Genre: MG Magical Realism
Title: ONE OF THOSE TIMES
Word Count: 27,000
Song: Life’s for the Living by Passenger
Pitch: When ultra-timid twelve-year-old, Sam, follows the clues of a clairvoyant datebook, messy things happen, like his best friend ending up in a hospital bed. Now he must find out why, and whether he’ll be next.
250: Sometimes people do stupid things for no reason. This wasn’t one of those times. I had a perfectly good reason—it was written in the datebook.
Apr 14 – Soar
And it hadn’t let me down, so far.
So that’s how I found myself squeezing the brake on my bike, staring down the ridiculously steep hill behind my house. A tiny speck at the bottom marked the makeshift ramp that my best friend and I had just thrown together with some two-by-fours and a piece of plywood. My only form of protection—a half-circle of hard foam strapped to my head.
“Are you sure you wanna do this?” Rye asked.
“Of course,” I said, with little real conviction.
“What if you die?” he asked.
“I won’t. You have the lens cap off, right?”
I let off the brake and started down the hill, turning the pedals furiously on my BMX to pick up speed. I’d need it if I wanted to clear the creek bed. My body shook as I hit tree roots and sped over the uneven ground. I hit the ramp and flew. I mean I really flew. Only my bike wasn’t with me. Maybe I was going to die.
A loud thud filled my ears followed by a dull ringing as I smacked the ground and tumbled into the creek like a rag doll. I lay there with the water slowly spilling around me; pretty sure I’d just broken every bone in my body.