The men hooted crazily with laughter, uncontrollable blubbering that left their drunken faces beet red. One man in particular, Rudy, was especially ecstatic and pounded the stranger-now-friend on the back. "Another!" Rudy shouted, and everyone chorused their agreement.
As the bartender raced to fill everyone's drinks again, his thin fingers working the spout expertly, the stranger turned to Rudy. "Sir, I really would like to talk with you...when you're clear-headed."
"I'm as well as I'll e'er be," Rudy laughed again.
"Sir...you know my job. I'm a marketing director. I promised the Boss I'd find some countryside business that will increase profits in the rural areas here. He'd like a partnership with you."
The bartender returned to their table with another round of whiskey, but the marketer shook his head. "Just a coffee, please. I don't drink."
Rudy shrugged and snatched the stranger's drink. "Suit yourself."
The marketer was uneasy around these rough country men and their drink. He was afraid of what might happen if he even dared touch the glass holding the strong alcohol. Lord knows he'd had enough of it in his lifetime. The bartender handed him a mug with bitter black coffee inside. The marketer winced and set the drink aside. "Really, sir, just a moment of your time. Your sheep-shearing business holds great potential. If you would just listen..."
"You've 'ad my ears awhile now, mister."
The marketer rubbed his temples. He went days without sleep just so he could meet this drunken maniac? "If you won't accept, then I must go."
He turned to leave when Rudy caught his arm in a viselike grip. "Alrighty, boy, settle down now, that's it, take it easy. I won't share my wool profits, but I am a rather handy-dandy wood carver."
The marketer shook his head. "Only the sheep."
Rudy scoffed. "Them sheep don't cost nothing. Now, my woodworking, well, that's another matter."
The stranger sighed. "Sir, I can't accept."
Rudy shrugged. "Suit yourself."
When he turned away, Rudy called him back one last time. "By the way," he grinned wickedly, "you might wanna know...see that bow o'er there?
The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:
Begin Start typing to begin
Event Your character laughs uncontrollably
Letter Use the letter F
Words Reach 50 words
Character A vulnerable marketing director
Words Reach 100 words
Letter Use the letter Y
Prop Include a coffee mug
Words Reach 200 words
Event Your character hasn't slept in days
Character A positive craftsperson
Words Reach 300 words
Letter Use the letter L
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