I have completed my novel 'Snowflake Symphony' a portion of which I posted last year - in July, three posts back.
Here is a piece taken from a little way in, rather than the beginning, about Maggie, one of the few characters who appear. She and Sentinel are the central characters around which the novel forms.
One day, when she was almost fourteen, her father had gone.
Not a question to be asked.
Maggie took it at its value – a word with no sentiment, not much significance; a flat, ugly word.
“So what?” she retorted.
“Don't care then.”
Maggie turned and left the kitchen.
Now, he is dead; cremated; is nowhere. This she discovered in a few words spoken when she passed by her mother's house (for that is what it is) that he had left a cottage; 'more a shack' were the words.
“So that's where he went.”
“It must be sold.”
Maggie determined to visit prior to this event; made preparation, telling no one.'