Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Born That Way

This is a fragmentary work of fiction, a vignette, my first partaking of the Scheherazade Project. Who else wants to play? If you want to tell me how if affected you (or that it didn't) and why, that'd be great. They have a beautiful button if I can figure out how to get it.

Hello . . .
Whatchadoin’ little girl?
I thought you’d be callin’. I been thinking’ ‘bout you. Feeling something.
I got your card.
I don’t know what it is.
Your card said you did.
The Price boy’s wreck.
Shit. God damn. How do you do that?
I guess I was born that way.
It’s killin’ me.
I know. You gotta talk. You gotta talk and I think you have to talk to me because I think I’m the only one who knows.
I can’t. Besides, I gotta go to the job in a few minutes.
You always have to go somewhere, do something. Look, I’m an hour and a half away from you, max. Come over.
Silence.
I’m working on it little girl.
Uh-huh.
Silence.
Do you know the real first time I ever saw you? It wasn’t in the hall. You walking down the hall in high school with Debbie when I was in 10th grade -- that’s when I knew who you were. The real first memory I have of you was the day of Teddy’s funeral. I am so sorry Sean. I love you, and I can feel it all. I don’t know how but you know I do.
Silence.
I called you the night WT died. The middle of the damn night and you came to the phone, you talked to me. And the day I got back to school after his funeral, you were there, asking if I was ok. And that was all you ever said. You met me at my car, opened my door for me and said, “You ok?” and I said, “Yep.” He was my hero. You know what burying your hero is.
Silence.
Talk to me Sean. Talk to me.
Silence.
I don’t talk to you. I kiss you. And you’ve got a family.

7 comments:

Laura said...

Hmmm - no comments yet? Maybe you touched some nerves. "Killing me softly..."

the Contrary Goddess said...

Oh, I doubt it. Still, I love writing them when they come like that did. Like bad poetry when I was a teenager! LOL!

Dick the Boomer said...

I'm sorry. I keep reading but I'm not following. I think she's psychic. I think.

However, I do have the html you need for the button if you are still interested.

...and blogger won't let me send it. I will email it to you.

the Contrary Goddess said...

It is such a fragment, I don't think anyone could follow really. But thanks for trying! And thanks for the button.

Trista said...

Oh Contrary Goddess... I was coming over here to apologize for not getting you the button sooner and here I see that Dick got it to you. Whew! Glad other people are picking up my slack.

As for this... you've got a real knack for dialogue, the rhythm here is great. I do wish there were more of a setting so we could put this dialogue in context... but this is a fragment and I do respect fragments. I love fragments, in fact. So yay! Thanks for playing!

SeaRabbit said...

I find this piece of writing very intriging... It sounds like arevenge is to happen... something bad anyone...

the Contrary Goddess said...

Thanks for letting me play. I really look forward to seeing if I can do this.