Title: THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD THROUGH A PADDED ROOM
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
Word Count: 48,000
A drug induced, comatose journey into her own mind is Sophie’s last chance. The experimental therapy is her final, desperate attempt at normal. All she has to do now is survive it.
Dr. Warner’s theory is simple. Find the source of Sophie’s trauma – then they can begin to fix it. Unfortunately, they’ve been working on that for years without progress. She’s avoiding her past, and sabotaging her future. She wants to get better, but she’s too scared to go back. Without being able to revisit her past, she can’t move forward.
Something drastic must be done before she loses herself completely. But the treatment is untested, and dangerous. If she falls too deep into her own mind, there’s a chance she may never come out again. And she has no idea what’s lurking inside.
Sophie could feel it slipping. She was desperate to hang on to it, but it was slipping. Her sanity was getting up and walking out the back door. Drastic times called for drastic measures.
The door locked with a bang, sounding way too much like a prison door being slammed. Looking around, there was nothing but white, so bright it was blinding. She had to squint to take it in. Not that there was much to see. Just the soft walls and ceiling, padded into gigantic tic-tac-toe grids. It was as creepy and clinical as she had imagined. Sophie was officially in the crazy room. Sadly, it was the only place left in the world for her. The only thing missing was the straight jacket.
She heard them slide the little blue pill through the slot in the door. This would be the only communication from anyone until the treatment was over, which could be days. The sliding of pills and food though the slot. But there was no food now. Just the tiny blue pill. Not even water. She gagged. She hated swallowing pills without water.
She walked over, taking a deep breath. There was nothing left to think about. Her decision had been made. She picked up the pill and swallowed it. It slid right down.
Her parents were strongly against Dr. Warner's radical techniques. She’d been in therapy for years, and this was unlike anything else. But Sophie was desperate to try anything. Convincing her parents was another matter, but they could see her slipping too.