While my WIP serves its time, (God knows how long it will have to sit there before I decide it's truly repentant for hurting my feelings and making me feel so inadequate) I found someone new to play with. Here's the rough 250 of what I've been playing around with. It's called: The End of All Things
Evil came knocking, late one night. It slithered up our home's historic front steps and stood on the fleur de lis mat I had carefully swept, waiting to be invited in. We didn't know it then, but throwing open our front door and welcoming this guest in with a smile, like we had so many times before, would alter the course of our lives forever.
My family and I were all gathered together, but independently going about our nightly chores. My brother had just emerged out of the bath, finally clean and more than eager to eat his supper after a long day tending to the vast grounds and lush gardens of Maison de Le Fleur. Father sat at his desk, a glass of sherry in one hand and a pen in the other. He was hard at work trying to reconcile the books or as Maman liked to tease, “Trying to make something from nothing". My mother sat folding mounds of laundry. She was listening to Mozart with one ear and for the buzz of the oven timer with the other. The incredible smell of her pain au chocolat baking, no matter how full I was, always made my mouth water.
My younger sister was working hard on the mending and I was hap-hazardly polishing the silver. My eldest sister, Adrienne, had just come back into the room with yet another load of laundry, when we heard the knock. My family all moaned in unison. Yes, another guest meant more money. But it also meant we would not be retiring early, like we had hoped. C'est la vie. We had long ago resigned ourselves to the nature of the business. Adrienne dropped her basket at maman's feet and said, “I'll go.”
To her everlasting credit, Adrienne managed to maintain her composure. If it had been me who answered that door, well, I doubt we would be where we are now. But that's neither here nor there.
**I'm still undecided if this is pure crap or if it has any potential. Let me know what you think. Either way, it's been a nice diversion to help me pass the time as my old WIP sits in time out and contemplates its bad behaviour.