Saturday, 7 March 2009

Short Story: The Basement

As a child Andie used to play in the forbidden basement, landing herself in trouble on countless times and covering for her brother and cousin whenever she was caught. As she grew up the crates and boxes down there where no longer great hiding places but important to her father's import and export business and a haven of peace and tranquilty for her parents. This was until Andie discovered something horrific in the room her parents had forbade her from entering for years. Just a youngster celebrating her academic successes Andie had bounced through the open door. Andie hasn't stepped foot on those stairs since she was carried from the room and away from her parents, covered in their blood, and traumatised.
Five years later, her parents murderer is still at large, her brother and cousin have died in a car accident in Andie's car, Andie has a security entourage worthy of royalty, and the only place she knows she is safe is within the four walls of her childhood home. Until Andie finds herself reliving these events as she steps down the stairs into the basement and the answers she finds at the bottom was something she never expected.

Writing has always a hobby for me, something to lose myself in whilst the world outside passed by and The Basement originally started out as a novella that I wrote at the age of 16. I was working on the project before I was set a creative writing coursework task for which I also used the poem Seasons of Love. With guidance from my tutor I was able to reduce the novella right down into just a few thousands words. Until I wrote this, I didn't think that I had the talent to become a writer. Yes, it was a dream. But I never that it could be reality for me.

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