We have a Novel Project coming up for class, so while we’re planning for those, our teacher wants us to work on “Sandbox” assignments that seem to be related to our novels. In this assignment we’re supposed to write a scene of someone who has just finished reading our (yet nonexistent) novel. This is more of a full-fledged short story rather than just a scene, but here we go.
It’s a Love-Hate Relationship
The dark-haired girl didn’t look up from the computer.
“What… ah…. argh!!”
Rey glanced at his unmoved sister, then let out another groan and collapsed on the living room couch.
Deidra finally sighed, and with her eyes still fixed on the screen, she asked robotically, “Rey, what’s wrong now.”
That was what he’d been waiting for.
“This!!” he shouted.
His sister wasn’t having it. “What?”
Somewhat deflated, Rey put his iPad down and sat up. “You know those stories that you really, really love, but also really, really hate?”
Deidra shrugged, and Rey pointed an accusing finger at his device. “This is one of those.”
“Why? What’s it about?”
“Well, so there’s this assassin,” Rey began eagerly, “who’s hired by the government, right? And he grew up with it so that’s basically all he knows, but then he actually has to protect someone instead of killing, so he moves in with a normal family and make new friends, and has to like, adapt to normal life… and he’s really cool and can read people super well, ‘kay? …Oh, right, and he’s part of this group called the Tetrad who are killers, and–”
Rey cut off abruptly and demanded, “Hey, are you even listening?”
“Hm?” Deidra glanced up. “Oh, yeah. Assassins, Tytrad, killers…”
“Tetrad,” Rey corrected.
“Right. Go on. I’m listening.” Deidra turned back to her computer, but Rey interrupted by jumping up and pointing a finger at the laptop.
“Rule Number 2!”
Deidra stared at him. “What?”
“Care for nothing. You could be one of them.” Rey gasped, partially joking, but also somewhat resentful, if Deidra had cared to pay attention.
“I don’t get it.”
“Because it’s the…hey, wait, but didn’t you read this before? Four Rules of Murder?”
“Oh!” Deidra finally gave Rey her full attention. “You read it? How was it? What’d you think?”
“I was just telling you.”
“Oh, sorry,” Deidra laughed. “I was in a game. You know, you can’t pause.”
“Who was your favorite character?”
Rey settled down on the couch again. “Seth, of course. Who was yours?”
“Seth or Marshall. And maybe Piper. And Elijah.” She pulled her headphones off. “What’d you think of the end?”
Based off my groaning, what’d you think? “Really good, but really…. painful, at the same time. ‘Cause it’s like, you love it, but you hate it, right?”
Deidra nodded emphatically. “No, I totally get it. That’s how I felt when it ended. I’m kind of hoping there’ll be a sequel.”
“But don’t at the same time,” Rey added, “because it probably wouldn’t be as good as the first book.”
The two sat in silence for a couple of seconds, but as Deidra began turning back to the computer, Rey quickly asked, “How’d you find it? Like, was it a novel recommendation or something?”
“It was a friend’s classmate’s blog.”
He had to keep talking. “I like how it points things out, like how short life is, and how… pointless it can be. From Seth’s perspective, at least. At first.”
Rey could tell he was losing her again, so in one final attempt to regain her attention, he said, “Considering a teenager wrote it, it was pretty good. Did you like it overall?”
“Yeah.” Deidra was typing on the computer. “Did you?”
Shrugging, Rey sighed as he got up to leave. Deidra had her headphones on again and was already starting a call with an online friend – an online friend that was only one of many with whom she shared more words with in one day than she did with her family in a week. That was just life nowadays, though, wasn’t it?
“I liked it,” Rey said softly as he stepped out of the living room. “It got my older sister to talk to me for once, didn’t it?”
If you were wondering, yes, this is based off my own experience with my siblings, but to be honest, I’ve been on both sides, so I have nothing to complain about :P Also, I wanted to point out something super clever: Rey and Deidra are supposed to be somewhat close to “Reader” put together. “Reydeidra.” You know, just… uh, jumble the letters around a bit (lot) more and you get Reader with an extra d, y, and i.
Yup, good job, Elisabeth. You’re a genius. *high-fives face.*
Oh, and yes, I may eventually post some of my novel planning at some point. Maybe…