Sunday, February 21, 2010

Short Story Free Write

Charlotte sat in her car waiting, the rain tapping out hard melodies on the rusted roof. A thin line of smoke stretched from her newly lit cigarette through the crack in drivers side window. It was humid and hot, sweat beaded on Charlotte’s pale skin. She whipped her forehead with white lace gloves, a large rip had formed in the back of one and the other was splattered with spots of dried blood.

She leaned over to ash her cigarette in the overflowing tray on her dash, a tear dripping from her eye. Suddenly a man approached her passengers side door, tapping roughly on the window. Startled, she sniffled and quickly wiped the tears from her eyes. She removed her gloves and shoved them into the crack between her seat and the parking break. She leaned over and rolled down the window.

A tall man with shaggy blonde hair, bent to look in Charlotte’s window, rain dripping from the tip of his nose. Charlotte saw the gold glint from the man’s badge and she could feel herself tense.

“Is there something I can help you with officer?” Charlotte asked with a slight Southern drawl, a hollow smile spread on her worried face.

“Is everything okay here miss?” said the officer. Peering in the window, he could see her ruby red lipstick was smudged and it way very clear she had been crying, her smile uneasy and her eyes hollow.

“Certainly Sir, just pulling over to fix my makeup. I’ll be on my way,” she said, reaching to pull the car into gear.

“Miss, please step out of the car,” he said, holding tightly to the door. He hesitated for a moment when he noticed Charlotte reach for her handbag. Charlotte noticed his hesitation as their eye contact was broken.

Instantly, Charlotte flung her hand to the steering wheel, throwing the car into drive as she went and slammed on the gas.

1 comment:

Kara aka Mother Henna said...

Ooooooh, whose blood was it? Did she hurt the officer when she drove away? Where would she be speeding to? What kind of ciggies did she smoke? I imagine they were Sobranie -- each one wrapped in a different color paper and having a gold tip! Love this, Liz! k-

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