Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday's Temtping Teaser #4

This is shorter than my other teasers, but I thought this was a perfect piece to share since it gives you a real feel and understanding for my MC, Sam, and why she is the way she is: tough, guarded, and untrusting. When I first started writing this story and came up with the idea of her power being telepathy, I was very excited with the possibilities of what that can mean for someone. Being able to read thoughts? How cool is that? I mean all powers are cool in one way or another, but as I began to write her story, I realized that if there is good to having these powers then there must also be bad and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that being a teenager and having the ability to hear other teenage thoughts, might actually be quite horrible because the inner minds of people is where the real truth lies and we (us regular, POPless humans :) ) don't have access to people's inner truths. And honestly, after getting to know Sam, I feel really bad for her and I would never wish myself to be a telepath. However, this scene also shows why Sam and Josh (who is also a telepath) have become so close and why she has let her guard down for him.

Entering my room, I shut the door behind me and fling my brand new journal across the room like a Frisbee. It flies through the air, ricochets off the wall and lands on the bed with a soft thud. Not my bed. The bed that is unoccupied by a roommate I never have. The staff got tired of hearing them complain that I was always in their head, responding to things they were privately thinking. Of course I did it on purpose.
And it worked.
            I like being on my own. I’m used to it. I’m not here to make lifelong friends—well, except for Josh maybe. I’ve tried several times to have meaningful friendships, but they never seem to work out—at least not for too long. Being friends with someone when you’re a telepath is no easy task. It’s astounding how superficial people can be to your face. Including the ones you believe to be your truest friends.
"Hi Sam, how are you? I love your shirt." As if she could afford it. She probably shoplifted it.
"Hey, Sam, you look so pretty today." Skinny ass bitch. I bet she pukes up everything she eats.
"Sam, I was wondering if you’d like to come to my birthday barbeque next week?" Please say no. Please say no. God, I can’t believe my mother’s making me invite her. Just because our mothers are friends doesn’t mean we have to be. POP freak."
 Sometimes I’m not sure which is better: knowing what people are thinking or not knowing.
At least with Josh the friendship is on even ground. There’s no hiding and no faking with each other. To think it is to say it. There’s a strange sort of comfort in that—a sincerity that I’ve never found with anyone else.


  1. I love reading these earlier excerpts. You've got such a strong beginning with this book. Very hooky! Now hurry up and finish the darn thing. I don't want to be the only one doing revisions around here!!!!!

  2. Wow, I love this! Sam is such a great MC. Awesome snip as usual! :D

  3. Another great tease, Mel! Good luck with your plan to finish this week.

  4. Awww, I do feel for Sam.

    Great tease!

  5. i agree about the beginning being so strong, hey.

    it seems like so long ago that i first read this - i really love Sam.


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