Why yes, I am patting myself on the back! Well, actually, I pondered adding short excerpts of each chapter to the Table of Contents page on the Wordpress site where I'm hosting this project, but given the sheer amount of episodes I'm planning for this thing, I felt like it would make the page rather hard to navigate. So I'm putting them here instead. Consider this a teaser if you will, to show you whether it's your kind of story or not. (WARNING: scary. I will not post anything containing Blacklist items, language or potential triggers, but if any kind of spooky imagery tends to affect you - which I understand, that's not everyone's kind of genre -, this post might... get to you a little. These are not the actual scariest parts of chapters, just very short quotes that I feel represent their theme and imagery as a whole. Make of them what you will.)
Chapter 1 - "When Beth looked up, the kitsune mask was standing in the same place, motionless, the tilt of her head almost mocking as she stared at Beth from behind that unreadable fox face. Slowly, she raised a thin, bony brown hand out of her pocket, and beckoned."
Chapter 2 - "So like I said, there was growling, and it didn’t… sound like a dog? More like a human voice pretending to be a dog, if that makes any sense."
Chapter 3 - "And then a spot of white shifted into the edge of my vision; it was gone when I turned my head that way, but it left an imprint."
Chapter 4 - "That was when I felt its eyes on me… no, not its eyes, its attention. Like noticing it made it notice me, too."
Chapter 5 - "The door remained closed. From somewhere in the city, a siren’s wailing could be heard, muffled by distance and cold walls. That was all."
Chapter 6 - " “Think about the mission, is my suggestion. If it’s your first, you want to be ready for anything.” "
Chapter 7 - "Finally the tendrils relented and let go, slithering away into the darkness, and they took the noise with them."
Chapter 8 - "The water stains on the walls around me had turned into ice, branching out in strange patterns that really shouldn’t have reminded me of long fingers, because that meant I was starting to let that place get to me. But… yes. They did."
Chapter 9 - "The reason I made that cliff comparison was because I had this feeling that if I looked up I would see something dreadful, something I never, ever wanted to see, and that if I looked at it, if I acknowledged it, it would be like… an invitation."
Well, that is all for now. Chapters 9 and 10 are plotted and underway as of right now. I'll try to stick to a chapter-per-week schedule with this project as long as the inspiration lasts, so hopefully at least chapter 9 will be out in the next few days. Cheers.