Today we have a soundtrack excerpt! You may wonder what that is (I did myself when Ann asked me), so let me tell you:
Ann has created a list of songs that represents the books in different ways. Now, I had the WORST time deciding, so I actually ended up with two different soundtrack excerpts!!
So today I have an excerpt based on Evanescense “Bring Me To Life”. Enjoy!!
My heart pounded in my chest, but I couldn’t take the words back. She spun on me, pinning me with her glare. I took an involuntary step backwards.
“You are always prying into things that are none of you business, girl,” she said. “Just like that asinine father of yours. I’m the one that’s taken care of you all these years. I’m the one that took you in and kept you safe from your freak of a father. All he wanted was to study you like one of his lab rats, always running those tests and trying to drag me into his craziness and hallucinations. Well, I’ll have none of it.”
By this time, she had gotten to her feet and lurched toward me. I panicked, I knew what was coming, and my body screamed at me to get out. She struck me across the face with the bottle, nearly knocking me down. She had never hit me in the face before. The shock of this thought hit me almost as hard as the pain. I scrambled for the door, which burst open as if a strong gust of wind had hit it, and I nearly flew down the stairs. I had always tried to hide in my room before, but she had blocked that direction, and I couldn’t just stand there and get beat again. I couldn’t do it.
Before I even registered where I was, I tripped on a large, protruding root, collapsed to the ground, and stayed there sobbing. I could still see the hollow, emptiness of her eyes. They bore into me and tried to suck the life out. My chest hurt from the pounding of my heart, and the tears that streamed down my cheeks stung where she had struck. Why did I have to push it? I knew she’d been drinking. I should have just left it alone. Now what would I do? What would she do? I knew how furious she’d be when I went back. I’d probably get beaten worse than if I’d just stayed.
I felt a hand on my shoulder and my entire body tensed in anticipation. I hadn’t expected her to follow me.
“No, mom — please don’t,” I cried out as my arms covered my head and my body curled into a ball.
“Eris, it’s okay,” a male voice said softly. “Your mom isn’t here.”
I instantly knew who it was, but peeked around my arm just to be sure. Nelson knelt beside me with an understanding pain in his eyes. He pulled me up to a sitting position and gently touched my reddened cheek. I flinched more from jumpy nerves than physical pain, and he pressed my head to his chest as he wrapped his arms around me.
And for those of you who don’t know Evanescense (or like them just as me), here’s the video of the song:
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