Title: UNTIL THE END
Genre: Adult women’s fiction (with light sci-fi element)
Word Count: 93,000
Hogwarts House: Lilia is a kind, loyal Hufflepuff who loves her family and hates confrontation – but if she’s going to survive, she needs to channel her inner Slytherin.
Lilia’s family is on the shuttle to Mars, but she’s given up her seat for an abandoned child. Now the young mom must brave an apocalyptic Midwest to find another launch – before the asteroid hits.
First 250 words:
I’d never deceived him until that day. It’s an accomplishment, in eight years of marriage, to be able to say that. And I didn’t even know I was going to do it until it happened. It was as if the decision wasn’t my own, as if it had been made for me eons ago, set in motion by all these events tumbling beyond my control.
To clarify, I didn’t lie to him. But I certainly sucked him into my deception. And there was nothing he could do about it once it was spoken.
Conveniently, he was already strapped into his seat, positioned protectively next to our little boy, on the way to the shuttle destined to remove us from this world. So I didn’t have to worry about him leaping up to argue with me, to beg me to change my mind, or to simply pick me up and force me into my own seat, if he were the kind of guy to do that sort of thing.
The seat, though, was no longer my own. That was the crux of the unplanned deception.
We planned for weeks to take our trip into the vast unknown. I’d obsessively made list after list of what we would bring in our allotted luggage – three bags, one for each of us. Our lives were meant to be crammed into three bags, and how on Earth can you do that?
How on Earth. What would the new expression be? “How on Mars” just didn’t sound right.