So far, WRiTE CLUB is a rousing success and it will be really hard to top the level of competition we witnessed in round one, but call me silly, I think we're just getting started! Hurry up, find an open seat. Things are getting a bit tight in here, seems like the word about WRiTE CLUB has been making the rounds and tickets are going fast. That's alright, we're all friends here so let's get cozy. The action is about to begin.
Our submissions continue to roll in, so let me remind you about RULE # 8 - If this is your first week at WRiTE CLUB, you HAVE to WRiTE. That means that one of our WRiTER's will be selected from the newby pool, and the other WRiTER will come from the existing pool. My wife is doing an excellent job of keeping things organized and allowing everything to remain 100% anonymous.
So, without further ado....
Here are this week's randomly selected WRiTER's.
Standing in the far corner, weighing in at 250 words, please welcome to the ring……..
Ian jumped off the couch as if ice water had been poured over his head. I giggled because, for some reason, I found it endearing. He brushed his fingers through his hair and looked around the living room like he expected my mom to jump from behind the furniture at any moment.
I sat up and smoothed down my hair. “Don’t worry. She’s locked herself in her room and probably won’t come out until tomorrow.”
He sat down next to me, not saying or doing anything until his breathing slowed. When it did, he rubbed his eyes, then turned his head to look at me. I smiled timidly.
“Do you want to get out of here?”
“Like, on a date?”
He smiled. “Yes. I was thinking we could get some dinner and see what’s playing at the theater.”
My heart fluttered beneath my chest. My first kiss and my first date all in one day. Granted, they were in the wrong order, but I was past caring. I nodded. “I need to get changed first.”
“I’ll go tell Greg so he can go home. Plus, I have to grab my car.”
“Wait. You can drive?”
He raised an eyebrow. “I’m sixteen. Last time I checked, that was the legal age.”
I was dating an older man! At least, I hoped we were dating. Kissing on couches and in the middle of the woods, followed by dinner and a movie constituted as dating, didn’t it? Well, in my world it did
And in the near corner, also weighing in at 239 words, give it up for ……….
Charlene Gentry didn't know what to expect when she died. She wasn't necessarily an evil person, so would heaven welcome her? She wasn't an angel, either, so would hell be her destination? Not that she had a choice, but she assumed those were her only two options.
Certainly not 5542 Sycamore Lane.
She must be dead. How else could she explain the view of her bedroom from above? She didn't own a mirror on the ceiling, as badly as she had dreamed of putting one up there. And the eyes of the body – her body – lying on the bed below were closed.
The front door slammed. "Charlie? You here?"
Robbie. Her big brother finally made it. Was he in time? How long had her body been lying there? Minutes? Hours?
"I'm in the bedroom!" She yelled, but did he hear her? Dammit! How could she move to him? Was she stuck up on the ceiling for all eternity?
The sliding door to the backyard opened. "Hey, fella. Whatcha doing out here?"
Barnaby's claws ticked, ticked, ticked, as they skittered across the kitchen floor. Soon the chocolate lab burst through the bedroom door, Robbie close behind.
"Charlie?" He rushed to her body and placed his fingers against the neck.
Did he get a pulse? Was she still alive? He pulled out his cell.
"It's my sister. I think she OD'd."
"No, I didn't," she said. "It's not what you think."
You folks have your work cut out for you again. It’s up to you to decide who moves forward to join ANNE SHIRLEY in the semi-final round, and who will return to WRiTE another day. In the comments below leave your vote for the winner of round 2. Get your friends to make a selection as well. The voting will remain open until noon Sunday.
Remember, here in WRiTE CLUB, it’s not about the last man/woman standing, it’s about who knocks the audience out!
The results will be posted Sunday night, just ahead of ROUND 3 which will happen next Monday. You can throw your pen name into the hat anytime during the first twelve rounds by submitting your own 250 word sample. Check out the rules by clicking on the badge below…then come out swinging!
PS. Stop by again Wednesday for the announcement of a truly special Blogosphere event!