I’d like to introduce everyone to my newest attempt at finishing NaNOWriMO. The Rip.
Kylie Westham was never a particularly joyful person, but after her parents split and she has to move to Grandview, Oregon (which is anything but grand) her life begins to downright suck. Surrounded by mean dogs, meaner neighbors, and a bully who seems to be our for her life, Kylie has no clue what to do in a place where she can’t run away.
Until she meets a mysterious girl who shows her The Rip. The Rip is some sort of tear in the universe, one that leads into a better universe.
In this new Universe, Kylie is a different girl. She’s prettier, smarter, and has a mom who loves her. In this universe, her life is so much better. In this universe, she doesn’t have to worry about her next meal or where her mom goes on those long work days. In this universe, everything is right.
Or is it?
“I’m going to be honest – I’m worried about you.” Mama said, as she washed the dishes in the small sink. I looked down at my plate, feeling my face burn a little bit.
She finally turned around and sat down opposite of me.
We were both quiet as the lights from the cars passing outside streaked along the wall behind us. Mama watched them for a moment before she reached out and held my hand. Her warm eyes met mine.
“Lin.” She said, cupping my face in her hand.
“I know you’re sad.” She brushed away a tear I hadn’t realized was there. “But we can’t let this weigh us down. I think a move would be good for both of us.”
I looked down at my hands. If I moved away with Mama, then I’d probably never see Audry again. I’d never see Eliza, or even Daniel… for the rest of my life.
If I moved away with Mama, I’d never have to deal with Olivia again.
“I guess…” I said.
Mama smiled. I loved her smile. It felt warm and happy. “I’ll give you tonight to think about it, but we’ll have to leave in a day or two. The lease ends soon.” Mama looked around us. I copied her.
“We don’t have much to pack, though.” She said as she kissed me on the top of the head. “You finish up and get to bed. I’ll see you in the morning.” I watched her disappear into her room.