Welcome to another stop for the second annual YASpooktacular, hosted by Frenzy of Noise and Wicked Awesome Books.
This year, there are three stories written by some of your favorite authors that will be posted throughout the week. Each story is a choose your adventure, where you get to decide what path to send the character down. Sometimes you live, sometimes you die, and sometimes you fall into a pit of no return.
There are also some TRICKS or TREATS scattered throughout the story, where you can enter to win prizes and get bonus points toward the prize packs. The prize pack for this segment of The Pond in the Forest will be up tomorrow (October 25)! On Halloween day, the grand prize pack will be posted. You can click the banner above to see a full list of the YASpooktacular prize packs!
Shannon Delany has written stories since she was a child. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world through Textnovel.com.She then sold the the rights to St. Martin’s Press and is now the author of five novels: 13 to Life, Secrets and Shadows, Bargains and Betrayals, Beasts and BFFs (prequel) and Destiny and Deception, which releases January 2012.
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The story continues...
The poker clattered to the floor and Laura took another tentative step away. Her back brushed the cold, slick wall. “Okay, okay,” she whispered, raising her hands in surrender. “Please don’t hurt me. Just let me go.”
He laughed, a strange, stilted sound, his hand lashing out. Long fingers snared her wrist and bit into her flesh, grinding her bones together.
Laura whimpered and sucked on her lower lip. Tears shot to her eyes.
“Let you go?” He shook his head, silver glinting from the depth of his hood. “I am not nearly finished with you yet. Come, girl.”
“But why keep me? I’m not worth keeping,” Laura stammered. “I’m not brilliant.” Her mother had told her that often enough using much sharper words. “And I’m no beauty queen.”
The silver of his eyes snapped to the mud caking her hair into one nasty clump.
“And...I bloat up once a month for five miserable days and I get acne every time someone even hints about a social function. Brian was the first date I’ve had in a year and...” She looked around the cave, taking it all in. “...and you can guess I’m not expecting another date with him. Ever,” she said, swallowing the lump that swelled in her throat. Unable to find any other words to plead her case, Laura repeated what she’d believed ever since her father walked out on the family six long years ago. “I’m not worth keeping,” she murmured, her eyes fixing on the damp and dimpled floor.
He muttered something under his breath and the hissing sound that marked his breathing quickened. “It seems I have limited options,” he said, pulling her along with him as he climbed the stairs. “I lost someone very dear to me because of your Brian’s stupidity. So I obtained his Amanda. But she was an ill-suited replacement. I need intelligent life for what I am about to do.”
At the top of the stairs the cave opened into a broad space filled with a few rough hewn tables, each covered with flasks, bottles and other strange nearly scientific-looking equipment. Well, each of them except two. One was completely clear and the other? A sheet covered something that looked distinctly like a body. He’d said, The death of my sister...
Laura shivered. Even though they’d gone up the stairs, this room was colder than the one below. Her shivering didn’t slow when she finally grasped three important facts:
1.) under the sheet in a refrigerator-temperature room was the body of the mystery man’s dead sister, 2.) Brian and Amanda had totally ditched her to save themselves, and
3.) Laura was going to need to get really smart really fast to get out of the mess she was in. And if smart wasn’t an option, creative would have to do.
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TREAT time! The treat for this segment of the story is a hardcover copy of Sweetly by Jackson Pearce! Yummy! To enter, click HERE and enter your contact info. All YA Spooktacular contests end at 11:59PM on October 31. Winners contacted November 1.