Creative Idea: The basis for this story is the exploration of lost love. The focus will be on M., the main character, who is responsible for the death of the girl she loved, Clair. The main themes will revolve around grief, guilt, and redemption as M. comes to terms with Clair's death.
Story Title: Minnesota Goodbyes
This is the truth. The whole truth.
It's easy, I think, when putting pen to paper, to cut and stretch. To make myself appear kinder or cleverer. To add little bits of embellishment here and there, or perhaps to wind the little pains into a tight ball, small enough to be curled in my fist. But I can't. The words flow quickly and the truth is intoxicating. Slit me open and a spurt of black will pour out, thick and viscous. Ink and words bruising my skin, throbbing in the pads of my fingertips.
Blood means nothing. It is forgotten.
Words, words, words thrumming through me: these matter. Ink thicker than blood thicker than water.
And so it is. The truth is life, and now I must face it.
I am the reason she's dead.
She lies buried beneath six feet of earth and a slick of frost, and I am the reason for it.
I can confess here. After all, I am simply scratches on a page. Sure, your mind can comprehend them. You can translate these marks however you want and judge me as you will. But you cannot find me. You cannot confront me to fling my words back at me and decry my cowardice.
Only I can do that.
Only I can set myself free.
Story Description: M., a college sophomore, is haunted by the events of a year ago that ended another girl's life. In an attempt to clear her conscience, she writes her confession down in a battered notebook and leaves it to you, the reader. This search for redemption is far more painful than she ever imagined, and she struggles to cope with her grief and guilt. As M. spirals deeper into herself, she must ask what the cost of absolution is...and if she's still willing to pay it.
Story Overview: Minnesota Goodbyes will be structured to contain two timelines, past and present.
Beyond this, the story will be told as a confession in journal format, and to clarify the past and present, one will be told in second person perspective and the other in first person, respectively.
Chapters 1 - 17
Chapters 18 - 35
Chapters 36 - 52
Chapters 53 - 70