Her mind pacing, Macy went through the options, as she fought for control. She needed a variation on a theme.
Frank needed to take a leak. They’d been here all stinkin’ day. Gas station coffee seemed liked a good idea earlier in the day, but now he was wishing they hadn’t brought their industrial size thermoses. Yeah. That had been her idea, too. Frank grimaced, as he wondered how the heck he was going to survive his partner.
Shifting his weight while trying to ignore his mostly full bladder, Frank nearly lost control as he saw his partner’s motion out of the corner of his eye. For a minute there, Frank wasn’t capable of walking and chewing bubble gum. Mouth open, he gaped at her.
“Do you mind?” Macy asked, trying to concentrate.
“Shit. Do you have to do that here? Now? And what the hell?”
“Really, Frank, your language? No swearing. We had a deal.”
“Yeah, well, next time warn me you’re going to put your legs behind your head. Shit.” He paused. “Sorry.”
Turning away, Frank tried to get his mind back on the case. That pretzely thing, though, brought back memories of his last cheap date, over three years ago.
He’d figured he couldn’t do any worse with online dating. He was wrong.
He really thought he’d get a keeper that time, he remembered. She said she was a dancer, and he remembered thinking, “Good. This ought to be fun.” He’d heard dancers were bendy. He thought she’d be classy and refined; someone he could actually show off with pride. He never was good at reading between the lines.
This one brought her own, apparently disposable, pole.
And then used his police-department-issued handcuffs to leave him chained to it while she robbed him. Frank’s previous partner didn’t find him until the next day. He’d pissed himself then, too.
Trying to ignore the inevitable, he brought his focus back to Macy. She was one freakin’ weird chick.
This is my first entry for week 20 of Trifecta’s writing challenge. You’ve probably figured out I’m up for a good challenge. And being the way I am , I’ve decided to try a challenge within a challenge. This being my second week of attempting it, it looks like it’s a go. Each week will bring a subsequent installment of an ongoing story, writing within the parameters set out by Trifecta.
For the beginning (Part 1) of the story, go to Clean.
For the next part of the story (Part 3) go to Brain.
The guidelines for this week are:
Here, you have an extra day to write and up to 300 extra words to play with. We’re generous like that. This week’s word is cheap.
cheap adj \ˈchēp\
1 a : purchasable below the going price or the real value
- Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
- You must use the 3rd definitionof the given word in your post.
- The word itself needs to be included in your response.
- You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
- Your post must include a link back to Trifecta.
- Please submit your post’s permalink, not the main page of your blog. For example: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2012/03/trifextra-week-eight.html not http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com.