My plan for the A - Z Challenge is to write every post as if it were a diary entry by a character from my WIP. Today's post comes from Leah Walker.
I don't really like to talk too much about my youth because ... it was really, really dull. The town I grew up in was boring, and there was nothing much to do for the kids who lived there. The nearest cinema was a 20 minute bus ride away, the nearest nightclub, a 30 minute bus ride. That made it quite hard to get up to any of the normal teenage mischief. Well, that's not completely true. I did the usual thing of saying I was staying at my friend's house, while her parents thought she was at mine so we could sneak out and be rebellious but even with the best of imaginations, there wasn't much we could do.
My childhood wasn't terrible or anything, but one of the reasons I was so desperate to get away from my tiny Cornish town was so that, if I am lucky enough to have children one day, they will grow up in a place where they won't have to spend their time hanging around the local parks, bored out of their minds because there is nothing fun for them to do. Obviously, I didn't need to go as far as L.A to get that. There are plenty of places in Cornwall that aren't deathly boring. But getting away from the mistakes I made there ... that required a lot of distance.
Don't get me wrong, the town I grew up in is very sweet, very pretty and the people are really nice. (I'll tell you more about it tomorrow). It just isn't a place I ever want to live again.