Saturday, June 5, 2010

It Takes a...

I quietly entered the stream of frightened visitors as they rushed to exit the building. As I reached the sidewalk along 5th Ave, I realized that the cool, light rains that had earlier dampened the Manhattan streets, had returned. I deftly donned my cap and secured the top button of my trench coat and headed north along 5th, then crossing east at 86th. The cool breeze and light rain washed away the tension, and with each intersection crossed I felt closer to freedom. At 3rd Ave. I darted into the Orpheum. I settled into the comfortable movie theater seat with awkward 3D glasses perched on my nose, a small tub of popcorn on my lap, and a bottle of water lodged into the seat holder, …comfortable with the idea that I had just pulled off the greatest art heist… EVER. With the Vermeer, Van Gogh, Matisse, Rembrandt and Degas neatly rolled and secured beneath my coat, I thought of lines from a certain, obscure Lord Byron drama”…The rogue; how should I, not being robbed, identify the thief among so many? In the crowd, may it please your excellency, your thief looks exactly like the rest, or rather better:…”

The above is my offering for Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus. It is a quite delightful writing exercise where we are given a prompt...larger print in the middle of my post...and from that prompt are to write 100 words or less. I have once again gone over the 100 word limit and will surely receive a bad grade as a result. My problem is that I get my idea quickly while reading the prompt and have to go with it...maybe I should just audit the class:-) I encourage you to participate in this wonderful meme...at least go and check out the other fine, creative offerings...jennymatlock.blogspot.com.

Jenny Matlock





14 comments:

  1. If nothing else, this meme allows us know what a pain it must be to be an editor! Love this twist on the prompt, nicely done. Kathy

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  2. There has to be one in every class...the overachiever! :) I enjoyed...thanks!

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  3. Great detail! I could almost feel your tension as you made your way across town. Excellent!

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  4. Oh I loved this one! Over 100 words but so good I think Ms Jenny will forgive you!

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  5. An art thief, hmm. I hope you don't get caught. I thought this was great and loved it.

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  6. Oh Jeff, you old rogue!! Well done - again!

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  7. Oh, very good. I love the twist on this one - you took it to a new height! Be proud!

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  8. Well done, Jeff. I like this...I never thought of an Art Heist. BRAVO!
    great take on the prompt!
    hugs
    shakira

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  9. Great story..but hey....I think Mr. Jenny AND Mrs. Jenny might just have to send you to the principal's office.....

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  10. Jeff, that was a different slant on the prompt. 100 words or more it was a fun read. Now you go and put that art work back, right now...

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

    Smile,

    Ann ;-)

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  11. Ah Ha! So you are the culprit that The Metropolitan Museum of Art is looking for!
    Never fear, your secret is safe with me!

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  12. Hi Jeff, this was a very interesting take on the prompt and well done .

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  13. Jeff! I love this! I am waiting for you to unfold the rest of the story now...like one of those novels I stay up until 2 pm reading...even though my eyes are bleary and my eyelids are heavy I have to just keep turning the pages.

    Do it! Your writing is amazing.

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