It’s day 20 of the #RockTheTurvy writing challenge over on Instagram! Yesterday we took a break from the D2D crew’s road trip to give you a sneak peek from the first book in the Bellerose Witchline series. Today Lucie’s trying to rejoin her friends. What happens?
To the tune of: Snowblind, by Black Sabbath.
Lucie paused at the stop sign, grabbing the directions from the passenger seat. She flicked on the overhead light and scanned them. She was not happy about driving through the Walled Zone, but it was the fastest way to get to New York from the Empire.
She pulled on her lower lip. She must’ve missed a turn. Rolling her eyes, she spun the wheel and whipped a U-ey. A half mile back down the snowy rural road a deer jumped from the darkness, its eyes bright white in the headlights. Lucie slammed the brakes, fishtailing. Overcompensating, she slid off the road. The car stalled and attempts to restart it failed.
“Sonofa!” Lucie slapped the steering wheel. She checked the network phone Rabbit gave her. No service. How was THAT possible?
Where was the last piece of civilization she’d seen? Right. A lone gas station was about a mile away. She grabbed her purse, pulled on a knit cap, and buttoned her coat. Outside the car, Lucie lifted her palm and spelled up a soft glow. The little orb would light the way.
Ten minutes later, an SUV drove down the road toward her. She enlarged the ball of light so she’d be clearly seen on the side. She raised a hand to signal for help. The SUV slowed as it approached.
Behind Lucie another vehicle edged closer. Its horn sounded, startling her. A van skidded to a stop at her side, the window lowering. The light in her hand lit up an unfamiliar Rabbit’s face. He was not a part of her Rabbit’s crew, and Lucie guessed he was from the Walled Zone cluster – a hard, unsmiling lot.
“Rabbit sent me to find you when he couldn’t track your phone,” he said. “Get in.”
Lucie extinguished the glowing ball and climbed into the passenger seat. The van’s driver said he’d take her to meet up with Rabbit at the Empire border. Her abandoned car would be delivered back to Matar.
Sebastian sat behind the wheel of the SUV and sighed as the van rolled away. These Rabbits were becoming bothersome. Eventually he’d have to do something about them.
Tune in tomorrow as there’s a bit of a sexy scene… but just a bit… (That post is now available. Click here!)
🎶 Listen to Snowblind by Black Sabbath on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/d90wZYGcifA
Readers – Not on Instagram?
That’s okay! I’ll be sharing my Instagram posts daily here on my blogsite AND daily on Facebook at Writer Tracy Brown so you can read them there, too. Make sure you check for a new story every day in February!
What’s This Mean for Door to Door Characters? I’ll be dropping Emily Swift and crew into a story, a scene, a situation, etc. matching the “prompt of the day” from the challenge. Writing prompts include: finding a dead body, having a house party, celebrating New Year’s Eve, bungee jumping, breaking down on a deserted road, getting a first kiss – and much more!
What makes the #RockTheTurvy extra special is that I’ll also be picking a song to go with the scene.
If you ARE on Instagram, make sure you’re following me at https://www.instagram.com/WriterTracyBrown/ to see the posts there! But again, as long as you check out my blog list or my Writer Tracy Brown page every day, you can read all the short stories without Instagram. 🙂