Sunday, September 16, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday by Christine Locke

Here's another element of the gothic novel that's odd but fun: the presence of the older, foolish woman.  If the young ingenue gives the reader an example of how one might face life's coming challenges, this character provides the clear example of how not to do it.  Also, given her age, the story tends to show the consequences of making weak, self-interested choices.  Consider your favorite horror story; more of them than you might think contain a character meeting this description.

This week's six-sentence selection showcases the character from Open Door best meeting this description.  I'd like to think of Helen as more powerful and complex than most....

Much to the contrary, Helen did not care to hear anything Carin said.  In the moment that Carin knew this, as her aunt’s eyes darted from Carin to the door, to the group of ladies lingering in the drive and back, up and around the door and into the living room, at Carin again, the young girl knew her aunt resented her being there, at that moment, in that place.
            Helen’s anger had petulance in it, in the way she pursed her pink lips and moved to yank the key from the door, trying to shove it into the pocket of her tight capris, where it bulged, ridiculous.  Helen felt guilty.  Helen felt caught.  Helen was about to do something she knew was wrong, and she did not want Carin watching.