Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post, you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I’m using: family ~ school ~ impatient ~ travel ~ holiday
It was submitted by: https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blo
Eleven months ago I created Marianne & Jimmy in Life In A Small Town and today that story continues with Life In A Small Town Part Ten. You can find part one here, part two here, part three here, part four here, part five here, part six here and part seven, part eight here, and part nine here, & part ten. I hope you enjoy it!
You could probably see the flashing lights from the police cruisers a mile away. As Michael and Marilyn’s father stood on the porch they could hear the barks of the bloodhounds echoing through the forest behind the house. It had taken about an hour to mobilize the troops, to pass around her picture and to retell the story of her disappearance several times.
There were two officers on their way to round Jimmy up and figure out what his involvement is. Everyone already knew he was in it up to his eyeballs, but proving it and getting Marilyn back safe were two different things altogether. They found him down at the local bar and dragged him out kicking and screaming about violating his rights. They drove him to the police station and shut him in an interrogation room. He continued his kicking and screaming and the two officers were getting impatient for the Sheriff to show up and question him.
Sheriff Littlejohn walked into the interrogation room less than an hour later. “I want to know where Marianne is and I want to know right now!” He said in his best intimidating voice. “What do you mean where is Marianne?” he said visibly shocked. “She should be at home with our kids or out with that loser boyfriend of hers.” “Yes, she should be home with her kids, getting her kids ready for school, or whatever else she needed to do for her family. She’s nowhere to be found and I think you already know that.”
“I swear I have no idea where Marianne is. Give me a lie detector right now!” The Sheriff didn’t show his surprise, but he was starting to believe him. Jimmy seemed to be telling the truth. “I might just do that,” he said. “Look, Sheriff, I still love Marianne even though I know I’ll never get her back, but I truly regret the hell I put her through. I would never do anything to hurt her. She’s the mother of my children. The kids… are they okay? Are my kids okay? Where are they?” he said the terror showing in his eyes.
“Slow down, the kids are fine. Marianne was supposed to be getting ready for a date with the doctor, but when he went back to her house no one was there. She wasn’t back at her parent’s house either, which is where the kids were, and her father is the one who called me. They’re sure that you are the one who took her.” “So there’s no real evidence that she was taken anywhere?” Jimmy asked visibly settling down. “Hell, maybe she decided to travel, you know, take a little holiday. Have you looked at the good doctor? Maybe he knows more than he’s saying.”
“Are you really that stupid Jimmy? Even I know she’d never leave her kids like that and she sure as hell wouldn’t worry her folks like that.” The Sheriff said. “You’re right just wishful thinking I guess. Can I help look for her? I have to do something I’ll go crazy worrying about her,” Jimmy asked. “Sit down and make a list of anyone you can think of that would hurt her.” “There isn’t anyone who doesn’t like Marianne. She gets along with everyone…except me” he said.
“Listen, Jimmy, I’m going to let you go, but if I find out you had anything to do with Marianne’s disappearance I’ll put you under the jail. Do you understand? And stay away from their property,” the Sheriff said. “I won’t and I didn’t,” Jimmy said, “but I’m not going to leave any stone unturned.”
The Sheriff stepped out of the interrogation room, “let him go,” was all he said. The two officers were shocked because they all thought that he was responsible. “I’ve got to get back out there,” he said. “Sheriff, what do you want us to do?” “I want you to wait until he leaves and follow him. Make sure he’s not holding her somewhere, but I don’t think he’s that smart.” “We found him at the bar,” the first officer said. “Go figure,” said the Sheriff as he walked out the door.
Stay tuned next month for part 12!
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado https://www.bakinginatornado.com
On the Border https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
The Bergham Chronicles https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Southern Belle Charm http://www.southernbellecharm.com
Cognitive Script https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/
Part-Time Working Hockey Mom https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
My Brand of Crazy https://sarahsbrandcrazy.blogspot.com/