Thursday, April 19, 2012

A to Z Challenge - Q is for Quiet

This is part of one continuing story throughout the Challenge.
If you're just joining me now, please start with A is for Abby.

Q IS FOR QUIET

The house at the end of the road. I wonder how much it's like the one in the book. Tawa piped up from the backpack.

"It could be exactly the same for all it matters." Abby rang the doorbell. Her breath made small impatient clouds. Her head still hurt, but from lack of sleep rather than her injuries. Her wrist was wrapped up and she had taken some Tylenol. She was at the best she could be without more time to rest and heal.

"Do you hear that?" Demetrius cocked his head to the side.

"What? The cheesy jazz music Burrows just turned on in there?" Abby snorted.

Hey, that's Sarah Vaughan. This is classic jazz. Tawa asserted.

"No," Demetrius said in a quiet tone. "There's no nightlife. No birds or animals. It's only seven. No kids or even teenagers out in the neighborhood."

Abby had been too lost to her own thoughts to notice the eerie quiet of the night. Even if it was cold out, it wasn't late. She didn't get more than a few seconds to nod at Demetrius before the door swung open.

Burrows smiled at Demetrius with lips painted too red. Then she noticed Abby and her smile faltered. "Oh, hello. Good evening."

"A good evening to you, my dear Myrtle. I hope you don't mind. My sister was feeling better and I didn't want her sitting around the hotel by herself, so I brought her along." Demetrius grinned and walked inside without waiting for an invitation. He unbuttoned his jacket and slid it off. He rolled his big shoulders and dropped the jacket over the back of a chair.

"Oh, well, I suppose. I didn't make enough food for three." Burrows fiddled with the rings on her right hand. She stepped back and motioned to Abby. "Come on in then."

"Thanks. And it's all right. I'm not hungry." Not for food, anyway. Abby walked near to Burrows, but her hands didn't glow. What was different in the store the first time they met? She closed the door behind her.

What's it look like? Is there a curving staircase? Tawa inquired. Two of her characters had their first kiss on it and then one of them was killed in the same spot.

"Nice place you've got here. I see you got a lot of your inspiration for your books from your own home." Demetrius answered Tawa's question as he took a slow tour around the main room. He came near Burrows and threw her a sexy little smile. "You look lovely tonight. That color brings out your eyes."

Abby suppressed the urge to roll her eyes. Burrows wore a hideous green sweater that made her look more like a toad than anything else. She undid her coat and eased the backpack off, setting it on the floor. She bent as if settling her bag and opened the top so Tawa's head popped out.

"Thank you." Burrows cooed and flushed. "Um, perhaps your sister would like to go into the TV room and watch something while you and I have dinner?"

Demetrius looked over at Abby and she gave him a subtle shake of her head. She wasn't going to wait for them to have a leisurely meal before they questioned Burrows. They needed answers as soon as possible. The monsters would come out as soon as children started going to bed. There was no time to waste.

"If you don't mind, darling, I think maybe we could all go have a sit-down. Our conversation got cut short earlier today and I prefer to work up an appetite." Demetrius gestured to their hostess to lead the way. Burrows looked as if she was going to protest, but finally nodded and took them into a smaller room where the furniture was more worn in and a flat screen TV hogged the space on the far wall.

"Have a seat. I'll just check on the food and make sure it doesn't get cold." Burrows exited the room with a smile over her shoulder at Demetrius.

Ten seconds later, the power went out. The house was dark and quiet. Too quiet. Just like it had been outside.

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(Blogger pre-scheduling problems: For some reason, Blogger isn't automatically posting for me. I don't know why it's suddenly doing this. Anyone have any ideas?)

30 comments:

  1. i swear you have the best edge of my seat endings! way to keep the reader interested!

    my blogger scheduling isn't working either. I thought it was just me!

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    1. Thank you! Is it silly I feel bad for leaving everyone with cliffhangers but then the next minute I laugh evilly about it?!

      Seems like quite a few people are having scheduling problems.

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  2. love that picture--one of my grandmother's name was myrtle--love the feeling in the post today

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  3. I don't use the scheduling thing, but a few people have mentioned there have been issues lately :(

    And I cannot believe you ended that chapter there! That's just cruel lol! Great job, as always :D

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    1. Thank you for letting me know about the scheduling. I wonder what's going on with Blogger.

      The cliffhangers will be intense these last letters of the alphabet!

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  4. Great chapter! That ending has me so wanting to know what happens next! :)

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  5. Can't wait to read more!

    And I'm not sure why blogger scheduler isn't working. I've heard a few other people complaining about it. Does everything say "scheduled" beside your posts? Also have you set the right time zone? If those are good, then it's probably just a glitch.

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    1. Thanks!

      Yes, it says scheduled beside my posts and it has the right time zone. I went through all the possibilities I could think of last night. I feel a little better knowing it just isn't something I'm doing, but something with Blogger in general. Hopefully they'll have the glitch fixed soon.

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  6. I don't know how I'm going to make the wait for 9 more installments!!!!

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    1. You're going to make it staying cool in geeky t-shirts, dude. (Had to add the dude since my son is saying it all the time now!)

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  7. Ooooh, love this. I really enjoy your descriptions like "made small impatient clouds," and the way you describe your characters actions, like a subtle shake of the head, a sexy little smile etc. What is your secret? :)

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    1. Thank you! I don't know if I have a secret. It's just years and years of writing, and the fact this story basically wrote itself! :)

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  8. The picture certainly set the mood, Christine. Great job carrying that mood through in this installment.

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  9. Hahhahaha, "The monsters would come out as soon as the children went to bed." That's my fave line. I'm over from A to Z so pop on over if your schedule permits! :)

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    1. Thanks! Hope you're enjoying the Challenge. It's so much fun. :)

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  10. This is a great post. I love your writing style.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  11. Crap, now we have to wait until tomorrow!!

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    1. I get just as anxious waiting for the next day as everyone else.

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  12. NOOOOOOOO! I was just settling into this chapter and then it ended!!

    Everyday, I love this story even more.

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  13. Another great cliffhanger! The quiet is so eerie, yikes. I also love that you always manage to add humor in with the suspense. Cracked me up that Tawa knew the jazz was Sarah Vaughn. :D

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    1. Thanks! Tawa knows more about jazz than I do. I had to look that up and she just rolled her button eyes at me.

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  14. Writing in episodes is so much tougher than writing individual pieces! Kudos.

    I have had blogger fail me once, which is why I am now running behind and must make up for it on Sunday!

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    1. Thanks! I hope Blogger gets this glitch figured out. It's driving me nuts not knowing if my posts are going to show up or not.

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  15. I hope blogger doesn't quit on me. They updated recently, so there are bound to be weird glitches.

    Now I'm wondering why things are so quiet and spooky. What's with Myrtle?

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    1. Blogger updated me once to the new interface and I switched back to the old one. Today they updated me again, and I switched back. Yet it doesn't appear it matter with the scheduling glitch whether you're on the old or new one.

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