OUtline – Bloody April

Bloody April


When she was ten-years old, APRIL AMBERSIA hid in a closet when two maniacs broke into the house. She saw them murder her parents, their faces she would remember forever.

     She spent the next 10 years living with ETHEL and POWELL MARTIN, a nice couple from church. She works as a waitress at a local COOLIDGE CITY diner. She has been clinically depressed since the murders.

    TOMMY SIMMONS is a local kid who’s always trying to bother April. He has an uncle, SAMMY, whom is returning to town, hasn’t been around for awhile. There is also a new preacher at church, DANIEL MURPHY, who has a wife CYNTHIA, two small kids, and a baby.

    The new preacher is familiar to April, as she makes friends with his wife and kids. April comes to remember Daniel’s face; he was one of the murderers. Tommy and his cousin Sam are heard conspiring, Sammy is advising the boy to get April alone and break her.

    April is spying on Daniel, hears Sammy and the preacher arguing. Sammy threatens his former partners family. She is trying to figure out what to do. She talks with the preacher; he makes a confession about the crimes of his past.

    He talks about the murders. She asks, are you sure there weren’t any witnesses? No, he replies, not that I know of anyway.

     She’s keeping everything inside for now, uncertain how to react, what to do. She agrees to babysit the preacher’s kids. She lets it be known, she knows Sam and Tom will see it as a perfect opportunity to get her and the kids.

    Dan and his wife visit the Martin’s before dinner. Ethel tells them about April’s history. Shows picture of her murdered parents. He realizes whom she is, and that she knows. Talks with his wife privately, decides he has to turn himself in; that will release any hold Sam thinks he has over the preacher.

     A worried friend calls Ethel about April’s plan. Powell calls the police, he and Dan rush back to the house. April is already confronting them, the kids are hidden. 

     Later she talks with Dan and his wife, and the Martins. There is now way to make up for anything he knows. She doesn’t necessarily want him to go to prison, he says maybe he can help God’s will there.

    Sammy lies in a pool of blood, Tommy sits, waiting for prison.


About davepyl

Though I have held many jobs over the years, being a fiction writer has always been my main interest even though I may not have always pursued it well enough. Originally from Princeton, IN, where I graduated High School and took writing related courses, I went on to attend Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN, and obtained a degree in journalism. After working a few years as a journalist and freelance nonfiction writer, I pursed other careers. late in the 90’s my interest in writing fiction resurged with stronger and better ideas, I have taken courses through Full Sail University to help me hone my skills as a creative writer. Now my plans are to focus more on writing fiction in addition to my day job and build it as a career in as many ways as I can: books, short stories, scripts, comicbooks. My writing credentials include: *KNOX COUNTY DAILY NEWS | Feb 1988 – April 1992; Staff Writer / Journalist; * OFFICIAL DETECTIVE MAGAZINE GROUP | 1990 – 1992Freelance Writer / Photographer; *VIETNAM MAGAZINE | April 1995 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Operation Babylift” *MIDNIGHT ZOO | May/June 1991 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Lady In Black” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Summer, 1995 * Contributing Writer Reunion at George Field *QUILTER’S WORLD | April 2004 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Two Visionaries” *STORYTELLER MAGAZINE | Nov/Dec 2010. • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “The Ol’ Conner Place” short story *TALES OF THE TALISMAN | Oct 2011 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Bloody Red Riding Hood” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Fall/Winter 2012 * Contributing Writer Morgan/Bivens Family Reunion * Frontier Tales magazine/ Winter 2012/ Battle of Three Lakes and what inspired you to write your book. The battle between the ani-men and the JLA, from Justice League America issues 221-223-1984.
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