After a pause, she continued, voice more level and controlled, but with its undeniable trembling waver betraying the fear coursing through her.
And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you! Another pause, the spike of threatening anger giving way to a moment of quiet as a collection of memories terrifying images and sounds that sent shivers trickling down her spine replayed itself in her mind. And you know I can do it: I saw Indians smash my dear parents heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!
Hazel Jungs eyes darted down to the dog-eared photocopy of The Crucible clutched within her hands, flicking over the highlighted lines shed just recited as she caught her breath from the concoction of emotions shed just been attempting to convey. After a moments pause, a contented grin washed over her face; it was a heavy and important speech, and to know it off by heart so soon after shed been introduced to the play could only be a good thing. Before going off-book shed too often find herself double-checking the script every couple of words, which always killed momentum in moments like these. To know that was slightly less of a possibility right now just made her day.
Checking her wristwatch, she decided that the length of time surpassed during her after-school rehearsal, combined with the progress shed made with line-learning, meant a break had been well-earned. She crossed to the edge of the vacant classroom, sneakers clip-clopping against the flooring, and let her legs dangle over the edge of her chosen seat as she sifted through her backpack, retrieving a granola bar and a bottle of water. Taking a sweet mouthful of oats and fruit and washing it down with a swig of water, Hazel rested her head on her hand calmly, letting herself relax in the tranquil and quiet serenity of the area.