The Unpretenders

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
Feeling their lives to be pointless, and their prospects bleak, two young schoolgirls embark upon a journey of liberation, and discover what it truly means to live life without a mask, without ties... and without limits.

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The Unpretenders

Submitted: January 21, 2014

Everyone in the class had been handed their essays back, except for me. "A-plus," said Carol, waving her papers in my face. She probably ... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 22, 2014

There was a time, not so long ago, when claiming to have come from another planet would likely have resulted in some rather unpleasant co... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 23, 2014

Astronomers could never be accused of downplaying the physical challenges of living on other planets - at least the ones that we're aware... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 24, 2014

Isobel stood motionless at the foot of her bed and stared intently into her open suitcase, which was resting upon it. "Having second thou... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 26, 2014

There was a moment of confusion as we approached an impressive Georgian manor, at the end of a long driveway. Certainly it wasn't the kin... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 28, 2014

Julian stood up and proceeded to fetch the book that Isobel had earlier dropped. He then placed it on the coffee table and returned to hi... Read Chapter

Submitted: January 29, 2014

I returned to the house to find Isobel in the kitchen, where she had donned an apron and appeared to be shredding carrots. "What are you ... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 01, 2014

In the centre of the space was a circular platform, about the size of a tractor tyre, with gently sloping sides. It was black in colour, ... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 03, 2014

In light of that evening's unexpected and thrilling events, I found Isobel's exuberance over our bed for the night to be a little misplac... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 03, 2014

Sleep did not come easily, that night, as my mind relentlessly cogitated over everything that had happened. For despite Julian's insisten... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 05, 2014

It had been almost two years since I'd observed Isobel sleeping. On that occasion we were sharing a tent together, during a camping holid... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 06, 2014

For some reason I began to recollect a book that I'd once read. It was about a woman who, due to an inexplicable event, found herself com... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 06, 2014

Shortly after Isobel had gone downstairs to make breakfast, I suddenly heard an almighty thud, followed by a series of smaller bangs and ... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 07, 2014

Clearly Julian had every intention of satisfying our desires, and I had no reason to doubt his ability to do so. It seemed almost inevita... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 08, 2014

Julian had tried to warn me that a storm was coming, but I thought that he was referring to the weather. He wasn't. And when it did final... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 09, 2014

Julian had allowed it to happen. There was no other explanation. Why, after all, had he done nothing in response to our having run away f... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 11, 2014

By the time I'd gone downstairs, and opened the front door, the anomalous person had disappeared. Or perhaps I had imagined the whole thi... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 12, 2014

I didn't know which was worse: the madness at home, the madness at school, or the madness of society itself, to which the former owed the... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 14, 2014

Two hundred and fifty-seven text messages. One hundred and twelve e-mails. Eight old-fashioned letters, including one very welcome offer ... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 15, 2014

Julian had taught me that contained within every problem lied the seed of its optimal solution, but that such seeds rarely ever germinate... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 16, 2014

I wanted everything to be just the same, that evening. Just the same as it was on our first evening, when Izzy bounced dementedly on the ... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 18, 2014

I looked forward to sleeping. I had started to use it as a kind of gauge, to determine my level of consciousness. For if my understanding... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 19, 2014

I didn't know very much about cars. Julian drove a black Audi, among others. It was an R8 model, according to the badge, but that didn't ... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 20, 2014

Isobel had texted me even before I'd left the building. "You nailed it again," she wrote, followed by a smiley. Or, rather, I thought it ... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 22, 2014

"Stay calm," said Julian. "Show no reaction, no emotion, no surprise." He almost made it sound as if we were on a safari, being confronte... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 23, 2014

"Hell is other people," wrote the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Many have since contended that this famous line - from a 1944 play... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 25, 2014

The whole notion of zipping around the galaxy in a spaceship was "quaint," according to Julian, and "founded on backwards human thinking.... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 27, 2014

I didn't realise it straight away, but exposure to the Eternal Blessing had deeply affected me. For I saw how the book had transformed an... Read Chapter