Tommy’s crossed arms answered my question before he spoke.
“She called again didn’t she?” I asked, there in the open doorway,one hand on my hip, the other clutching my bag and briefcase. I already knew the answer, I just needed to hear him say so.
He just stood there, trying as hard as he could to not look guilty. The right side of his mouth was clenched in a way that lead me to believe he was biting the inside of his cheek. His stiff tense arms resting on his chest, while leaning against the fridge. The eyes, those crystal clear blue eyes, always a sure giveaway to when he was lying. Tommy can make you think he is looking you dead in the eye but he isn’t. He is looking at the space right between your eyes. A little trick he had taught me when I had my first public speaking assignment.
“Look Jess, I did not have to tell you she called, I’m just being honest with you”
Angrily I threw my coat on the table, although it looks as if it made it to the floor. I don’t care.
“Actually you did not tell me, I guessed, and where was this new form of honesty six months ago?”
I walk towards my desk, not really having a reason to be there, just not wanting Tommy to see my eyes slowly starting to form with tears.
“Don’t start with me Jess”
I can hear the annoyance in his voice as he makes his way to the fridge to grab a Coors.
“Don’t start with you? You are the one who brought this person into our life, and you better be the one to get rid of her, or else I will.”
This was a writing prompt from
This week, focus on dialogue and body language to set a scene or move a story forward, limiting your use of narration. You have 450 words, beginning with the line: His crossed arms answered her question before he spoke.
If you are writing memoir this week and find the opening line too restrictive, incorporate the idea of crossed arms as close to the beginning of your piece as possible.
This was very new to me. I am a beginner and would appreciate and kind of constructive criticism….just be nice!!!
After this, I do believe my vodka is calling!