Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday

wewriwa_square_2Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where we share an
8 sentence snippet of our writing. You can find other great snippets HERE!

Hello! This week I’d like to share another paragraph to my psychological thriller THE SHED. Alex sits on the verge of a vision.

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Alex shivered on the porch steps, drawing his knees up to his chest against the cold. The night seemed unnaturally quiet. The rustle of small animals, the call of an owl, the chirping crickets that usually filled the air had all fallen silent. It was hard to hear anything over the pounding of his heart.

He’d done the right thing, calling Scott Reid. The man wanted to know if Alex could tell when a vision was coming. He was on the verge of one now, trembling and frightened and losing control. He squeezed his eyes shut against the threatening vision, but it came anyway…


As a Certified Mental Health Therapist, Scott Reid has his share of interesting experiences, though nothing compares with the time he spends with the psychic, Alex Elson. Plagued by terrifying images and dreams, Alex turns to Doctor Reid in the hopes of learning to control his visions. Instead, Scott is pulled into Alex’s world, where dreams and reality mix and nightmares are real.

Two young men, brothers, have been abducted from the lake outside of Oakton without a trace of who took them. That is, until Alex receives a silver pocket watch in the mail belonging to the elder brother, a taunt from the kidnapper for Alex to come find them. Alex’s visions turn at once into nightmares. Images flash in his mind of an abandoned well and a terrified, lonely boy slowly dying at the bottom. The shed looms close by, holding a horrifying secret, a dark place Alex’s frightened mind refuses to go.

With the help of Scott Reid, Alex endeavors to control his visions and find the brutalized victims before death claims them. But the watch is ticking away and time’s running out.

About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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6 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday

  1. Gemma Parkes says:

    Tense scene well described, I found myself really feeling for him.

  2. Millie Burns says:

    What kind of vision will he have? Got me wondering.

  3. I’m on the edge of my chair, waiting to find out what he’s going to see in the vision. Really a tense snippet, loved the detail of the silence.

  4. Frank Fisher says:

    Alex’s fear comes out so vividly in this snippet. I’m wondering about that looming vision. Great snippet!

  5. I’m fascinated by this story! You’ve done a great job of creating tension in today’s excerpt: the silent evening, pounding heart, shivers. Good writing.

  6. Susan says:

    sounds like a great story with lots going on – I too am curious about the visions

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