Title: Snow Globe
Word Count: 38,000
Genre: MG Fantasy Horror
Milo is not just any dog; he is twelve-year-old Lily’s best friend, hero and confidante. Especially since her parents seem to have forgotten she even exists. So the ‘No Dog’ policy at their soon-to-be new house is not an option. Yet this fact has passed by her parents with only a brief blip, who are failing to take action to stop the move. It leaves Lily with no choice but to run away with Milo.
Getting sucked into her Grandpa’s magic snow globe was not part of her plan, but hey, the magical world of Silver Moon is perfect. Coincidence? The Queen of the land treats them as family. They live in a castle. Milo has a velvet bed. At last Lily feels like she belongs somewhere. So what’s with Milo’s bad attitude? He warns her something’s not right, that the people smell rotten. They fight. Lily leaves to lunch with the Queen and returns to find him gone.
Tick tock. The game is on. Can she find Milo before it is too late, and she is lost forever?
First 250 words:
Lily Ellis wished her parents had waited until after breakfast for their latest fight. Or chosen to have it anywhere other than the kitchen. She was hungry. But knowing better than to walk in on them mid row, she waited at the top of the stairs and stared at the wonky family photo slipped off its nail. Not surprising after all the recent door slamming. Hanging lopsided, their smiling faces looked ready to fall out of the frame and on to the floor. She straightened it up; saving them all and wishing it were as simple as that in real life.
Milo nudged her hand with his nose. Thank God she had him. Her hero dog, her best friend, rescued four years ago when she was eight, from a shelter when no one else wanted him. Funny, it felt like he’d been rescuing her ever since.
His ears pricked up at the sound of his name.
‘I heard that too.’ What did Milo have to do with anything? ‘Come on.’ They crept down the stairs and waited at the bottom, listening.
‘Well at least we’ll save some money,’ she heard her mum shout.
‘I can’t believe you just said that,’ her dad shouted back.
‘Look, I’m just trying to find the good in all this.’
‘There is nothing good about this. Nothing good at all. Milo has to go. Tell me how that’s good?’
No, no, no. Lily must’ve heard that wrong.
‘Fine. I know, okay?’ her mum said. ‘It’s not good. But there’s nothing we can do. We have to find him a new home.’