Author Scarlett K.
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Horror
Urghhhh! I pressed the pillow over my face and muttered more unintelligible sounds. Maybe suffocation would be a way to get some rest.
It was already quarter after one and if I didn’t manage to get some sleep tonight, it would be another zombie day tomorrow. The third one this week. I chucked the pillow to the floor and stared up at the popcorn stucco ceiling. The only thing more frustrating than knowing that I needed to sleep was lying awake worrying about how terrible it was going to be if I didn’t get any.
I closed my eyes, trying to remember those relaxation techniques from that lame yoga class Lane dragged me to. Something about thinking about your breathing. I inhaled deep until my lungs burned and felt like they might burst. It probably wouldn’t work, but I couldn’t come up with any other ideas I hadn’t already tried. Exhale. That wasn’t so bad. The release gave me a tingly feeling through my limbs and my hands stretched out from their balled fists.
Inhale. My covers rose as I breathed in again. Exhale.
Inhale. A little lightheaded this time, but feeling better. Maybe this isn’t so dumb after all. Exhale.
Inhale. Maybe I could convince Dad to sign up for yoga. Exhale.
Inhale. But that means he would have to stop drinking long enough to leave the house. Exhale.
Inhale. But why is that my responsibility? It’s not like I don’t have my own problems to deal with. Exhale.
Inhale. Not like he’d ever notice anyway. Exhale.
Inhale. The scholarship panel. Exhale. The state finals. Inhale. Stupid Josh and his stupid plans. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Ahhhh!
I threw the covers off me and sat with my feet dangling off the edge of the bed, head in my hands.