Saturday, April 27, 2013

A to Z Challenge 2013 - X is for Xanax

I'm posting snippets from a story for this year's Challenge.
If you'd like to read the whole tale, please start with A.


How fascinating. A monster born from an adult's fears. Fenn mused.

"What? It's not possible!" Danielle yelled, ignoring the blood streaming down her arm as she stood and readied herself for the next attack.

The monster was more wary this time. It curled up and watched her, clearly weighing its options. All the while, it shook that infernal rattle.

"It is! It is!" Libby sobbed and hugged her father's arm. "I like snakes. I'm not scared of them!"

I believe her. Fenn stated. Erik's fear for his daughter is powerful.

Danielle shook her head. She didn't want to believe Erik had created these nightmares. The man might need some Xanax sometimes, but no adult could be that terrified.

Images of Erik flashed through her mind. Him smiling, slow and sexy. His easy laugh. The glassy-eyed look he got when watching the news. Always with the news.

The bonnet and rattle. The baby store that had gotten robbed. Then the squirrel with the shotgun for the school shooting in Kentucky. The gangster mummy for the murder at the museum.


I think the only answer to saving the child may be to kill Erik.


  1. Killing him seems . . . extreme . . . (X-treme? For X day?) Maybe he needs a Moonstruck moment: "Snap outta it!"

  2. What a twist! You are clever. I did not see that coming.

  3. Oh no! I missed a couple posts and now I come to find Erik is the villain? Xtraordinary

  4. O_O Oh my word! I hope she doesn't kill him. Surely he doesn't do it on purpose.

  5. Whoa again!! She may be late in thinking it, but she's smart!

  6. I like how you got Xanax in there! Nice excerpt. :)

  7. How fun! Humor and horror - hard to handle harmoniously.

    Congrats on making it fun all month.

  8. Thanks to everyone for popping in today! And no, Erik isn't the villain, but the monsters are his. I guess it gets a little confusing when I'm posting in snippets.

  9. Hmmm....sounds like Danielle is about to be wedged between the proverbial 'rock and hard place'.

    I'm really enjoying these snippets :)

  10. Oh my gosh, what a tough thing for poor Danielle to do.

    I kind of feel like we could all use a Xanax at this point in the challenge.

  11. X-citing! But Erik? She needs to save him, too :)

  12. Only just found you (my blog is way further down the list...) Great respect for people who have managed to write stories this month. I found it hard enough work being disjointed!

  13. She knows how to pick them, doesn't she?

  14. This is a very exciting excerpt. The tension fairly leaps off the page. Great job! :-)


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