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.