The Malevolent Twin
Mary Sage Nguyen
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller,
Mystery, and a little bit of science fiction.
Date of Publication: April 2015
Kindle ISBN: 978-0996256117
Smashwords ISBN: 978-0996256124
Ebook: 123 pages
Word Count: 37,560
Cover Artist: www.ebooklaunch.com
A murderous wicked twin.
An innocent, law abiding, and oblivious girl.
The ultimate brawl between contrasting sisters!
Murder, mystery, suspense and more
In The Malevolent Twin
Avery is a normal teenager, except for Venice. Venice is Avery’s imaginary friend or so she thinks. When the two begin to fight. Avery starts her investigation, to figure out what Venice really is. She encounters a wise old exorcist, and an albino psychic who assist her, with attempting to remove Venice. Which comes too late as Venice goes on a murdering rampage using Avery’s body. Does Avery survive the Wrath of Venice?
Find out in… The Malevolent Twin
“Ah, the renowned Avery Tran. Pleased to meet you.” Dr. Faulk extended his hand and Avery graciously accepted. “So, shall we get on with it?”
The group followed Dr. Faulk into the back of the clinic. The walls were grey in here as well and there was a long row of patient rooms. Barton Faulk led them to a room at the end of the hall. It was unlike what Avery thought it would be. She had envisioned something more horrifying. The room was very bright and painted a pale yellow, however. The walls had been painted with a jungle theme: monkeys, elephants, gorillas, and tigers filled the room with life, making it look quite whimsical. The CT scanner stood alone in the middle of the room. The outside of the machine was square but it had a round opening and a mechanical bed placed inside it. On the mechanical bed was thin paper. A piece of folded up cloth lay on the bed. Doc- tor Faulk picked it up.
“Avery would you mind putting this on?” he asked. “Sure, that’s fine. Where is the bathroom?” she replied.
“This way, Avery.” Doctor Faulk showed her where the bathroom was.
“Please take off your bra. You can leave your underwear on. Thank you, Avery.” One of the police officers, a female one, went into the bathroom with her.
“Is this really necessary, Lorenzo?” Avery asked. “Yes.” Avery sighed.
She closed the door and examined the clinic’s gown. It was white with blue diamond shapes printed on it. It was not very comfortable and exposed her back. To make matters worse, the female police officer stared at her intently.
“Enjoying yourself?” Avery asked.
“You think I enjoy being locked in a room with a serial killer? The answer is no, but this is part of the job. I signed up to serve and protect.”
“I didn’t do it. My twin Venice did all of it.” The officer laughed, and didn’t respond. She flipped her blond ponytail in displeasure.
Finally, Avery faced her fate. She was placed on the exam- ination table of the CT machine. The officers couldn’t cuff her to the table, since Dr. Faulk complained it would distort the images.
As the CAT scanner took pictures of her body, Avery thought of her mother Muoi. She wondered who would bury her mother. Peter was too unstable to plan funeral arrange- ments. Anna and her husband would probably step up to the plate and do the heavy lifting. She dreaded the thought of spending life in prison, or even facing the death penalty. What she dreaded even more was the thought of going to the nail salon without her mother. All the gossiping and memories there with Muoi: it would never be the same.
After the CT scan Avery sat in one of the small patient rooms, waiting for Dr. Lisa Sen to come into the room. She was running late. There were only two police officers in the room. The rest stood outside. Lorenzo paced back and forth. He was nervous. What if Avery didn’t have a parasitic twin in her? What would his argument be to the jury? He was going up against Clark Singleton. This Dallas district attorney has a ruth- less reputation.
“Oh, my, I am so sorry, I am late,” Lisa Sen said, opening the door. She glanced around the cramped room. She had an olive complexion and dark eyes to match her hair color.
“You guys can wait outside,” Lorenzo mentioned to the officers. “She isn’t going anywhere. Don’t be buffoons, there are no windows. How can she escape?” he answered as one of the officers opened his mouth to protest.
“So, let’s see what we have here.” Lisa Sen put one of the images up on the board. She switched on the light.
“Oh, this is a horrible image. Let’s use another one.” “Doctor, is it possible the parasitic twin can control Avery?” She had never heard the term parasitic twin, but now it made sense to Avery. It clicked perfectly with Venice’s story about them being sisters.
“Anything is possible, I just need to get a better image.” Dr. Sen adjusted her black-rimmed glasses.
“Ah, I see it now. Yes, there it is connected to her spinal cord.” She pointed to a massive cerebrum. “I didn’t expect this at all. Oh, wow. It looks like it is even functioning. Just like a regular cerebrum would.”
“What is a cerebrum?” Avery asked.
“A brain, dear.”
“What, so Venice is a brain?”
“I believe so… the medical definition of a parasitic twin is an undeveloped twin who is completely dependent on the complete fetus called an autosite.” Dr. Sen started shuffling through more images. “I can’t believe it, amazing! Just fascinating, I have never seen anything like this.”
“Dr. Sen, can you prove that this twin can take control of her body in court?”
“Why, certainly. I just can’t believe it. This is a scientific discovery. It must be studied and recorded.”
“What do you think I am? Some lab rat to be used at your disposal?” Avery was enraged by the doctor’s reaction.
“Now, now, Avery. Calm yourself. Remember she is here to aid you.”
“Can’t you get rid of it?” Avery asked Lisa Sen.
“This is a breakthrough to science! How can I destroy it? It is beautiful! I have never encountered an unequally conjoined twin that was alive!”
“That’s it! I am going to destroy her once and for all. I know where she’s located now.” Avery grabbed a needle off the counter. Lorenzo lunged at her and tried to restrain her.
“Guards, guards, guards!” he screamed. The police officers came busting through the door and restrained the deranged Avery. Dr. Sen injected Avery with a tranquilizer.
About the Author
Mary Sage Nguyen is the youngest daughter of Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants. Vietnamese was the language spoken at home, so the only way she was able to learn English was through the public school system. Even though English was not spoken at home, Mary became an avid reader as a young child and always dreamed of being a writer someday.
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