Saturday, January 1, 2011

Saturday Centus: Unresolved Resolution

(This week's prompt is in yellow)

Sirens broke the silence of the night in the sleepy little suburb. Police scoured the subdivision in search of the suspect.

Meanwhile, prying her crumpled up list of resolutions from the cold, lifeless fingers that held them, the detectives carefully unfold the wadded parchment in search of clues. Words, penned with crayon in a childish scrawl, are what they read:

Maybe if I am good he won’t hurt me anymore.
Just in case I resolve to find a better hiding spot.

She never had a chance. The following day the coroner placed her time of death to have occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. January 1, 2011. 


I have not written much these past few weeks due to the hectic pace and general all around "busy-ness" of the holidays. So what better way is there to begin anew then participating in my favorite lady's weekly meme. I know it's rough but be's a new year and a new start! 

Jenny Matlock


I would like to wish each and every one of you a New Year's filled with peace and joy! You all have been such a blessing to me as I struggle to find my true voice in these loud and raucous times in which we live. I pray that God deliver you all abundant blessings as you, too, find your own unique way in life's grand journey. Thank you and God bless you! 


Willoughby said...

Fabulous first post of the year!

I hope your hectic pace will slow down a bit now that the holidays are over!

Sue said...

Boy, that one kinda hits in the solar plexus, doesn't it?

Nicely done!


Brenda said...

UMMM, OK. So I am hoping this was a murder mystery intro because I read the post and was thinking, "where's the rest of it?" Talk about a cliffhanger. DOmestic violence, child abuse? Just great... I came from Jenny's, I'm a sucker for a great read, thanks for the tease. LOL! Hope your year is wonderful! B=)

Judie said...

Polly, this is just stupendous!!! Great work!!

Bookie said...

Oh, a CSI Centus! Glad you are back on track...have a large mystery in your pen for 2011?

Dazee Dreamer said...

That was absolutely a great post. I'm glad I wasn't the only one that took it to a darker place.

Koby said...

I went to school to be an evidence tech... this is right up my alley! Happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

Aw, this is really touching "she never had a chance". The poor little thing finally found a place where she was safe forever from him.
Happy New Year!

Jackie said...

omg that is horrible and sad :(

Cheryl said...

I've missed you cutie. You are a shining light in the sphere.

Wishing you the best in 2011.

By the way, this piece was a killer on so many levels. Great write, Polly.

Kat said...

Wow. What a great take on the prompt. Heartbreaking and disturbing, but you wrote it so well. Well done, and welcome back! Kat

Anna said...

Dear Polly,
Wow, what a centus! Somehow your centus is related to mine, but my protagonist is lucky; she is getting help to get out of a bad situation.

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my SC-post.
I've written a second text and would like to invite you to return and read it, but only if you have the time. I know that you are busy, so I understand if you don't. You have already read the first one.

Peace and blessings to you Polly; you are a very talented woman!
Anna's SC#35 plus a second text

jfb57 said...

Stunning! Such a complete story!

Anonymous said...

Looks like the "crumpled paper" idea took us to the same dark place!

Well done.

Jo said...

now she is truly hidden from him .... well written!

Viki said...

Nicely written and very sad. Too true for many women unfortunately. Great take on the prompt.

Ames said...

I really like this one Polly! Sounds like a good beginning to a WhoDunnit!~Ames

Happy New Year to you as well!

Tina said...

very eerie story made me shiver! love a good murder plot!

cj Schlottman said...

Now that was a gut-punch! Thanks for the well written reminder of the plague that is domestic violence. Bravo!


Kaelin said...

I enjoyed that - hope there's more to come:)

Susannah said...

Very sad but really well written.

Happy new year to you. :-)

Tgoette said...

So dark and tragic, but very well written! A great way to jump in to the new year! Excellent job.

Jenny said...

Holy moly, girl! This was good. This was the direction mine was going until I missed the Saturday cut-off!

Of course, yours was executed wayyyy better!

BTW, your little made me cry.

You are really neat Polly. I'm so glad we've met.

Thanks for linking.


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