Caller 107 – Book Excerpt – Blog Tour

by Matthew Cox
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Curiosity Quills Press Genres: Paranormal, YA
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Caller 107 – Book Excerpt – Blog Tour

CALLER 107

Caller 107 by Matthew Cox

Released on 22nd July 2014

Excerpt 2 (Chapter 2)

Natalie stood up, looking around at a small basement. Shoplifting had been one thing―now she stood inside a house which did not belong to her. This was serious. This was juvenile hall. Boxes of old junk sat stacked atop some kind of game table, ping-pong, air hockey, whatever. She took a tentative step around the pile, making uneasy faces at a washer and dryer that looked older than she was. Exposed wood overhead had wires set off on tiny porcelain nubs caked with dust. She stopped breathing, terrified someone upstairs could hear it. Minutes passed without a sound.
Nobody is home. Come on, you can’t just stand here. You just broke into someone’s damn house.
She flicked her arms, pulling her sleeves down over her hands. Beyond the ancient appliances, a wooden stairway led up to a narrow door. Holding her hands over her face, she crept to the bottom and peered up at the speck of light coming through the keyhole. The sight of the door hit her as a reminder this was not her house; the urge to throw up flipped over in her gut. The police warned her once for shoplifting and arrested her twice after that. Fortunately, her father had some sway with the department and they were sympathetic.
“Next time, I’m gonna leave you there overnight… or longer,” screamed Mother, in the back of her mind.
Next time… If I get nailed here, I’ll do more than one day.
The night she was arrested had been terrifying enough when all the police did was take her home and yell at her. At least they took the cuffs off before Mom saw them. The idea of going to juvie almost left Hot Pockets on the stairs in front of her. It was too late to dwell on that, already standing in a stranger’s basement. Come on, Nat. Who calls the cops to say someone stole their cocaine? Wait, some people are that stupid. Swallowing hard, she eased her weight into the first step. One by one, she weathered the horrendous, loud creaks on her way to the ground floor.
Manipulating a brass doorknob with sleeve-covered hands frustrated her just short of the point of screaming. No way in hell was she going to touch anything. They must be going crazy outside, wondering what the hell I’m doing in here. She squeezed harder, the navy blue wool just slid over without grip. She grumbled. I look like such a tool. Street punk in a Macy’s coat, really. Natalie wanted nothing more than to get the hell out of there. Whining, she squeezed the knob between both hands, leaning her entire body around in a concerted effort to turn it.
When it opened, she stumbled through into a tiny kitchen. The scent of recent cooking wafted through the air, concentrated around dishes piled in the sink. She nudged the basement door closed with her boot and cringed as it clicked. Ignoring another door that led out to a cramped yard, she edged past a plain oval table toward the interior. As if tiptoeing over a minefield, she scrunched her shoulders and went through an archway into a dining room.
On the wall just inside, a blinking green light made her turn. The flashing came from a white box with a small LCD screen bearing the words ‘Fault 00C.’ That doesn’t look like a thermostat. Oh, shit!

About Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

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