“The naked trees dripped, the tarmac paths ran black. The park had soaked up rain like blotting paper and the lake was full, spilling over the litter – clogged weir into the dark sewer that ran beneath the town.
Even in the clammy chill, the park had its occupants, heads down, striding through, taking a shortcut from one side of town to the other. Not many came to enjoy the park for its own sake at this time of year. No one except her came to pace every path, note every hump and hollow, count every skeletal tree.
Because somewhere here was the answer. Hidden. But if she kept looking, one day she would find it. She must.”
Okay! So now I’m feeling cold and shivery, and not just because of the damp, rainy, bleak conditions described in those opening lines.
I am just imagining myself walking through this barren park, when I come across a woman, possibly soaking wet, wandering the pathways, looking intently around her. Maybe she would be muttering to herself and she might stop to stare at me, making me feel uncomfortable!
Either way, I would feel distinctly jittery and of a mind to walk more quickly to avoid meeting her!
Chapter One – Kelly
“The house was dark. It jolted Kelly Sheldon the moment she pushed the door open. Darkness like a hand raised in her face, halting her in her tracks. The house should be alight by now, a warm glow after the gloom of the early spring evening …..
….. What had happened to her mother? It wasn’t in Kelly’s nature to worry but a chill clenched her stomach now.”
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