Excerpt Monday

May 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm (Excerpt Monday) (, , , , , , , , )

pen, inkwell and paper

 

It’s Excerpt Monday!

 

 

~Redd~

Chapter 1

 

          Pemberly Preparatory is the last in a long line of elite boarding schools.  Don’t let the name fool you.  It’s not some enchanted country estate school with Bennetts, Bingleys and Darcys running around between teatime; it’s not even in England.  No, Pemberly Prep is a modern reform school for the uber rich.  A collecting house filled with the spoiled, misguided misfits and misbegotten youth – someone like my self.

          I never intentionally start trouble, it just seems to hone in on me.  I have a knack for always being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  This I attribute to my adventurous streak, coupled with my innate ability to pick up unsavory habits.  I can pick any lock in thirty five seconds flat – it’s been timed – boost a car, even a brand new Mercedes, and hack just about anything with an internet connection. 

          And I am too trusting.  That’s what gets me in these messes generally.  No matter what sort of clique I filter into, my past sneaks up and all of a sudden I’m corrupting upstanding students.  Never mind that nine times out of ten, it’s their industrious, little conniving minds that start the problem to begin with.  Whether it’s the captain of the cheer squad, the future valedictorian, the outcast loner or the geek patrol, they find me and all hell breaks loose.  I trust and they exploit.

          So, this is my final chance at actually graduating from high school.  I mean some semblance of a normal school, not that Pemberly resembles that in any shape or fashion.  But the final threat is military school – in Alaska.  Okay, just kidding.  But seriously, military school in some remote location like Montana.  This is my father’s sadistic plan.  My mother thinks juvie hall is even better, because maybe I will learn a lesson and it’s free.  Lucky for me, maybe, Pemberly promotes a policy of non-expulsions.  And there lies the taunting challenge.

          I will remain guarded, tight lipped and on my own.  This time I won’t have friends, and certainly not boys; they tend to be my Achilles’ heel.  Besides, it’s not like the students of Pemberly are the type to build a lifelong bond with anyway.  I just need to get through senior year, and then I’m free.

          The funny thing is, I completely and wholeheartedly blame my misdirected failure for love and attention on my parents.  I’ve clocked hundreds of hours in numerous detention halls, studying psychoanalysis and psychology.  The books say I lash out at the neglect.  My parents’ answer to my repeat offenses is to take extended personal vacations, have lavish affairs and throw money at me like they’re dousing a fire.  I have one hell of a kick-ass 5th Avenue wardrobe, too bad it’s of no use at Pemberly.  The compulsory uniform is black and white, a Massachusetts Puritan horror of colorless shirts, jumpers and skirts. 

          My first day of school I boldly lace up my cherry red sneakers – let’s see how many demerits I get for this one.

 

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18 Comments

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  3. adellelaudan said,

    LOL You hooked me. Definitely want to see what kind of trouble he/she gets into.

  4. annienicholas said,

    Nice character. Would love to follow her adventures.

  5. inezkelley said,

    Oh boy, she’s a real trip, isn’t she?

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  9. anshakotyk said,

    Yep, I’m hooked, great character!

  10. Jeannie Lin said,

    I really get a sense of the pampered delinquent you have going here. Must see what sort of trouble is in store!

  11. Vivienne Westlake said,

    Wow, this was totally engaging and engrossing. Very intriguing character. I loved how the character has a masculine feel, yet you kind of know that it’s a girl.

    I loved the line about the Bennetts and Bingleys and Darcys. P&P is my favorite Austen novel.

    Great read!

  12. Suzanne McLeod said,

    Love the voice! And the attitude. I want to go to Pemberly to see what happens next, should be lots of fun. Great post , thank you 🙂

    • Cate Hart said,

      Thanks everyone. She just sprang out of my head, hell bent on stirring up trouble. Heehee. In fact this was an attempt to take my other ms out of a college setting and shove it in a high school, and this character quite boldly let it be known that wasn’t happening. This was her story, point blank. I’m glad you guys like it, I was worried a little about the first chapter being all internal dialogue.thoughts. But stay tuned I plan to keep goign with this for next months Excerpt Monday!

  13. evie byrne said,

    What a great voice she has! I was definitely hooked right away. I hope to read more excerpts from this on future Mondays!

  14. Jax said,

    You’re off to a good start. I bet it’s going to be great! 🙂

  15. kate willoughby said,

    Great voice. Easy to read and the girl seems like she could be my friend. Great job!

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