Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PitchSlam #10: One Of Those Times, MG Magical Realism

Genre: MG Magical Realism
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. 

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