Thank you so much Angela Barton, http://fontsandfiction.blogspot.com for choosing me to carry on the 777 challenge. For those of you who don’t know about it, writers are invited to share seven sentences from page seven, or page seventy-seven of their work in progress. They then choose seven other writers to do the same.
My current work in progress is a Young-Adult fiction piece, where the main character is sixteen year old, Rachel Maclean. She was born and raised in San Diego, California and in many ways is a regular girl. Except for having a gift of the supernatural, paranormal if you will, variety. She has been keeping it hidden from everyone, especially her mother, who is afraid that anything unusual is a sign of mental illness in her daughter.
The seven sentences, from page seventy-seven, come from the scene where Rachel is telling her best friend, Tracy, the long held secret. Tracy is, of course, skeptical.
“… is that why you have all those nightmares? Because you’re seeing dead people?” Tracy says ‘dead people’ in a whisper, like the kid in the Sixth Sense movie they’d watched together the year before, and gives a snort of derision before adding, “Besides, how could my grandfather, alive or dead, have told you all that, he knew maybe five words of English?”
Rachel answers in Chinese, “He taught me to speak Chinese, Jianing.”
Tracy’s mouth falls open, snaps shut, her head jerks back a fraction, as if a fly is about to land, and blurts out, “What did you just say?”
Rachel continues to speak in Chinese, as clear as if it were her first language, “I thought your Mandarin was better than that.”
Here are the seven writers I choose to tag – I look forward to reading their work.
Sean M. Chandler – @SeanMChandler – http://seanmchandler.com/
Sam Hilliard – @samhilliard – http://samhilliard.com/
Margot Kinberg – @mkinberg – http://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/
Mariam Kobras – @Mariam_Kobras – http://mariamkobras.blogspot.com/
Lorenzo – @TheAmericanPoet – http://crownedwithlaurels.blogspot.com/
Samuel Peralta – @Semaphore – http://semaphore1.blogspot.com/
Kasie West – @KasieWest – http://www.kasiewest.blogspot.com/