Freaks Like Us

Anorak

anorak

/ˈænəˌræk/

noun

1.

a warm waterproof hip-length jacket usually with a hood, originally worn in polar regions, but now worn for any outdoor activity

2.

(informal, derogatory) a socially inept person with a hobby considered by most people to be boring


The knock came just after midnight. I’d been laying in bed listening to this old 80s band called the Cure when I heard it. A soft tapping, so faint that I almost missed it. Then it came again, louder and more insistent.

I rolled out of bed and saw a boy sitting outside, crouched behind the bushes. I felt a tight knot form in my stomach, until I recognized his face. I opened the window.

“Ethan, what the hell?” I said, “What are you doing here? God, I thought I was going to end up murdered like Mary.”

“I’m sorry Kate,” he said. “I didn’t know where else to go. I told my parents I’m gay and they threw me out. My dad wouldn’t even look at me, said that just the sight of me made him feel sick.”

Ethan’s dad is a deacon at Bread of Life church, one of about a dozen congregations in town. They take Bible beating to another level here. A girl at my high school found out I'm pagan and literally hit me with a Bible.

“Well, come in,” I said. “You can sleep here.”

Freaks like us have to stick together.


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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

So is this still the pregnant girl's POV? I know it's not back to Jeremy because he's in jail. The clue is in 'murdered like Mary' which makes the reader assume it is a girl 'like Mary'. I love the line about being hit with the Bible.

  • #1989 Posted 3 years ago
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Anorak

Anorak

Actually just another teenager in the town. The stories are interrelated through a common location, but not a linear narrative. Think Spoon River Anthology or the book Winesburg, Ohio. We're slowly getting stories from various lives in this small town.

  • #1990 Posted 3 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Ah. I like the switching of POV, but maybe it should be clearer?

  • #1991 Posted 3 years ago
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Anorak

Anorak

I'm thinking of writing a prequel that will sort of set up all the stories coming after, but it isn't ready yet.

  • #1993 Posted 3 years ago
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slapdashmonuments

slapdashmonuments

Good good good, Winesburg, OH gelled the idea for me. You can do a bit of a Ray Bradbury trick to pull things together, or what Cats did to superimpose a level of connectivity...

I'm a freak like them and would like to support these people. I don't wish to intrude on your series, but at the same time I have an interest in exploring this. May I sequel? ~curtsy~

  • #2001 Posted 3 years ago
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Anorak

Anorak

You can absolutely do a sequel and I look forward to seeing what you write!

  • #2012 Posted 3 years ago
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