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Okay… Here’s mine. This is 250 words of my YA Urban Fantasy: “Fire in the Woods”. Jess and David are running for their lives, so why not jump onto a speeding train?
This is an awesome exercise, because reading this back, I just noticed I used “onslaught” twice in this segment. Yeas, I will change that.
“Hold on,” David screamed into my ear. He turned toward the train, bracing himself.
Terror inched into my soul. “Oh God. David, please don’t…”
His feet left the ground and my stomach lurched as we rocketed through the air. My world became an onslaught of sound and throttling wind. I gritted my teeth against a scream building inside me, praying with all my might as we slammed against the side of the speeding train.
I buried my head in David’s neck. Tears streamed from my eyes and flew through the air—never having the chance to dampen my cheeks as they ripped into the wake of the speeding train. David’s knuckles wrapped around a metal bar on the side of the door. We swung manically, bobbing up and down across the cold metal. My bones slammed against steel, skin and muscle unable to protect them from the tremulous onslaught of bodies banging against metal.
“Hang on!” David growled as we jolted and swung, our bodies flailing away from the train before barreling back towards the rigid steel. I lifted my face, my skin burning and tearing from the wind’s merciless bite.
I struggled to open my eyes against the wind pressure. David hung to the side of the locomotive with one hand while the other clutched my back. Another jolt sent us smashing back into the metal frame, David taking most of the blow.
“Oh God!” I could do nothing but pray as my tear filled eyes struggled to focus.
[Note: Wow — I see so much wrong with this taking it out of the novel. I’m so glad I did this. This definitely needs re-writing, but hack away! What do you see?]
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