Weeks #42&43: Intruder

It was up to her to investigate how the accident had really happened. For her to do that, she had to go back to the scene of the crime. The survivor’s home.

“There’s someone in the house!”

“Shhh, Alma. They’ll hear us.”

“I’m sorry, I’ll try to keep it down.”

“Did you happen to see who the person was? Do you know him? Or her?”

“I’ve seen him from the past. He’s roamed these halls before.”

“I see.”

“Ten years ago. He lived here ten years ago. He’s been in and out once or twice since then. But he was a permanent resident before she decided to let go of her past.”

“So now he’s back again.”

“Looks like it.”

“To bring her shame. To put her down. To tell her nothing has changed.”

“She seemed pretty wrecked.”

“He doesn’t know she’s stronger than that, though.”

“What makes you say that?”

“I can tell. She’s a fighter. A believer, too. She’ll trade those ashes for beauty.”

“Beauty, huh.”

“Whatever shame he’s caused her, she will find a way to redeem it. She knows the secret of surrender.”

“I see. That’s good then.”

“It is. Now, enough chatter. Let’s go catch that intruder.”

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Week #38: Secrets

“Does he know about the baby?”

“Of course not. Why would I tell him that?”

“I thought you were serious about him.”

“I am.”

“Well, when are you going to tell him?”

“When I’m ready.”

“And when is that? When the baby bump starts to show?”

“I’ll tell him.”

“You better, darling. You better.”

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Week #33: Defiance

33. Dialogue: “Give me one good reason why I should wear a dress.”

“Give me one good reason why I should wear a dress.”

“It’s the norm, honey. Why question the norm?”

“Why not question the norm? Why do we women have to wear dresses and not pantsuits like the men do?”

“Darling, you’re asking dangerous questions.”

“Why must women stay home and keep the house? Why can’t we pursue our own dreams, our own careers.”

“Dearest, I think it’s best you keep your thoughts to yourself.”

“Why? Aren’t I — aren’t we allowed to question why?”

“Sweetie. Just stop. This conversation has to end now.”

“Why?”

Week #28: Jiminy

“No! I’m tired of doing what you say.”

“You are? Since when have you felt this way?”

“Since… forever! I feel like you’re always patronizing me.”

“I don’t mean to make you feel that way.”

“Well, you do!”

“What can I do make you feel differently?”

“Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I won’t obey you blindly anymore, putting my trust on good intentions. I won’t. This is my life. I’m free to do what I want with it.”

“But… If you would only listen…”

“I don’t want to listen anymore!”

“Why are you telling me this only now?”

“Does it really matter? It’s now out in the open. And I don’t want to do this anymore.”

“Well… if that’s what will make you happy. Pinocchio? Pinocchio?”

“…”

“Geppetto! Come quickly! Pinocchio… He’s gone back to being a lifeless puppet again.”

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Weeks #21-23: Passenger’s Seat

21. Subject: Write about how you drive (or why you don’t)
22. First Line: He watched, helpless, as the door closed behind her
23. Dialogue: “She doesn’t understand you like I do.”

He watched, helpless, as the door closed behind her.

“She doesn’t love you like I do.”

“What do you know about love.”

“Quite a lot actually. You could learn a thing or two from me.”

“As if I would.”

“Should I move, there, to the passenger’s seat?”

“Don’t bother. That spot’s reserved for her.”

“You’re gonna look like a cab driver.”

“I don’t care. Just shut up, will you? We better get going.”

*engine starts and car moves along*

“So we’re really not going to talk. At all.”

“No. I prefer silence right now, thank you.”

“I respect that.”

“…”

“Please. Tell me. Why can’t I sit there next to you?”

“This is her spot.”

“She doesn’t want that spot!”

“No, she doesn’t. She hates the passenger’s seat. She loves to take the wheel, actually.”

“Well just give her the wheel, then.”

“I don’t want to.”

“Now that’s a predicament.”

“It is. We’re complicated that way.”

“I’d never want to take the wheel.”

“Good for you.”

“I could sit there beside you, quietly if you want to.”

“How many times do I have to tell you? That’s her spot.”

“And she doesn’t want it.”

“No, she doesn’t.”

“But I do.”

“…”

“Suit yourself. I don’t want that spot either.”

Weeks #18&19: Father and Son

18. Dialogue: “You embarrassed me this evening.”
19. Scenario: If you had no money to feed your children, how would you go about getting food?

“You embarrassed me this evening.”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to.”

“What were you doing at the restaurant?”

“Just… looking.”

“Looking for what, Dad? You know they don’t let non-employees inside the kitchen. Were you looking for me?”

“I thought of looking for you.”

“Then what? What were you looking for?”

“Food.”

“Food?”

“I thought of going through the dumpsters. But that would have been too unsanitary.”

“Food???”

“I remembered you said you worked at a restaurant. I didn’t want to ask you for any more money. So I thought figured there was a big pantry there, or a big refrigerator, or…”

“What on earth were you doing looking for food, Dad?”

“I got laid off, Son. I’m sorry. I didn’t have anything to feed Brenda and the kids.”

“You could have asked help from me.”

“I thought of that. But I didn’t think you’d want to.”

“Well, I want to.”

“Do you mean it? Do you really mean it?”

“I do.”

“I – I – I…”

“Just say thank you.”

“Thank you.”

Weeks #13-15: The One That Got Away

13. Dialogue: “Do you think he crashed the car on purpose?”
14. Scenario: You’ve been ordered to kill someone you’ve fallen in love with. How did you get into this situation and what will you do next?
15. Title: The One That Got Away

“Do you think he crashed the car on purpose?”

“I doubt it. They were both pretty drunk, I’m told.”

“But what about the drinking? I didn’t know he was a drinker. I could have sworn he’s more responsible than that.”

“Just because he drinks a little doesn’t automatically mean he’s an irresponsible guy.”

“Oh sure. But when he’s the designated driver?”

“You’ve got a point.”

“Maybe his drink was spiked.”

“Oh come on.”

“You can’t rule it out as a possibility!”

“Fine. Let’s say someone did pour some vodka into his soda.”

“Yeah! Someone who knew he’d be driving on an unsafe road that night!”

“Why would anyone do that?”

“We don’t know what other people’s motives are!”

“…”

“Too bad, though. The girl was really nice. Really pretty, too.”

“So those are the words that sum her life up, huh. ‘Really nice’ and ‘really pretty, too’.”

“I don’t mean to be disrespectful… I just, didn’t really know her in person, you know?”

“She was an amazing person.”

“Oh.”

“…”

“You knew her well?”

“Very well.”

“You must be crushed, then.”

“We are all crushed.”

“You’re taking their death very well.”

“You just think I am.”

“Oh. I see. I’m sorry.”

“I am, too.”

Week #8: Headlines

“Have you read the newspaper stories about my wife?”

“Hmmm. I think I might have.”

“You might have? You might have??? You should have! You couldn’t have missed it!”

“Okay, okay, I haven’t read anything. Tell me what the stories are about. Did she kill someone? Did she rob a bank?”

“I don’t think that’s funny.”

“Okay, tell me.”

“Her invention has been recognized by the United Nations! How could you have missed that???”

“Ooooh. What invention? The one with the cloth?”

“Yes! That one! Her water-purifying cloth!”

“Wow. So it really works, huh?”

“Of course! This is Criselda we’re talking about!”

“Well, forgive me for the bank robbery remarks. Congratulations. You have one fine woman there.”

“Thank you. I sure have. I sure have.”