Hello! Earlier this year, I became a part of a writing class. To support my co-authors, I will be posting excerpts from each bundle!
For Bundle 1: Taking Chances, I chose “After the Moment” by Six de los Reyes. Here is her synopsis:
Under the most normal of circumstances, Aria de Luna could never imagine herself kissing the boy she has always considered to be miles and miles out of her league. She’s known as their year’s resident emo-girl and she plays the part flawlessly with her violet hair, scuffed boots, and her alleged angst from living under the shadow of her over-achieving, perfect, older sister. Meanwhile, Kristoffer Li is living the perfect life. He’s popular, next year’s captain of the basketball team, attractive, if maybe a little too frowny for people’s liking, but he looks very pretty on a chocolate-milk drink carton.
So it is only under the most unusual circumstance that Kris shows up at the Arts and Culture Festival Aria has been looking forward to all year. But does a morning of awkward conversations, an afternoon of provoking discussions, and a moment under the moonlight really change three years of oblivious coexistence? Or will everything go back to the way it was after the moment?
And now here’s a quick sneak peek on her story:
This just in: the world is about to end, and aliens have colonized human hosts.
Or maybe not, but it seems like a plausible explanation for the recent turn of events. Otherwise, how
else am I supposed to justify kissing Kristoffer Li under the moonlight?
To fully appreciate the insanity of this, you must first understand that Kris Li is miles and miles totally
out of my league. He’s the school’s basketball star and I’m the local class freak. Everyone knows his
name from fame, and my name is thrown around in infamy. He’s shiny white jerseys and I’m black
hoodies. You get the picture. For three years we’ve peacefully coexisted without ever once having to
interact, and yet, here we are.
Maybe there are some moments in life that simply defy logic and explanation, and no matter how you
try to put things into perspective, they refuse to fit like the way pieces of a jigsaw puzzle should. That
moment, that entire day, is one of them. A moment that simply does not exist unless in some alternate
universe beyond our realm of logic and understanding. A moment that could only ever exist in books,
and in songs, something very nearly alive and with a sentience of its own.
I still can’t believe it now, hence the matter of the world falling apart and aliens invading the Earth. But
it happened anyway, despite my attempts to rationalize the situation and find something to blame for it.
Everything happened the way it shouldn’t, and no, I’m not okay thank you very much.
Sometimes, I just really don’t understand the way the universe works.
There are five other short stories included in the bundle and it’s currently available at Buqo for $0.99! Good deal, right? And if that’s not enough, Buqo is giving away one powerbank to a lucky Philippine resident! Join by clicking this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/dc42906e266/
Here are the authors of this bundle:
Next week, I’ll feature an excerpt from the next bundle, Sweet Complications.