15: THE END AND EVERYTHING AFTER

Title:The End and Everything After
Age Category:Young Adult
Genre:Contemporary Fantasy
Word Count:66,000
Pitch:Being the lone survivor of a suicide pact is rough. Finding a cryptic letter from your dead boyfriend changes everything. What Aura Lea uncovers as she searches for answers will completely rewrite that night.
First 250 Word of Manuscript:Time. It’s what I’d been told would make all of this bearable.

But time had moved forward and left me behind.

I removed my keys from my backpack and found the one I’d painted burnt orange to match the equipment room door. I took one last look to make sure no one was coming and then slipped in. The fluorescent lights flickered as the small ten-by-ten-foot room filled with light. The familiar smell of damp concrete and chalk made me uneasy.

The room was different. The change was subtle, but for someone who spent as much time in here as I had, it was obvious. Baseball bats were hung along the wall in order of weight and length as opposed to their usual random arrangement. The bases were stacked and placed in the corner instead of piled on top of each other in the middle of the room. The cord for the pitching machine was wound properly around its base. Four buckets of balls were placed side by side along the wall.

I set my backpack on the ground and sat on one of the buckets. Not the most comfortable way to spend the next six hours, but it was a hell of a lot better than having to face the wrath of a student body ready to tear me apart with their judgmental looks and not-so-covert whispers. I reached down to open my backpack and noticed the edge of something sticking out from underneath the bucket.

3 Comments

  1. Carrie Pestritto |

    Secret ninja attack! I’d love to read the first 100 pages of this. Please email me at carrie(at)prospectagency(dot)com with the subject line PITCH MADNESS REQUEST. Thanks!

  2. Surprise ninja attack… I’ll throw a star for this. Please send as a word doc with your query in the first page to whitley [at] inklingsliterary [dot] com

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