The Truth Hurts

19 June 2008

What if a drunk sits next to you in a bar, thinks you are his or her close friend and starts confessing “the truth?” This week's exercise is to write about what “the truth” is in at least 200 words. Here's what I did:

The End of the Conversation
(541 words)

It was raining hard when I entered the all-night diner. The place was deserted, save for an old man quietly sitting on the counter. I sat down on the eastern corner and dropped my wet jacket on the far edge of the table. I looked out the window — on Escario Street, headlights from passing cars filtered through the diner’s decades-old Venetian blinds, their glare partially blinding me.

The old man took the seat across me and I did not notice him there until he cleared his throat and spoke.

“Have you no shame, Ben?”

“Excuse me, old man?”

“Don’t hand me that bullshit! You may think you and your goddamn uncle own this town but I know the score. I may be regular folk but I ain’t stupid. I know what’s going on. I know what your kind have been up to lately. I know the truth about you and it don’t scare me, do you hear? I know the truth so don’t give me that bullshit, kid!”

“Sorry, sir. But I don’t know what you’re talking about — ”

“Oh, yes you do. We’ve been partners in the force for how long — seven years, eight? We’ve been through so much and all this time I thought I knew you. God, how wrong I was. I’ve always thought you were clean, decent in spite of your uncle’s reputation. I’ve always thought you’d be the first in your family to lead a respectable life. Well, tell me now, kid. When you and your uncle dragged that woman out of her house, after killing her husband and her two children. Tell me — did you think you could get away with it? Did you? Sorry to bust your ass but I saw what you did. I was there and saw everything. And now you’re going down, mister policeman. Because I know the truth now. And nothing, I mean nothing will stop me from telling the whole world about the crimes committed by you and your mayor of an uncle.”

He leaned towards me, took my collar and drew my face closer to his. I could smell his stinking breath as he continued to speak.

“Do you understand what I’m saying, Ben? And when I’m done, you and your uncle will rot in jail. I personally guarantee that, pal.”

I slumped on the chair as his hand let go. He continued to stare daggers at me as he lit a cigarette.

I reached out for my jacket, my right hand digging beneath the pockets. In a few seconds, I found what I was looking for. In one quick motion, I held up the semi-automatic handgun to his forehead and fired once. The discharge emitted a soft thud, its gunfire muffled beautifully by the silencer. The old man collapsed on his seat and then slid sideways.

I stood up, took out my mobile phone and dialed. A woman’s voice greeted me on the other line. I spoke clearly and slowly.

“Liz, I have a message for Ben and his uncle. Tell them that I found the old cop and he has agreed to keep his mouth shut about the incident. Okay, thanks. Bye.”

I picked up the spent cartridge on the floor and walked out the door.


PR Laughs

06 June 2008

This week's exercise is to write a humorous public relations announcement about any corporate event, real or fictional. Minimum of 50 words. I did three:


Cebu companies launch garage sale

CEBU CITY — Cebuano establishments plan to launch a massive garage sale by month’s end at Plaza Independencia.

Collars Inc., the retail business subsidiary of the Toymaker Group, is organizing this event.

According to spokesperson Mrs. E. Legal-Accion: “What makes this event so special is that establishments such as Innodata, CITOM, M. Lhuillier, Nokia, Norkis, City Hardware, Cebu Clean Services, B!Bo SM, and Tanduay Five have agreed to donate their old uniforms to this massive polo shirt sale! I’m sure that interested buyers will be excited with the variety of choices during this event!” Contributed

IT firm inks deal with corporate supplier

CEBU CITY — Groundbreakingly innovative and seemingly perfect I.T. outsourcing firm iComm International recently held a contract signing with Collars Inc., a recipient of DTI’s 2006 Best Franchise Award and also the retail business subsidiary of the Toymaker Group.

Said B. Lapiya, VP of Sales of Collars Inc.: “We are honored to be picked by iComm International for their corporate attire needs. We are confident that we can provide them with the initial supply of collared shirts by the start of next month. Let’s just say that an upcoming business venture by month's end will enable us to double our current supplying capacity.” Contributed

Call center coalition unveils new motif

CEBU CITY — Daysleepers Association has announced that they will hold a fashion runway concert at Asiatown I.T. Park to launch their new corporate motif designed by international designer Vicky Cantle. According to Cantle: “The coalition is comprised of call centers like PeopleSupport, Convergys, eTelecare, Qualfon and NCR and it’s time we updated their corporate motif to something more chic, and completely unique. That’s why I’ve decided to infuse them with the color of Paris Gray. After all, it’s the new black and I’m sure no company has used this color yet.” The new motif will formally be implemented in early 2009. Contributed


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