Google+ Reading Teen: YA SPOOKTACULAR Story Two: A Soul Laid Bare (part 12)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

YA SPOOKTACULAR Story Two: A Soul Laid Bare (part 12)




This is a Halloween event of EPIC proportions!!  Get ready to join the fun!  Reading Teen is excited to be a part of YA SPOOKTACULAR hosted by Frenzy of Noise and Once upon a Review! If you already know how to play, skip on down to the story!  If you are just joining us, here's what's going on:


2 Stories
7 Days
25 Authors
27 Bloggers
Tons of Prizes


There are 2 spooky YA stories being told in 13 parts. Each part is written by a different author (some currently published, some aspiring) and posted on a different blog. At the end of each story, you will have a chance to enter to win a prize pack (there is one for each story and a separate one that's open internationally). To be eligible to win that story's prize pack, you must comment on each part of the story. There will also be "Trick or Treats" along the way for more chances to win! 

To read the first part of story 2, head over to Page Turner's Blog.

Here are the rules:
  • You must comment on EVERY post in a story to be eligible to win the grand prize pack. 
  • You MAY enter for both stories.
  • The forms are a must to be entered.  They will be on the host blogs when the story ends.
  • Winners will be selected at random.

Story two, part 12 written by Jennifer Murgia


I swear, these movies are all the same, I thought to myself.  A book, a party, unbidden power and of  course  . . . a necklace with a secret. I reached up fingering the solid black obsidian stone at my throat, its weight prominent against my skin.  It had been a gift from my mother passed down many, many years.

Now, as I held it between my fingers, I spied it curiously noting the texture of the black volcanic glass. It  was actually molten lava, cooled quickly and shined to perfection. Funny how the man in the movie had eyes the same color.

     I peered out the window of my dorm room at the chilly night beyond the glass. The snow had started falling hours ago and now it appeared the streets would soon be impassable. I had been tempted to go home for the weekend, but it seemed that was out of the question now.

     Tossing the quilt from my legs, I stood up and stretched, feeling the sudden chill. There was an English paper I could start, but my heart wasn’t into it. Somehow the snow and the silence of the floor my room was on made me feel like escaping between the pages of a good book. After all, books were way better than movies. The English paper could wait a bit longer. There was plenty of time to get it started.

     But my conscious felt heavy. It was unlike me to push off the idea of a project, even if it wasn’t due for another two weeks. I decided to venture down to the library and kill two birds with one stone.

     I shuffled into the library. It was empty and quiet and being here after hours filled me with a strange sensation, as if I were intruding. It was never off limits to the dormers and checking out books on an honor system had always worked fine as long as we signed the log and left our student ID number. But tonight, the quiet hum of the computers, the stillness of the aisles lent a creepy, almost ominous air to the usually cheerful room.

     The back of the library was hushed in shadow but I made my way past the large wooden tables and empty carts. The carts . . . it brought back visions of the beginning of the movie where the librarian stumbled in fear when all she wanted to do was to help the strange man.

     Suddenly my arms were covered with chills and I rubbed them fiercely. For whatever reason, I turned down the first aisle and let my fingers trace the spines of the books.  I let my finger randomly stop and I pulled it from the shelf. The dust motes flew up to my nostrils and I sneezed, feeling tremendously alone as the resonance echoed around me. I looked down at the cover and to my utter surprise, I read the title out loud.

     Colonial Witchcraft

     It was as if the movie had come flooding back to me, forcing itself into my reality.

     Ha! I laughed to myself. It’s getting back at me for turning it off!

    But the truth was, it felt more than strange. Instinctively I clutched at my necklace and decided to check the book out. As swiftly as my feet would take me, I made my way to the front desk and grabbed the pen on the counter. I scribbled the title of the book and my name to the right of it but something caught my eye.  I noticed a few lines above my name that the very same book had been taken out just a few weeks ago, and I leaned heavily onto the counter to steady myself. The last person to check out Colonial Witchcraft was a girl just like me - a girl whose name was Tonya Sellers.


Want more from Jennifer Murgia? Check out Angel Star!



Find out how this story ends tomorrow over at A Book Adventure



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37 comments:

  1. Hey your contests are always great!:) If you like, check out my first contest (yay).http://misspageturnerscityofbooks.blogspot.com/2010/10/100-follower-giveaway.html

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  2. Another twist! Can't wait to read the final part!

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  3. And again a twist I didn't see coming...boo to waiting another whole day to find out Sami and this new girl's fate

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  4. A movie! This is one of my favorite part! :D

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. Am I the only one confused right now with this story?!! =(

    milagp1@yahoo.com.br

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  6. holy moly not what I expected yet again. This story keeps throwin me for major loops LOVING IT!!!

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  7. So everything up to this point has been a movie the main character was watching? Wow! What an unexpected twist.

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  8. Wow, for like half of that part of the story I was going 'Wait, what movie?'. Duh lol.

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  9. I like how the story began in a library, went off in unexpected directions, and now, near the end, we've come back to the library. Seems fitting. :) Can't wait to see how this story ends!!!

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  10. Wow a new twist. Cant wait to see how it turns out.

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  11. Whaaa? Lol I guess I'll just have to wait for tomorrow's chapter :)

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  12. That was confusing! I was totally not expecting that.

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  13. whoa! twist!! man...this story has so many of them!! i can't wait to read the end!

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  14. great giveaway

    drakebdog@gmail.com

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  15. Wow!! Totally didnt see that one coming!!

    Kristen
    My Bloody Fairy Tale

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  16. Hey. I'm giving you an award that only the coolest bloggers around the blogosphere get. Pop over to my blog to grab it and brag to the world! Congrats.

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  17. Another twist! I can't wait to see how to story ends!

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  18. This story feels like one of the those dreams when you wake up, just to find out you're still dreaming. I'm so looking forward to the final part of this, so I'm no longer confused about what's really going on!

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  19. Talk about twist and turns!!!! I haven't a clue where this story is headed next!

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  20. I think I missed something. Wasn't there screamig at the end of part 11? Hope everything ties up in the next part.

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  21. Well... I am highly confused, but I know it is leading somewhere. I just have to wait until tomorrow to find out where.

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  22. Im lost a little not sure what happened big twist I have to see how it ends!

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  23. That was totally unexpected. I wonder how this will wrap up!

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  24. What? Okay, I'm not sure I'm like the Inception-esque turn this is taking. xD Let's stick with one reality!
    But the story is interesting, though!

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  25. So sad the hot guy is not real :( I was just getting invested in the characters! Curious how the end is going to wrap this up...

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  26. Ooh, how very meta! Starts off with a librarian, who is actually in the past, and then Sami, who is actually in a movie... but then is it all real? Dun dun dun. I really liked this part.

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  27. eh...not sure I like this twist. Too many in such a short story. How can it possibly be wrapped up in the last installment?

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  28. OH. MY. Goodness.

    The twists and turns keep a comin', definitely makes it interesting!

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  29. I was nervous about this twist, but it worked nicely. Can't wait to see how this story ends.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

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  30. Big twist, I can't wait to read the final part!!

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  31. This story has kept me on my toes!

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  32. Say what?!? LOL

    I can't believe how much fun this is!

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  33. What a twist! How are they going to tie up all the loose ends I wonder?

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  34. Ok, good to know that I'm not the only one who's confused.

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  35. Uh-oh, swaparoo!

    I wonder what's going to happen next? How could this possibly get wrapped up in one more chapter?!

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