Just Another Blog

my random ramblings about crafts, writing, books and kids

Archive for the tag “genre: angst”

Camp NaNo April – Day 24 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoWe are in the home stretch now. Just one week left of starting random stories that will take months to finish. Although it’s been difficult at times and often seemed fruitless, I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve learned a lot about my writing process and how to push through the “blank page paralysis” that often trips up writers. I’ve also tried out different story styles I never thought I’d ever write.

I am worn out, though. It’s getting harder and harder to come up with fresh stories. My wrists are killing me from the way they sit on the laptop. And I’m just plain exhausted from the mental challenge of writing that many words consistently over a long period. Next month is going to be a chill month for sure.

Anyway, on to today’s recap.

Day 24: mistake

We’re going canon-divergent again because it’s easier that way. Two years have passed since the Ark was sealed up. Being stuck in a small, confined space should be second nature to the residents of Arkadia. I mean, this is how they grew up. But even for them, it’s proving tedious.

It doesn’t help that things keep breaking all over the Ark. Bellamy has no idea why Raven sent him and Clarke to check the pressure on the water pipe. She said he could handle it. When will Raven learn to send the professionals. One little tap and the gauge went flying. Bellamy and Clarke are soaked. Air was a problem in space, but on the ground, water is precious.

They managed to get the water shut off before too much is wasted. Maybe the stress is getting to them because they can’t stop laughing. And Clarke can’t stop looking at Bellamy’s lips. And Bellamy can’t stop- Well, Bellamy just can’t stop himself. He’s tired of waiting.

The kiss is soft and sweet and damn near perfect. For him. Clarke doesn’t react as well. She’s not sure if she’s ready for things to change. Bellamy’s tired of hearing excuses, but he can’t stand to see Clarke cry, either. So he’ll just step back and keep waiting.

Octavia, though, is sick of watching Clarke walk all over her brother. She’s barely speaking to Bellamy, but that doesn’t mean can’t care about him. Bellamy’s too emotionally raw to deal with her after Clarke just broke his heart. Again.

The End.

So, yeah, this story starts with a kiss and things just spiral out of control after that. I told you I have trouble writing fluff. This is pure angst. I honestly haven’t decided which direction I’m taking the story. I only planned until Bellamy talks to Octavia. After that it’s up in the air.

Bonus:

Clarke froze at first, but then her mouth softened to his touch. He could barely believe this was finally happening. Every inch of him vibrated with anticipation.

Then Clarke jerked away. He could feel her tense in his arms, so he slowly let go, making sure she was steady on her feet. She took a step back. Then two. She wasn’t looking at him, and his world crashed in around him.

“I can’t do this, Bellamy. I can’t do this now.”

“Then when, Clarke? It’s been two years, and I don’t know if I can-” He didn’t know how to finish that sentence. It sounded too much like an ultimatum, and that’s not what he wanted. He covered his eyes with his hand and took a deep breath. “Clarke-”

“This was a mistake.”

Bonus bonus:

Octavia fell into step next to him. “How long are you going to let her keep breaking your heart?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He sped up, but Octavia kept pace.

“Yes you do. You keep going back for more, and she keeps kicking you down. I don’t get it.”

He stopped to glare at her. “What do you care anyway? You’ve made it perfectly clear that I’m not welcome in your business. Well, it goes both ways. So mind your own business and leave me alone.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive (surviving is only the beginning)
Day 2 – redo (head trauma is no joke)
Day 3 – sunshine (can’t appreciate the sun without walking in the darkness)
Day 4 – fear (fear keeps them apart)
Day 5 – inside (inside is where it hurts the most)
Day 6 – share (sharing is caring) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (we always annoy the ones we love)
Day 8 – guard (like season one but on the Ark)
Day 9 – Heaven (Bellamy is great with kids)
Day 10 – blood (nothing like a quick dip to wash away your sins)
Day 11 – promise (promises are made to be broken)
Day 12 – discover (talk to him before deciding he’s a jerk)
Day 13 – together (“my mom’s totally not going to figure out we’re faking it”)
Day 14 – try (trying to push the rover out of the mud is hard)
Day 15 – experiment (“where are the keys to these cuffs?”)
Day 16 – illusive (hallucinations are confusing)
Day 17 – phone (the ultimate game of phone tag)
Day 18 – trust (Clarke trusts Bellamy with more than her life)
Day 19 – threat (going back to Arkadia was a bad idea)
Day 20 – breath (not much of a winter wonderland)
Day 21 – fall (Bellamy never listens)
Day 22 – mind (getting up on the wrong side of the bed)
Day 23 – writer’s choice (Hollywood… The 100 style)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 23 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Twitter-HeaderToday’s story is completely different for me. Not only is it a modern AU, but it’s themed. My first ever celebrity AU. These things are my guilty pleasure. I mean, not just in fanfic. Last year, I read every book on my shelf that had a celebrity theme–singers hiding out in small towns, kids of famous people, finding out your online crush is famous. My 2015 NaNo novel was about a girl whose famous brother comes to live with her which disrupts her entire life. This is my trope.

But it’s the first time I’m trying anything like this. I had fun writing the first few scenes.

Day 23: writer’s choice

When Octavia told him she was struggling to make ends meet in L.A., Bellamy thought the brotherly thing to do would be to pack up his life and go help her. After all, it’s pretty much all he knows how to do.

He hasn’t even had a chance to skim the want ads before Octavia is roping him into helping her with her job designing costumes at Arkadia Studios. When he said he was going to help, he meant paying the bills, not carrying her boxes.

L.A. is a completely alien place to him, but Octavia seems to have adapted well. She knows how to move through traffic like a NASCAR driver, knows where to get the best coffee, and knows how to sweet talk everyone she meets.

He’s starting to think helping her out won’t be so bad until he hears the tantrum coming from the dressing room down the hall.

The End.

Didn’t get too far, but I have plans. Plans, I tell you! Lots of fun bickering, angst, and a slow burn romance. Why can’t this be written already?

Bonus:

The girl noticed Bellamy, her eyes widening as she stepped all the way into the room. She was about Octavia’s height and age with blond hair hanging just past her shoulders and bright brown eyes. She leaned against he door frame, crossing her arms over her chest. “Who’s your friend?”

“Nobody.” Octavia handed Bellamy the plastic wrapped dresses and grabbed the coffees. “He’s my brother, and we’re going to be late.”

The girl fell into step next to them. “I’m Harper, by the way. Assistant to the assistant to an assistant of someone that isn’t important.”

Bellamy arched an eyebrow. “Then what exactly do you do?”

“Hell if I know. Mostly I run around reminding people that they’re late. It’s not as easy as it sounds.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive (the one about torture)
Day 2 – redo (the one about regrets)
Day 3 – sunshine (the one about demons)
Day 4 – fear (the one about feelings)
Day 5 – inside (the one about hoarding)
Day 6 – share (the one full of food) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (the one about flirting)
Day 8 – guard (the one about life on the Ark)
Day 9 – Heaven (the one about the kid and the guy)
Day 10 – blood (the one about cracking under pressure)
Day 11 – promise (the one about betrayal)
Day 12 – discover (the one about the neighbor)
Day 13 – together (the one about fake dates)
Day 14 – try (the muddy one)
Day 15 – experiment (the one about finding a key)
Day 16 – illusive (the one about a bad acid trip)
Day 17 – phone (the one about a picture of a girl)
Day 18 – trust (the one about giving her a gift)
Day 19 – threat (the one where Pike’s a bastard) 
Day 20 – breath (the one when they start to get along)
Day 21 – fall (the one where Clarke finally makes a move)
Day 22 – mind (the one about screwing everything up)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 22 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoLike Day 16, today’s story picks up where season 4, episode 8 left off. Of course, it goes completely off the canon rails after that.

I’m just going to say right off that Bellamy with Bree (yes, that’s the blond chick’s name–the one that wants to dance with Bellamy) just equals bad news. At least in my fantasy land.

Day 22: mind

It’s the end of the world as we know it, but Bellamy isn’t feeling fine at all. His mouth is dry, and his head is pounding. No more jobi nuts ever. What’s worse is that he doesn’t wake up alone.

It wouldn’t have been so bad except the blond in his bed isn’t the one he wants. He knows he’s screwed up, and he knows it’s going to be messy to fix. Especially as clingy as Bree is. What the hell was he thinking?

His best bet is to get out of there fast. Distract and deflect. Sure it’s the coward’s way out, but his head is hurting too damn much to deal with over-emotional girls. Like Bree told him, “the world’s going to end anyway, so what does it matter?” Apparently it matters a lot. At least to Bellamy.

He manages to get Bree dressed and out the door, but she sneaks in a good-bye kiss. Bellamy’s just glad to see her gone until he realizes their farewell had an audience.

The trip back to Arkadia left Clarke worn out and worn down. She just needed a friendly face to talk to. And maybe she needed visual confirmation that Bellamy was alive and well. She never expected to find a girl sneaking out of his room. Wearing his shirt.

That was bad enough, but then Bellamy had to turn into a super jerk. Like the Bellamy she met that first day on the ground. She’s not even sure what she did wrong, but she’s too emotionally raw to figure it out.

The End.

Note: This story in no way relates to Day 16 where Bellamy and Bree get wasted and make out together while Bellamy hallucinates. Trippy.

Bonus:

Bree stepped out ahead of him then turned, nearly knocking him over. She reached up and ran her fingers through his hair before leaning up and kissing the corner of his mouth.

“We should do this again. You know, before the world ends. Might as well enjoy our last days on Earth, right?”

He nodded dumbly. She ran her thumb over his lips then practically skipped down the hall. Bellamy rubbed his eyes as he pulled the door shut behind him.

“Rough night?”

He started at the voice behind him. His heart slammed against his chest. Crap. He turned slowly. Clarke cocked her head, watching him behind shuttered eyes. “When did you get back?” he asked.

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive (torture is very wrong much bad)
Day 2 – redo (Back to the Future Ark!)
Day 3 – sunshine (raindrops keep falling on my head… wait)
Day 4 – fear (we have nothing to fear but revealing our feelings)
Day 5 – inside (inside a tent… get your mind out of the gutter)
Day 6 – share (share and share alike) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (one woman’s annoying is another man’s flirting)
Day 8 – guard (who let the guards out? who who)
Day 9 – Heaven (kid!fic)
Day 10 – blood (blood doesn’t need blood, just water to wash it away)
Day 11 – promise (promises, shromises)
Day 12 – discover (sometimes the hot jerk across the hall is just hot)
Day 13 – together (playing house)
Day 14 – try (muddy kisses)
Day 15 – experiment (handcuffs are less kinky when you hate the one you’re with
Day 16 – illusive (are the walls bleeding yet?)
Day 17 – phone (mysterious phone is mysterious)
Day 18 – trust (just plain fluffy goodness)
Day 19 – threat (the one where Pike’s a bastard)
Day 20 – breath (winter cold, Bellamy warm)
Day 21 – fall (Clarke falls for Bellamy after he falls off a wall in the fall)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 21 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Twitter-Header

Things are winding down–April is almost over. I can hardly believe it. This week went really fast for me. I was standing at the sink this morning and realized I would have to do Six Sentences on Sunday tomorrow. It feels like I just posted the one from this week. Crazy.

Yesterday, the weather was amazing which meant my kids wanted to go do something. By the time we got back, cooked dinner, and cleaned up, it was after 8:30pm. I still had to eat my food (everyone else was done long before that). I finally sat down to do my writing around 9pm, and it was a struggle to get any words out. I was physically and mentally exhausted. I kept promising myself that when I finished, I could take a long bath. I got done with my recap at 11:54pm.

But I got my bath and slept rather well last night. So, I’m getting stuff done early today. That way I can relax and read. At least that’s the plan. Things rarely go how I expect. Anyway, on to the recap.

Day 21: fall

It’s been a year since the 100 landed on Earth. They’ve only had each other to depend on to survive a brutal winter and get through a sweltering summer. But now that the leaves are changing, there’s a sense of uncertainty in the air. Will they make it another year?

It’s a lot to carry on their shoulders, but Clarke and Bellamy do their best. Sometimes, though, you just need a break. Well, as much of a break as they can get. When Clarke wants to go hunt for medicinal plants, Bellamy volunteers to go along–anything to get away from the grind of camp.

The sun is still bright and warm, but the breeze is cooling. And for once the walk is pleasant. It’s taken a year, but the two have finally learned to get along. Even like each other’s company. Bellamy seems to be in an especially good mood. Maybe there’s something in the air.

Showing off, though, often doesn’t end like you envision. When Bellamy starts climbing over the ruins, Clarke tries to warn him, but he doesn’t listen. Luckily he isn’t terribly hurt. Unless Clarke decides to knock some sense into him for being so reckless. She’s tired of him caring so much about everyone else’s safety while ignoring his own. And she’s tired of dancing around their feelings because watching him nearly break his back was like a punch straight to her heart.

It’s time to quit being a baby and make a move. So she does.

The End.

Bonus:

Clarke runs over, sliding to her knees next to him. “Are you okay?”

His eyes roll back as he fights for breath, but eventually, he gasps then sucks in needed air. Clarke waits for him to recover then smacks his chest. “I told you to be careful.”

“No, you didn’t,” he says with a grimace as he pries a rock out from under him, tossing it into the woods. “You just said I would fall.”

“And you did.”

He smirks. “Still didn’t tell me to be careful.”

“It’s implied, smart ass. Are you okay?”

He twists his hands and feet. “I think so.”

Clarke helps him sit up. “You know, there are easier ways to impress me.”

His face goes completely red. It is freaking adorable. “Why do you think I’m trying to impress you?”

Other recaps (I’ve been seriously slacking in the snarky descriptions department):
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share  FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood
Day 11 – promise
Day 12 – discover
Day 13 – together
Day 14 – try
Day 15 – experiment
Day 16 – illusive
Day 17 – phone
Day 18 – trust
Day 19 – threat
Day 20 – breath

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 20 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoDay 20. Just ten more days left of Camp. Things are winding down and fatigue is setting in. I can feel myself burning out. But I’m pushing through. I’m determined to do my 1,000 words every day. I need to do this for myself. I’m also getting a lot of great stories out of this.

Today’s story is another that received an ending. It’s not happy or fluffy, but there is another tender moment between Bellamy and Clarke while they try to figure out how to keep everyone alive over the long winter while still not knowing how they fit together with each other.

Day 20: breath

When the Ark never made it to Earth, the 100, are left to fend for themselves on a hostile planet. The grounders might have backed off, but they aren’t the only threat. Because if they don’t starve to death, they’ll surely freeze. And Clarke just lost three more to those very things.

She’s falling apart when Bellamy finds her after a long day of digging graves in the barely above freezing temperatures. It’s more than a little upsetting to see her break down, but there’s another part of him that wants nothing more than to wrap her into a tight embrace and tell her everything will be all right. It might be a lie, but it’s all he has to offer.

He’s kind of amazed when she actually lets him do just that. Things are awful and more people will die before winter ends, but he’s sure they’ll make it through as long as they have each other. He’s not really sure what he means by that, but it sounds right. The world doesn’t seem as harsh with Clarke by his side. Even if all they do is bicker about every decision that needs to be made.

Actually, if he’s honest, he kind of likes that part, too.

Clarke can be a royal pain, like making him promise to stop giving away his rations, but Bellamy can be just as stubborn. He’ll start eating as long as Clarke stops and takes a break. It’s probably the first thing they agree on. Hopefully it won’t be the last.

The End.

Bonus:

Bellamy hates seeing her cry. He reaches for her without thinking but stops, his hand hovering over her shoulder. She looks up at him with watery eyes. Something cracks in his chest, letting a warmth rush in. He slips his hand around her shoulders and pulls her close.

He’s kind of surprised when she wraps her arms around his waist and presses her face into his shoulder. He rubs little circles on her back as Clarke cries. “It’s going to be okay,” he whispers. “We’re going to figure this out.”

“How?”

He has no answer. “I don’t know, but the two of us together can do this.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share  FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood
Day 11 – promise
Day 12 – discover
Day 13 – together
Day 14 – try
Day 15 – experiment
Day 16 – illusive
Day 17 – phone
Day 18 – trust
Day 19 – threat

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 16 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoThis is probably going to be a short and sweet post. My mama cat is about to drive me insane. She’s having serious anxiety attacks because I won’t let her take her two-week-old kittens into the dark and dangerous garage. I’ve spent half the night trying to calm her down, and the other half putting kittens back in their basket where they’re safe.

Cats.

So, without further ado…

Day 16: illusive

Today’s story takes place nearly right after season 4, episode 8 ends. With a little tweaking. Jasper’s finally convinced Bellamy to relax. Just for a bit. A couple cups of jobi nut tea has him looser than he’s ever been.

It actually feels kind of nice to not care for once. To not have the weight of the entire human race crushing him. Bree even gets him to dance. Well, mostly he just stands there while she wiggles around. It reminds him that he used to have a life before all of this. He had friends and a girlfriend, and they’d hang out at parties. Like this.

The jobi nuts must be kicking in because Bellamy’s having a hard time focusing. Bree keeps changing her hair color. And her eyes. For a second he’s sure he’s dancing with his high school girlfriend. He blinks and Gina’s there which nearly knocks him over.

Things get kind of confusing after that. Especially when Bree starts looking like Clarke. He’s definitely hit his limit–time to get some sleep. Bree has other ideas, though, and Bellamy’s not exactly against them. At least his body is agreeing with her. He tries not to think about anything with Bree’s tongue down his throat, but sometimes it’s not Bree he’s with. Sometimes he’s not even on the Ark. Sometimes he thinks he’s losing his mind.

The End.

Yeah, I didn’t get very far with this story before my wrist started hurting. I got my 1,000 words, though. And I swear, Clarke is in this story. And not just as a figment of his imagination.

Bonus (extra long to make up for the crappy recap):

Bellamy turns back to Bree. She smiles up at him, eyes slightly unfocused. The music switches up to something much slower. Bree sways her hips to the beat. Bellamy doesn’t even need to move–Bree does all of the work.

“I haven’t seen you around much,” she says.

Bellamy shrugs. “It’s been kind of crazy.”

“Really? I hadn’t noticed.”

They both laugh. “How have you been, Bree?”

She leans back to get a better look at his face, tossing her hair back. “Oh, you know, torture and loss of free will. The usual. You?”

He can’t really tell if she’s joking or not. There’s a touch of bitterness in her voice. He gives her an easy smile. “About the same, just sprinkle with some murder and loss of hope in humanity.”

She blinks at him a few seconds then busts out laughing. “God, our lives suck.”

Bellamy relaxes some and starts to move to the music, turning them slowly. He doesn’t even realize he’s pulling Bree closer until she nuzzles against his neck.

Other recaps (stolen from yesterday because of serious cat problems):
Day 1 – survive (warning: torture)
Day 2 – redo (warning: ridiculous time travel)
Day 3 – sunshine (warning: angst)
Day 4 – fear (warning: even more angst
Day 5 – inside (warning: lots of crying)
Day 6 – share (warning: sweetness overload) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (warning: major flirting possible)
Day 8 – guard (warning: alternate realities are fun)
Day 9 – Heaven (warning: too many feelings)
Day 10 – blood (warning: blood on their hands)
Day 11 – promise (warning: broken hearts are everywhere)
Day 12 – discover (warning: neighbor is an asshole)
Day 13 – together (warning: pretend to date AU)
Day 14 – try (warning: mud fights are muddy)
Day 15 – experiment (warning for stuck together trope)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 15 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Twitter-Header

Hey, look at that–half way through the month. It’s Easter weekend. You might think I’d take it easy on Bellamy and Clarke with it being a holiday and all, but you’d be wrong. For one, I don’t celebrate Easter, and two, isn’t Easter all about torture and nailing someone to a cross? Oh, and something about rising from the dead, bunnies that lay eggs and lots of candy, too. But really only the candy is important.

I guess in today’s story, things aren’t quite as bad for the two of them. No one is actively trying to kill them, but they might kill their friends by the end of the day.

Day 15: experiment

In an alternate reality where the Ark never came down, and the 100 have learned to survive on their own, tensions are high in camp. There hasn’t been any grounder contact in months, and the rising summer heat is fraying everyone’s nerves.

In particular, Bellamy and Clarke are constantly at each other’s throats. They can’t stand each other. Really. All they do is shout at each other. Of course, their friends are pretty sure that’s just their way of flirting. Either way, it’s intense, and it’s putting the camp on edge. So they’ve hatched a plan. Bellamy and Clarke aren’t going to like it.

On a rather typical morning, Clarke is cursing Bellamy’s name for some unknown reason. He could have drank the last of the water or spilled the poultice she’d been blending. He could have called her princess one too many times. Hell, he could have just looked at her. It’s not really important.

What is important is that she hates his guts. Octavia gets it. Her brother’s been nothing but an ass for weeks. She doesn’t know what his problem is, but she knows how to solve Clarke’s. She needs a break. More specifically a dip in the lake.

Clarke’s pretty sure this is a bad idea. The grounders might not have made their presence known lately, but they’re out there, and if Bellamy finds out Clarke let Octavia leave camp, he’ll have her head. But Octavia is persuasive. It’s usually pointless to argue with her.

Surprisingly, Clarke almost starts to relax, but then she hears shouting from the lake. Her chance of a fun-filled swim is soured by Bellamy’s flaming anger. Of course, he blames her for everything. He always blames her.

He’s about to flip his lid when Octavia intervenes. Actually, all of their friends are there. All intervening. It’s an intervention party. Clarke doesn’t like it. They’re up to something. A few seconds later, Octavia confirms her suspicions. Clarke hates always being right.

Her and Bellamy are stunned into silence as Octavia slaps a pair of handcuffs over their wrists and hands them a piece of paper. A list of clues. To find the key. To unlock the cuffs. She’s going to kill Octavia. But she’s pretty sure she’s going to have to wait in line because there is murder in Bellamy’s eyes.

But first they have to find the damn key.

The End.

Oooh, can’t wait to write the rest of it. I’m so evil sometimes it scares me.

Bonus:

“This is all his fault,” Clarke mumbled. “He’s such an arrogant ass. Why does he have to be such a jerk all of the time?”

“Who’s a jerk all of the time?”

She jumped at the voice behind her, knocking her head into the table. Octavia watched her from the door, hands clasped behind her back. Clarke stood and rubbed her forehead.  “Your brother.”

“Ah. I should have guessed, what with all the cursing involved.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive (warning: torture)
Day 2 – redo (warning: ridiculous time travel)
Day 3 – sunshine (warning: angst)
Day 4 – fear (warning: even more angst
Day 5 – inside (warning: lots of crying)
Day 6 – share (warning: sweetness overload) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (warning: major flirting possible)
Day 8 – guard (warning: alternate realities are fun)
Day 9 – Heaven (warning: too many feelings)
Day 10 – blood (warning: blood on their hands)
Day 11 – promise (warning: broken hearts are everywhere)
Day 12 – discover (warning: neighbor is an asshole)
Day 13 – together (warning: pretend to date AU)
Day 14 – try (warning: mud fights are muddy)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 14 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoWell, the second week of Camp NaNo is over. That’s fourteen prompts. Fourteen new stories. Of the fourteen, four are considered complete, including today’s story.

I haven’t been feeling well today, so I’m going to skip right to the recap.

Day 14: try

Lucky for Bellamy and Clarke, I was in a silly mood yesterday. So instead of heartache and awkwardness, they get a little reprieve.

Bellamy tried to warn Clarke that the storm would hit before they made it to the mountain. There was a potential bunker there, and time was running out. That was Clarke’s explanation for wanting to leave immediately. Bellamy agreed time was at a premium, but running off in the middle of a rain storm wouldn’t get them there any faster.

Clarke, as usual, won the argument. And, as it often happens, Bellamy was right. Now they are stuck in the mud. Bellamy is tired of being ignored, and he’s tired of Clarke thinking she’s always right. Mostly he’s just tired of life.

He works out a plan to get them free, but nothing about this day is going right. All he ends up doing is getting a face full of mud. And Clarke is laughing at him. She is so dead.

It doesn’t take long for both of them to end up muddy and tired and feeling a little less beaten down. Snuggling up inside the rover to wait for help isn’t half bad either. Actually, it’s exactly what they needed.

The End.

Okay, the story is a lot better than that. I really haven’t been feeling well, but I promise a little angst, a little humor, and a little fluff.

Maybe I’ll come back and rewrite it when I’m feeling better because ugh.

Bonus:

He slowed his breathing then pushed her hair back from her face. She watched him, her lip caught between her teeth.

“Clarke-” His voice cracked and he cleared his throat.

She wiped more mud from his face. “What?”

He swallowed hard. “I lied.”

He head moved back, trying to take in his whole face. “About what?” she asked, barely above a whisper.

“About the beach. Because there’s no place else I’d rather be than right here with you.” He wiped a tear that spilled from the corner of her eye.

“Even though I don’t listen to you?”

He gave her a crooked grin. “We all have our faults.”

Other recaps (stolen from yesterday):
Day 1 – survive (in which I’m really, really mean to Bellamy)
Day 2 – redo (in which Bellamy learns you can’t change the past)
Day 3 – sunshine (in which a bad day starts to brighten up)
Day 4 – fear (in which Clarke struggles with her emotions)
Day 5 – inside (in which Bellamy hoard supplies and Clarke has a breakdown)
Day 6 – share (in which Bellamy and Clarke share a moment) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (in which Bellamy pushes Clarke’s buttons)
Day 8 – guard (in which Clarke’s attempts at being a normal kid backfire)
Day 9 – Heaven (in which Bellamy’s heart is ripped apart)
Day 10 – blood (in which Clarke has too much blood on her hands)
Day 11 – promise (in which Bellamy’s heart is broken–again)
Day 12 – discover (in which Bellamy’s music is too loud)
Day 13 – together (in which Bellamy and Clarke pretend to date)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 13

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoCheck out these links for an explanation of what Camp NaNo is and what I’m doing.

Day 13: together

Today, we’re staying in the modern world with Bellamy and Clarke. They’re a little out of their element, but what better way to get them started than to throw them together in a situation neither wants to be in?

See, the real world can be just as complicated as the apocalypse, except without all of the bloodshed (hopefully). For Clarke that means juggling school, work, her mother’s expectations, and her personal life. Abby only wants what’s best for Clarke, but what Abby thinks is best, isn’t always what Clarke thinks is best.

That’s why Clarke has been so reluctant to go on this couple’s retreat thing with her mom and Kane. She somehow she got talked into it, and she regrets it even more when she finds out her boyfriend, Finn, has been cheating on her. Now she’s stuck explaining to her mom that her life is a mess. Not something she looks forward to. There’s also the issue of the very expensive tickets that have already been paid for.

So, Clarke decides to give them to her friend Octavia and her boyfriend, Lincoln. They could use a vacation, and if anyone would enjoy a couple’s retreat, it would be those two. And she figures the dinner party Octavia is throwing will be the perfect time to spring her plan on them.

Too bad, Octavia’s annoying older brother is in town, sticking his noise right where it doesn’t belong. She’s never really cared for Bellamy. He’s arrogant and sarcastic and pushes her buttons (yeah, I stole that line from yesterday). If he calls her, “princess,” one more time she may strangle him with her purse strap.

But, she’s determined to not let him ruin the night or her offer to Octavia and Lincoln. Her plans unfortunately unravel when Lincoln can’t take time off of work. Octavia has the perfect solution, though: she can just go with Bellamy.

The End.

Yeah, the set-up is pretty cliche, but I was in the mood to write a popular trope, and this was the first one to spring to mind when I saw the prompt. Forcing Bellamy and Clarke to spend time together when they can’t stand each other is always fun. More to come from what is shaping up to be yet another novella.

Bonus:

There’s another knock–this one louder–on the door just as he gets there.

He peers through the peephole then groans, his forehead hitting the door. Figures. He throws open the door, but doesn’t move out of the way. “Hey, Princess, what an unexpected surprise.”

Clarke blinks at him, obviously surprised. Apparently Octavia didn’t warn her either.

“What are you doing here?” she asks.

He leans against the door frame. “What are you doing here?”

She narrows her eyes. “I asked you first.”

“Yeah, but I decided not to answer.” He laughs at the scowl on her face. This is how pretty much every conversation goes with Clarke. There’s something about her that brings out his inner child.

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive (in which I’m really, really mean to Bellamy)
Day 2 – redo (in which Bellamy learns you can’t change the past)
Day 3 – sunshine (in which a bad day starts to brighten up)
Day 4 – fear (in which Clarke struggles with her emotions)
Day 5 – inside (in which Bellamy hoard supplies and Clarke has a breakdown)
Day 6 – share (in which Bellamy and Clarke share a moment) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (in which Bellamy pushes Clarke’s buttons)
Day 8 – guard (in which Clarke’s attempts at being a normal kid backfire)
Day 9 – Heaven (in which Bellamy’s heart is ripped apart)
Day 10 – blood (in which Clarke has too much blood on her hands)
Day 11 – promise (in which Bellamy’s heart is broken–again)
Day 12 – discover (in which Bellamy’s music is too loud)

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Camp NaNo April – Day 12 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Twitter-Header

For an explanation of what I’m doing, check out this post and this one.

I’m skipping right to the chase today because I’m hungry and still need to cook dinner.

Day 12: discover

Today, we meet Bellamy and Clarke in a completely unfamiliar setting. It’s modern times. There are no Grounders and no pending apocalypse to worry about. Unfortunately for Clarke, there’s the annoying guy that lives across the hall. She’s pretty sure the guy hates her guts even though she’s barely talked to him.

That’s probably because Clarke does her best to avoid him. He’s arrogant and snarky and pushes every one of her buttons. He’s also a pain in the ass–blasting his radio all hours and answering the door shirtless when she goes to yell at him.

Today, Clarke is not in the mood to deal with him. She’s had the worst day possible, starting with missing her alarm and ending with walking home in the pouring rain. All she wants is a glass of wine, a hot bath, and a good book. Too bad the jerk across the hall has other plans.

Asking him to turn down his music is a recipe for disaster. He pretty much slams the door in her face then cranks it up another notch. Giving up, Clarke decides to try to make the best of her night.

Unfortunately, she seems to have lost her keys. Sopping wet, cold, and exhausted, she has nowhere else to go. There seems little choice but to knock on the door across the hall again. She can only imagine what he’s going to say this time.

The End.

Bonus:

His eyebrows shoot up when he realizes who’s at his door. “You look like a drowned rat, princess.”

Clarke represses the growl that builds every time she had to deal with him. “Could you please turn your music down?”

“Why?”

“Why? Because it’s loud. I can hear it all the way down the hall.”

“Nobody else is complaining.”

Clarke takes a deep breath, already feeling her blood pressure rise. “That’s because Mr. McDurmant works the graveyard shift and Mrs. Jaurez is deaf.”

“You know an awful lot about our neighbors.”

“Because I’m neighborly, unlike some people.”

He puts a hand over his heart. “Ouch.”

Other recaps:
Day 1 – survive
Day 2 – redo
Day 3 – sunshine
Day 4 – fear
Day 5 – inside
Day 6 – share
Day 7 – annoy
Day 8 – guard
Day 9 – Heaven
Day 10 – blood
Day 11 – promise

FINISHED STORIES!!!
Handle with Care – share (day 6)

Post Navigation

%d bloggers like this: