Excerpt*This excerpt was taken from an uncorrected proof copy, tentative to change.*
"It ruffled my petticoats as I leaned under the mantel. I gasped as the light from the candle illuminated a narrow spiral staircase descending into the inky shadows below. The dank scent of mold and dust wafted up from the depths.
I paused, listening again for any sound, any sign that I had disturbed the sleeping household. There was nothing but stillness, and I felt an irresistible urge to explore the passage.
I ducked through the fireplace, bending low to keep from brushing against the cinder-blackened walls. The smell of ash clung to my skin as I found myself standing on the edge of the first stair. It felt like ice beneath my stocking-clad feet.
There were probably rats.
I took a step, sheltering my candle, my only source of light.
It could be a passage to an old catacomb.
I took another step.
There might be skeletons and all sorts of unpleasantness.
My foot moved forward again.
I would be trapped in the dark, buried forever. No one would hear me. No one could help" (51-52).
This particular scene gave me the shivers! It made me want to find out more what was happening in the story. Doesn't it sound good? :D
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