Writing Prompt #4

Bad Cat Ben

Bad Cat Ben

Every day this week, I'm using the last sentence of a book as a writing prompt. You can read about the challenge here. This story and the ones that follow are first drafts, so please don't judge them too harshly, and any feedback you might have is welcome!

Today's prompt is from Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails: "The next round's on me." 

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"The next round's on me." She leaned in, whispering, as if no one could know. 

A secret between me and my eighty-year-old grandma. 

I moved my beer bottle around the coaster, making a series of circles. "Thanks," I whispered back. 

She took a gulp of her gin and tonic, grinned her wonderful toothless grin, and nodded at my coat hanging on the wall. "That's a good lookin' one over there."

"I think so, too," I said. After all, I liked it enough to buy and wear it. 

"Well, go say hello." 

I laughed. "Oh, I don't think so." 

"Why not? Not good enough for ya?"

"No, it's just that..."

"So you're chicken." She set her wrinkles into a definitive frown. 

"No, I'm not chicken." I took a gulp of my beer, wondering how I was going to get out of this one. The jukebox started playing "Achy, Breaky Heart."

"Go over there, then." She jerked her head toward the coat. 

I knew I wouldn't be able to get out of it, so I stood up. Luckily, the bar was almost empty. Two men sat at the far end, staring at an old television that hung from the wall, and the bartender was reading a magazine. 

My coat hung from a hook on the wall. I stood by it and rifled through the pockets for a bit, then turned back to my grandma. She was looking in my direction, smiling a smile that appeared to be a bit lecherous. 

I sat back down on my bar stool. "He's married," I said.

She nodded. "Figures. All the good ones are taken. Where's that bartender?"

"Here she comes," I said. 

"Two more!" she shouted as if the bartender were the one hard of hearing.

I pushed my empty toward the rail and picked up the cold bottle.

"You know I think?" she asked. 

"Nope. What do you think?"

"It never hurts to try. Unless you're thinking about jumping off a building, it never hurts to try."

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Week 35: Creativity - Using Writing Prompts

  1. 1,000 Steps
  2. Annihilation 
  3. Untitled (Beer)
  4. Next Round's On Me
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. Untitled