Lucy stands at the bottom of the stairs, admiring her reflection in the front hall mirror. Her blue and white dress is crisp and clean. Her hair is neatly brushed and held in place with a ribbon that matches her dress. Her black patent shoes gleam as though they’ve never been worn. She is the very picture of a young lady, according to her parents. Lucy’s not sure that’s true, but she never argues.
Ever since that incident in daycare, Lucy has been very careful to follow the rules and keep her thoughts to herself. She always colours inside the lines and never misses a beat. Akin to her shoes, Lucy gleams like a porcelain doll, new in its box.
It’s possible she could have gone on that way forever. Then again, it may simply have been a matter of time.
Either way, the day that Billy Stevens took it upon himself to comment on her artwork changed everything. He’d looked at her perfect picture of her perfect house with its perfect fence and he’d snorted.
“God Lucy,” he’d said with a mean-spirited laugh endemic to twelve-year-old boys, “your work is so pedantic.”
Billy had clearly been impressed with himself for using such a big word, even if he had just learned it in English class. He’d chortled to himself and looked for someone else to pick on.
Lucy had said nothing, but ever since that day she’d been possessed with a burning desire to prove Billy Stevens wrong. She wanted to show him just how creative she could be.
Now, Lucy turns and makes her way up the stairs with a bounce in her step. Carefully, she steps over the bodies of Billy’s parents. She doesn’t want to get any blood on her gleaming shoes. Smiling, she throws open the door to Billy’s bedroom where he is tied up, waiting for her. Today he will be her canvas. And he will finally see just how talented Lucy really is.
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