She looks like she did yesterday.
But today her face is calm, dead calm.
All their faces are dead calm until one of us makes a noise.
The noise wakes them and then it starts.
Their heads jerk to the right three times rapidly as they stand in the most awkward way.
That's when we run.
That's when we hide.
That's how we stay alive until The Seventh Day!
Silence is survival!
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Q&A With Lou
Interviewer: “Welcome Lou. Can you describe the scene in front of you as we speak?”
Lou: “Oh, uhm sure. There isn’t much to say. The biters are dying off slowly. We don't know what’s killing them, exactly. We thought maybe exposure. The ones who aren’t dead are standing still, frozen there until one of us makes a noise, but we don't do that much. I guess I’m just standing on the west coast, staring at the ocean and hoping to find my dad.”
Interviewer: “How did you find yourself on the west coast? That's a long way from Laurel?”
Lou: “It’s a very long way. We stole vehicles. We hid in places that were overrun. We drove all day and night, eating packaged food.” Long pause. “I guess I came here because we heard that the base on Whidbey was a safe zone. That the military had been able to make a biter-free place.”
Interviewer: “And have you found that? Are you safe?”
Lou: “No. I don't think the word safe means what it did a week ago. Safe used to be my whole life and I didn't even think on it or consider the word. Now I realize it’s a short-term state of mind based on ammunition and a place to hide.”
Interviewer: “Are you alone?”
Lou: “No. I have friends with me here on the coast and my little sister and her friends are at my ski cabin. They’re safe there, but again it’s a short-term word now.”
Interviewer: “How old are you, Lou?”
Lou: “Uh, seventeen. I’ll be eighteen in a month. So almost eighteen.”
Interviewer: “So where are your parents?”
Lou: “Well, my mom is gone. She went early on. I locked her under the stairs but she broke out. But she’s gone now. I watched her fingers twitch with their last bit of life.” Another long pause. “My dad is out there. He’s out there somewhere. He’s looking for me. I just know he is.”
Interviewer: “Do you have any advice for the people out there who are alive and/or are hiding?”
Lou: “Don't trust people you meet. Not right away at least. Somehow the bad people seem to survive bad times easier. Don't run unless you know you can get away. Sounds bring them to life. Don't go into the dark, they’re waiting there. Just remember silence is survival. Oh, and once someone is bitten that's it. You have to leave them behind. They get sick right away.”
Interviewer: “Is there anything you wish for, Lou?”
Lou: “I guess I wish that the world could find its way back, maybe not all the way back to the place that got us here. But maybe part way, to a place where good things happened and kids didn't need to be so scared. And not just scared of biters.”
Interviewer: “Do you know how this all started? Have you heard anything?”
Lou: “Uh, well, yes but I’m going to pass on this one because I still don't believe what I heard.”
Interviewer: “And a silly question because some of our listeners just want to know silly things; do you still believe in love or happiness?”
Lou: “I want to say no, but I guess because I’m young and dumb, I do. I have seen real love, even in the last seven days. I have felt love, even in a moment when I shouldn't have, I did.”
Interviewer: “And finally, how do you think this is going to end, Lou? Do you think the infection will be cured? Or do you think the sick will just die off and the rest of us will be okay?”
Whispered response from Lou: “I gotta go.” Silence. A scream. Silence again.
Interviewer: “Lou? Lou, are you all right?” Silence. “Well I guess that's all the time we have for that. Stay tuned for the panel of scientists we have up next as they discuss possible cures and outcomes. And remember people, silence is survival.”
Could you stay alive?
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About the Author
I chose AE because they are the initials of my beautiful daughters and Watson because it is the last name of my grandmother who convinced me to be a writer.
She died before I published my first novel and I wish everyday she could have just seen me the first time one of my books went international bestseller or top 5 on Amazon paid. My faith allows me to believe she does see, just from a different place.
I love writing and making up worlds and falling in love. All of my books are romances at their base but they are so much more.
Born is my favourite YA book I have written. White Girl Problems is my next favourite. I based it on my niece. She is insane and flakey in all the right ways. All the ways a teenaged girl should be.
But Born and White Girl Problems are completely different, like all my books. So if you are looking for books like Born, I have The Seventh Day, HERE, The Reaping, The Light of The World, Imagination, First Kiss, and Sunder
If you are looking for more like White Girl Problems, I have some releasing this summer and fall.
My other pages, TL Brown, Tara Brown, Erin Leigh, and Sophie Starr are for adults only. They are not rated for anyone under 18.
I hope you get lost in a book and have a wonderful read!!
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