For this exercise, use one of your favorite characters from a book you’re working on, and make them a villain. How did they become that way?
I didn’t enjoy thinking of making my teenager from my YA paranormal into a villain, but then I wrote the short story for this exercise and I had a lot of fun turning her bad. I just let it flow out of me and that is how I got the reason behind her becoming the villain. And I like it. I would have continued it too, but then it would have turned into a much longer piece. But this is what I came up for now.
Scout taps her fingers on the table she sits at while she watches her ex best friends, Jennifer and Katlyn. She has been watching them for the past hour as they work on their homework. Scout has found them at their favorite eating joint, The Cheeseburger Heaven. Now, she watches them from her table; her painted black nails scratching the top of the table in boredom. Scout wishes he had brought a book or something to do while she spied on the two.
Scout lowers her head as good memories try to invade her mind, trying to force the hatred out of her heart. But she pushes those thoughts out of my mind. She glances back up at Katlyn and Jennifer, who are laughing about something.
Scout lets out a low growl as she watches them laughing. They cat like she was never there, like they had never been friends. And after they had left her to die at the hands of a demon known as a Gallu, Scout’s heart turned to stone. The clown demon almost killed her, but she escaped at the last minute. No one came to find her, no one thought to look for her body. Jennifer, Katlyn, those from her old school, and even her parents, abandoned her that day. And she hasn’t forgotten.
She hasn’t stopped by to her old home to see her parents… yet… but she will soon enough. She wants to know why her best friends had left her to die first. Scout pushes back her shoulder length ash brown hair, showing off a nasty scar that run’s down the left side of her face. The scar crosses down over her eyelid, the slash from the demon’s knife almost having blinded her.
Scout finishes her burger and fries before she pays and leaves. As she walks past their table, she drops a note, the fluttering paper catching Jennifer’s attention. Jennifer picks up the note and looks around to see who has dropped it. Jennifer looks at the door and gasps.
Katlyn looks at Jennifer when she hears her friend gasp. “What’s wrong?”
“I swear I saw Scout leaving,” Jennifer says quietly. Since their friend is gone, she has to be mistaken. She opens the note, reads it, and drops it on the table. She covers her mouth with a shaky hand, a tear appearing in her eye. “Katlyn…” She lifts her gaze to her friend. “Oh my goodness, Katlyn.”
Katlyn looks at Jennifer, confused by her friend’s reaction to the note. She slides the note over to herself and stares down at the words. Her eyes widen as the words glare up at her.
You left me to die!