One of Those Days: The Weekend Freewrite -11/3/2018steemCreated with Sketch.

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"Come on people! Look alive! Didn't any of you do what I asked of you last night?" Zack asked, a half-lite cigarette burning between his fingers.

I glanced around at the others who were present. There was Jackie, a business woman who'd gone mad from the long days she spent pent up in her loft apart. Carl sat with his legs crossed and was muttering some nonsensical mumble. Stacy twirled her hair. She was put into this asylum after smacking a guy over the back of the head with a baseball bat.

I was found when I had taken pills, of which made me delirious. The cops that found me ruled me insane along with the courts.

We'd all been sick of doing what the psychiatrist was asking of us. He wanted us to write out what we did and what things we could have done differently, past and future.

"Here is a woman living her passion every day. Why was it always impossible for you to see?" Carl managed a complete sentence with a question.

Zack sat down in his chair. He'd expected the day to start like this. He hated his job. None of the patients would follow this squeaky man's voice. He hunched over his notepad, scribbled something, and then looked at me.

"So, James, what do you have prepared?" he asked.

"Nothing."

"Do you want to get out of here?" His eyebrows lifted.

I've questioned myself about that same question. Life in here, although it was not normal, was the most normal I'd spent time around in many years. Working as a tour guide is what made me want to do something different. I was told I was destined for a better life, but I'd chosen to remain hidden in a sense.

"Doc, life is more exciting in here. Maybe this is where he belongs," Stacy said lifting her leg seductively and running her hand up her leg from her foot to her thigh.

I'd take her if she wasn't so nutty.

"When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?" Carl asked looking at me.

"A train operator." I gave him the first thing that came to mind.

Zack, who had begun drawing in his notepad a squirrel, said, "If this is the best story you've got for me today, I'm going to have no choice but to recommend to the courts you stay another year."

"Perfect. You do that." A year to cultivate me into a better human being before going back out in the world is probably going to be the best thing for me.

"James, you are so smart, so full of life. Your health is in perfect order and yet you want to be here." Zack said.

"Yes. Until I come up with a better story than today, oh god yes. Let me cook in here until I get all that I need to get out of my head," James said.

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Non-Fiction
DudeBittersweetHookHousecoatNail
Faster Than LightSweaterA Ridiculous Amount of FunMosquitoBamboo
The EntrywayPartyImportantHer Homemade JamsBack Pain
MotherMilkSwingBored StiffMonkey’s Wedding
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You Walk Through a Door - What Do You See?VisitComing TogetherRemoteFreedom
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TinyCross Eyed

Fiction
Cane (Bonus: Red Wine)BasketParasolWireA Kiss
CherryMiamiLizard CavePhonePrototype
DiscordA Jumble of WordsSuffers in SilenceBathTalking Dog
Grand PianoEpilogueChalkFood to the TableBasics
CopySquashFried ChickenPotbellied PigCancer
Dog BreathMovementBreedFoolDrive
Flea Market DoorknobDescribe Your ShoesDuckySheepCracker
The Sky is ClearPlugFeverDirty FeetDescribe a Clock
RunnyKitVinylNot SmartRun For Your Life
RedemptionTrappedFace Mask

Ongoing StoriesNumbered in Order of Story's Progression
Detective Story#1 Trolley #2 Flea #3 Awakening
Suspense/Horror#1 Late #2 Banana #3 Paper #4 Tree #5 5 #6 Home Alone #7 Doctor’s Office
The Stall#1 Medium #2 The Stall #3 The Stall #4 Mice #5 Detective #6 Homeless #7 Eyebrows #8 40 Percent Off #9 One Year #10 The Stall
Church#1 Church #2 Ornate #3 Chips #4 State
Butterfly1. Old Maid 2. Pitiful 3. Headache 4. coffee 5. Three Grapes 6. Helicopter 7.Helpless 8. Overslept 9. Smooth as Silk
Dragon Breath1. Dragon Breath 2. Death on the Table 3. Washcloths
The Attic1. The Attic 2. The Four Corners 3. Small Package
Damaged Goods1. Well-being 2. Orange Blossom 3. Freedom of Personal Power

Poems
#52 Caterpillar#85 WildflowerHardboiled MindsGriefEat This Apple
TowelsSee You on the Other SideTearsLightMask
Yummy

Weekend Freewrites:
The Crooked UmbrellaThe PictureThe Chair That I’m Strapped ToA Common Ending
WithdrawalRichard’s SurpriseThe TrapCanyon Making You Crazy?
The HawkEmerge from the DepthsMarjorie's Alcohol ProblemThe Run Around
Gene's the Quiet TypeMemoriesPulling TeethIn a Strangers House
ReflectionsParasiteThe Room and the DominatrixMission Gone WrongTransformation

We-writes (collaborations with community members)
MonsterEagle Scout 1st Entry: 2nd Entry: 3rd EntrySmooth as SilkTorment of the Light Bulb
Pull the PlugDeath on the TableThe Farm HouseWell-being
Idiot 1; 2; 3

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None of the patients would follow this squeaky man's voice

That's perfect. The only therapy that seems to be going on here is a rest, a break from the pressures of the outside. I think this is often the case. People need a chance to catch their breaths, to get away from pressure.

Of course, a motivated psychiatrist, one who doesn't draw squirrels during session, might also be helpful :)

A whole year to think up of a qualifying story for release
That sounds about right
Maybe the next prompt will help create one :)

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