CHANNILLO
Merry's Window
By Becky Barton

Series Description:

Merry Cruesdnam is a very sick 10-year-old little girl, confined to her house because of severe, uncontrollable anxiety and physical illnesses that cause seizures and death-like paralysis without warning. She has turned the attic of her family's home in the small New England town of Usher into her private playroom and living quarters. Because of her condition, she spends many hours watching the children run and play, wishing she could join them.

When she meets her neighbor, Bagston Lewy, the two children quickly form a strong bond, and within weeks, they are inseparable. Bagston visits Merry every afternoon after school, and he joins Merry in her fascinating imaginary world she has created in her spacious attic room.

However, as Bagston finds out, things are rarely as they seem in that attic, or with Merry, and seeing is just the beginning. And years later, when a serial killer strikes in Usher, Bagston, now 30, works with police to uncover the killer's identity. He gives authorities every detail he witnessed as he watched the gruesome crimes take place from the same attic where he and Merry played until she died. But will Bagston's witness reports be enough? Or is there something far beyond the surface that, when it unravels, will shake the foundation of Bagston's reality forever?

Category: Short Stories
Updated: Quarterly
Status: Ongoing



Author Bio For Becky Barton:

As I said in the "About Me" section, I am very shy and terrible with talking about myself!! I am a full-time mom, an avid animal lover/cat lady-in-training, and advocate for mental health and illness. I have been writing for over 15 years, and although I am still learning the ropes, I fall more in love with it every day!

Acknowledgements:

Thank you to those of you who know what life has thrown at me while trying to write this and my articles and still stuck by me this far. I know full well that I would have NEVER made it this far without you, and not a day goes by that I am not 200% grateful to all of you for that! I am still very new, but by the time I am finished with this story, it will be something worthy of your support and faith! I love you ALL!!

Notes:

I realize that this story is still one hot mess, but I wanted to go ahead and post a piece of the beginning before I lost the opportunity to write it on here. It will get better, I promise!!







Series Description:

Merry Cruesdnam is a very sick 10-year-old little girl, confined to her house because of severe, uncontrollable anxiety and physical illnesses that cause seizures and death-like paralysis without warning. She has turned the attic of her family's home in the small New England town of Usher into her private playroom and living quarters. Because of her condition, she spends many hours watching the children run and play, wishing she could join them.

When she meets her neighbor, Bagston Lewy, the two children quickly form a strong bond, and within weeks, they are inseparable. Bagston visits Merry every afternoon after school, and he joins Merry in her fascinating imaginary world she has created in her spacious attic room.

However, as Bagston finds out, things are rarely as they seem in that attic, or with Merry, and seeing is just the beginning. And years later, when a serial killer strikes in Usher, Bagston, now 30, works with police to uncover the killer's identity. He gives authorities every detail he witnessed as he watched the gruesome crimes take place from the same attic where he and Merry played until she died. But will Bagston's witness reports be enough? Or is there something far beyond the surface that, when it unravels, will shake the foundation of Bagston's reality forever?

Category: Short Stories
Updated: Quarterly
Status: Ongoing


Author Bio For Becky Barton:

As I said in the "About Me" section, I am very shy and terrible with talking about myself!! I am a full-time mom, an avid animal lover/cat lady-in-training, and advocate for mental health and illness. I have been writing for over 15 years, and although I am still learning the ropes, I fall more in love with it every day!

Acknowledgements:

Thank you to those of you who know what life has thrown at me while trying to write this and my articles and still stuck by me this far. I know full well that I would have NEVER made it this far without you, and not a day goes by that I am not 200% grateful to all of you for that! I am still very new, but by the time I am finished with this story, it will be something worthy of your support and faith! I love you ALL!!

Notes:

I realize that this story is still one hot mess, but I wanted to go ahead and post a piece of the beginning before I lost the opportunity to write it on here. It will get better, I promise!!