It's Wednesday again, and it's a doozy over here on the East Coast. Not only were we slammed with snow and ice and rain and all this other crap, but I totally twisted my ankle last night. It was stupid, so I won't go through what happened. But I look stupid, limping around all morning. Anyway...I really need a prompt to brighten my spirits this morning. So let's hop right down to it!
Prompt Sixty-Eight- The Funeral
This is a prompt I found on creativewritingprompts.com. Write a story about self-expression with the main characters as a cab driver. A fire escape is the key object. And the story must take place in a funeral home. I'm going to cap it at 300 words, but as usual, write until you can't write no more!
"Ma'am, are you going to get out?" The woman sat in the back of my cab with her head in her hands. I glanced in the rear-view mirror and saw her shoulders shaking. She made this little whimpers, like a fallen baby bird. I sighed and put the cab in park and turned in my chair.
"I can't face them," she said, not looking up at me.
"Who?" I asked.
"My family. They hate me. They think it's my fault--" She choked on her words, a pocket of air stuck in there. She coughed and dropped her hands, her ice blue eyes electric. --"They think I killed him."
"I'm sorry, Miss. I don't know you. But I don't believe you'd kill someone." She cracked a half smile at my words.
"You're funny," she whispered. She wiped her rosy cheeks with the back of her hands and shook her head. "My dad." I cocked my head to the side in confusion. "He's the dead guy. We hadn't spoken in over seven years. That's why they think he died. My lack of a relationship with him apparently added stress to his already chaotic life."
"I'm sure that's not what killed him..." My voice trailed. I wasn't good at lifting people up, making them feel good. I didn't know what to say in difficult situations. "Want me to come in with you?" I offered.
"You'd do that?" she asked. Her forehead wrinkled, her eyes widened.
"Sure." I shrugged.
After we went through the condolences line, the girl took my hand and dragged me upstairs. Apparently, she had been here before. She sat down in a sitting room, decorated in deep reds and browns. It was too depressing and dark. I opened the window for air and saw a fire escape.
"Let's go out?"
"Out? Like on a date?" She stared at the bare wall like a zombie, completely stiff and emotion-less.
"No," I said, laughing. "Out here." I stopped in front of her and grabbed both of her hands. She followed me out the fire escape and we sat with our feet dangling off. I couldn't say I'd ever done this before, but with the cool September breeze whipping against our faces, I relaxed.
"What are we doing?" she asked, resting her arms on the red metal rung.
"Scream," I said with a smile.
"What?" She rested her head on her elbows and turned to face me.
"Scream whatever you're feeling." She paused, shut her eyes, and then sat up with her back rigid. She sucked in a deep breath, but swallowed it. She did this again. "Be strong. Find your voice."
"I hate them!" she yelled.
"I hate them!"
"Get angry," I told her, clapping my hands.
"I fucking hate them! I hate them so much!"
"How do you feel?" I asked her through my laughter.
© Taylor Lavati 2017
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