Monday, June 11, 2012

Timed Writing: 6/6/2012


Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: "... looks worried, but not yet upset enough..."
Source: 3 x 6 x 2 + 6 x 4 + 4 = American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

Helen takes another step towards the ledge. She is partially obscured by the mist thrown up from the crashing water below. Jack looks worried, but not yet upset enough to make a move. He lowers his camera slightly, looks over the top of his enormous zoom lens at his wife, and says something. Whatever he says, it's lost in the roar. I can't hear it and I doubt if Helen can either.

I think I know what's going to happen, but I'm not sure, and it's my uncertainty, in the setting of my perpetual curiosity that keeps me riveted to my seat. I'm perched on a park bench, just twenty feet away and completely invisible to the people I'm observing.

I met Jack and Helen two days ago, back at our luxury resort masquerading as a game lodge -- twenty miles out of Vic Falls Town. That's just far enough to be inconvenient for the beggars and petty thieves, but close enough for easy shuttling of guests to and from the falls. We met at the bar, savoring our gee-and-tees. Without them we can't feel like we're really in Africa. The locals drink beer or whisky.

The bar overlooks a man-made watering hole and that evening several impalas and a herd of zebras milled about muddy water. The sun was low and soon these animals would move on, to be replaced by others. Eventually the lions would come.

"It's so beautiful here," a woman said to nobody in particular. She was forty-five and wore a white cotton shirt and a khaki skirt. Her hair was blond with a bit of gray. The setting sun picked out some red highlights. She sat on a high bar stool, staring out, past the watering hole, at the horizon and the orange sky. A tall, heavy man with dark curly hair and a fresh shave ambled over with a pair of drinks and sat beside her. "Just beautiful," the woman continued, as though her companion had been there all along.


(about my timed writing exercises)


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