The Gun

It is First Line Friday over at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Our writing prompt for this week is “Take the gun.”

“Take the gun,” Gary whispered.

Melanie stifled a giggle. “And leave the cannoli?”

“Oh, for God’s sake!” Gary flung the script to the floor. “Will you please be serious for once?”

“I couldn’t help it!” Melanie laughed. “As soon as you said ‘take the gun,’ that one scene from The Godfather came to mind. You know the one where —”

“Whatever, Melanie,” Gary interrupted. This part in Mason’s play could be my big break. Don’t you get that?”

Melanie walked over and put her arm around Gary. “Yes, I get that,” she said quietly. “I’m sorry for joking around.”

Gary smiled at her and sighed. “It’s okay. Sorry I yelled.”

Melanie shrugged. “Let’s give it another shot.”

“Yeah.” Gary picked his script up from the floor. “Let me get into character.”

After a few deep breaths, he began.

“Take the gu —.”

“No! Gary!” Melanie rushed to where Gary lay dead on the floor. “Oh, my God!”

The  bullet left a small hole in the living room window.




Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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