BY MINDI SCOTT
“All right,” I tell the scrawny, black cat that’s been living in my bathroom for the past twenty-four hours. “I really do have to go. Right. Now.”
I get up off the tiled floor, leaving her lying on the Panda Pillow Pet that I bought at Target an hour ago. It was an idea that I stole from Matty. He got his cat a puppy-shaped pillow to sleep on, which is his big statement about what a badass he thinks Hercules is. (“Dude, he sleeps on top of a dog!”)
As I’m reaching for the door knob, I hear a low, “Mrowrrrr” from the black cat.
She has a deep, growly voice, like she’s a two-pack-a-day smoker. The sound of that strange meow is all it takes for me to crouch down again and go back to petting her.
I don’t know if this is the right thing to do, keeping her locked up with the litter box. I don’t know if I should have brought her home at all.
Oh, and that Matty! How did he manage to come up with such a clever puppy-pillow idea? 😉
BY MINDI SCOTT
If you’re reading this blog, your probably know that Michelle and I are writing a YA novel together. (Yeah?) She’s writing the scenes that are from the girl’s perspective (Cloudy) and I’m writing those from the boy’s (Kyle).
So, this is an introduction to my character, which should give you some insight into why “Poor Kyle!” is one of Michelle’s and my catchphrases. 😉
After steering into a space near the entrance, I slam my SUV into park, cut the engine, hop out, and hurry up the sidewalk. The pavement and the church throw echoes back and forth at each other with every step I take.
I climb the short staircase—two at a time. At the top, the foyer is completely dark behind glass double doors, but there’s a set of keys dangling in the lock. I give a yank and the door swings outward. Aiming a fist bump toward the sky (hallelujah?), I rush inside.
Coming here was a desperate move and I know it. It’s just that 1) my dad is in Brazil for a six-week do-gooder vacation and 2) today would have been my one-year anniversary with my dead girlfriend, Ashlyn.
As it turns out, 1 + 2 = me kind of losing it again.
Kind of a lot losing it, actually.
Mindi and I thought it would be fun to post little snippets of our WIP as we go along. So, this is a little sneak peek at Cloudy. (Eeep!) Hope you like her! (Eeep!) 🙂