Welcome Dear Readers to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge. Today we are challenged to write a story (from 33-333 words) inspired by the third definition of the word: mask.
Coffee Shop Shenanigans
“You were so crazy last night, Lenny. I thought I’d die when you showed up unannounced at 2:00 in the morning wearing that surgical mask!” Eva May Williams giggled and dropped the tub of dirty dishes with a thud — perfectly in synch with the thud of Lenny’s heart dropping to his stomach. Not again!
“You haven’t pulled a stunt like that in a while, Lenny. I was beginning to think you didn’t like me no more! As a friend, I mean, after all, I’m a married woman, even if my man, Tucker, is serving time out at the pen.”
Lenny pretended to be too focused on rinsing off cups and plates to look up, but he could feel his cheeks starting to burn. What should he say? That he didn’t remember a thing because he had some sort of terrible sleeping disorder? Eva May would just laugh. Like everybody did. Sure Lenny sure, they’d always say.
When it was time for Lenny’s break he got his eggs and cigarettes and went into the break room. On the table was the morning paper. He took a bite of his eggs and read the headline. Woman Stabbed to Death by Intruder. His eggs turned to sand in his mouth.
He didn’t bother to read the rest of it. Lenny grabbed his cigarettes and quietly made his way through the restaurant’s kitchen – slipping out the back door. He’d have to pack up quickly and leave town. Maybe back to desert. As he ran down the alley, he could hear the sirens.
“I don’t know what got into her!” Mr. Simms, a regular customer at the coffee shop explained to policemen — who were now threatening to use their tasers on Eva May if she didn’t stop kicking and screaming. “She just started hollering like a banshee and tipping over tables after I told her the morning paper said they apprehended an escaped con named Tucker Williams for stabbing some poor woman to death.”
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