This time I flipped through the books and stopped at page 115 (and also took page 116 as the part that I wanted continues on there).I wake several times in the night before I’m due to meet Mara, slick with seat from nightmares. I lie on my back in the darkness, imaging the way she’ll look at me as I tell her What Happened. But in my nightmares it’s four-year-old Hannah I see, not Mara. I’m perpetually trying to save Hannah from smashing her head on the slide, and I’m always too late. But then, when nobody else is looking she lifts her bloodied head and laughs at me with evil eyes, missing teeth and a section of her face gone.
Mum is bent over the kitchen worktop sifting through a pile of soggy junk mail, peeling something of the back of a takeaway pizza menu. I hope both my parents haven’t gone mad, who’ll raise me? I still need much parenting.
“Are you making that noise?” I ask.
“Yes!” she cries, without looking up. “Quick, get some black clothes on.”
“Black clothes?” says Lav, who’s inserted herself into her skinny jeans and is now behind me. “Are we doing a burglary?”
“Emergency mime?” I suggest. (Pretty pleased with that.)
“No!” Mum wails. “Your uncle…” She peers closely at the peeled off piece of wet post.
“… Hamish, no Harold, died last week. I didn’t realize the funeral was today. Get dressed!”
First Chapter First Paragraph Thursday Intros ~ Breathless by Jennifer Niven
I open my eyes and I am tangled in the sheets, books upside down on the floor. I know without looking at the time that I’m late. I leap out of bed, one foot still wrapped in the sheet, and land flat on my face. I lie there a minute. Close my eyes. Wonder if I can pretend I’ve fainted and convince Mom to let me blow off today and stay home.
It’s peaceful on the floor.
But it also smells a bit. I open an eye and there’s something ground into the rug. One of Dandelion’s cat treats, maybe. I turn my head to the other side and it’s better over here, but hen from outside I hear a horn blast, and this is my dad.
Byebye 2020, Helllooooo 2021 ~ Counting Down to 2021 with 2020 Favourites! #4: Q