Day 22: 5 Minute Freewrite: Friday - Prompt: Late

in freewrite •  last year 

I wasn’t always like this. I used to show up in time. But something happened I really care not to talk about. I walk through the door into my friend’s, place. Sam is sitting at his desk in the living room.

“Good afternoon,” he says with a flat tone, not looking up from the book he is reading. “You were supposed to be here hours ago. What is wrong with you, man? You used to be punctual.”

Although he was my best friend in the whole world, I’ve never told him what happened under the bridge as I was walking home that night seven months ago. My dreams keep me up at night. I no longer sleep. “Sorry, Sam. I’ve ...coughing... been under a heavy load this week at work.”

“As of late, you’ve been “under a heavy load” all the damn time. We spoke about this late thing yesterday, man,” closing his book and looking up at me. Sam’s look of disappointment smothered me, ”and you assured me you’d be here on time. Today of all the days is the one day where you showing up on time was beyond important. Now we won’t be going to the finals.” His arched eyes expected me to say something.

My palms were sweating. My stomach growled from the lack of food; I just wasn’t hungry. I unconsciously move my left hand over my stomach. My weight dropped over the past few months. My mind is scattered by that thing that happened under the bridge that night involving the girl ...

“Yo! Man, snap out of it!” he screams at me. “Tell me what is up, man. Are you on drugs or something? What is it?”

I must have spaced out again. Vick! Come back to life, roles around in my head.



Day 204: 5 Minute Freewrite: Friday - Prompt: late

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My Completed Freewriting prompts:

  1. Dude
  2. Bittersweet
  3. Basket
  4. Housecoat
  5. Nail
  6. Faster Than Light
  7. Cane (Bonus: Red Wine)
  8. A Ridiculous Amount of Fun
  9. Mosquito
  10. Bamboo
  11. Hook
  12. Sweater
  13. The Entryway
  14. Trolley
  15. Flea
  16. Awakening
  17. Her Homemade Jams
  18. Party
  19. Important
  20. Parasol
  21. Back Pain

Weekend Free Write:

  1. The Picture
  2. The Crooked Umbrella
  3. The Chair That I’m Stapped To
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Terrible secrets have a way of devouring their keepers. You've built up some great tension here! Are you considering continuing the story?

I don’t know if I’ll continue it. I’ll see, if the mood strikes, what more can be written.

My favorite part of your post is my palms are sweaty, like Eminem in the Eight Mile, love the music, makes me dance, love your photo up there, kind of like a Once Upon a Time Star Wars hybrid. Upvoted. i like your post. I'm Oatmeal.

I once wrote a letter to a person while listening to the last rap-battle on repeat. It didn’t turn out as I was thinking it might. I Shouldn’t had written it when I was really mad. 🤪

Oh, wow. Heavy!!!!
And the not telling makes it impossible to overcome whatever it is...
Well done.