I’ve been doing more thinking about writing than actually writing, and I’ve been looking back at several things I’ve written. There isn’t much incentive to start something completely new, mostly because I have zero new ideas, but also because my mind keeps cycling the old stories and characters through my head. They still fascinate me.

So I figure that if I can revisit one (or more?) of them, it might give me more incentive to continue to write (or at least make my existing writing better), and it will make my characters shut up because they will finally get much-needed attention.

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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 356

We Did It

“Get away from there!”
someone shrieked in my ear again,
and I jumped.
Maddy and Amanda
were right behind me.
“What did you do?” I demanded.
A sly smile
crept onto Maddy’s face.
“We made her do it,” she said,
“but she didn’t want to.
So we did it for her.”
“Did what?” I stared at them,
my mouth open, tasting smoke
from the burning storage shed.
Where is the fire truck?
“She wouldn’t kill herself,
so we did it for her.
We pushed her in.
We locked the door.
We set fire to the shed and the library.”

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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 355


It could have been only a rumor.
If I had learned anything that year,
it was that the majority
of what people talk about
is totally insignificant
and may not even be true.
At this point, I didn’t care.
I tumbled down the hill,
shoved through the crowds,
and moved closer to the smell
of smoke
coming from
the storage shed.
Flames shot from the back.
The air around it shimmered
with heat like a mirage.
Where is the fire truck?
“Get away from there!”
someone screamed at me.
I ignored them.
I thought I heard someone
from inside the shed.

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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 354


Panic filled the air.
So many voices spoke at once,
making it impossible for me
to determine
what was really happening.
I slipped through the crowds,
invisible as usual.
Snatches of rumors
floated in one ear and out the other.
I had a hunch
that needed confirmation.
I stood on a small hill,
above all but the tallest students,
and scanned for Maddy and Amanda.
They were missing.
It could have been a coincidence…
or my hunch was correct.
I heard a shout.
“The shack! Where the Boogeyman hides!
That’s where the fire started!”
The storage shed.
I came down the hill.

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