The length isn't too bad for a first draft. It's slightly longer than my other first drafts have been. I'll probably end up adding another 100 pages or so (maybe a little less) in the next couple drafts. But this has been a story that's been in my head for at least 3 and a half years now, and includes a character that's been constantly evolving in my brain for about 7-8 years. So without further ado...
Page Count: 270.
Word Count (according to WORD): 58,828.
And the moment that y'all have been waiting for...
Title: A Whisper Softly.
I fought with the title for a long time. I actually just decided to make it that. For the longest time it was The GodBreath: A Whisper Softly... but that doesn't fit right to me, and it hints that it might be a series or trilogy, which it might not be. I thought about just making it 'The GodBreath', but that only comes in near the end, and I really wanted 'A Whisper Softly' in the title. But the latter eventually won over the former... so there it is. And now, to continue...
Sadistic pedophile and serial killer Laurence Fyche has finally been caught; there's just one problem: his latest victim, Darren Meraux, is still out there somewhere, possibly alive. Detective Akemi Endo and her partner, Malcolm Phoenix, are desperately trying to figure out where he has hidden Darren before the boy dies of dehydration. But when a mysterious man who calls himself
Three decades after the Texas Revolution, whispers of a secret war loomed. Entire families would be taken and never heard from again. 13-year-old Antonio belonged to one such family. Taken to a run-down containment camp and split up from his mother, Antonio meets Maria, a kind 16-year-old girl who becomes his closest friend. However, after an awful massacre, of which Antonio believes he is the only survivor, he leaves with only the shirt on his back and a bible in his hand. He is eventually found by a strange religious group who live in a nearby Monastery, and they tell Antonio that he is special and has to complete three tasks, one of which includes finding the mysterious GodBreath. Meanwhile, Maria, barely alive and having also survived the massacre, stumbles upon a down-on-his-luck con man named Jack, who conned the wrong outlaw. Jack takes Maria back to a nearby town in which he resides with only the worry that the outlaw he had conned will show up to confront his brother, the town's Sheriff. So the two children who were once the closest of friends go separate ways, leaving only room to wonder how their stories will intertwine once again.
"I'm so sick of sarcasm and irony, I could kill! Sincerely, the real root of things is love and sacrifice. Everything else is an illusion. I'm not trying to preach here. I can't tell anybody anything. But I will say, if you're available to them, there are so many great secrets in the world, so many signs. It's when we stop for a moment and listening that the world gets interesting."
~ Ben Foster (Actor)Yeah... I used a quote by an actor... but it was so fitting that I just had to. So yeah, I'm really happy with what I have in this draft. Now I get to have my celebratory headache (I always get a headache after finished a book. I don't know why).