And so we finally get to a point in the story where the momentum starts to change a little. This page in particular was quite the challenge to do, as it’s probably the most important page of the entire first chapter. Maybe even the entire series (but that has yet to be seen). For those of you that read the “ABOUT” section of this site, you may (or may not) remember what makes the main character unique. She has the ability to experience the pain, agony, and desperation of those singled out for cruelty. And, this page is the very first time she’s ever experienced it.
The pacing and layout for this page accurately come from a not-so-happy experience in my life. Oddly, it was the perfect template for me to use though. One of the few things I remember today, like it was yesterday, was when I got my very first migraine. I was eighteen years old, and was doing what I normally do…which is have fun. And out of the blue, without warning, I got the sharpest pain I’d ever experienced (on the left side only, to be specific) in my head. I’d had headaches before, but this was so much worse. My vision even became spotty. It was crippling. I remember falling on my knees holding my head while laying the rest of my body (torso) on my bottom bunk bed. I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to cry, yell, pass out, and a host of other things to end the pain. My poor mother didn’t know what was wrong with me, or what to do at the time. Eventually a dark, quiet, freezing room with a side of sleep seemed to do the trick after much suffering. But it was from there that I drew inspiration of this page.
It’s not the happiest thought, but it made for great reference. Ha.