Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Hazel Meades would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Sussurio

By Hazel Meades All Rights Reserved ©

Drama / Action

Blurb

After discovering that her best friend was a superhero, Lily Branston picks up the mask in her friend's stead and decides to take on her killer; the terrifying Scorpionette. However, as she tries to exact justice for her friend (although revenge is probably the more accurate term), Lily finds herself wondering how the hell Rory managed to maintain her alter ego along with her grades and relationships.

Lily: The Funeral

Jim is next to me, holding my hand but the pressure of his skin against mine feels uncomfortable. I want to move away but I know that he’s trying to be there for me and the least I can do is appreciate the effort he’s putting in. After all I’ve done in the past month, I owe him that much. I know what Rory would say if she was still alive, if she wasn’t in the coffin that we’re all standing around.

You can’t ignore the problem forever, Lil.

My grip on Jim’s hand tightens. Sure I can. I can ignore anything for as long as I damn well please. You’re dead for god’s sake; it’s not like you can tell me any different!

Yep, no problem there at all.

Even in my head Rory’s still the sarcastic bitch I’ve always known her to be and, considering the grave I’m standing beside, the thought is surprisingly reassuring. It’s good to know that I’ve still got some part of her with me.

Rory Holland was my best friend and she died before her time. The official story is that she had a severe allergic reaction to a bug bite and the paramedics couldn’t reach her fast enough, not with everything else that was going on (of course, the university was very insistent on the fact that, while she had died on campus, it was so not the establishment’s fault).

I know it’s bull and I know that for two reasons:

Reason no. 1 - saying Rory is allergic to bugs is like saying fish are allergic to water. Whether it’s a puppy or a cockroach, you’ll find her trying to commune with the damn thing (in retrospect, I’m surprised I didn’t cotton on to her abilities earlier).

Reason no. 2 - I know for a fact that she died trying to save a building full of students from a cyclone of scorpions (I’m not being dramatic. I’m pretty sure that’s actually one of the official terms for a group of scorpions, if Google can be relied upon).

It’s almost funny how I never figured it out until then. Rory never spoke to anyone when she was in costume as “The Whisperer”, never even gave press conferences but that’s no excuse. The velvet mask clung to her facial structure so tightly that I can’t believe I never noticed the similarities. I should’ve known. It shouldn’t have taken the scream as her skull was crushed for me to realise the truth.

And yet here we are.

Her parents had to have known, right? But it’s not really the kind of question I feel comfortable asking. Not right now anyways. Not in the middle of my ex-best friend’s funeral.

“Lilpad?”

I try not to crush Jim’s fingers and fail. Badly.

“Jesus!”

He yanks his hand away. I feel distinctly satisfied and guilty all at once.

“I am not twelve!” I snap.

Jim nods warily, an apology in his eyes that I’m too annoyed to accept right now. For the time being I’ll ignore the hurt look on his face; it’s getting easier for me to pretend that our relationship doesn’t affect me and I know Jim. He’ll probably put my emotional withdrawal down to my best friend dying and all that jazz. He’s not entirely wrong.

“Lil,” he sighs. “We should probably go.”

Most of the others have gone by now. We’re the last people here and part of me knows he’s right.

“Just a little longer.”

Jim shifts uncomfortably by my side.

“Lil, you know I have to be -”

“Go,” I say.

He looks taken aback and I try to soften my voice. It isn’t his fault that I feel like someone’s punched a hole through my chest. She was my best friend. I should’ve known. I should’ve been able to work it out.

“Go,” I repeat. “I want to be alone with her for a while.”

Jim looks from me to the grave, dubiously.

“Are you -”

“I’m sure.”

He stares at me a little longer but eventually seems to see something he agrees with (God knows what) and leaves me alone to grieve.

I sit down on the grass beside the gravestone, reach into my coat pocket and let my fingers drift across crumpled velvet. I don’t quite dare take the mask out into my hands, even though I know that this section of the graveyard is deserted but somehow the smooth fabric comforts me. It’s a stark reminder that, to the Scorpionette, Rory was just another superhero to beat into the ground (or, more specifically, into a fire extinguisher).

I won’t be.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Hazel Meades
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Riskaninda Maharani: This story told about love between Christopher Schlösser (a German) and Anggia Selestina (an Indonesian) that happened in Düsseldorf, Germany in an autumn. The German autumn which was so different with the autumn in the other four season countries, especially in Anggia's eyes when her heart-movin...

ga1984: I really enjoyed it! Characters were deep and plot was pretty complex. A bit on the violent side but it doesnt detract from the story. Very dark but situations make sense. Ends kinda abruptly and later chapters will need some editing work. I'm assuming there's more in the works?

John Smith: This is what Sci Fi is all about. Reads like early Heinlein. In the style of Space Cadets. No esoteric problems..but good ol blaster and space action with a host of relatable characters

taosgw74: If this is the authors first attempt at writing, I'm floored. I was engrossed in the plot from the get go.

PaulSenkel: If you like Arthur C. Clarke's Odyssey, especially The Final Odyssey, then you will probably also enjoy this book. I definitely did.It does, however, address a more adolescent public than the above-mentioned book.I enjoyed the story and finished it in a few days. The overall situation on earth an...

racer47: What has been written is wonderful. I'm dying to be able to read the rest .A captivating story. The plot and story line is amazing. I feel like I'm right there .

FateFellShort: I have read this story and have followed the writers on tumblr from the beginning. Its a wonderful story. Beautifully written with a really nice pace, that makes it enjoyable to read more than once. For me, fairy tail has very good characters but what the writers have done is give them more depth...

Dinzy: It was a great hook. I do not like reading scifi because they end up being like all the rest but this one kept me wanting more.

aleesamarshall1113: This is my first book reading on here and I absolutely loved it! If you like a book that'll keep you up late at night then this is your go to. What makes this novel so special is that it shows that even if your not blood related some people would put your needs before there's.

More Recommendations

Jean Tryon: As a beta, I found this story outstanding!! Plot, grammar, phraseology, etc Rachel gives us it all. She takes the story into the future from where due South ends. She is an exacting and thoughtful author.

Sandra Estrada: I loved every minute of it and I thank my lucky stars that brought me to the story, it's been a whirlwind of emotions, plot twist after plot twist but I never got tired of them. Abby and Kade's story is a hard one to understand but once you're submerged in their story and love, you can't help but...

mrh: This interesting take on the Harry Potter series fascinated me from line one on. I am in love with this tale and its characters and cannot wait to read the next chapter. I look forward to more soon.When can I expect the next chapter? I am so excited to read it!

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
King's Lament

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."