March 12, 2011

Saturday Centus - 03/12/11 John Myrtle Was Slow as a Turtle


Jenny Matlock has done it again! Like the previous 44 Saturdays, she has provided us with a prompt (appearing below, in bold text).


The rules? Using no more than 100 words (not including the prompt), craft a story. And keep it clean, there are children in the room.

Death Comes to Gaylord
John Myrtle died last June. He was quiet, kept mostly to himself, and died alone, at home. He had never been accused of being intelligent. He worked as a teller at the First National Bank, in town, you know, the one by the discount furniture store by Route 8. He was notoriously frugal, and spent very little on himself.

You might say he kept his light under a bushel...or something like that.

When his will was read, it was determined that he left several million dollars (embezzled from the bank, prosecutors believe), to various charitable organizations in Gaylord.

You gotta watch the quiet ones. 

My non-embezzling inspiration was found here

20 comments:

  1. You do have to watch the quiet ones - remember Shawshank Redemption? I liked this a lot! Clever take on the prompt. Kat

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  2. Wow, great job. And so fast. Geez, I haven't had coffee yet, so my brain isn't thinking. :)

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  3. I love this small story! I immediately visualized John's Walter Mitty existence and was really taken by the twist. Great!

    Namaste..........cj

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  4. Loved this one! You are so right about the "quiet" ones; I have one living in my house! Well done!

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  5. You certainly do! great job :o)

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  6. Another great Centus. I loved this one.

    =)

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  7. Great job ! A guy everyone underestimated...and a cautionary story to beware of the quiet ones !

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  8. The Robin Hood of Gaylord?? Great take on the prompt!!

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  9. Nice use of prompt, different and brings a smile.

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  10. This read like an obit in a real small town newspaper with a nosy obit writer!

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  11. That's great use of irony and the prompt, June. I enjoyed this.
    xoRobyn

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  12. Well, he was altruistic, better than the Canadian guy twenty years ago who worked for the CIBC and embezzled millions and gambled it all away on weekends. He went to jail. Well done with the prompt.

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  13. yeah, it's always the quiet ones ... i liked both your story and your inspiration ... well done!

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  14. Very clever and so well written...Peace and blessings

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  15. well done. it is the quiet ones to watch out for indeed

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  16. Excellent June. Such a clever idea and it flowed beautifully. Well done!

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  17. You wouldn't know what to say, would you! At least he tried to do good.

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  18. June this was an amazing job! I loved your treatment on the prompt! What a great idea to base it on a true story!

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  19. I loved the true story behind this gem!

    So...did you used to write obits for the newspaper?

    This was really, really awesome!

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