A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter One – Part 1
Then suddenly I heard a noise. Like someone clearing their throat. I turned, and realized that I almost bumped into an old lady, and she didn’t look very happy. At first she only looked annoyed, but then the look on her face made me shiver.
“I’m sorry!” She glared at me and it felt like she could see right through me. She kept staring at me, studying my face, as if she was trying to recognize me. But how could she? I didn’t know what to think. It was creepy, the way she was looking at me, and it made me feel uncomfortable. I shivered again.
“I’m sorry,” I apologized, as politely as I could. “I wasn’t paying attention. I was looking at that orange bike in the store window,” I pointed at Santos Bicycle Shop. She glanced at the store from the corner of her eye, and then continued to stare at me without saying a word. I stared back. I could play this game; I’m really good at staring. It seemed like several minutes had gone by, but it was probably only a few seconds. I’m not very good with time, so I couldn’t really tell. Then suddenly the old woman walked right up to me, and whispered in my ear. I froze.
“I wouldn’t wear that if I were you.” her breath gave me goose bumps on the back of my neck.
“Wear what?” I asked, a little confused and somewhat nervous. Her nearness made me uncomfortable so I took a few steps back.
“Cursed?” I frowned. Now I was really getting nervous.
“Beware my dear, beware,” she warned, glaring at me with a strange look on her face. I shivered again, and tiny goose bumps started rising on my arms and legs.
“Beware of what?” I’m not sure I really want to know the answer.
“The Ophidians, beware of the Ophidians,” she looked around, making sure no one was watching. Then she adjusted the weird looking hat she was wearing and walked away.
“Wait! What are you talking about?” I followed her down the sidewalk. “Please tell me what you mean. I don’t understand. I don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said impatiently.
“Don’t wear it in public,” the old woman turned abruptly. I nearly bumped into her again. “Hide it. Don’t let anyone ever find it,” she looked around once more. “Those who do end up dead…”
“Don’t wear what?” I felt my heart beat faster.
“The locket,” she said softly, as if she didn’t want anyone to hear. Then she turned and walked away again.
“Wait!” I shouted. “What’s an Ophidian?”
“Watch out for their eyes,” she looked back. “Their red you know.” I froze, my legs wouldn’t move, it felt like someone had glued my shoes to the sidewalk. I just stood there, not knowing what to do or think, and watched her leave. My stomach started to hurt. “Should I follow her?” I bit my lip. “I don’t know what to do,” I looked around, at this town I knew nothing about. The last time I was here, I was little, too young to remember anything or anyone. I took a deep breath, then sighed, and chewed on my nail. “I have to follow her, I have too,” I said out loud, finally making up my mind, and not caring if anyone heard me. “I have to find out, no matter what,” I mumbled. I have to know, what she meant. Why she said it.
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A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter One – Part 2
“I think she knows something,” I stared at the house. “She’s watching us,” I turned toward Joey and tried not to stare at his eyes again. “I know she is,” I glanced back at the house and stared for a few more seconds, and then right when I was about to walk away, I noticed something. “Look!” I pointed. “I told you she’s watching us.” I looked over my shoulder. “I saw the curtains move. I know, she knows something,” I bit my bottom lip. “But how do I find out what it is?” I glanced at the house again, and then looked at Joey. We stared at each other for a few seconds, and then he looked at the window I pointed at.
“I think we should leave,” he walked up to me, grabbed my arm gently and then suddenly let it go. I looked at where he had touched me, and then looked into his eyes. I guess I was starring again, because he cleared his throat and looked away. I don’t know why I keep doing that? Why do I keep starring at his eyes? It’s like, I get lost or something and I can’t help it. What is wrong with me?
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A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Two – Part 1
We walked down Bridge Street in total silence. I’m not sure why they didn’t say anything. I can’t believe I cried in front of them. I hate it, when I do that! I’m so embarrassed. And why in the world am I always starring at Joey, and those eyes? It’s not like I think he’s that cute or anything. I glanced at him and then quickly looked away. Okay, he is kind of cute. They must think I’m some kind of weirdo or something. I don’t even know them, and if that’s not bad enough, I can’t stop thinking about all the awful things Mrs. Dutton said to me, and how in the world am I going to find the keeper? If he, or she even exists. I fidgeted with my locket and bit my bottom lip. Maybe Mrs. Dutton really is crazy. But what if she isn’t? What if there really is someone called the keeper. Then that would mean I really am in danger. I shivered. Then I slipped my locket under my shirt, just in case.
“What’s wrong?” Joey glanced at me from the corner of his eye. “Are you cold?”
“No, nothing’s wrong,” I wrinkled my eyebrows. “I’m fine.” But that really wasn’t the truth. I wasn’t fine.
“Are you sure you’re okay?” Joey asked again.
“Yeah,” I turned toward him and then looked away, because it kind of felt like he could see right through me.
“I know we don’t really, know each other. But you can tell me anything,” he slid his hands in his pockets. “I wouldn’t be okay if it was happening to me,” he looked at his sneakers. “You don’t have to be so brave.” he glanced at me and then looked away.
“I…” I looked at my shoes, and slid my hands in my pockets. “I’m not brave,” I looked up at him. “I just…” I looked down again. “I don’t know how I feel,” Then I looked into his eyes. “I don’t know what to think, I don’t know what to do. This is all happening so fast, it doesn’t seem real,” I looked in the other direction. “It feels like I’m in a nightmare, and I just want to wake up,” I glanced back at him. “None of this makes any sense.”
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A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Three
“So, are you going to tell me about this deep dark secret,” I glanced at Joey. “Or am I going to have to tickle you,” I was serious for about a second, and then I smiled. Joey smiled back, and then poked me with his elbow. I elbowed him back.
“Ouch!” he said rubbing his side. “You have bony elbows.”
“No I don’t!” I pouted, and then laughed. “Come on, tell me.”
“We’re going to Raven Hill,” Matt blurted out.
“What’s Raven Hill?” I glanced at Matt and wrinkled my eyebrows.
“Are you kidding?” Matt asked. “You don’t know about Raven Hill?”
I stared at him; he actually looked shocked. “I just moved here, remember.”
“Yeah, I know. But doesn’t your grandparents live here?” Matt looked confused.
“Your mother never told you?” Joey looked at Matt, and then at me. “Your grandmother never told you?”
“Are you for real! Everybody knows about Raven Hill,” Matt frowned.
“Well, I don’t! What is it?”
“It’s just the scariest place around, that’s what it is,” Matt said. “I get goose bumps just talking about it, look,” he showed me his arm.
“Why? What’s so scary about it?”
“It’s haunted,” Matt whispered. His eyes got wide, and then he shivered. “Look, more goose bumps.”
A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Four
I walked over to the door that I assumed was the closet and opened it. “Wow, that’s a small closet,” I said peeking inside. Then I looked at the other door in my room.
“Oh, wow! I have two closets,” I walked up to the door and opened it. Then I quickly closed it and ran out of my room. “Mom!” I yelled from the top of the stairs. “The attic door is in my room!” I shouted. “Can we switch rooms?” I crossed my fingers and hoped she would say yes.
“There’s nothing to be afraid of,” she yelled back. “It’s only an attic.”
“But Mom, I won’t be able to sleep in there,” I bit my bottom lip. “Please!”
“I’ll get someone to put a lock on it Monday.”
“But what am I supposed to do about tonight, and tomorrow night?” my stomach started to hurt.
“You’ll be fine,” she said. “Now go and unpack.”
“I hate it here!” I stomped into my room.
A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Five – part one
“Oh crap!” I covered my mouth, and hoped my mother hadn’t heard me. I glanced over my shoulder, then headed toward my bed. I was so busy unpacking, I didn’t realize what time it was, until I looked at the clock on my night table. “Shoot, I’m going to be late! What’s wrong with me?” I threw the clothes I had just folded on my bed. “Why am I always late? Can I be on time just once.” I grabbed my jacket and headed for the stairs. I ran down the steps, sometimes taking two at a time, and shoved my arms into my jacket.
“Where do you think you’re going?” my mother asked, stopping me at the bottom of the stairs. I turned, and saw her standing in the middle of the hallway, with her arms folded across her chest. I sighed, and then took a deep breath. “I’m going for a bike ride; with my new friends, remember.” She put her hands on her hips. “They’re going to show me where Saint Andrews is.”
“Did you finish unpacking?” she asked, giving me that look she always gives me, when she disapproves of something I did, or something I haven’t done and should have.
“No, not yet,” I bit at a piece of dry skin on my bottom lip. “I’m almost done though,” I smiled, but she didn’t smile back. “Mom, can you buy me some Chap Stick, I can’t find mine and my lips are really chapped?”
“I’ll get you one when I go to the store,” she looked at my face. “Don’t lick your lips. That only makes it worse.”
“I’ll try not to,” I glanced at the clock on the wall.
“Make sure you finish when you get back, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for you to at least, have your room unpacked before you start school tomorrow,” she raised her eyebrow.
“I will, I promise. Can I go now? They’re waiting for me.”
“Don’t forget to be home when the street lights come on.”
“I won’t,” I rushed through the hallway and into the kitchen. “Bye, Mom!” I shouted over my shoulder. I grabbed the small flash light that was on the kitchen counter, shoved it in my pocket, and headed for the back door.
A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Five – part two
“This place is a little spooky,” April shivered.
“I have a really bad feeling about this,” Matt frowned. “I think we should go back.”
“Yeah, this place gives me the creeps,” said Violet. “Maybe, we should go back.”
“Stop whining!” snapped Robin. “You guys are such babies!” she looked over her shoulder, and then followed Joey.
“No, we’re not!” shouted April, giving Robin a dirty look.
“Shhhhh,” whispered Violet. “You guys are being really loud.”
“Yeah, be quiet, before we get caught,” Robin whispered.
“You be quiet!” April said, a little too loudly.
“No!” Robin snapped.
“Stop it!” Joey yelled over his shoulder.
I looked back, and so did Robin. “She’s the one causing all the trouble,” April pointed at Robin.
“Shut up!” Robin said angrily, and then stuck her tongue out.
“Shhhhh,” I whispered. “I think I heard something.”
“Oh, no!” Violet said.
A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Five – part three
“It’s an old cemetery,” I looked around at all the old headstones. Some of them were leaning over, ready to fall, a few were already lying on the ground, but most of them were still standing straight and tall. I shivered.
“Gross!” Matt said. “Let’s get out of here.”
“What’s it doing here?” asked Violet.
“It looks really old,” April ran her hand across one of the headstones. “Oh my gawd, I can’t believe it,” she pushed away the dead grass and weeds that was covering it.
“April, don’t touch it!” Matt said. “That’s gross.”
Joey walked toward April. “What is it?”
“It’s Patience Gray,” she looked up at him.
I looked at the headstone and then at April. “Who’s Patience Gray?”
A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Five – part four
“Can we please get out of here now?” Matt asked, but no one was paying attention.
“Look, this one is Henry Gray,” April pointed.
I followed her. I wanted to get a good look and so did Joey. Then all of a sudden, a raven swooped down and landed on a nearby gravestone. It looked at me and cawed really loud. I stared at it. Then another raven flew over our heads a couple of times, and then landed on the same headstone. They both cawed, and then suddenly flew away.
“Can we go now,” Matt asked again. “I hate cemeteries.”
“In a minute,” Joey looked over his shoulder.
“Hey, what’s that building for?” asked Violet.
“I think it’s a crypt,” I glanced at her.
“There’s a dead person in there?” she looked at me and shivered.
“Yeah, I think so,” Suddenly a gust of wind whipped hair in my face. I reached up to brush it away, and then saw a flock of ravens flying away. Tree branches began moving violently in the wind. Leaves were floating and swirling around us. I looked up at the sky; it was getting dark, thunder clouds were forming. And then, I felt the first rain drop fall on my arm. I looked at it and looked up at the sky again.
“Guys,” Joey said loudly. “I think we’re about to get soaked.”
Joey was looking up at the sky. The clouds were rolling in quickly, and the sky was really dark. “We need to get out of here.”
“Yeah, it looks bad,” Joey said over the wind. “We need to get inside that crypt.”
“What?” Matt’s eyes bulged out. “I’m not going in there.”
“We have too,” I pushed my hair away from my face. “There’s nowhere else to go.”