Flash Fiction Short Story: A Situation

I’m participating in Mel’s Midweek Writing Menagerie #7 and chose to use the first sentence starter.  Enjoy!

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A Situation

The first time I died, I was nineteen years old and resigned to my fate; the second time was a different story. Life with it’s strange plot twists, I think back, and my fate of dying with cancer was more dignified than where I am now. I fought the fight. I freaking kicked its ass! Let’s be clear here, it was no walk in the park. I had many conversations with the Almighty and my doctor’s who thought they were the almighty, about my situation. It was just that, a situation. One last option – surgery.

I died on the operating table…coded, flat lined. Sayonara everyone, that’s all she wrote. Okay, well she put the pen back down but dang if she didn’t wait a good thirty seconds before she jumps starts my heart.

Clear! Pow!

Clear! Pow!

In case you’re wondering, that shocking back to life f*cking hurts! So yeah. I was technically dead at nineteen, well at least three whole minutes. When I came to, life was ahead of me. Cancer was kicked to the curb, although it’s headline stayed with me for a year until I was given the all clear sign from the almightys.

So here I am ten years later, trying to shield some innocent girl during a freaking convenience store robbery and who gets shot? Nope, not me. Oh no, that’s not what happened. That would have been better, a hero’s death.

The innocent girl gets shot. I pull her out of the way. She was in her early twenties, who was weathered from life at a young age, not all that different from me. Although I was bald at her age – thanks, chemo, she had a headful of rainbow colored hair. She was crying and clutching her side that was soaked red.

Squeal of tires and the rev of the car engine sent the message the robbers were outta here.

“Hey? You back there?”

I looked around the corner and saw it was the owner behind the register.

“You okay?”

“I’m good, the girls been shot.”

Me, the owner, and another bystander rallied and had the girl, Mandy, bandaged up when the ambulance and medics arrived and took over. She asked I grab her backpack and ride with her. Okay, so I might have thought we might have a moment here. So the good guy I am, I did exactly that. She wasn’t typically my type, but you don’t mess with fate, right? Wrong.

I should have known better when she claimed I was her boyfriend to the medics so that they would allow this request. Let’s just say I was flattered and went with the flow. Why not, she looked like she needed me.

Nope. It was the backpack she needed, not the chemo surviving IT guy over here.

How do I know this while she is in surgery? It’s because I’ve been in the waiting room for three hours, and I decide to invade her privacy. Seriously, don’t judge me – you know you would do it too. Well, any guy would right, gotta figure out who this Mandy chick is?

Backpack contents:
1 – semi-automatic handgun
5 – bundles of $10,000 cash
2 – tee shirts
1 – small toiletry bag with makeup and a toothbrush and,
the piece de resistance 1 – picture of me sitting at my desk at work.

What the- Sh*t!

There is a mother and father sitting in the left corner holding hands waiting for news on their daughter in OR 2. On the right of me, is an elderly man who keeps nodding off and waking up most likely waiting on someone in OR 1. I’m there waiting on OR 3 or was about two minutes ago until I looked into that backpack. I shrugged it over my shoulder and headed for the elevator. Self-preservation is kicking in; she targeted me for something. There is money in here. Okay, I can’t ignore the gun either, was that convenience story robbery just my lucky day or a plan gone wrong?

I’m a nobody. The average looking decent guy who is good with computers, but not like super computer guy. When I step out of the elevator, I leave the backpack there. I look to the left and the right and realize I’m not in the lobby, strange that was the floor button that I hit. This area was a part of the hospital they are doing construction on, wires are hanging down, plastic sheeting is everywhere.

I get tackled from behind; a bag placed over my head, my hands are zip tied behind me. Not a big struggle from me, because the obvious muscle throwing me around like a rag doll has got to be Dwayne Johnson’s twin brother or something. Finally, I’m knocked out cold.

When I come to, I’m in a box of some kind. No, longer head bagged and hands-free of the zip tie. Feeling around it feels like a coffin, it’s dark, and there is little air, it smells like salt water. I also feel wet, did I pee myself?

Yes, this isn’t how I thought I would die. How do I get in these situations?

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Sure was fun participating in this week in the prompt, it’s been awhile since I participated.  You can participate and check out Mel’s Midweek Writing Menagerie.  Loads of fun and some good entertaining stories to boot.

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Top 10 Favorite Screen Characters Tag

I’m joining in the fun to list out my top ten favourite screen characters. It’s an interesting challenge to take on when you realize you enjoy so many characters.  As I started this challenge, I first decided to go to some of my favorite movies and then go from there.  If I took in all entertainment from the screen, i.e., television, I think I would have been miserable over the task.  So here goes, wonder what this says about me?

#1 – Han Solo (Star Wars)

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Yes I’m a big Star Wars fan. Love pretty much all the characters but the swashbuckling, thieving, anti-hero Han Solo is my all time favorite! I can’t wait for his return in the new movie coming out this Christmas!  So what is it that I love about Han, his evolution of character that starts self-serving although loyal friendship to Chewie that expands to a greater calling.  The bonus is the sarcastic male dominated wit, oh yea it totally works!

#2 Ellen Ripley (Alien)

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This movie, really mapped out the strong female character.  Ellen Ripley or just Ripley if your nasty, is a heroine of great proportions from the “Company” and stylized from a male dominated team of grunt muscle, she’s the common sense, warrior and leader.  Sorry Katniss Everdeen, she was here first! She’s the protagonist and pushes the boundaries of generalized female role.  Ripley takes on the role of right over wrong in an interesting way and her character evolves further through the movie series.

#3 The Joker (The Dark Knight)

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This is the antagonist character of all time and so well played by the late Heath Ledger.  I marvel at the complexities of this character and the drive of his goal and evolution, so clear in moment to moment.  As another character, Alfred said, “Sometimes there is no reason, some people like to watch the world burn.”  If ever there was a devil to admire character wise, he is certainly it.

#4 Tony Stark / Iron Man

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The unlikely self absorbed super hero, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man).  I love this character and his wit, intelligence and drive.  I wasn’t a huge fan of movies 2 & 3, but still the character and evolution of his mortality, right and wrong, and his role in how the world is now (weapons builder) – fantastic! His lifestyle as the mask he hides behind as his life is thrown onto a path to survive.  Great arch building.

#5 Olive (Easy A)

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The future day, Scarlet Letter character Olive.  Yes, its a light hearted young adult comedy that had me rolling with laughter.  I love Olive, she reminds me a little of myself, although I didn’t have the pressures of youtube, tweets and such to capture me, THANK GOD! It’s one little rumor taken out of context for the character who then uses it to help the less fortune, because damn be the labels of society.  Of course no lie ends well so there you go, Olive your fun wit is in my top five as a favorite character 🙂  “I’ve got a pocket full of sunshine…”

#6 Professor Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter Series)

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Surprised I didn’t pick one of the main 3 characters? Professor Dumbledore is the wise flawed leader and headmaster at Hogwarts, who many feel pull the strings and keep them safe.  The evolution of his character and guidance to his students (specifically Harry, Ron and Hermonie) is brilliant where he further develops his own path.  In my opinion both actors, the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon played Dumbledore brilliantly.  He represents that fairy god motherly role for me, but in a new, realistic, flawed and exciting way. No one is perfect.

#7 Tris (Divergent)

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Tris, what a strong female character who is vulnerable and quite innocent.  I love seeing her character growth to a strong independent heroine.  She goes against what was expected of her and defying the labels.  She is more than one personality trait and the evolution of her is great.

#8 Miles (The Holiday)

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I adore this movie and love Miles, the good guy character.  Many times characters are flawed, but I love his positivity and good nature.  He’s a supportive role that’s played by Jack Black, so well and surprising that I can’t help but smile.  Got to have a character who is the white knight with a sense of humor.

#9 Victoria (Red)

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What a fiery mature woman for once! She basically throws agism out the window of what a woman can do as she ages.  Stereotypes be damned.  This picture I’m sharing just makes me grin; her fine designer dress as the expert in weaponry while aiming the machine gun.  Victoria, is a complex character that represents an interesting point of view as you retire.  She still has it and is the calm, the reasonable one among the retired CIA RED friends and associates.  Love she’s still kicking butt!!

#10 Uncle Hub (Secondhand Lions)

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Uncle Hub is played by both Christian Kane (Younger Hub) and Robert Duvall (Older Hub) in the most fantastic story.  What I loved about Hub’s character was his strong sense of what a man is and who he should protect, including his one true love.  The right and wrong pieces of justice is there, along with the brotherly love he has for Garth, played by Michael Cain.  Fully developed character that is wonderful and complex.

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What are your top 10 favorite screen characters? Take part in the fun with your own blog or via comments below.  Do you agree with my top 10?

June – Write a Page a Day Challenge

I came across and interesting challenge, in which you write a page a day for the month of June. Sounds a little crazy, right? So I said heck yea, I’m in!

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Nothing to verbose in the details mind you, on the ‘how to’s’ of one page a day. Doesn’t mean you have to stop at one page, but at a minimum you’re putting in the effort of at least a page. Now, if your one of those types that need a bit of direction as to what one page equals here you go:

One page will equal the US standard of 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper or computer screen, double spaced and typed is equal to about 500 words. Granted depending on word use and font selected it could be less or a few more.

How I will go about this challenge isn’t some long winded novel exercise, that will stress me out. I will tackle a few blogs, poetry, and short stories. Write some non-fiction along the way as well. My only rule, it’s not for my day job it’s got to be outside of it (i.e., non-fiction catergory).

What will I get out of it? Besides pure joy that I did it. The plan is a compilation of short stories to either further develop or tune up for ePublication. I have this idea a few shorts on a particular topic would be fun since I’ve been reading those lately. Also, I’m getting in the habit of more writing versus weekend flights of fancy. The day job has been a killer on my time lately along with other priorities of life.

So are you crazy enough to join me? What would you want to accomplish a page a day?

Leia’s Loss of a Son – Featured Fiction #13

ff-newAll that it was, and all that it could have been, was now irrevocably broken. The family was now once again torn apart from both the light and the dark, what Leia had feared since her children revealed their abilities in toddlerhood. Her vow and head council member to the New Jedi Order was to uphold the Jedi beliefs, morality, honor and justice. What could she do now, abandon her own son?

“Leia, look at me.” Han gently turned her face and she complied. “I know what you’re thinking, so stop it right now. Jacen is a grown man and choose his own path, it had nothing to do with you.”

Angered that he’d say it out loud, “It has everything to do with me, this family! How can you say that? The Jedi traits don’t come from you Han, they are me, all me!” She leaned into him and he held her while she cried. The sobbing was insatiable, it was tears for her sister-in-law and for her son. Jacen as a boy running through the fields, and taunting his sister. It was a blessing to have twins, it was a restart to life she’d never known from her own brother in those formative years. Now, her son was responsible for her brothers pain, her pain as part of her heart dissolved away into oblivion.

“Shhh, oh Leia.” The silence was heavy. “Can we bring him back? Maybe Anakin could…”

“No! Anakin can’t go anywhere near him he’s only 13 years old and in school. We don’t need him influenced by his brother.” Her solum look mirrored her husbands as she looked up from his shoulder, “Anakin will not take this well, and we need to protect him as long as we can.”

Han’s eyes where heavy with grief and resolve, “He is lost to us then.” Still holding his wife, Leia shook her head in agreement as the tears continued their retreat in silent mourning. He was her rock and she needed him, and he was here with her in all the pain.

There was a knock at the door, and Jaina opened the door slowly stopping at the edge of the bedroom, “Mom, Dad – – is it true?” Her youth was replaced with the worry and stress.

Unfolding herself from Han and reaching out to her daughter, “I’m afraid Jacen is dead and in his place is was born Darth Caedus.”

Jaina sat between her parents in stoic shock. “Aunt Jade is dead. Jacen… Darth Caedus, killed her didn’t he?”

“We don’t know for sure, sweetheart.”

“Dad, I felt it. I know…” Knowing Jaina’s connection to Jacen was special, she’d hoped she would be spared. “I felt the disturbance as well honey.”

“No, Mom you don’t understand. I felt his turn before, his tampering with boundaries. He’s always wanted more, you must know this.” Shaking her head to clear it. “I felt more than Jade’s life force being released, this was… was visual.”

Looking at Han, Leia stood on her weakened legs slowly as her voice strengthened. “Can you monitor him now? Do you know where he is? I don’t sense him anymore.”

“No.” She could feel her daughter lie. “It’s inconsistent, I can’t force the visions, they just happen.” Jaina looking to her father, “He’s not going to let anyone near him, except me. He thinks he can turn me, because of our connection. I think he’s waiting to find me.” Her stoic stature was starting to crumble.

“Waiting for what? Oh sweetheart, you’re stronger than your brother, always where. He’s no longer your brother, mourn for him now. Don’t pity him when you do see him, he’s no longer who you think he is.” Leia gritted her teeth and nodded to the strength of her husband’s words.

They were a grieving family in this moment for a choice and a history that was on a repeat loop in their family, but this cycle would be broken. It had to be, no more would Skywalker’s be turned to the unholy Sith Lords. By her last breath, Jacen is the last. Darth Caedus would not touch this family or jeopardize other innocents ever again. This wasn’t a vow as a Jedi council member, this was a vow of an angry mother.