Pitch Slam – Team Stray Tats – Entry 7


Genre: YA Horror

Title: Nightmares

Word Count: 63,000

Song: “Welcome To My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper

Pitch:

Nightmares should remain in dreamland. Unfortunately Tommy’s didn’t get the memo, and stepped out, seeking retribution. A week ago, the monster had been a man, with a family. Until Tommy’s dream changed all that.

250:

Drop.
Count.
Ping.

I tried to not be seduced by the rush of cars and trucks buzzing beneath me.

Drop.
Count.
Ping.

The wind off the lake toyed with my bangs, blowing them to the left, then right into my eyes at inopportune times.

Drop.
Count.
Thud.

Damn it! I can’t miss. Not when it’s for real. Not when it’s me.

Drop.
Count.
Ping.

I looked at my watch. I had a minute. Maybe.

Drop.
Count.
Ping.

Practice makes perfect. Or petrified.

I tried to block out the wind, the noise, the lights, the fear. I was going to be OK. I’d gone over every phase of my “stupidcide” mission about a bazillion times. So I’ll be fine, just as long as Galileo was right, and I fall at the same speed as the pennies I’ve been dropping. I sure as hell didn’t want to arrive early. Or late.

Drop.
Count…

The engine brake broke my concentration. I grabbed my binoculars. Peering into the headlamp swirl, I could just make out a big thing on the highway bend about a mile away. It sure looked like flatbed trailer truck stacked high with bundles of laundry bound for the Institute. I could hardly afford to be wrong. I looked again, and checked my watch. No, no doubt about it. This was it. 12:04 a.m., right on the dot. Four minutes past twelve it was supposed to be, and four minutes past twelve it was.

There, speeding along at 65 miles per hour, was my ride.

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