Title: 50 WAYS TO KILL YOUR STEPMOTHER
Genre: YA Contemporary
Word Count: 76,000
Star Wars Character: The force is unusually strong with my main character, Sydney. She has a desire to protect the ones she loves. She chooses Anakin Skywalker because his arc is reflective of her own. How does evil come from good? It’s born out of a moment of broken humanity.
Pitch: Sydney uses humor as a daily survival technique dealing with her new stepmother. Innocence lost/sexual abuse by relative while her step-mother knows and does nothing. Escalating kill or be killed. Dark-Comedy-Cinderella
On the first day of summer my dad confirmed, “I do,” in front of God and a court appointed witness that he did, in fact choose Amy. The same day my mom and sisters climbed into a U-Haul truck, and moved two thousand miles away, promising it’d work out best for everyone. I moved my bed and everything that mattered into our basement. Locked in my new room, I didn’t even come out to throw rice or say goodbye.
Amy was quick to quit her job as a waitress at The International Dog House, and in turn became our bitch in residence. On weekends William who lives next door, and I watch movies, it’s kind of our thing. In an effort to flush out Amy, the last six months we’ve dedicated our lives to screening any title centered around divorce or cheating. Unfaithful, Fatal Attraction and Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce have enlightened us about our very own Gone Girl.
Amy comes in the front door carrying a bucket of fried chicken and drinking a Big Soda from the gas station. She squeezes in next to dad, making room on the couch. The greasy smell from the chicken settles around her as she announces, “Lipto-cockus, can’t be beat.” No one says anything, but the dead air allows her time to educate us.
“You know Lipto-cockus oil, they use it in massages?”
Dad cracks up at her contrived version of eucalyptus, and pulls her closer. I die a little