Monday, October 20, 2014

Timed Prompt

It was Christmas Eve.  Fog stuck to the tarmac at Lindbergh Field.  As my family and I are waiting to board our plane, a sense of uneasiness came over me.  I express my concern to my father but, he reassures me everything will be fine.  But still, I had such a negative feeling about boarding that plane.  Our flight number was called along with the gate number.  My parents began gathering their bags.  I was hesitating.  I knew something bad was going to happen and I was not going to allow my family on the plane.  My parents began to show great frustration when I refused to board the plane.  They did not understand why I was refusing to board to plane since I had flown countless times.  I expressed to them how I felt as though some thing very bad would happen if we got on that plane.  I begged them to take a later flight.  Unwillingly, they agreed. As we waited for our evening flight, my family and I were grabbing something to eat. On one of the televisions over head in the airport, I had noticed a breaking news segment on the news.  It was about a plane crash that had happened earlier that morning.  My parents looked at me in disbelief.  My Dad was trying to find out the flight number.  Surely enough it was our flight. I was just as shocked as they were.  How did I know something was going to happen to the plane?  Why did I know but no one else did? A sense of panic came over me.  Was this how I was going to be for the rest of my life?  Am I always going to know something will happen before it does?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

one act play (draft)

Mother: what time is he supposed to come over?  Your father should be home around 7 and dinner should be ready by 7:30.
Daughter: Probably 7.  Do you think Dad will like him?
Mother: You know your father honey, he just always wants the best for you.
Daughter: Well hopefully he doesn’t ask him a million questions.  I don’t want to scare him off.
(The doorbell rings.  The boyfriend arrives to meet the parents for the first time. Daughter rushes to check her appearance in the mirror before answering the door.)
(Daughter to the boyfriend)

Daughter:  Hi my mom’s upstairs in the kitchen, are you freaking out because I cannot stand still.
Boyfriend: Well yeah obviously.  I just want them to like me.
(The couple proceeds up the stairs into the kitchen where the mother is preparing dinner.  She turns around quickly to see the boy standing behind the dinner table waiting to introduce himself.)
Daughter: Mom, this is Alex.
Boyfriend: It’s very nice to meet you, thank you for having me. 
Mother: It’s very nice to….wow….meet you Alex, we’ve heard a lot about you….didn’t hear about the full beard and tattoos..  I hope you guys are hungry, I’ve got a very nice meal planned.  Your father should be home soon…yeah we will see how that goes….  Give Alex a tour honey.
(The couple exits the kitchen quickly the daughter almost in a panic just awaiting the arrival of her father.)
Boyfriend:  You didn’t tell them that I had tattoo’s?!  Oh my god your dad is going to hate me! Why didn’t you tell me to shave my beard?!  I should’ve worn long sleeves,  I look like a bum!
Daughter: yeah that wasn’t exactly the reaction I was hoping for… I didn’t think they were going to mind the tattoos..
(father arrives home finally.  Everyone is on edge.  Alex jumps up to greet him at the door.)
Father: (coming through the garage door) No one brought the trash cans up from the side walk? I've told you, Jenna.. Oh hello!! I forgot we were having company tonight! I'm Jim. 
Alex: (putting out his hand to meet Jim's) Hello, I'm Alex. Nice to meet you, Sir. 
Father: (glaring at his arms and raising an eyebrow, sarcastically) Wow, that's some fancy craftsmanship you got on your arms.. 
Daughter: Dad... Are you kidding me? I would never be so ru-
Alex: (cutting her off) No, Jenna, it's fine. Don't be disrespectful to your after in front of me, please. (To the parents) I know I may not appear to be your idea of an ideal boyfriend for your daughter, because you want what's best for her. You want her to be with someone who will love her, cherish her, & treat her with nothing, but the uptmost respect. I can promise you both, I can be that. That's all I have been to her since the day we started talking 3 months ago. 
Father: Well a person who cares about my daughter that much I admire..come on son let's have a beer.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Unreliable Narrator(Final Exam Selection)

I had absolutely no idea what was going on.  I was standing there, absolutely petrified for my well being and having little to no eye sight was really was not helping me.  My brother and I had stopped at a convenience store gas station on our way home from work that night.  As I was standing in line waiting to buy my coffee, I hear a blood curling scream and my brother tells me to hit the ground. I'm face down.  I cannot see.  I don't know whats happening.  The store is being robbed and I have no way of escaping the store.  As I'm laying there silently I feel adrenaline and fear. I jump out and run and try to find my way out of the store as quickly and safely as I can. I cannot find my brother. I cannot see him.  I start screaming for him but there's no reply.  All I can hear is the chaos of the cash registers opening vigorously and and the store clerk screaming for the cops.  I know I have to get out of the store but my sight is so horrible and I am so unaware of my surroundings.   I need help. The gun shots go off.  I can't see from which direction.  The robbers and the sirens are overwhelmingly close.  I feel a set of hands grab my  shoulders and lift me up.  It's my brother.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Peer Reviews

Sean Eykel- "The Most Harmless Thing"
I really enjoyed this piece because it was so easy to relate to what the writer was saying and what they had gone through at that particular time in their lives  and how at some point everyone has gone through a similar situation.
Rachel B- Short Story
I really enjoyed reading this and it had me very focused on the story and I just wanted to read more and more.
Collen M- "Lost" i really enjoyed this story especially the cliff hanging of an ending.