05: MIDDLE OF KNOWHERE

Title:Middle of Knowhere
Age Category:Young Adult
Genre:Contemporary
Word Count:78,000
Pitch:In this contemporary Beauty and the Beast story of summer love, a city teen discovers that falling for a poverty-stricken country boy—and the truth he’s hiding—could tear her apart.
First 250 Word of Manuscript:This is what hell looks like.

I stare out the window of Dad’s Ford Explorer. Along the curvy road, dilapidated double-wide trailers that look like they belong in some independent film version of a horror flick litter the sparse lawns. An old couch, unused tires, and even a rust-stained toilet lay strewn next to one particularly neglected trailer.

“Please tell me no one lives there,” I mutter.

Dad glances in my direction, his mouth set in a firm, disapproving line. “Now, Hailey, try to remember these people aren’t as fortunate as you and I.” His eyes grind into me, like a pestle trying to turn me into bits of shame. “They do the best they can.”

I sigh and turn back to the window as another trailer comes into view, this one even more unkempt. Amazingly enough, one of the occupants is sitting on the sagging porch steps blowing a cloud of smoke into the humid summer air. The man is grease personified. Like if someone wrung him out, they’d have an entire vat of frying oil. I wrinkle my nose and look down when I make eye contact with him. Suddenly, my nails are desperate for attention.

“How long until Mom joins us?” I ask, digging at one particularly bothersome cuticle.

Mom’s been gone for weeks now. As a broadcast journalist, she jet sets around the world while Dad acts as homemaker extraordinaire. Not that I’m knocking my Dad’s skills. He can make a mean BLT.

5 Comments

  1. I’m tossing the star.

    Brent Taylor
    brent [at] triadaus [dot] [com]

  2. I toss a mega mushroom! thank you

  3. Caitlen Rubino-Bradway |

    A Gold Coin for this one, please!

  4. This sounds great.

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