That crazy Mama Kat is at it again. This weeks writing prompts are something else. I've decided on #3. check out the choices and stop over at her site if you want to do one.
1.) You awaken with amnesia in what looks to be an igloo. You have $4 and a rock in one pocket, and a toothbrush in the other. Someone is staring at you. Write this scene.
2.) Write a 16-line poem (rhyming or non-rhyming) about a moment from your childhood that changed your life for the better.
3.) You're sitting at work one day and receive a text message from an unrecognized number. The text says, "I have the money and hid the body." You think this is a practical joke from a friend, so you play along at first. But the more texts you receive, the more you realize that it isn't a joke. Write the text conversation you have with this unknown texter.
4.) 10 of my absolute worst pet peeves...
5.) Fictionalize an event that happened to one of your parents, friends, or siblings
"Do you swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God?". I've never been overly religious but I'm pretty sure from the countless hours of Law and Order I've watched the correct answer is YES, or I DO, wait maybe that's from a wedding story. FOCUS Amy this is real life. "Um...Yes".
"Please take a seat Ms. McMean" I feel my whole body start to shake in that tiny witness stand. I should have just erased the message, I should have just ignored it. I should have been working and not playing snood and texting people to begin with. But it's a tad late for "I should'ves" now. It's time to face the music, it's clear I wasn't a party to this mess, just an unfortunate bystander. I'm sure they will understand, the police seemed to understand. Wow that's the guy. He looks....well not as menacing as I had thought. FOCUS Amy! the man in the suite is coming your way! FOCUS!
"Ms. McMean can you please explain the happenings of (glances down at his notes) November 4, 2008."
"I got up and voted. I went to work like normal."
"And then Ms. McMean? Explain what happen later. What is it you told the officers later that evening"
"I was working and I received a text message. I um...didn't recognize the number, but I thought it was just my friend Deakster. We joke around a lot and I thought it was him."
"Really you (points at ME, this guy must have gone to HARVARD he's so quick) and your friend think it's funny to joke about money and dead bodies?"
Hum? How do I answer that? If i say yes, I'm a sick fuck, if i say no, I'm a fibber, I just said "I thought it as my friend and we joke around" ah Christ. "I work at the obit desk so talking about dead bodies is the norm for me."
"So you claim to not know my defendant, You claim you weren't advising him as to what he should do, but he claims he knows you. He claims you are his partner in crime and we have the text messages that would claim HE, not you, is telling the truth."
NOT LOOKING SO GOOD SLICK. They always told me my sense of humor would be my downfall. Good game Christ. "That guy makes stuff up, I've never seen him in my life. I swear I thought it was my friend joking with me."
"How about you read your messages (hands me a list) and I'll read my clients."
My eyes dart over to the DA's desk and she nods her head. We went over this before court. I'll read my stuff and explain what happen. Everything will be OK, she old me. Yeah well Ms. Barbie over there with her polished hair and shiny shoes isn't the one being linked to this nut job killer. Everything hasn't been fine, and I'm not so sure she has a real Law degree. I know how she got to the top and I don't think it was her study habits. But she's my legal counsel so, here goes.
~I have the money and hid the body just like you told me to.
Me~ LOL just like I told you.
~I did what we had planned.
Me~ Hooray we are rich.
~I don't know about rich but we've got some dough now. This was a great idea.
Me~ I'm full of great ideas. So what are you doing?
~Cleaning up the blood from inside the van
Me~ Yeah you should just torch it, don't you watch Law and Order. This was to easy.
~U R right. I'll find a nice place and burn the thing to the frame.
Me~ So wheres the body, maybe I'll do the obit tomorrow
~Where you told me to put it
Me~ In the freezer?
~Should I put it there?
Me~ If you don't want it to smell
~I used a knife, it's such a mess. I tossed the pieces in the river.
Me~ Should have used the chainsaw like in American Psycho. The river is lame
~To time consuming. You told me in the river.
Me~ I know I know. You want to watch a movie tonight.
~? NO. I want to get out of Dodge tonight. I just bought us train tickets
Me~ No really do you want to watch a movie?
~NO REALLY I WANT TO GET OUT OF DODGE
Me~ I have to get back to work, it's been fun I'll talk to you later kick the dog for me
~?What dog? What are you talking about? I'll pick you up at 5 like planned and we'll get out of here.
"According to the police report you told the officers that you over heard something on the police scanner at work?"
"Yeah it was at that point I heard a voice on the scanner say they were responding to a van fire in an abandoned lot near the train station. Suddenly I thought things seemed odd."
"It took hearing this on a police scanner to think something might be odd?"
"I told you I thought it was my friend joking around. I......(tearing up) I'm not involved with this murder. (turning to the jury and gripping the edge of the witness stand) I know it looks bad, I'm sure it looks bad, but I didn't.....I never......
"Objection your honor."
"I thought it was a joke!"
"I ask that the jury be instructed to disregard this emotional outburst."
"You are asked to put this out of your mind. Continue reading Ms.McMean"
Me~ Where r u?
~ Leaving the train station?
Me~ There's a van fire being reported near the train station.
~ Those fire geeks are quick!
~I didn't think they would get here this fast.
Me~ WHO IS THIS?
~Stop messing around
an hour later~Hey
two hours later~partner we are almost done don't get cold feet now.
5 p.m.~ Where are you? It's 5 you aren't here.
"Ms.McMean where were you? Why did you stop talking to your "friend"? Or should I say accomplish?"
"I was at the police station reporting what I knew. I realized it wasn't my friend and I knew I had to tell someone."
"Well according to my client you planned the whole thing. You picked the mark. YOU talked him into it. YOU arranged the money drop. And then YOU turned him into the police. And we have the text messages of you confessing to all of that. And you're defense is (turns to the jury and throws his hands up in the air) I thought it was a joke?"
Tears streaming down my face I chocked back a few breaths sat up wiped my eyes looked him dead in the face and said, "I think I might vomit!"