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Hi! My name is Connie. I love to write short stories, poems, novel drafts, blurbs, pretty much anything (even research papers). I've written my first novel titled "Me & Eryn Carlo" and editing is in the works! While the book is being groomed and tweaked I hope you enjoy the short stories I've posted here on My Writer's Block. Some are fun - some are quirky - some are just plain strange. Constructive criticism is highly valued. Thanks for stopping by. Your views mean so much to me!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

"You are Anita" ~ Short Story

In need of a break from my book – I turned yet again to A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life (by Judy Reeves) for a new writing prompt to give my imagination a jolting jump start.
Here is the chosen one! You’re in a hotel room.
Not much to it but that’s even better – gives more room for you to play! :)
I’ve titled this story You are Anita and I hope you can truly experience how Anita feels.
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Imagine, for a moment, that you are Anita.
You’re in a hotel room.
Your hair is in curls and set into a hypnotizing up-do. Stray ringlets frame your face.
Diamond studs rest on your ears instantly drawing attention to your high cheekbones with their sparkle.
Voyeuristic eyes will then drift from the curls to the earrings down to your lips blanketed by a frosted cherry red shade.
Hazel eyes are shadowed and lined. A face painted. A body set.
This is what your life is.
You’re in a hotel room waiting for today’s selection.
Today’s man.
Today’s appointment.
Always taking one and then moving on to the next.
You suppose it could be worse. You could be a lower class prostitute. But no – that’s not you.
You’re not just a desperate hooker.
You have class. Elegance. You’re not abused or cheaply paid. You’re well taken care of and given the finest gifts, whatever necessity you require to stay beautiful and happy.
To keep you performing impeccably.
You’re needed – wanted – demanded.
You cover your smooth skin in luxurious lingerie and shelter it with a flowing baby pink satin robe, its ends drift lightly across the floor as you walk.
A light, romantic scent is spritzed onto your throat, wrists, and chest. A scent that includes vanilla and gardenia and lavender hints that cloud the senses.
Before walking out to the balcony you poor a glass of scotch – it accustoms your lifestyle.
Sipping its flavor and savoring its personality you lean forward, resting against the imprisoning railing. The ocean rages and the wind disrupts your calm, protective robe.
From your penthouse suite you have a panoramic view of the strip across from the water.
The room was decorated in contemporary grays and crisp whites. This wasn’t a room for comfort – it was a room for business. Quick, predetermined business.
The sun was setting. The last rays of light encourage a shine on your skin. The electrifying nightlife would soon come to life.
The world outside is so foreign to you. The hotel room is your safe haven.
You check the time.
The tap on the door sets you in motion.
You let the half glass of liquid slip down your throat and burn a path throughout your body.
Louboutin heels adorn your delicate feet - the newest endowment from a regular.
Two hours later you’re again silent in the hotel room. Alone once more. Breathing normally. Your internal weeping is through and you refill the glass for warmth.
After all – this is your life. This is what you chose. A life spent – trapped – in a hotel room. You are Anita.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Bullied - A Short Story

I discovered a writing prompt in A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life (by Judy Reeves) that immediately made me think of the upcoming Bullying Awareness Week.

Bullying Awareness Week is November 13-19, 2011 and the bold theme is "Stand up! (to bullying)."

Learn more at www.bullyingawarenessweek.org

The writing prompt is: Write what happened between one moment and the next.

Here is "Bullied."

Being popular was like being on top of the world. You're untouchable as long as you keep status. If you were hot or had money or were popular by means of relation or association - it didn't matter - you were better than everyone else. I was captain of the senior football team. Good looking, smart, I had all of the newest technology, I loved to drink and hang out with my friends and the hottest girls in school. 

Senior year. It was exciting. It was a roller coaster.

That was then.

This is now.

I'm gay. I have felt this way for as long as I could remember but afraid to tell anyone since society's traditions dictate that it is wrong. It's allowed but its "not how its supposed to be."

My best friend and I were kicking it at a party after we won the homecoming football game. Everyone of importance was there. Everyone was trashed. My girlfriend and I had made out till she passed out upstairs. I continued to make my rounds with the people though. I had to keep my status strong.

While my friend and I sat talking he went on and on about how we'll always be friends. "No matter what" he said. No matter what, I thought to myself.

I was afraid but I told him. I came out and said, "I'm gay." Who would understand and accept me as I am outside of my family? My best friend of course! I was so confident he would be on my side.

And I couldn't have been more wrong.

He jumped away from me as if I were covered in some repulsive skin disease. He was disgusted by me - me, his best friend.

"Gay?!" He screamed it at the top of his lungs. Everyone at the party stopped to stare. The music was shut off.

I tried to get him to lower his voice but instead he grew louder and ridiculed me. People laughed. They pointed. They threw cups of beer or whatever they could find right at me. At me.

I was dragged out, beaten, called a "fag" or "fruitcake." I had become the weak, the lowly, the unworthy.

That was then.

This is now.

I used to have small fears. Fear of failing a test. Fear of losing the big game. Fear of not getting invited to the best parties. Fear of not hooking up with the most popular girls. Fear of not being able to keep my status rising high as girl-magnet, football captain, and homecoming King.

Now I fear bullying words. I fear school and the taunting. I fear the looks and the whispers. Sometimes I wish I would've kept up with my ruse - did what everyone expected of me.

The pain is so great at times. So great I cant bring myself to talk to my parents. So great that all I want is peace - a way out.

I fear the cruelty of my schoolmates, my "friends," that used to be my number one fans.

Maybe I should leave. Run away.

Maybe I should just die. I want the hurt to go away, to subside as did my life before I confessed who I really am.

I need help. Can't anyone see that?

I need someones help...

Friday, November 4, 2011

New Short Story: No More Cars

I admit this is a strange one but it was created from a wacky dream I had a couple nights ago. Wacky dream = wacky story. Lucky for me, one of the beauties of writing is that anything is possible. And without further ado (in my best announcer's voice), at a fresh 1,061 words, I give you "No More Cars!" :) Hope you enjoy!

“I relive that day often. It was surreal. Unbelievable. Unexplained. The day our cars … well … left. I know it sounds crazy. This occurred all over the country 25 years ago. Before it all happened, economies were booming and citizens here in America were truly beginning to thrive. People were motivated again to reach the American Dream. But, at the same time, people everywhere were extremely careless. Their indifference towards our planet grew which goes to show you – people truly only care about themselves; selfishness reigns first and foremost.”

The old man scoffed. “Our cars gave up on us! Cars! Brainless, soulless vehicles! They … they’re gone. Vehicles used for centuries wiped from our history.” He rocked back and forth to sooth himself. “If you’d like to restrain me in a straight jacket I understand. You wouldn’t be the first person that thought I was certifiably insane.” The scoff had turned into a loud crazy chuckle.

“No sir. I believe you.” The young reporter watched the old man’s face while the tape recorder on the table took in every noise and word from their conversation. He was going to get this story. The one story no one ever spoke about. The event that had “never happened.” An anonymous tip, it was a suspicious mailing, had lead the reporter to believe that the rumor was true; that there were such things as ‘cars.’ He grew up on public transportation as the only option for travelling. The mailing told him otherwise. Photographs labeled “Cars” filled the envelope. One small post-it note was stuck to the last photograph of a man, who appeared to be in his mid-40s, and a little boy, just a toddler. They leaned against a polished black Camaro, the boy held protectively in the man’s arms. A name was scrawled on the dull yellow note: Richard Haze.

The young man held the envelope, tight in his grip, safe on his lap.

“Please continue, Mr. Haze.”

“I’d like a cigarette first.”

The reporter lit a cigarette for each of them.

After taking a long drag and exhaling smoke rings, the old man continued. “The cars moved toward the main river that steered toward the falls – there was no willing them to cease their operations. We no longer had control. They were like robots; minds of their own they had, with no care for the beings they carried or traveled over. I was a police officer at the time and our force was at a loss. There was no solution. Cars that were out of gas were running. Cars without tires. Smashed cars from junkyards. What was there to do? Nothing! We had folks running around trying to shoot the tires or remove them – anything to make the cars stop moving.” He smoked the cigarette straight down to the filter and grabbed another.

“Nothing stopped the cars. Nothing. People were dying. Some died trying to help others but that was a small group indeed. Many drowned in their cars because they couldn’t get out in time. Some were pushed over the great falls where cars piled into a huge mass. People were run over. It was chaotic. Bizarre. Nightmarish. Something like that couldn’t have ever been imagined or brought to life in a story. It was real and yet unreal. You don’t see cars anywhere now, do you son.” The question was rhetorical.

The reporter kept his composure even though he was greatly disturbed by the man’s interpretation of the event that, according to their government, never transpired. His emotions were so real – as if he had been there. He claims he was there, though.  He battled truth against falsehood in his mind. Had the event been so humiliating for this world that it had to be erased from our history, taken from our past, hidden from the public? How many others were there?

The old man rephrased his question. “You see there are no more cars, right? There are NO … MORE … CARS!” He screamed out of frustration and then began to whimper. He cried for what felt like a long while but the young man just watched the misery, observing the hurt and emotion.

“Why do you care anyways?” The old man lifted his wet face from the protection of his large, rough hands.

The young report wiped his eyes. “Because I wanted to know what pulled my father away from me.”

“Who’s your father, kid?”

“You are, sir.”

The old man stood. “I … I have kids?” His face became sad and ashamed. He was embarrassed.

“Just one.” The reporter approached his father. “Dad, it’s me, Jimmy. Jimmy Haze. It took me a long time to get here. It took me even longer to get my head out of my butt to find out what exactly happened to you. I’m sorry I had abandoned you. As far back as I can remember I was raised in a foster home. I dreamt about you every night. I knew you were someone significant in my life – possibly my real father. And … well, that’s all in the past. Here I am. After hearing your story and what happened to you, I can see how it took a toll on your psyche. I just don’t understand how something like this, something this significant, could be covered up. How and why? And – who sent me these pictures?”

He handed the envelope to his father, the Mr. Richard Haze. The old man’s fingers trembled as he sifted through the photos. But the last one, the last photo remained in his hands. He knew that photo. He knew those people … and that car.

“Dad. I’ll be back for you tomorrow. We’ll go home.”

The old man continued to stare at the photo.  “Home?”

“Yes. Just me and you like I’ve always dreamed. Before everything happened.” With that he hugged his dad and knocked to be let out of the stark white visitor’s room. The sterile room with thickly padded walls.

“And Dad?” He called from the doorway.

Richard’s tired face looked up. “Yeah?”

“We’re going to tell this story. Your story. I promise you that.”

The door closed and automatically locked.

The old man simply stared out of the narrow long window, his hands flat against the door. He could hear Jimmy’s footsteps echo one after another down the empty hollow hall.