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 copies left
You can choose from our best books below
Suzi Barton-Romanoff would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Vacancy

By Suzi Barton-Romanoff All Rights Reserved ©

Drama

Chapter 1

Chapter 1 : 1949

She was expecting this, something eventually had to happen and it had to be her. She wasn't an elderly woman but she wasn't a teenager either. It was that sort of in-between age where crazy things could go on in life and this might have been one of them.

In that current moment she was thinking about how the situation at hand had turned into a nightmare, that this wasn't the way to go but it had to anyway.

Distantly she could hear shouts of a deep baritone voice. She didn't want him to find her yet, it was much too early for that but from her restrictions it wasn't like she was going to run off, actually she couldn't even move her hands, just struggle frantically.

After the drugs had worn off she begun to take in her surroundings, an empty house in central Cardiff, her hands tied behind her back. The deep purple silk around her neck was the next thing she noticed, along with the fact that she seemed to be standing on a strong metallic stool. Then, on the maroon sofa, a man, dressed in all black apart from the military style jacket, seated casually with a duffle bag filled with the parts for a sniper gun. The man slid out a box and took out a cigar, flicked on a lighter and took a long drag.

"I'm glad you're awake, it's going to be so much more fun like this," he said, a weak welsh accent and an undercover strong Irish brew. "You know, your partner-in-crime is about to come exploding in here, in such a fearsome terror. He'll be arriving in, oh, 9 minutes. And you'll certainly want to put a show on for him, one he can't save you from. Something painful and slow, but first.."

She had been keeping silent until he leapt up, she let out a small yelp making her wobble on the stool.

"Oh, no, dear, mustn't die yet, I've got to give you something."

Grinning he pulled forward another of the silver stools and jumped up on it so that he was towering over her slightly. She tried to pull away but his left hand gripped the back of her head, his right wrist went to his mouth where her bit down quickly and forced it onto hers.

"There, there, now. Drink up you're going to need it," he sang, "Oopsies, almost forgot, I'm Nathaniel, call me Nate if you like."

He finally pulled away and with the utmost elegance and got back to the floor. She was still spluttering as she gasped out, "Why did you do that to me? I I don't-"

"Yes, well, it had to be done, don't worry. But now, I've got to do this!" With sudden movements he slammed back the stool with a powerful kick and she dropped almost 4 inches, dangling harshly from the ceiling. The purple of the silk choking her, definitely not suiting her bluey-green mermaid hair and reddening face.

Nate gave one last announcement before leaving, "Like I said, darling, don't worry, lover-boy'll be here in a few mo's. Ciao, Lexi," Finally with an actual swoosh, he left grandly.

She didn't have long and her vision had begun to get spotty. This was it and there was nothing she could do but she knew who was coming. Leila didn't want him to see her dying, dead maybe but on her way to actually being dead was different; he would try to save her.

The door was in splinters within moments and suddenly he was in the room staring at her horrified at the scene.

"HELP ME GET HER DOWN."

One of his men beside him rushed forward to an abandoned stool while he brought out his switchblade and clambered onto the stool, slashing at the fabric.

'It's too late, I'm so sorry. There's nothing you can do,' she thought, 'I'm sorry, my love.'

Her eyes were drooping and one of her last glimpses was the face of the man she adored so much. I'm sorry, my love. His arms curled her closer to him as he took what he thought would be their last embrace, he closed his lips around her bloodied ones, sealing her last few moments with a kiss.


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

allisonflin: Without a doubt the most well written story that I have read on this site. Informative, discriptive, well punctuated. Then we have the story itself, which by the way I am waiting on the edge of my seat for part two of, the characters are more than likeable, you feel them and their emotions...

sherylprins: A thoroughly enjoyable read, "Everything Changes in Spring" by first time novelist Robyn Prins. An intriguing read that illustrates the effects misconceptions can have on relationships.Great characterisations with a plot filled with twist and turns that keeps you engaged throughout the whole book...

ianwatson: The comedy is original and genuinely funny, I have laughed out loud many times reading this book. But the story and the plot are also really engaging. The opening two or three chapters seem quite character-dense but they all soon come to life and there is no padding, filling or wasted time readin...

Alkira Joan: Great story, I found it hard to read especially the dialogue. You just need to fix up some spelling errors and the gramma .I enjoyed this book. was a little hard to get though.,.,..,.,.,,..,.,.,, , , , ,.,, , , , , , , ,., , ,.,,,,,

kendrak1122: this is awsome and a good book to read while on the way home or on the bus. And me personally hope that there will be more chapters or books 💗💗💗💗💗 so heres a question will there be more or not? I hope so

brettylee: The narrative is slick yet punchy. Life, Family and Friends I believe is the core message so it’s easy to relate to. It’s surprisingly action packed. The author does a good job at keeping you guessing. Just when you think all is right, whack, the unexpected happens. The dialogue is energetic and ...

Laraine Smith: My only suggestion on the grammar is to use www.grammarcheck.net. I have it bookmarked on Google Chrome. I see myself in the determination in this beautiful story! I have Cerebral Palsy, and I have dreams that I have been working hard for, too! The humor made me laugh!

emmaneal74: I loved this booked. Would definitely buy it when published and read it again. The story flowed in such a way I just couldn't put it down. I was never confused about the characters or their roles in the story which can happen sometimes with so many lead. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to r...

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...

More Recommendations

RodRaglin: Your writing is very good, Rachel, but remember you also have to entertain the reader and in that regard it's a bit sparse in action and dialogue.Consider when revising...When starting a new story always consider your protagonist's Goal - what they want; Motivation - why they want it; and, Confli...

christylynnr5: This was beyond amazing! I loved this book. The characters seemed so real. It was amazing how the author let Zak and Kaylees personalities slowly change. This story was very sad and eye opening. It could teach some people a very worthy lesson. It was a great combination of romance, mystery, and a...

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...

haleythompson: This book was absolutely amazing! I loved the close relationship between Honey and her parents, I also found it was interesting to see how Honey had changed as her and Liam became closer. Overall this was a great book and I hope the author writes a second, but if not continue writing because I l...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.