“Saryan” is a young adult mystery fiction. It is centered around four students and some professors of the University of Utah (I will change the name of the university later). Saryan, one of the female students, is the only person who knows that the fire inside Professor’s Hughes lab was purposedly started by a student. In this novel, Saryan attempts to solve this mystery with the help of her closest friend Pearson and her brother Obed.

So far, I have completed only 16 chapters. I halted this work in 2011 because I was concentrating on my studies and career. I am planning to relaunch this project this year.

Here are two excerpts from the first draft. It is unedited so please pardon any errors.

Excerpt: Pearson saves Saryan.

Saryan was awake but she felt as if she was in a coma. She couldn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. She was bleeding from her forehead and her vacant eyes were fixated at the window. She was in her wash tub and there was a wire around her neck. Her beautiful skin had peeled off from several places on her face and arms. Her night clothes were ripped and some of her pretty nails were broken. It seemed as if she had been in a struggle with an offender. Saryan could see buckets of blood oozing out of the tub as it trickled into the crevices of the floor.

“Ma’am is somebody in there? Is someone in there…,” a faint male voice urged cautiously.

Saryan tried to scream but was unable to make any audible sound. Her eyes welled up with tears as she tried to stand up but felt completely paralyzed.

“What’s wrong? What’s wrong? What’s happening?” She felt that her pulse was dying slowly as she stared into the dark abyss. “I can’t breath! I can’t breath.

Oh my God! I can’t move. God, please help.”

All of a sudden Pearson came into the washroom and held Saryan close to him.

Saryan woke up only to hear the wailing of the ambulance.

Copyright © 2010 by Arzoo Zaheer. All Rights Reserved.

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