Q is for Questions

QApril stared at feet, pulse racing. A black and brown hulk ambled into view, snout shifting dirt around the trailer riser’s weak spot. The Rottweiler pawed ground, burrowing towards her hideout.

You traitor!

She crab-waddled away in a blind panic, clambering on knees and elbows under her looming prison. A patch of sunshine gleamed on the other side of the house–another blessed escape hatch in her stinking, cobwebbed hillbilly hell. Without thinking, she burst out amidst chuffing copper kettles, blinking in the glare.

“April—what?” Her brother’s face was a tear-stained nightmare. His wrist was attached to a drainpipe.

“Nick! Are you okay?”

“Get outta here, April…”

She snatched up the steel handcuff and twisted it this way and that. “What about you?”

“Did you bring the money?”

“Yes!” She craned her neck around the side of the house. Empty, muddy lane. “The backpack is out front. It’s all there, I swear.”

“Then, go. Just go,” Nick shoved at her, hands slipping on sweat. She stumbled away, the cut on her back screaming. “There’s a bike over against that tree.”

“Are you sure—”

He raised a foot and kicked her away. “All they want is the money you’re making it worse go!”

Her eyes focused on a dirt bike, leaned against a gnarled oak tree about two hundred yards away.

“Alright, if you’re sure…” Her face scrunched in tortured indecision.

Nick went suddenly calm. “Please.”

How could she leave him?

“Don’t go to that party with Zach.” He looked so ashamed April felt like she was naked. “It was just a joke. Go home.”

“He never told me about a party, Nick.”

Nick shook his head, twin brother gaining ten years on her in an instant. “Forget it.”

She hauled ass to the edge of the clearing.


This flash fiction is a part of the Blogging From A to Z (April 2015) Challenge. A new installment arrives every day in April, following the alphabet; check the calendar below to see which letters post on which days. Read more about this blogfest HERE.



Sarah is the author of the new Young Adult novel, The Tramp, which is the first book in her epic saga, Bound. She is also currently working on a related novella entitled, Wicked Lover, which will be released in serial format on Amazon every two months. View the trailer for The Tramp, and listen to its original soundtrack! Find more info and links at www.sarahwathen.com. An artist turned author, Sarah's literary work incorporates art judicially, both in plotlines and in supporting social media. A reader can view characters' art and posters for fictitious events in Shirley County, listen to samples of character's favorite music and music that inspired the writing process, and even purchase a charm given to the heroine of The Tramp. LayerCake Productions is Sarah Wathen's independent publishing company, responsible for producing all video, audio and imagery for the Bound saga. Visit www.layercakeproductions.com for more info.

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4 Responses

  1. This was really good. Fast-paced and tense.

    Thank you for sharing and good luck with the rest of the challenge 🙂

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