Welcome to Wednesday! I've been working the first shift at the gym I work at, so to say I'm exhausted on this middle of the week day would be an understatement. I haven't slept more than five hours since Saturday. But I have a feeling after today, I'll get on a schedule. Anyway, enough about my sob story, let's get to writing!
Prompt Fifty-five- First Line Re-Writes
We all know how important first lines are. We did this exercise in my writing class and I found it to be very helpful. So now, I'm sharing it with you all! Take the first time of your current project, or just make up a line. Then rewrite it. We filled up the front of back of a lined piece of paper. I'm going to ask for twenty re-writes. GO!
I wake up to the noise of barking from below.
Red's constant barking wakes me from my dead-like slumber, forcing me down the narrow stairs and out the door into a red-hued disaster-zone in my suburban front yard.
Smoke infiltrates my lungs, waking me in an instant and forcing me to face the red sky, cratered ground, and sound of sirens.
The world is like bad swiss cheese; stamped with holes, smelling like death and destruction and leaving a bad feeling deep in my gut.
I never thought the day would come when I could honestly say I was scared for humanity.
It had been days since I'd seen another living human.
Who would have thought that humans would be taken down so fast?
Sirens wailed in the distance, getting closer by the second, and I fell into a monstrous crater.
A thirty foot crater ate me alive.
My front yard turned into a disaster zone; full of smoke rubble, dark skies, and the biggest addition, a fifty foot black crater that stared at me like it wanted to eat me alive.
Red snuggled into my ribs--a rarity for my fickle best friend--as a loud explosion catapulted into my house, knocking us both towards the full moon.
My body flew towards the red sky, my dog crying beside me and I knew I would die.
I had two boyfriends, both of them killers, both of them survivors, both utterly mine.
We hid in a garbage smelling drain pipe deep below my childhood neighborhood, praying that no one would find us.
I prayed that I'd never see another human for the rest of my life.
The red earth swallowed me whole.
I wanted to be saved- my fear was being saved by the wrong race.
They looked so human; pale face, tall stature, masculine--but I knew it was just a trap, a lure.
The rebel glared at me, baring his sharp fangs, and I ran far away, praying for safety.
I craved the basic necessities in life--water, food, warmth--but I knew I wouldn't find that here in this post-apocalyptic world.
My body ached as I hid in a quiet corner of the woods, footsteps stalking me in the night.
© Taylor Lavati 2017
What Readers Have to Say...
"An absolutely heart wrenching read that shows us that at times no matter how much we hope, darkness will find its way to win. "
-Blogger's From Down Under for A Reliant Love
"So this book is the ultimate love story. I like how two ordinary people who is so different and still so alike in so many ways can overcome everything together."
-Angelica Berglund for For The Love of Hockey
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-Melannie S for The Last Legacy
"I could not wait to start book two. If this book was as good as book one, then I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It wasn't as good as book one...it was better. "
-Keely Retchloff for Finding Sam
"The powers, the love, the excitement, the drama kept me so enthralled. If you are looking for a GREAT series about true love and mythology, look no further... I wish I could rate 10 stars! Definitely recommend this whole series to all my book loving friends!"
-The Book Blog for A Curse Books Trilogy
"For the Love of Ash" by Taylor Lavati was a rare 5-star read for me. I honestly find many typical romances rather dull and predictable. This was not the case at all here; there was nothing average about the romance, overall storyline, and the long list of supporting characters."
-Summer's Book Blog for For The Love of Ash
"Wingless isn't what I would normally pick up and read, but thought I'd try it out and I am so glad I did. The characters and "worlds" she creates are done so well that you can actually picture them and feel like you are there right along with the characters."
-JLH for Wingless
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