Short Story: Locked In

The chains connected to the cuffs round Carlie’s wrists and ankles filled the silence of the paled white walls in the corridor of the prison. She kept walking, not wanting to attract attention to herself. She knew the reason she was here wasn’t because she had committed a crime she had been wrongly accused of. No. This was worse.

‘Keep it moving.’ A guard barked.

Carlie kept moving until they reached the metal gate separating her from the corridor and the main part of the prison. She could see the other inmates watching her, trying to decide what kind of inmate she would be. She couldn’t see any other women, which didn’t seem to surprise or worry her. The gate opened and she was led up a flight of stairs, the other inmates still watching her. She was stopped outside an empty cell and her cuffs were taken off. Then she was flung into the cell, her body falling to the floor with a thump.

The door slammed shut behind her, laughter creeping through the metal of the door. The cell was very bare, only housing a bunk bed, a chair, a sink and a very dingy looking toilet. She’d have to try and clean that as best she could at some point. But Carlie had better things to do right now. Climbing back to her feet, she walked to the small window with bars over it. Her right hand squeezed between the bars and gave enough space for her to rest the palm of her hand against the glass. The bars had pushed up her jumpsuit sleeve, revealing a scorched lightning bolt on the inside of her lower arm.

Closing her eyes she started to focus her mind. The world outside her window started to darken, clouds descending round the prison. Thunder rolled and then a large lightning bolt struck the ground a couple of miles away, setting alarms off inside the prison. She could hear guards running round the prison like the world was about to end. Like it hadn’t already. Carlie’s eyes shot open, the entirety of her eyes completely blue.

‘Guess the Daughter of the Spark never really died.’ Carlie’s voice came through past her lips, a deep sound that had the undertones of more than one voice speaking at once.

She smiled as a second lightning bolt struck the ground a mile away, only to then solidify in the ground as a bright blue lightning bolt for all to see. She knew it would be the sign they had been looking for. This world had given up, but she was still alive, still fighting, and this was not the end. Not even close.

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Short Story: Flying Without Wings

The edge of the cliff really wasn’t helping my mood. My breath came out jagged, a puff of white cloud emerging in the cold weather. Snow was underfoot and small cracking sounds could be picked up, but only just about. My cape fluttered in the wind behind me, the suit I was in trying to keep as much warmth in as possible.

‘You have to try.’ A female voice spoke from behind me.

‘What if I’m not ready? I could destroy this place by accident if I’m not careful.’ I pointed out.

‘Then believe in your strengths. You have the power to restrain those abilities. Show them how it’s done.’

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Sneak Peak: JENNA & THE SWORD OF POSEIDON

This is a little sneak peak at what I’m working on. If you want to read more after the excerpt, I would love to hear from you! Love, Abbie Allen

Running through the blades of grass, with her left leg being half prosthetic limb, wasn’t quite how Jenna saw her summer holiday ending up. Her balance was slightly off due to the running blade her Uncle had got her, but it was still a little difficult for her to get used to, even though she had always worn one as long as she could remember. Trying not to look behind her, Jenna leapt over a fallen tree and hid behind it, attempting to keep her heartbeat steady.

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SNEAK PEAK 01

This is a little sneak peak at what I’m working on. If you want to read more after the excerpt, I would love to hear from you! Love, Abbie Allen

With my foot on full throttle of the car I seriously hoped I wasn’t going to crash. I kept a tight grip on the steering wheel, my hands at the three and nine position. I had no time for indicating, not when I was trying to chase a madman behind the wheel of a bulky four-by-four. My Mercedes’ engine started to roar, so without looking I switched up to the next gear. The madman’s car was hurtling down the road, but I was getting closer to him, the sirens and lights on the top of my car piercing any tranquillity the streets had on a sunny, warm March lunchtime. He turned off, going the wrong way round a roundabout, so I followed him.

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Short Story: Crossover

Their steps down the corridor echoed as they got closer and closer to their fate. Megan Adara kept looking straight ahead, but Kai Adara looked round, unable to take it all in.

‘How are you not petrified?’ Kai asked.

‘Dad, I’ve met her before. She doesn’t scare me anymore. She trusts me.’ Megan said.

‘You want me to trust her too?’

‘Yup.’

‘Great. That’s really not what I wanted to hear.’

‘What would you prefer me to say? She’s gonna bite your head off if you speak out of turn?’

‘She won’t…will she?’

Megan rolled her eyes and led Kai further down the corridor. They reached the main room and Kai was shocked. The room was open and there was a central controls command in the middle of the room. Megan led him up to the controls. They waited, Kai not quite sure what he had walked into. Footsteps walked towards them. Megan straightened her clothes and her posture. Edward Thomas walked into the room and stopped when he saw them.

‘Were we expecting you?’ Edward checked.

‘AT2 was expecting us.’ Megan tried to tread carefully.

‘That explains a lot. You’d better follow me.’ Edward caught sight of Kai’s worry.

Megan led Kai round to follow Edward back the way he had just come. The corridor was long and they finally got to a room on the right side. They walked in and Edward shut the door behind them. Amy Thomas was standing at the table, examining a map. Cameron Thomas was standing on her right, pointing at a place on the map.

‘Amy, next time you want someone to come down here, at least give the rest of courtesy of knowing you’ve done so.’ Edward complained.

Amy and Cameron looked up and stood straight at the sight of Megan and Kai.

‘You made it?’ Amy was a little shocked.

‘Got here as quickly as we could.’ Megan shrugged.

‘Amy, what’s going on?’ Edward asked.

‘You remember the Adara family?’ Amy said.

‘They’re Adaras?’ Cameron was shocked.

‘Someone attacked their house in the UK. Megan was the only one who got out. Kai was already in the States. Whoever is after them killed Megan’s Mum and kidnapped her brother Jeb. We have to do something to get them back.’ Amy explained.

‘How are we gonna do that exactly? Our numbers are dwindled as it is.’ Cameron said.

‘We just need to give them as much information as possible and give them any equipment they need. We won’t go too far.’ Amy looked up at Cameron.

‘You really enjoy messing with my head, don’t you?’ Cameron groaned.

‘It’s my speciality.’ Amy grinned.

Cameron rolled his eyes and nudged Amy.

‘Tell us everything.’ Amy looked at Megan and Kai.

Neither of them knew how to start, their lives crumbling in front of them.

AMY first chapter

Hello everyone! This is the first chapter of my novel, AMY. It’s not yet published, but I’m looking into making it so. So enjoy and let me know what you think. Just so you know, it is aimed for Young Adults.

Love,

Abbie Allen

 

Chapter 1

The knife lodged into the chest of the human shaped target, a fake blood sachet leaking down the figure. The next knife was suddenly in my hand as some kind of reflex. I couldn’t help but smirk at the shot I’d made. Adrenalin ran through my bloodstream and I wanted more of that feeling than just this moment in time.

The way my family have been brought up has been both a blessing and a curse. I’m just the end of a long line of the Thomas family. Since 1900 our family had been recruited to keep the World safe, mainly consisting of a British-American alliance. No one knows who actually recruited us, but what we do know is we gave the British government an anomalous nudge to create MI5 and MI6 in the early 1900s.

My name is Amelia Thomas. Everyone calls me Amy. I’m not quite a fully-fledged member of the International Protection Service, IPS for short, but I’ve convinced them enough to let me start training. We have to hide ourselves from those who would want us to be extinct, so we have a cover story. Each of our buildings are known as Thomas Spy Bases, so we can give the cover we work for the TSB like the bank. It throws everyone off. I’m glad it does. If it didn’t, I’d have been moved round place to place every time our cover was discovered.

‘Amy, you gonna throw that knife or what?’ Edward, my American cousin, dragged me from my thoughts.

I threw the knife sitting in my grip and it lodged in the crotch of the human shaped target I’d just stabbed in the chest.

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Script Excerpt- MOVING ON

EXT. SCHOOL PLAYGROUND – MORNING
HANNAH, (18, medium height, smart, quiet) dressed in a school
uniform, is sitting against the wall with SAMMY (18, female,
medium height, scruffy, rebel), DAN (18, tall, stubble,
scruffy, obnoxious) and KEV (18, tall, clean shaven, smart,
reserved). DAN pulls out a cigarette and lights it. SAMMY is
typing on her phone. HANNAH is reading a Shakespeare play.
KEV is reading a comic book.

DAN
You should have seen his face once
I dropped the bombshell I knew more
than that stupid teacher.

SAMMY
I can imagine, as you’ve told that
story ALL week.

DAN
Surely it’s not been ALL week,
right, Kev?

KEV
Well…

DAN
You’re not backing me up?

KEV
Sorry, Dan. It does get a little
annoying after you’ve brought it up
every day.

DAN
Hannah, will you back me up?

HANNAH
Well…

DAN
Hannah?

HANNAH
Well…this IS the first I’ve heard
of it.

DAN
You see, Hannah backs me up!

SAMMY
Only because she’s been pulled in
for exam practices by The Dragon
all week.

HANNAH
That is true.

KEV
Hannah, just let Sammy and Dan
fight this one out. I love seeing
them get into a weird love dance in
the guise of a fight.

SAMMY & DAN
There’s nothing going on!

KEV
You keep telling yourselves that,
love birds.

HANNAH attempts to hide a smile.

SAMMY
You’re worse than Kev sometimes,
Hannah, you know that?

HANNAH
I’m getting the impression, yeah.

SAMMY and HANNAH grin at each other and start laughing.

KEV
Ugh. Girls, eh?

DAN
They’re not that bad.

KEV

Oh, you would say that!

DAN
Jealous I get all the girls?

KEV throws his comic book at DAN, hitting him in the face.

EXT. SCHOOL PLAYGROUND – AFTERNOON

HANNAH stands watching the doorway, pupils pouring out. DAN
walks over.

DAN
Not going home?

HANNAH
I’m waiting for Sammy.

DAN
I think she can manage.

HANNAH
It’s Friday, Dan. She’s sleeping
over. Shouldn’t you be looking for
Kev?

DAN
Nah. He’s not my type.

HANNAH
You know what I mean. Sammy and I
do a sleep over and you and Kev do
a sleep over and see who can be
awake the latest.

DAN
(flirty)
Maybe we should try and switch it
up, see if you and I could beat
Sammy and Kev.

HANNAH
Uh…

SAMMY and KEV walk over. SAMMY stops as she sees HANNAH.

SAMMY
Hannah? Shall we go?

HANNAH
Yes please.

DAN
You gonna just leave it like that?

KEV
What you on about, bruv?

SAMMY
Dan, don’t tell me you were winding
Hannah up again.

DAN
I wasn’t doing anything of the
sort!

SAMMY
Really, because Hannah looks pretty
petrified to me.

DAN
I may have just said the wrong
thing.

KEV
Hannah?

HANNAH
Can we just go?

SAMMY
Dan, what did you do?

DAN
Just leave it, will ya?!

HANNAH takes SAMMY’s hand and leads her away from DAN and
KEV. The two boys watch the girls go.

KEV
You’d better explain on the way,
bruv.

DAN
Forget it. It was nothing.

INT. SCHOOL TOILETS – MORNING

HANNAH splashes water from the sink over her face. SAMMY
walks into the toilets and checks her makeup in the mirror.

SAMMY
You alright?

HANNAH
Dan tried it on last night.

SAMMY
What?!

SAMMY stares at HANNAH.

HANNAH
I thought it would be OK to go to
the cinema with him. He invited me
back to his house and then he tried
to…you know.

SAMMY
Oh. My. GOD!

HANNAH
Now he’s ignoring me.

SAMMY
I’ll talk to Kev, try and see what
we can do.

HANNAH
Will Kev listen to that?

SAMMY
He will if he wants any of this.

SAMMY flicks her school blazer away from her figure.

HANNAH
Wait. Are you and Kev…

SAMMY
Yup. Did it last night. You should
try it sometime.

HANNAH
Sammy! I don’t wanna know!

SAMMY
Have you not…?

HANNAH
You have to ask that?

SAMMY
I’m surprised you’re not into that
kind of action. Nothing matches it.

HANNAH
No. Just, no. I’m not ready for
that, no way.

SAMMY
Are you…jealous?

HANNAH
You think I’m jealous of you and
Kev?

SAMMY
You do look at him funny.

HANNAH
I just don’t want you getting hurt.
I’ve seen him with the rugby lads.
He can get rough.

SAMMY
Hannah, I can manage.

HANNAH
Like you did last time?

SAMMY
Look, I’ll speak to Kev and get him
to have a word with Dan to sort
things out.

HANNAH
You can try.

EXT. SCHOOL PLAYGROUND – NOON

HANNAH sits on the wall, her bag at her feet. SAMMY storms
over and slumps down onto the wall.

SAMMY
Kev is a dick.

HANNAH
What?

SAMMY
Just caught him with a Year 11 in
the history department. All I can
say is that they weren’t studying.

HANNAH
I’m sorry, Sammy.

SAMMY
I thought he could have been the
one, you know?

HANNAH
You can do better than Kev.

SAMMY
What if I don’t want to? I love the
dickhead. I just wanted to have
something that I didn’t ruin. Was
that too much to ask for?

HANNAH
Guys need to pull their heads out
their arses, don’t they?

SAMMY
He wasn’t like that, not with me.
He was really sweet, you know? I
just wish he’d given us a chance
before blowing it.

HANNAH
Why don’t I see if you can stay
over tonight? I think Dad got some
Haagen-Dazs ice-cream we can share.

SAMMY
Thanks, Hannah. I’d really
appreciate that.

HANNAH
It’s what friends are for, isn’t
it?

SAMMY hugs HANNAH.

INT. SCHOOL TOILETS – NOON

HANNAH is dressed in her own clothes, smartening herself up
and checking her reflection. SAMMY walks into the toilets and
stands right next to HANNAH.

HANNAH
Everything OK?

SAMMY
You cow.

HANNAH
What?

SAMMY
You posted that video.

HANNAH
I have no idea what you’re talking
about.

SAMMY
That sexual video we made a few
months ago as a JOKE, the one we
got YOU to film!

HANNAH
I haven’t posted any videos
recently. I swear it’s not me.

SAMMY
That video is round the entire
school, just on the day we’re meant
to graduate!

HANNAH
Are you sure Dan or Kev didn’t post
it?

SAMMY
You think I believe that? I checked
the account it came from. It’s from
yours!

HANNAH stares at SAMMY.

SAMMY (CONT’D)
There’s no point looking at me like
you didn’t know about this. It’s
too late. Thanks for nothing.

SAMMY storms out the toilets, slamming the door behind her.

HANNAH
Sammy!

HANNAH runs out the toilets.

INT. HANNAH’S ROOM – AFTERNOON

HANNAH stands at the foot of her bed, dressed in a T-shirt
and jeans. HANNAH holds her phone to her ear.

HANNAH
Hey, Sammy. Sorry I’m calling
again, but I wanted to check you
alright. I’m sorry about all this.
Would you just call me back? I’m
worried about you.

HANNAH hangs up her phone.

INT. HANNAH’S ROOM – MOMENTS LATER

HANNAH’s phone is pinging with each message as it is lying on
her bed.

SAMMY (V.O.)
Everyone needs to get their bloody
noses out my life! I wanna live it
my way.

DAN (V.O.)
Some people are such drama queens.

SAMMY (V.O.)
Get out my life, you hypocrite!

KEV (V.O.)
Get back in your cage.

SAMMY (V.O.)
Who asked you?! Get out of this
conversation!

DAN (V.O.)
Don’t be a bitch, Sammy!

KEV (V.O.)
Such a cow! Just get off Facebook!

HANNAH
ENOUGH!

HANNAH’s phone stops beeping. HANNAH sits on her bed and
turns off her phone. HANNAH curls up on her bed.

INT. HANNAH’S ROOM – NEXT DAY

HANNAH sits on her bed, staring at the wall. A knock echoes
against the door. SAMMY enters the room, a little sheepish.

HANNAH
Sammy?

SAMMY
I was…uh…in the area. I thought
we could talk? I didn’t really know
where else to go.

HANNAH
Yeah. Of course.

SAMMY and HANNAH sit on the bed.

SAMMY
I’ve had some time to think after
yesterday’s Facebook pandemonium.

HANNAH
I’m sorry about Dan and Kev. They
went too far.

SAMMY
It’s not your fault. I’ve also been
thinking about the other day. That
video coming out, it rattled me,
you know? Now I’ve had time to
think, I know now I shouldn’t have
blamed you for that coming out.

HANNAH
Not exactly been easy for any of
us, has it? Ignoring each other
hasn’t helped.

SAMMY
Which is why I’m here.

HANNAH
Look, I’ve got the rest of the
holiday off. Why don’t we catch up,
do a sleep over again?

SAMMY
I’d like that.

HANNAH
Besides, I think Dad might let you
finish the Haagen-Dazs this time.

SAMMY
Sounds like a plan.

Both girls hold each other close.

INT. HANNAH’S ROOM – MOMENTS LATER

HANNAH sits at her desk and opens a photo album. The various
pictures are of HANNAH, SAMMY, KEV and DAN graduating from
school.

HANNAH (V.O.)
Friends are described in many
poetic ways. There are some that
shine like stars you don’t always
see but you know they’re there.
They’re described as flowers to
brighten the day. I had one friend
in particular that seemed to stick
around, no matter how hard the path
got.

HANNAH turns the page to a picture of SAMMY and HANNAH.

HANNAH (V.O.)
My favourite friend quote is
friends come and go like waves of
the ocean, but the true ones stay
like an octopus on your face.

FADE TO BLACK.