Another entry in our Write Across Sussex competition.
Mark Joseph was a best-selling author, a multibillionaire. You could say he was one of the most successful people in the UK. But everything changed when he wrote that book…
Mark was excited. He was about to announce his new book, Paralyzed. It was about a girl who, after an encounter with the devil, was slowly paralyzed until she couldn’t write anymore. It was one of his more morbid books. He slipped on his fancy shoes that probably cost more than his rent, but it was basically pennies on his enormous salary. Mark quivered in excitement, then opened the doors onto his balcony, looking down into the huge crowd of fans!
“Thank you, thank you! Now, the reason why I’ve asked you to come here is because I have an announcement to make!” A chorus of cheering went up, as he had anticipated; “I have written a new book! It’s called Paralyzed! Rocky! Steve! Start giving out the books!” The crowd screamed and trampled each other to get a book, even though there was enough for everyone. “I’m doing signings in the library, so make sure to be there!”
Mark was signing the last few books, and he finished scrawling down his name on the last book when he saw the people excitedly reading the book, one woman froze and fell over like she was made of cardboard! Someone screamed and people started to freeze and drop all over the place! Mark’s eyes widened in horror... “It’s the book! STOP! Stop reading!” Before long, everyone in the library was silent and still… and not because the librarian told them to!
Mark ran out of the library into a war zone! Cars were crashing and flames were everywhere! Too many people were reading! The street was soon full of flames and horrific people-statues. They were paralyzed! All of them! Mark ran home to see all of his bodyguards frozen, leaning against the walls. Not much had changed there, then…. All of his servants, the cooks, the housekeepers… Loads of people must like his book, his very own servants had read some! But this wasn’t the time to be flattered…How could he change them back!? He called emergency services but all he could hear was the occasional shout and banging from people dropping - literally - like flies! Surely not everyone had read it- Oh! His announcement had been broadcasted live with an extract of the book on national TV! Almost everyone in the country, maybe even the world could have heard it! But then again… How had he not been affected though? Mark thought to himself. He had wrote the thing, and read it loads… As he thought about it, a dull thud behind him made him jump! One of the security guards fell, and landed on his TV remote. The huge plasma screen flickered to life, and as Mark turned, he saw his own book! No! He started to look away but he felt cold and stiff… No! He was going to be paralyzed forev-
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