Silence Is Broken by Yvonne Mikell
I cannot see. I have been straining my eyes, trying to dissect the darkness in the hopes of discovering a slither of light. I have not found any. I cannot move, not even shift my posterior in this hard rock chair. I am covered in rope from my neck down to my feet. I am not simply tied down, I am hog-tied! My neck and feet seem to be connected by a single rope. Every time I move the line tightens and digs into my skin, burning like the dickens. My neck feels as if it is going to snap. My knees feel as if they are about to pop out of their sockets. Screaming for help only brings about more pain, my tongue lies against the driest of cloths.
I guess I should be thankful for what I do get, two meals and two glasses of water a day. Let me stop lying to myself, I am not thankful. I am in this chair all day long. I am forced to relieve myself right where I sit, downright embarrassing. They have not told me what this is about. They don’t say anything. They just shove spoonful after spoonful of food in my mouth. I have no idea of the time or the day, the last day I remember was October 10th.
The door opens. With it comes the coolest of breezes, the temperature must be in the 40s. Winter will be here soon. I am cold because they have taken all of my clothes. They have stripped me bare including my shoes and socks. I do not smell any food, what I do smell is cologne, very loud and pungent cologne. Do not know anyone who wears that fragrance. Not sure of who they are, they are not one of the regulars. It is someone new. New can be a good thing, maybe I can get some answers. Who am I kidding, new is not good at all. New means a change has arrived or is on the way real soon.
“What do you want with me?”
“Personally I don’t want anything from you. The people who hired me, they want something.”
“They want what? Why am I here?”
“You are here because they want to remind you of all the dirty deeds you have done.”
“This does not sound good at all.”
“No it does not.”
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Character Name: Khloe Spencer
Character Bio: Protagonist, young professional in her mid 20s, Vice President of Nite Owl Conveniences, Inc, African American-Asian descent
Describe yourself what is your worst and vest quality?
My worst quality pertains to my family and friends—taking what they say at face value. I never consider that what they are telling me could be a lie. Maybe it’s because I want to believe the best of everyone…
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I wish people realize that I have insecurities too. I am not always confident.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
My biggest secret is Danny McGuiness. He is so sweet and sensitive…I love him, and I love Xavier too.
What are you most afraid of?
Breaking Xavier’s heart, I don’t want to break his heart…why can’t I have them both?
What do you want more than anything?
To run this company as successfully as my father and grandfather did.
What is your relationship status?
Single, but engaged to a rather sexy man.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I could stand some improvement. I tend to favor professional clothes as if I don’t have a life outside of work.
How much of a rebel are you?
Never considered myself a rebel until I met Danny.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Becoming vice president on my own merits.
What is your idea of happiness?
I used to think Xavier was all that I needed, now I know better. I’ll have to say that my idea of happiness lies within me. It is up to me make myself happy, no one else.
What is your current state of mind?
Under pressure, Xavier and I are going to New York to elope except I can’t get Danny out of my mind. Sweet Danny…
What is your most treasured possession?
Regis, my Golden Retriever puppy. I loved him the moment I saw him.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I’ll have to say my almond-shaped eyes. Everyone compliments me on them, they also say I look more like Saki than Sharon. I have to agree with them.
What is it that you, most dislike?
Coldness, which is what I get from Xavier when he returns from his business trips. He is cold and rather mute for about a week or so, then all of sudden he returns to himself.
Which living person do you, most despise?
After the conversation I had with my mother, I would have to say my father.
What is your greatest regret?
I wish I had met Danny first.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
I like a man who is open, willing to share some aspects of his work.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
I like women who are confident, and aging beautifully.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Between work, Xavier and Danny, I don’t have time to read.
Which living person do you most admire?
Saki, my godmother, she has always been my idol. She’s so easy to talk to, very classy.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
When it comes to matters of the heart, not be so naive.
What is your motto?
Believe what your eyes are showing you.
I began my writing career five years ago by accident. My young son was sick and I could no longer work full-time as a nurse. He needed me. It was during this time that God sat me down and showed me the path that was destiny. I was destined to be a writer. In five years I wrote five novels.
Two have already been published, Getting Roosevelt–a homeowner’s nightmare and Silence Is Broken.
My son is much better now, Praise God, and I have a new career. When I am not spending time with him I like to crochet and sketch, and trying new recipes.
My stories focus on life in Philadelphia. They are fiction based loosely on fact. Philadelphia is a major city with a suburban feel. However, the lifestyle of its citizens can rival New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Intrigue and suspense coupled with mystery are the genres I write.
In addition to writing fiction, I write for the online magazine Examiner.com. My focal point is Autism/ Special Needs Children, Frugal Living, and the Philadelphia Family. I also host the book review site called Olivia’s Cup of Tea as well as the opinion paper Expression of Views.