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Or, in other words, what I've been doing lately. :)

Now that I have been poking away about POSSESSING LUCY one-last-time-for-now, I thought I'd share. This is the (very short) first chapter.


Chapter One

Once upon a time, my name belonged to my mother. Lucy was my real name, the name she gave me, but she was the only one who used it. It was our little secret--and my reminder that, before anything and anyone else, I was hers. To my foster parents, to my teachers, and to my friends, I was Grace Manning. Even though I was with them almost always, and with her hardly ever, it felt like I was living undercover. Waiting for those moments when she would swoop in and whisk me away. Waiting for her to transform me into the person I was supposed to be.

During those short visits with her--a weekend dashing off to some city here, a week flying overseas there--I clung to her, trying to absorb everything I could. I watched the way she handled herself in a room, the sweep of her gaze taking in every detail, her head tilting, ever so slightly, to follow every sound. At six or seven I started practicing. I surveyed every room I entered, attended to every peep. Because I understood, without it being said, that if I could be as good as Mom at being Mom, she might take me with her for keeps next time.

I never was as good as Mom, of course. She noticed what I was doing right away. For a while, it became a game. "How many glasses were on that tray?" she'd ask me in a restaurant after a waitress had brushed past. Or, wandering through a mall, "Describe the man who was sitting on the green bench."

If I'd been paying attention, if I could tell her, I'd be rewarded with her laugh and the squeeze of her hand around mine.

I did my best to catch her, making up the hardest questions I could imagine. Every time but once or twice she had the answer. It was as if she had ten eyes and five ears. She missed nothing. So I tried harder.

The summer she took me to Cairo, the summer before I turned eleven, the game stopped. We'd just come up to the cool, white hotel room after a day in the hot harsh colors of the city. As I flopped into one of the armchairs, I threw out an easy question, just to pass the time: "How many people got on the second elevator?"

"Lucy," Mom said. She sat on the edge of her bed, laying down her big-brimmed hat. Her voice was sharper than I'd ever heard it. "You're old enough now to know that this isn't for fun. If you keep your eyes and ears open, if you're careful, then you stay safe. But not if you're just looking for little details to test me with."

It was the only time I could remember her being disappointed in me, and it was over before it hit me. She pulled me onto her lap, her arm around my shoulder and her chin against the top of my head, and I felt her love wash over me, warm and comforting. But I knew, then, that behind the laughter and the smiles, something scared her.

"I want to stay with you," I said. "I don't want to go back to Keith and Iris."

"I know, honey." She hugged me tighter. "I want you to stay with me, too. But it's too early still. When you're older, when you're ready, then."

"Okay," I said, even though deep down I wanted to ask, how old? How ready? How will I know?

After that, I walked carefully and watched carefully, but I didn't play about it anymore. And more than anything I watched for a sign that would tell me it was time: I had come of age, passed the tests, and she was coming to bring me home.

It was only when I turned sixteen--and she hadn't come, and she didn't come--that I realized maybe it worked the other way around. Maybe I had to go to her.

Now, back to revising!


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
So cool-- I'm mega envious at how you can character build in such a short excerpt!
Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad to hear the characters are coming across strongly. :)
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)

That's all I can say.


Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
This makes me grin. :D Thank you!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
O! M! G! That was absolutely incredible! I am so hooked!
Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yay! So glad to hear that. Thank you!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Wow Megan. I'm reading Sol Stein right now and you are doing a great job of making the reader feel....he would be proud.

I, however am envious.

Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Hey, I read your first chapt--you do a darn good job of making the reader feel, too! :)

And thank you!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic, Megan. So much mystery and depth of character...I'm hooked!
Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
Hee, it's the first time I've attempted mystery, so I'm glad it's coming across as... mysterious. :D Thanks!
Jul. 23rd, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
I thought this book had so much intriguing stuff going on when I critiqued it before... I bet you've been whipping it into something really awesome. This opener is SUCH a hook.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
I hope it is really awesome! :D Thanks!
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The Worlds We Make
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self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
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Henry Holt, 2009

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