Secrets and Money

October 2019 short story of the month

“Deal?” he said, extending his hand toward me.

I hesitated then reached out. Frank thought he had the upper hand, and in a sense he did. What he didn’t know was that I’d promised him something that wasn’t mine to give.

I left his office feeling a mix of anxiety and victory. I’d bought us some time, but Frank was volatile. He wouldn’t let it go for long. And then there was the matter of my father’s business. Could Frank really take it from my dad? I held no claim over it, but I’d just bargained it to save my neck. Should I tell my dad about the deal or wait and see what happens?

For now, I was off the hook. If I told my father the truth, he’d probably turn me over to Frank himself. I needed cash, and I needed it fast. I was desperate, and desperate times called for crazy Nick.

When I arrived at Nick’s apartment, he was on the phone but motioned for me to come in anyway.

“Sure. Yep. Sounds good,” Nick was saying to whoever was on the other end of the call. “Next week works for me. Yep. Check ya later.” He pocketed his cell and joined me in the living room.

“You look desperate, man,” he said sinking into the sofa cushion. He propped his feet on the table. His left sock had a hole in the heel and the big toe.

I had doubts about what I was about to ask, but the other option was to tell my dad the truth.

Two days later, cash in hand, I walked into Frank’s and put the money in front of him. Frank’s mouth literally fell open. He didn’t even count it; he just sat there looking at it like it might disappear.

I didn’t say anything, just nodded at him and walked out. Nick and I made a deal. No one was to ever find out how we got the money – no one. We would take that secret to our grave.

Editing and Prepping My Brain Out

I am very excited to announce that my novel is finally in the midst of editing. I didn’t know what to say about this at first, but let me start with…

I HAVE A FULLY WRITTEN NOVEL.

There, that’s out of the way.

That being said, the hard work of getting the first draft complete was nothing compared to editing. Editing has been both educational for me and heart wrenching.

I say heart wrenching because it is very challenging to go back to something you’ve worked so long on and start chopping it up and dissecting it. After I got past that initial shock, I began to see the experience as rewarding.

I am learning a lot about putting together an actual book that I didn’t know before. I found an editor to work with, and I cannot stress enough how much that experience is teaching me.

In addition to being knee deep in revisions, I am also prepping for NANOWRIMO. Yep, I’m doing it again. My plan is to write part of the draft for book two of the book I just finished. I am really excited about how the outline is shaping up.

It’s been a busy writing month for me, and it’s nothing compared to what’s coming up!

Happy reading and writing everyone!

October’s Prompt

Here is October’s short story of the month prompt:

“Deal?”he said, extending his hand toward me. I hesitated then reached out. Frank thought he had the upper hand, and in a sense he did. What he didn’t know was that…

I hope everyone is having a great start to the month! I am in NANOWRIMO prep mode combined with an over-sugared pre-Halloween craze!

Happy reading and writing this month!