Chapter Three

A new novel in the making.

A New Novel in the Making

I'm working on a new novel. Here's the third chapter of it. Let me know what you think about it. You find a Facebook comment form below the text. I post each new chapter when it is completed. The first chapter is here: Chapter One

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Ever Young. Novel by Stefan Stenudd.

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Don't Touch

The door to Thomas' room opens slowly. Caroline peeks in, chewing on a sandwich. She remains in the doorway. The thick curtains are closed, blocking most of the daylight, and no lamp is lit. There is complete silence, making Caroline hold her breath at first.

The whole room looks the same, except for the empty bed. It is very tidy. No cover, but perfectly made with the sheets, the blanket and the pillow. The light from the doorway shines right on the bed, so that its neat and flat surface stands out even more.

Caroline stays in the doorway, taking the last bites of the sandwich and looking at Thomas' bed.

"Don't touch anything, Caroline!"

It is her mother, who comes up behind her.

"I wasn't going to."

Ruth passes her and walks to the window.

"So, why did you close the curtains? I don't want this gloom in here."

"I didn't."

Ruth yanks the curtains apart with a sudden movement. As the daylight bursts in, a sudden gasp is heard. Ruth glances at her daughter, who looks right back at her. They pause for a second.

"Well, I sure didn't," Ruth states firmly. "And you know that your father wouldn't even come near this room."


"What do you mean, still? It's not even a week. This will be with us for life."

Ruth pulls at the curtains again, although they are already completely open.

"For life," she repeats.

Caroline looks at the neat bed again. It shimmers in the light from the corridor and the fading afternoon light from the window. Ruth heads for the door, reaching it in a few big steps.

"No more sandwiches. There'll be dinner soon, when all the guests have left."

As she leaves the room, she makes Caroline back away from the doorway and closes the door behind them. Then she disappears down the stairs.

© Stefan Stenudd, February 2014

Chapter Four

All the chapters posted so far:
  1. Light and Dark

  2. Mumbles

  3. Don't Touch

  4. Not a Word

  5. Swings

  6. He Talked to Me

  7. Was It Quick?

  8. Flossing, Too

  9. The Lower Canines

  10. Two Dots

  11. The Creep

  12. The Goth Stuff

  13. Nine Months

  14. Like a Rat

  15. Morning

  16. Some Things Take Forever

  17. If He Doesn't

  18. One Little Thing

  19. Another One

  20. Playing It Safe

  21. The Netherworld

  22. Never Grow Old

  23. It Sounds Trite

  24. Dying Is Terrible

  25. Just Kids Playing

  26. He Didn't Know

  27. Maybe the Only One

  28. I Don't Hear It

  29. Honesty

  30. Secrets

  31. I Care

  32. Treacherous Longevity

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