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Opinion please… but do be kind…

Another piece of Fiction for you to read. This one was started in late 2011 and is currently untitled. It is very different from the first one I shared, this is definitely not a fantasy, as it is definitely more of a mystery/drama. I am only providing the prologue even though there is also a first chapter to this. Please keep in mind this is still rough. I hope you like it…

 

Prologue (Currently Untitled)

She was sitting at her desk, back to the window, staring blankly at the computer screen. There was a picture on the desktop and even though she was the one who had selected it, and in spite of the fact that she appeared to be staring straight at it, she was completely oblivious to what it was of. Actually she was completely oblivious to everything. In that very moment all she felt was numb…

Everything fell silent. The radio was playing some familiar song, one she would often hum along to, but she was completely unaware of it. There were people just around the corner talking and laughing loudly, she could not hear them. She was startled back to a semblance of reality as the phone rang and made her jump. With shaky hands she grabbed the receiver, and swallowing down the taste of bile she spoke clearly into the phone.

“Thank-you for calling City Centre Employment, how may I direct your call?” always the picture of professionalism. Her calm even voice, it lied. She put the caller through to an available Employment Counsellor, and went back to staring; she was counting down the minutes. It was nearly quitting time.

She couldn’t get out of the office fast enough. She didn’t care where she went or what she did; she just needed out… Now! The clock stated that it was 4:30 and without a word she fled to the safety of her car. The numb that had consumed her was rumbling in her guts. It was becoming something else. Something she was afraid of. It was a foreign feeling to her. She wasn’t completely sure what to make of it, but it felt raw and edgy. It wasn’t organized or professional but chaotic and needing release. She needed out. She needed to breathe. She just needed to drive. It didn’t matter where, all that mattered was she wasn’t here…

She pulled into the parking lot of a decrepit Chevron station a few kilometres south of town. She didn’t know this area, as she had only ever driven through on her way to somewhere else. She checked her gas gauge, just over half a tank no need to fill up. She went around to the side of the building and parked near the air and water. She turned her engine off and stared at the empty lot which shared a fence with the Chevron. The fence had definitely seen better days. She looked at the overgrown shrubs and grasses and the garbage strewn about. It looked like her life, sad and pathetic…

Her hands were wrapped tightly around the steering wheel, knuckles white, when she heard the tapping. She realized it was now dark out. How long had she been sitting here? She was confused. ‘Tap, tap…’ there was some-one outside her car tapping on the driver’s window. From what she could make out the individual was clean cut, and wearing what appeared to be a uniform. He must be a cop or maybe a security guard for the gas station. He seemed to be asking her something.

“Are you OK Ma’am?” tap, tap “Ma’am?” She tried to crawl out of the mental fog enveloping her, as she tried to unroll her window. He signaled at her to open the door. “Ma’am How long have you been sitting here? Do you need help? Can I talk to you?”

Her hand reached for the door handle as she gently pushed at the door. It was the last voluntary movement Karen ever made…

 

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A whole lot of random stuff….

So it has been a busy week, not really sure why, nothing special has happened it just seems to have flown by faster than usual and left me feeling a wee bit dizzy. At any rate I haven’t been totally on top of my blog reading, blog posting, or my emails. It has been stinking hot to top everything off, so cooking has pretty much stopped, cleaning – who cares anyways (OK I do when I look around and see the mess) but I am just too hot and tired to deal with it.

A lot has actually happened in the last few weeks of my life. My best friend decided fairly abruptly that she was moving back to the small town we are both from and in a matter of two short weeks she was packed and gone before the end of July. The move has nothing to do with our friendship – we are still besties, but it took a lot out of me…

Also I had applied for a job and was a shoe in! Yet somehow I didn’t get it – I apparently was the “second choice”… Second is the first loser! I even told them that… It was nice to be recognized and all, but… what else is there to say?

This has led me to be doing a lot of reassessing of priorities, ideas, life… What do I want to do/be when I grow up? Shit that means I have to grow up… I don’t wanna!!!! You can’t make me *folds arms and stomps foot*… But in all seriousness I am not where I want to be… so I am focusing on figuring out where do I want to be?…. and I am learning that knowing where I don’t want to be is NOT the same as knowing where I want to be… (Cuz that would be too easy!)…

On an entirely different note while growing up I was quite addicted to the PBS series ‘Mystery!’ hosted by Vincent Price, and later by Diana Brigg. This was mother and daughter time as we would curl up on the couch with our popcorn and watch Sherlock Holmes. We watched all of the old 1980’s ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’ starring Jeremy Brett, which were hosted on the Mystery! program.

 

 

Anyways I have discovered a newer TV series that I am greatly enjoying… The UK program ‘Sherlock’…  I must admit that although I was curious about the program I wasn’t expecting much and so I didn’t really bother to check it out. I wasn’t sure how they would pull off yet another Sherlock Holmes series and effectively set it in modern day London. The other day boredom got the better of me and I was pleasantly surprised. The first episode was simply brilliant! I can’t judge the rest of the series as of yet seeing as I have only watched the first two episodes (they are an hour and a half per episode and that is on Netflix so no commercials) and the second one will likely need to be re-watched as I only half paid attention… I had a long busy day yesterday and was watching with a very talkative teenager – but we had fun so it doesn’t really matter that I wasn’t really paying attention to the show…

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and David Burke as Dr. Watson - 1980's

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and David Burke as Dr. Watson – 1980’s

Today's Sherlock and Watson: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

Today’s Sherlock and Watson: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have also just discovered while looking up then and now pictures of Sherlock Holmes for this post that there is a Sherlock Holmes Museum in London… at 221B Baker St!!! I am so going to go there one day! Adding to my Bucket List!!! (OK so my complete and utter dork-dom is now surfacing for all to see… and I just don’t care!)

As for a wee bit more randomness: I recently bought myself a professional quality Microphone and am now learning how to use some free recording software, I must admit I am having fun… eventually I will post something on here for you all to listen to but for now I will just tease you with this information. (Oooooh evil dork-dom…. mwahahahaha…. cough… choke… sputter…ha…ha…)

And I guess that is all for now…