This week’s Wordbound prompt was: Subtly mention something strange on a mantel. I continued the short story I started last week.
Meredith’s mother, Clarissa, followed her up the stairs and knocked on her door.
“Meredith, please come out here,” she said.
She didn’t answer and just sat down on the floor and picked up a slice of pizza. Her mother continued knocking on the door until Amy walked up to her and handed her the pencil.
“Amy,” she said with a groan.
“What?” Amy said, “It was just a joke. She’s so uptight. Don’t you think she’s overreacting a little?”
“You know she’s been under a lot of stress lately,” Clarissa said. Amy rolled her eyes.
“She’s fine,” Amy said.
“Amy, you know she’s not fine,” Clarissa said, “She’s had a lot of responsibility placed on her shoulders.”
“Nothing’s actually changed though,” Amy said, “She hasn’t done anything differently since she found out. Everything’s the same.”
“But it won’t be much longer,” Clarissa said, “You know what’s coming.”
Meredith could hear everything they were saying. She knew she had taken this a bit too far. It was just a missing pencil, after all. But she already felt like things were slipping out of her control and it had been the last straw. It had been a week since her life had completely changed and she’d been trying to keep everything as normal as possible for as long as she could.
She sat on the floor eating her pizza and pretending everything was okay. But she felt like someone was staring at her and it was unsettling. She stood up and slowly walked toward the fireplace. She traced her fingers along the shining silver of the blade resting on the mantelpiece. The sword belonged to her now. Her gaze drifted to the skull sitting by the hilt of the sword. Over the past week, she’d felt it staring at her, willing her to pick up the sword.
She didn’t want to deal with it. She didn’t want to face what she had to do. But she couldn’t avoid it anymore. She picked up the sword. It was time to fight.
Writing Goal Updates
This week I finished a very rough draft of my project. It needs a lot of work, but it feels good to finish something. I did a lot of writing this week in a push to finish it, but I’m not sure how much writing I’ll be doing this week. I want to work on some outlining before working on a second draft. I’m debating between jumping straight into another draft of this project or working on something else first, but I think I want to keep going with this story.