Layered (A Sample) (Chapter Six, page 1 of 8)


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After dinner, I wash the dishes and then I settle down onto the couch in the lounge, next to my mum. My dad is sitting on a chair in the corner of the room, and he has the footrest pulled out. He sips slowly from the glass of wine in his hand.

We decide to watch the movie I found. It is about a high school student, who is accepted to an Institute of Technology. The night before leaving to go live on campus, she celebrates with friends and then drives home while under the influence of alcohol. She crashes into another car and the father in the car survives, but his son and wife dies. Instead of going to study, the girl goes to jail. The girl is plagued with feelings of guilt and remorse, and she wishes she could reverse time. Then another planet is found, which is like Earth, but scientists suspect it could be like a mirror image of Earth and on this other Earth people make different choices and decisions.

When the credits start flashing on the screen, my mum says, "Nice choice, Caitlyn. I enjoyed that."

"It was quite nice, wasn't it?" I get up from the couch and stretch. "I'm going to go to bed, I'm feeling a little tired." I should not be feeling tired, but these days I always feel tired, and I prefer spending time in my room anyway. It saves me from having to pretend all the time that I am happy. Bending down to my mum, I kiss her on the cheek, "Good night, mother dearest."

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