Thursday, 6 April 2017

A-Z Challenge 2017 - E is for Ez

Welcome to Day 5 of the A-Z Challenge 2017. This month I'm sharing my "Black & White Snippets" - snapshots of some of the characters, places and concepts that populate my forthcoming YA dystopian trilogy, Black & White. There won't be a lot of details or spoilers - just short scenes and vignettes that give you a hint of the world I've created. Today, it's E for Ez.


Ez always knew she was different. This society, its people – it was all so perfect. Everyone was happy, everyone had a job, everyone lived in a spotlessly clean home. That was all they’d known, of course, and she was the same, but somehow she felt different. What lay beneath the surface? Why was no one to know about what came before the Reformers?

She did well to keep up an appearance of normality, of course, knowing those who stood out could attract attention. She liked her friends – they were a good bunch – but their conversations were vacuous. Nothing good would come of asking piercing questions of them. Her dad, though, that was different – she sometimes tried to catch him off guard with questions about his work, but he’d given nothing away so far. She knew she had to be careful.

If only there was someone who felt the same way as her. They had to be out there somewhere, but how would she know?

14 comments:

moon said...

I understand Ez's pain of being "different ". I wish her a friend who would understand her the way she wants to be understood. Beautiful character sketch.
Best wishes
Moon
https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

Nilanjana Bose said...

Most girls would relate to the feeling of being a 'misfit' and angst leading up to teenage. Or is she a teenager already? She's better off directing her questions to her mum rather than her father, who I remember was being rather unsympathetic? in one of your earlier posts.


Nilanjana
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Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

A revolutionary in the making, by the sounds of it. Be careful Ez.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings - Shapeshifters and Werewolves

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - well at least Ez has the presence of mind to be very careful ... interesting story line - I'm fascinated ... cheers Hilary

http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/e-is-for-extinct-animals-and-endangered.html

Keith's Ramblings said...

I wonder which direction she will take in life? Interesting.

Another day in Amble Bay!

DeeDee said...

I wish I could talk to Ez and know her more.
Looking forward to read all your snippets :-)

Sophie Duncan said...

Mystery - what is going on with Ez? Why doesn't she fit in? Great snippet :)
Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - Dragon Diaries

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

I still like her :)
I have a folktale about a brave princess who always asked questions. It saver her life in the end. Questions are good :)

The Multicolored Diary: WTF - Weird Things in Folktales

Liz A. said...

But I bet she finds someone, eh?

Patricia Lynne said...

That girl is going to create waves! LOL

Jean Davis said...

Neat to see her side of the questions she wants to ask.
Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

Beth Lapin said...

Funny how we can all relate to feeling different! Is that just this audience, or in some way, do ALL of us feel disconnected at times?

Interesting and appealing character,

Beth
https://bethlapinsatozblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/fantasy/

Darla M Sands said...

Excellent contrast to Fusterbury! I'm sort of glad to be reading these in reverse. ~grin~ Happy writing!

Deniz Bevan said...

I like her already! Funny, cos the word ez means "squash" (as in press or squish down) in Turkish. Guess that's what the world is trying to do to her...