Jenna Da Sie has set up as FLASH FICTION challenge this week!
Write about someone who unexpectedly comes into $20,000 and include this detail: a small black notebook.
Here you go!
Gerard opened his small black notebook, flattened the pages at the correct entry, and licked the end of his pencil.
Yuck. Why did people do that? He thought about it as he smacked his lips and tongue trying to get the taste out of his mouth. Come to think of it, he’d only ever seen it on TV or in movies. Maybe no one really did it in real life.
On the pristine page, in precise letters, he wrote Devlin J. - $20,000 – paid in full followed by the date. It gave him a lovely thrill to see it there in black and white. He hadn’t expected to collect that fee so easily or so quickly. Usually it took multiple attempts to convince his clients that non-payment was a non-option. Devlin, on the other hand, had handed over the twenty grand with barely a whimper.
Maybe I should have asked for more. Gerard prided himself on knowing exactly how much his clients could afford, and how hard to push to get what he wanted. His clients might disagree—no one liked to be blackmailed, after all—but it was just business.
And a very fine business it was.
Now I’m wondering who Gerard will blackmail next…
That was fun! Be sure to hop over to Leslie Hachtel and see what she came up with.