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Show and Tell - Danger

The Plan

The darkness in her bedroom seemed impenetrable, deafening, solitary. Her eyes probed for the flash of headlights through the blinds, her ears strained to hear a siren, a train whistle…anything to tell her there was life around her. But there was only the drumbeat of her heart in her ears, only the restless rustle of her limbs gone cold under the covers. She thought of the phone on her desk but they wouldn’t listen, had said she was illogical, weak, a broken record. No, no, no, it couldn’t be just up to her. She had fallen too far down the abyss to claw her way out on her own. So what to do? What to do? She curled herself around her pillow and let the tears spill like hot rivers, let the sobs scrape her throat like a rake against concrete. Didn’t anyone hear her? Now she was rocking herself…rocking, rocking, rocking and clutching the pillow case as if it could prevent that final descent to that place. There was a plan there and everything was so simple. Coffee. Rat poison. Invisibility.  

 (c) Kristy Kassie, 2016

Conveying Danger in Writing

Remember to show the reader rather than tell. Describe the situation, the character, the emotions.


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