I randomly participate in flash writing. Basically you’re given a prompt and you write a story based on said prompt. Sometimes there are word counts and sometimes there aren’t.
We were given this prompt “Hero or Heroine (your choice ) come home and their answering machine is blinking. They methodically listen to the first two messages. They get to the 3rd message and freeze. Why? ” and I wrote the below.
She couldn’t believe he had the nerve to call her. This was his weekend with Trina, now she would be heartbroken when she got home from school and found out she wouldn’t be spending the weekend with her daddy. Casey had given him a piece of her mind. He was always getting Trina’s hopes up and then dashing them to pieces. That little girl couldn’t take much more and neither could Casey.
After she had hung up on him he called right back. She hung up on him again. The phone rang moments later. She decided to ignore it and take a long hot soak in the tub with a good book. Completely relaxed and pruney Casey went downstairs to see what horrible message he had left this time. She grabbed a soda from the refrigerator and slowly made her way to the answering machine. The machine blinked indicated 3 messages. He had called 3 times?!
She pressed the play button. The first message was from the sperm donor of course. “Casey! Don’t hang up on me! I know you’re home, answer the freaking phone.”
Really?! He was angry at her? Delete and on to message two.
He was a little calmer this time. “Casey, I’m sorry I really am. Tell Trina I’m sorry too. That little girl means the world to me, but I just can’t get her this weekend. The new baby is sick, and Marie doesn’t want Trina making too much noise, he needs his rest you know.”
Hello, new family, goodbye Trina. That poor sweet girl didn’t deserve this. Delete.
She took a drink of her soda as she began to listen to the third message. Suddenly she couldn’t breathe. She had been taken by surprise and the soda had gone down the wrong pipe. Once she had quit coughing and had recovered, she pushed the play button again to hear the rest of the message.
“Casey, love?” began the rich baritone voice she loved. “Pack your bags. I hope you and Trina don’t have plans this weekend because I have 3 tickets to Disney World and a whole weekend to spend with the two best girls in the world.”