Title: THE GLASS SISTERS
Category and Genre: YA Speculative Thriller
Word Count: 83,000
With the bottle of sleeping pills in her hand, seventeen-year-old Rebecca Glass can finally be free of her control-freak mother. Free from her stalking, her constant phone calls, her smothering. There’s only one thing stopping Rebecca—the sudden appearance of the girl in the mirror, a charismatic reflection that offers her an alternative to ending it all. An escape to a new world, one filled with the type of happiness Rebecca has only dreamed of. And all the girl in the mirror wants in return is to live Rebecca’s crappy life.
With nothing to lose, Rebecca accepts the girl in the mirror’s offer to swap places, only to fall victim to a carefully orchestrated plot of revenge. Transported through the mirror, she finds herself in a dark, twisted alternate reality. Confined to a mental hospital and left to the care of a nefarious doctor with sinister designs for girls with extraordinary abilities, she is forced to endure torturous days in isolation. While Rebecca struggles to survive her imprisonment and her mounting depression, the girl in the mirror slips unnoticed into the life Rebecca abandoned. But after years of abuse at the hands of Rebecca’s current tormentors, the girl’s sanity begins to slip, and it’s not long before she descends into a bloody, violent spiral that threatens the life of the mother Rebecca left behind.
In order to escape the mental hospital and reclaim the life she once threw away, Rebecca must first learn to control the burgeoning ability inside of her. Power that allows her to travel across alternate worlds through mirrors. If she can survive the hospital, she will be forced to confront her deadly mirror-image in a winner-takes-all battle to save her mother. But her ruthless reflection holds a powerful secret about her mother, a tragedy in her past that links the two girls in blood. And if learning the truth of what they really are doesn’t destroy Rebecca, the girl in the mirror will—if Rebecca doesn’t destroy herself first.
First 250 words:
THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR
Imprisoned within the silence of the box, the girl sat alone. Solitary confinement her natural state of existence in that space. She sat on the sterile room’s floor with her legs criss-cross, head bowed, a slip of rectangle-glass clutched neatly in the palm of her hand, the intensity of her gaze reflected back at her.
Her breath a metronome, in and out, the rhythm helping her focus. Her head hurt—pressure squeezing in from her temples making her eyes water—but it always did right before she made the connection. Then, when the connection went live, sweet release as swift and forgiving as plucking a splinter the size of a railroad spike from the center of her brain.
The glass she held no longer just a glass, but a window. Her reflection no longer her own. What was displayed in the glass was her face, but it was not her. It was a her that could have been, a her that may yet be.
Still, the girl hated what she saw all the same.
Oh, how the other her looked so content, so safe. So Smug. She glared into the mirror studiously, trying to replicate the other girl’s half-hearted smile, but it felt crooked on her own face, as out of place as she herself was.
She watched the other her intently, and when she could take no more, when the pain of watching became too great, she closed the connection and tucked the mirror away in her undergarments beneath her gown.
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