• Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 7

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher.   Corey groaned and turned over in bed. The sun was just beginning to rise, so she knew it was early, too early to be awake. But she’d spent most of the night awake. The image of…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 6

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again.   Corey had some misgivings about the new school year. Her parents had discussed moving again, but they hadn’t wanted to put their daughter through more changes. It was bad enough that two of her classmates had died tragically the year before. The only real reason they had for not moving, though,…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 7

    Corey groaned and turned over in bed. The sun was just beginning to rise, so she knew it was early, too early to be awake. But she’d spent most of the night awake. The image of Mrs. Allen staring her straight in the eye wouldn’t leave her head. She wasn’t looking forward to her second day of school. She shut her eyes tightly, willing herself back to sleep, for those last few blissful hours. Oh, how she wished it were summer still! Or that she was in the third grade already. The current third graders were already raving about Mr. Thomas. He was supposed to be one of the best…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 6

    Corey had some misgivings about the new school year. Her parents had discussed moving again, but they hadn’t wanted to put their daughter through more changes. It was bad enough that two of her classmates had died tragically the year before. The only real reason they had for not moving, though, was Terese. Through everything, the little blond girl hadn’t left Corey’s side and Helen and Andy knew how much Corey needed a friend. But, sometimes, Corey wished they could move far away and get away from all the weird deaths. The other kids kept looking at her like she was sick or crazy or something. That, and it was…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 4

    Two years later Corey wasn’t sure if she was going to like first grade. She had liked preschool and kindergarten well enough, having made a few friends, but then she and her parents had moved into a new school district and now she was about an hour away from all her friends. She supposed it was better to start over at six rather than being sixteen and having to start over without the friendships she’d spent years cultivating. But she still missed her old friends. She also thought everyone, including herself, looked a little funny in the same navy blue uniforms. She’d gotten used to the tan at her old…

  • A Class Story

    Ashley: About time we started. Once upon a time there was a unicorn. Ben: Beautiful as he could be. But one day an evil witch came to him. Carrie: Curses she threw in abundance until he became a little boy. Daisy: Darling as he was, a poor shepherd and his wife took him in. Ethan: Evan though they came to love him, he seemed to be very strange. Fred: For breakfast he ate grass, for lunch he had dandelion heads, and dinner was a plate of leaves. George: Gentle to all, he ignored little boy toys and pranced in the meadows. Helen: He befriended the other unicorns and shocked the…