NAME: Amber Mauldin
MENTOR NAME: Brenda Drake
TITLE: THE WITNESS
GENRE: MG Horror
WORD COUNT: 40,000
Ryder’s premonitions come true. So when he sees visions of his mother’s future murder, he decides to join his family legacy and hunt demons in hopes of stopping the one who will kill her.
FIRST 250 WORDS:
I knelt beside the short, brick wall surrounding the nut house. The full moon hung in the sky, a giant spit wad against a black ceiling. And it wasn’t helping me. There was too much light. Mom always said to stay in on full moons, but there was no way I was leaving her in this place.
The front of the building was lit up like a stage. That’s why I was going around back. As long as I stayed out of the light, I wouldn’t be seen. Hopefully.
I hunched low and rushed to the side of the building, and flattened my back against the brick wall. I’d seen robbers do it in the movies. The stupid Mission Impossible tune played in my head as I inched down the wall, searching for a door or a window. If only I had spy gear instead of a pocket knife.
The wall dipped in behind me and I knew I’d found what I was looking for. I reached into my pocket and pulled out my pocket knife and micro flathead. Even with the bright moon, the shadow from my body made it impossible to see what I was doing. It was a good thing picking locks was all about touch and sound. I flipped open the small blade and went to work. Good old Youtube. Thirty minutes of videos followed by thirty minutes practice on my own lock and I was pretty sure I was a genius.