Writing stories is my favorite pastime. I love building my own fictional world, filling it with characters I want to be best friends with, and then creating the most sinister villain for my hero to defeat.
But, why write a story alone, when you can write it with friends! So, I’d like to invite you to join the STACKS Creative Writing Team. This week, I’m posting the first chapter of an original story. After reading this chapter, write what you think will happen next. Include characters of your own and take the story in whatever direction you want. Then, go to The Runaway Chapter 2 thread on the Fan Fiction Message Board and submit your chapter.
Every two weeks, I’ll check the message board thread and incorporate as many of your ideas as possible into one brand new chapter and post it here! Then repeat the steps and submit your next
chapter, and by the end, we’ll have a brand new story!
Now, here’s Chapter 1!
Emily was always a shy girl. Her voice was easily drowned out by the grind of a pencil sharpener. When a teacher asked a question in class, Emily was lost in the sea of raised hands and rarely answered a question. But, she was comfortable not being the most noticeable girl at Beatrice
Vandersloot’s School for Girls.
After a long day at school, she would meet up with her best friend, Penny, in the schoolyard and walk home. Penny was the type of girl who could bounce from wall to wall all day long. Emily was convinced Penny’s black, curly hair matched the springs that Penny kept hidden in her shoes. Penny lived in the apartment next door to Emily and they’d walk home through the big city
Penny was perfect at picking Emily up when she had a rough day, but not even Penny could protect Emily from the school bully. Big Roscoe wore a threatening leather jacket to school each day and her favorite pastime was picking girls up by their feet and dangling them until their lunch money fell out.
Emily had dangled by her feet more times than she cared to remember. So on this day when Big Roscoe took Emily by her sneakers and began to shake her for loose change, Emily was surprised that she began to cry. She was so embarrassed and sad that she ran away. She ran past Penny, out of the school yard, and down city block after city block. She ran until her lungs burned and she felt she couldn’t run anymore.
She stopped and sat on a marble base under a massive iron horse statue. The shade felt nice after her long run and she began to wipe away tears. But then she felt something strange, like someone was watching her. She turned to her left and discovered she was now face to face with the horse statue.
“Why hello, dear,” said the statue. “What’s wrong?”
Want to find out what happens next? Read ahead to Chapter 2!