TITLE: FAIRY TALE: RED COAT
GENRE: YA Paranormal
The world was barren and without life. Black, dry earth stretched out around me for endless miles in the distance, and I had to squint at the brilliant white sky. The view was almost like the weather clearing after a thunderstorm, a thin veil of cloud cover with rays of light beginning to break through. There was no end to the monotony of dark and bright here—like staring at a vivid outdoor black-and-white photograph.
I stood somewhere between hell and middle-earth, where someone had burnt and blown humanity away.
The hot atmosphere was dry and suffocating—the only movement the result of irregular gusting winds. I watched the dirt blow erratically across the shrinking ground and for the first time noticed little fissures cutting up the dark soil in every direction. The infinite cracks ran from my feet and lead to large craters scattered unevenly across the earth.
Curiosity engaged, I gradually moved forward and strained my eyes. The craters broke the monotony of the vast space, rising through the earth and roughly splitting it open. Black dirt spilled from their edges, and suddenly I knew in the pit of my stomach that these massive holes weren’t empty.
Inside the crater closest to me lay a single figure.
My eyes locked on the face that looked up at me. I had never seen him before, but that face haunted me, hurt my chest to examine. His mouth and eyes were beautiful—long eyelashes—set against a strong jaw and cheekbones. Dirt and a darker liquid were streaked across his features, running into his eyes and hair, both gray in the absence of color. But the handsome and noble face—it didn’t move. It was frozen.
I felt an inexplicable urge to speak to him, though I had no voice here and knew he couldn’t answer.
What’s your name?