Chapter 11: The Mountains

[nnwm15]   Mrs. Corum had a nagging thought about an area of the landscape they’d yet explored. Weeks earlier they’d thought of heading toward the tiny dot of difference on the horizon, perpendicular to hers and G-ma’s spots, heading away from the light valley. They’d started that direction but, upon…

Chapter 10: Repression

[nnwm15]   After that dim, the core group spent much of the next day trying to regain their composure. Ryan and Jamie basically ignored each other, with Sara Beth, G-ma, and Mrs. Corum wishing they could go back to a time before such tension existed in their group. On one…

Chapter 9: Escape

[nnwm15]   “Come over here” “Why are you whispering” “Just follow me” “I don’t want to” “Just do it” “Fine” “We’re gonna get out of here.” “How?” “I have a plan.” “It will never work.” “Sure it will – just because they think it won’t you’re gonna believe them? They…

Chapter 8: Old Married Couple

[nnwm15]   “I can’t describe it other than to use the word ‘bliss’”, G-ma said, reflecting on the experience. “I think that’s pretty accurate”, Mrs. Corum added, “It was as if, for a moment, the entire world stopped, and I was basking in a warm glow. I didn’t want it…

Chapter 7: Trapped

[nnwm15]   The three ladies didn’t say much for a long time after they heard G-ma’s theory. While it wasn’t the only possible explanation for the place they had come to know as a reluctant home, it was one that seemed to make sense. A number of realizations would wash…

Chapter 6: The Link

[nnwm15] Hi Everyone – before we get into Part 6, I just wanted to thank those who have been reading the novel so far. I’ve come up with a name for it – “Cinereous”. I hope that you’re enjoying the book so far. This chapter clears up a few big questions, and…

Chapter 5: The Meeting

[nnwm15]   “No, I can’t say that it ever got that bad”, G-ma said. The look on Mrs. Corum’s face was a bit crestfallen, obviously she had hoped that G-ma might empathize a bit more. G-ma noticed. They had been talking about their former lives outside of this place, specifically…

Chapter 4: Sara Beth

[nnwm15] Sara Beth sat in the corner of the room crying, alternating from light sniffles to harder sobs as she tried harder and harder to tuck herself into a ball. She wanted to block out the whole world, and while successful in doing that, she wasn’t very successful in calming…

Chapter 3: Similarities

[nnwm15] Mrs. Corum sat for a long time while G-ma happily air knitted. Finally she’d had enough. “You know, I would have taken a nap to escape this, by now”, she said. G-ma looked up from her knitting. “Funny how we realize that a lot of the time we spent…

Chapter 2: G-ma

[nnwm15] Mrs. Corum stood there, blinking several times to be sure she was seeing what she thought she saw. There sitting before her was a woman, slightly older than herself, knitting. Well, she would have been knitting, if she had actually had yarn or knitting needles, but her fingers moved…