Monday 14 April 2014

Snippet from Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais

Hey guys! here is a little snippet of Breaking Butterflies which is out in the UK at the moment. Its an interesting original contemporary! and the cover is beautiful!
You can get the Ebook here
When my mother was a little girl, she walked to the play- ground by herself every day after school. I can picture it easily; photos of her as a child are almost indistinguishable from photos of me when I was little. I used to look at her old yellow-edged school photographs a lot. My mother had a shy, quiet look, a round face, and the same straight brown hair I used to have, though in every picture hers was pulled back from her forehead in two tight little pigtails.
She was lonely when she was little. No one ever asked her to play; she was the clumsy one whom nobody sensible wanted on their team, the timid one who was too chicken to climb on top of the monkey bars. It was the same for me. While other children swirled over the jungle gym and slides in a frenzy of make-believe and hide-and-seek, I would sit by the swings on my own, kicking at the dust. We were two of a kind when we were really young, I can tell. But that was before she met Leigh, and long before I learned how to be strong.

I don’t know much about what happened before Leigh, about the lonely time. All that was just a vague prologue;

meeting Leigh, and what happened after that, was the real story. That was what I’d grown up listening to my mother tell and retell, until I’d heard it so many times that I had the dialogue memorized and could whisper the whole thing to myself if I wanted to. Not only was it about my mother, but it was about me too. In a way, it was the beginning of both of us. And I treasured that story so much that I used to let it own me. Looking back now, two years gone by since everything that happened when I was sixteen, I think perhaps that was my first mistake.
My mother’s part of the story started on a Tuesday, a week or so before her seventh birthday. She’d arrived at the playground and found her usual swing occupied by a girl wearing a pink tutu over her clothes. The girl had a pair of rhinestone-studded sunglasses perched on her head, and from her feet dangled her mother’s shoes, red and high- heeled. She was swinging her legs back and forth contentedly, admiring the shoes, but she looked up when my mother drew near. Her hair was blonde and wavy, and reached down to her waist. My mother never mentioned being jealous of it, but I had a feeling she must’ve been.
‘What’s your name?’ the girl said.
‘Sarah,’ whispered my mother. I used to move my mouth along with my mother as she told this part of the story, echoing her lines.

‘Last name?’ prompted the girl.

‘Quinn,’ said my mother hesitantly.
‘Sarah Quinn,’ repeated the girl. She looked up at the sky,

and back down at her pumps. ‘That sounds like a super- hero’s name. The name they have when they’re not doing


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