This is an excerpt from a novel I’ve been working on called To The Grave. It follows Isolde, a woman haunted by the ghost of the boy she killed, and Helena, the silent observer.
Basmala Zyada is an Egyptian-born high school senior (with a terrible case of senioritis) and a Girls Write Now mentee. She is a lover of naps, ridiculous earrings, true crime shows, and big houseplants. She can usually be found procrastinating, reading, making bad financial decisions at a thrift store, and over-analyzing her favorite shows. Although her favorite genre is fantasy, she is a sucker for writing romantic short stories and the occasional psychological thriller.
A piece born of a sudden Tuesday afternoon musing about self-identity and all its ridiculous, frustrating incomprehensibilities.