aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Sometimes you have to break the glass

Sometimes I really love writing. Right now, I'm working on a new book called Shadows Walking Backward. In the book, 16 yo Cheyenne is in the back seat of a car that is stolen by 17 yo Griffin. Cheyenne's step-mom left the keys in the car (in case Cheyenne wanted to turn on the heat), while she went to pick up a prescription for Cheyenne, who's sick. That's when Griffin spots the key, takes the car - and realizes there's a girl in the back.

Up to that point, it's basically a true story that happened last year. And like the true story, Cheyenne is blind. But in my version of the story, Griffin doesn't make her get out at a Jack in the Box two blocks away. Instead, he panics and keeps her.

So anyway, he's got her tied up in a house in the middle of nowhere. He's going out to talk to his dad, who runs a chop shop. And before he leaves, Cheyenne asks for a drink of water.

And then I started thinking about that glass. He'll leave her, hands tied behind her back, one leg tied to the bed. But she'll realize that maybe if she breaks the glass, she can at least cut the rope tying her to the bed, maybe even unbind her hands.

This means that I'm going to have to get my 11 yo to tie my hands behind my back and stand back while I whack a glass against a counter. It's okay to sacrifice a glass. We've got plenty in the cupboard. Although they are all kind of thick. I might have to buy a cheap glass, something with thin walls that will snap easily.

I've done this kind of thing before - been tied up, gotten into the trunk of a car - to see what my character could and couldn't do.

It makes me energized just thinking about it!

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