These are the first 250 words of another story I have tucked away on my flash drive to work on whenever On The Surface isn’t working for me. The genre is young adult fiction, and the general direction this story is going is that my main character is in an abusive relationship that she can’t get out of. It’s meant to be a sort of awareness bringer to the issue of teen dating violence. Let me know what you think!
Cory pulled the parking brake on her car and pulled the key from the ignition. She’d texted Alex as she pulled into his driveway, and usually he came out to meet her, but today he hadn’t. It worried Cory.
It could only mean that he wasn’t having a good day, and Alex on a bad day wasn’t what Cory needed today.
She lifted the red and gold embossed envelope from the passenger’s seat, clutching it to her chest. Maybe she would wait to share her news with him, Cory thought.
She tucked the envelope safely into her bag and zippered it shut, absently wrapping her lanyard around her fingers as she exited the car, swing the keys from the shortened length. She let the swinging wind and unwind the fabric in her hand, the twisting motion becoming faster as she got closer to the door.
Cory knew she had an open invitation in the Latchko’s home. Alex’s mother always mentioned it. But she hesitated at the door and knocked anyway to announce her presence. His parents weren’t home, but part of her wanted to give Alex a warning that she was here, that he better get it together and chill himself out.
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