was gripping me with tenacity! :)