Thirty Day Writing Challenge – Day 2 – Open Door

img_1622Today’s prompt is: Open Door

For this post I’ve pulled a short scene from Silver and Black, the vampire novel I’ve been working on this past while. It seemed to fit the prompt quite well…

Silver and Black (an excerpt)

‘Are you ready?’

I was. Despite not wanting to leave Kyle, despite the fact that this could go wrong in so many ways, I was ready. Excitement fluttered through me as I stood up, my hand trailing along Kyle’s cool skin. Then I let go and walked to the door.

‘I’m coming out.’ I waited until I heard the outer shutters slam before opening the door, sliding out through the smallest gap possible, not wanting to let any light in. But the room beyond was still dark. I closed the door, sliding the bolt home. And the shutters opened.

My hand went up involuntarily, my eyes dazzled. I had seen the sun rise, but this was different. This was the blazing light of morning, something I had never seen.

‘Here, you’ll need these.’ Something hard was thrust into my hand and I squinted to see a pair of glasses, the lenses tinted dark. I put them on and the relief was instant.


Bev was regarding me curiously. ‘You never seen this before?’

I shook my head, careful not to dislodge the glasses. ‘No. I er, I live in the night.’

‘With him?’

‘Um, yeah.’ My head turned towards Kyle’s door and for a second I wanted to be back there in the darkness, the brilliant white light around me feeling as though it was laying me bare, that these people, kind as they were, could see to the heart of me. I could not let them know who I was. ‘He looks after me.’

Bev’s face crinkled up, and she laid a gentle hand on my arm. ‘Just be careful,’ she said. ‘If he tires of you, come here. Be safe.’

I licked my lips, frowning a little. ‘Um, yes, of course. Thank you.’

She stared at me a moment longer, then her face split into a grin. ‘So, Emily, you ready to go outside?’

I nodded. She went to the door, opening it, standing silhouetted in the frame. I could feel the light now, heat warmer than any candle, like standing in front of an open fire. The air was soft against my skin and smelt fresh, the slight breeze coming in through the open door redolent of green, of flowers. For the first time in my life, I couldn’t smell violets.


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29 thoughts on “Thirty Day Writing Challenge – Day 2 – Open Door

  1. Fab. I can’t wait to see the finished product. I’ve continued my vampire bites in a couple of challenges this week as well!

  2. Intriguing snippet Helen and nicely done. Makes me want to know the context, but hell I’m just gonna have to wait and buy the book when it comes out, aren’t it? 🙂

    • Thanks, Lynn. Yes, I’ve shared a few snippets of this WIP on the blog, but am trying not to give too much away. It’s a while off being a book yet, though – I have the story but am still fleshing it out 🙂 Might need a beta reader at some point…?

      • Thanks, Lynn – that’s really kind of you, and please let me know if I can ever return the favour too 🙂 Silver and Black is a while off at the moment, as I have my next Ambeth book to sort out. Hope your writing process is going well, too 🙂

      • My pleasure. The current projects not going too badly, so I may take you up on that offer next year! Good luck with the next Ambeth book and Silver and Black

      • Well, it feels like it’s going well some days. Then truly badly others. Then I wonder why I’m bothering and whether I should stick to the day job 🙂

      • Oh yes, I have plenty of days like that. Usually days when I get rejections or another short story doesn’t get shortlisted, or longlisted, or anything. But I do write because I love it, and when it’s going well it’s the best thing in the world 🙂

      • Yes, rejection is never fun is it? And when you seem to get more rejections than stories accepted it’s so disheartening. And then you win something or get shortlisted and everything’s great again. Building a world and spending time with the characters you create is the best fun though, you’re right

    • Hehe, thanks Sacha 🙂 I’m liking how this book is coming along, to be honest. And Lucy is on at me to finish Ambeth 4, so I’d better get busy. How’s the editing going at your end?

      • erm. not. I am trying to finish the draft of villains before I go back to Keepers because its TOO much of a temptation. Although, I say that, and I’ve already started re-writing the beginning from scratch. SIGH. Just need more hours and less blogging! haha

    • Ooh, thank you. I’m actually quite pleased with how this story is coming along, so it’s nice to be able to share snippets. It’s a way off from being a book yet though 🙂

      • Well, I look forward to when it is. Although you have a lot going on it seems. 😉 Think I’m going to read A Thousand Rooms next. It’s mocking me from my Kindle…

      • Ooh, thank you 🙂 I have your book on my Kindle too, and am shamefully behind on my reading. I’m hoping to get a chance to catch up over the Christmas break. Hope your book is going well xx

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