As kids, Tania and Trevor’s unsupervised play time offers a lifeline to sanity amidst the chaos of family dysfunction. When danger threatens Tania, Trevor isn’t willing to stand by and watch his sister get hurt. The instinct for survival is only rivaled by the killer instincts the Wilde siblings encourage in each other. Instincts that turn into a deadly game igniting their first taste for blood.
” “Where would we go?” Tania’s big eyes were shining brightly. “Do you know?”
I shook my head. “Somewhere faraway from here.”
At least I was sure of that.
Tania gave a half-hearted smile. She gazed out the window as a gentle breeze brushed her soft hair against her face. “I would like to be a movie star.”
There was a loud yell from the living room then–Dad’s voice–and the familiar violent jolt of the sound of glass shattering. Someone had once again broken a bottle on the wall just outside our room.
“Flinging the bottle,” I whispered, even though our parents referred to it as daily “wine time.”
I moved a little closer to Tania when I saw her wince. No matter how routine loud sounds could be, they always affected her. A hint of frightened tension would go over her face, like she was just on the verge of breaking into tears at any second, even though she rarely did.
“I wanna be a star–I wanna run away–I wanna be a star,” Tania muttered, almost like she was repeating a chant. “Run away with you. Yes. I would like that, Trev. I would like that very much.”
I glanced at the clock on the wall. 8:00 PM. Wine Time usually started at 6:00 PM and would go on as the sounds and yelling got louder and louder–until Mom or Dad threw a bottle at the other person. It would be left to Tania and me to clear the mess and clean up the blood. ”
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Jess is an author / artist / non-conformist who loves original stories and seeking the truth. Her book The Intern was a Reviewer Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews (2011), and her psychological thriller Playmates received a Readers’ Favorite Five Star Award (2014).
She is the founder of jessINK, a publishing company dedicated towards creating meaningful entertainment.