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Ship’s Log: Writing On A Tight Dead Line (a middle reader title)
Dear Mom: I’m still sailing around the Caribbean Sea surrounded by murderous pirates, beautiful beaches, haunted forts, mysterious lakes fed by underground rivers and hidden dungeons filled with treasure, bones and really smelly men who are not keen on bathing.
The round little man with owlish eyes looked up from his reading. “You want I should mention that there rat? Would only take a second to put it in. Could draw a picture of him right here in the margin.”
A gust of wind slammed into the rigging of the wooden ship, tipping the vessel onto its side. I scrunched closer toward the large rodent. “Here boy, come to Ricky. Want to gnaw on a smelly rope?”
The rat sniffed and scurried under the bars of my cell and out of sight.
“Face it, lad. You’ll never get those bindings off your wrists. And even if you did you couldn’t get the door unlocked or sneak past the guard.”
Pressing my cheek to the iron bars I strained to see down the darkened hallway, then eyed the man seated in the other cell. “How long before… you know?”
“You mean after your neck snaps before for your feet stop twitching? Depends. Seen some pour souls kick a minute or more. You, being young and all, might take longer. Should I mention the rat or not?”
“Mom hates rat,” I replied.
“Right. No rats.”
Remember last spring how, when I took the pre-college exams, you worried about my writing scores. Thought they wouldn’t be high enough? We spent hours going over those stupid subject prompts. ‘What is something you dislike about yourself? What is something you do well? What is your favorite room at home and why?’ No need to worry about my writing skills, now. This place where I am now offers plenty of time to practice my writing.
“It’s me who’s doing the writing, you know. Not you.”
“My story,” I countered. “My obit.”
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The Big Reveal: Last weeks contributing author's are sisters, Brenda Hupp and Judith Norris. Stop by their website to visit and learn more about this author team.