Just Smile And Nod

Just Smile And Nod

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Helium By Helium Updated Nov 19, 2019

"I draw the people I hate at school. I hear the gossip, I hear the lies but I draw what my own eyes see. And I see the embarrassing, devastating, beautiful secrets my peers are try to hide. I had quite the collection of illusions; a sketchbook full of their buried sins... Until the most popular boy, and my most hated, happened upon my misplaced book of secrets."

Alys is faceless, voiceless... and she is free. Being nothing more than an ever shifting shadow is an art she mastered long ago. It's one that allows her to sketch the oblivious people around her; sculpting their true forms without being seen. 

The art within her pages is extraordinary; her hands having an ability to create perfect renditions of the world around them. But Alys' fingers tighten upon each pencil as the dark remnants of her past still haunt her. Her ability remains hidden behind a quiet wallflower's eyes. 

No one must see, no one must know.

For her past is all she knows. 

Yet there's one she despises most of all; a predator hidden amongst a flock of sheep. Hayden; the boy loved and adored by those around him. Hayden; the monster who secretly hated them all.

She never wanted to meet him. She never wanted to have to interact with ANY of them, but that all changed when her only friend was accused of a crime she did not commit in a flurry of senior pranks gone wrong.

In the chaos Alys faces afterwards, she accidentally leaves her condemning book behind. Who else would find it but the popular boy; the devil who fakes it all. 

Hayden has found the most beautiful puppet, a girl who can see anyone for what they truly are- even him. And with art so beautiful, so breathtaking... so dangerous, he entices Alys with a proposition she can't refuse... For she was not the only one with dark secrets in her past.

She would be his puppet, to do as he bid... and he would help her get her retribution, her revenge. 

And in what better form than a mural at graduation. One that might not be as it seemed.