Notice how Lilah's description of the setting creates a strong mood in this opening paragraph.
The third-floor bedroom was an average room. Dove wallpaper with tangled vines in the background covered the walls. The doves seemed as though they were trying to fly away, but never could move. There was also a window, an ordinary (although old) window with sort of transparent curtains. Under the window was a radiator, which was weird because the window was south facing and the giant house was on the coast of Florida. A couple feet from the window was a dresser, medium size, with six drawers that no one opened for a simple reason... but why, no one knew. This was the bedroom the children slept in... until someone left the window open.
Sarah Pemberton is a teacher, a writer, and the founder of Write Now!. Sarah lives in Portland, Oregon with her two daughters.