Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
My “Secret Subject” is:
Open the envelope already!
It was submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
These days, after receiving a subpoena to testify in a murder trial opening the mail is not one of my favorite activities. I thought this would be the perfect time for a bit of fiction. Although, sometimes real life really is stranger than fiction!
Izzy walked down the cracked driveway making a game of not stepping on the determined weeds that were poking up through the rocks. The paint on her toes was looking just as cracked she noticed as she pulled the mailbox lid open. The piece of rusted metal broke off in her hand as she peered inside to see if the mail had run.
Sure enough, there was an envelope pushed way in the back. She grabbed it automatically looking at the return address before sticking the broken lid in its place. She always looked at the return address first. That was the only way to tell if it was a bill collector or not. Those were simply tossed into the garbage unopened.
She flipped the envelope over since the front was bare of anything at all. Wait a minute she thought to herself. Where is the address or the stamp for that matter? “This didn’t come in the mail,” she said, “that Lottie wouldn’t ever let an unstamped envelope past her old eagle eyes!”
Izzy tore at the back of the envelope to find a single sheet of lined paper. As she walked back into the kitchen she let the screen door slam behind her. She unfolded the piece of paper and began reading. I SAW WHAT YOU DID was written in printed capital letters across the middle of the page.
“What in the world?” Izzy said as she raised her head to peer out the kitchen window at the offending box that had held the letter a few short minutes ago. She looked up and down the street not seeing anything but old Mr. Beasley’s hound dog sunning himself on the side of the road.
She moved to the back of the house to look out the window into the backyard and didn’t see anything there either. She didn’t know what to do. Should she call the police or maybe her brother Earl? “Lord knows he wouldn’t be any help,” she said out loud to herself.
“I’ll call Stephanie! She’ll help me get to the bottom of this,” she thought as she pulled her cellphone out of her pocket. Stephanie was pulling up in the driveway five minutes later happy to have any excuse to get out of the house for a little while.
“What’s up Iz?” She said as she entered the kitchen. “Look Steph!” Izzy said as she handed her the letter. “What did you do?” She exclaimed to Izzy as if she had been left out of a juicy secret. “I didn’t do anything! I swear!” she said holding up two fingers as if she were still a girl scout and not a middle aged mom to two.
“Somebody must have seen you do something,” Stephanie said sure that Izzy wasn’t ‘fessing up to what she had done. “I don’t even know if it is for me. It could be for anyone!” Izzy said defensively. Izzy racked her brain the rest of the day trying to figure out who could have sent her such a note. As she was fixing dinner she watched her husband Denny closely wondering if perhaps the letter was meant for him.
“So anything exciting happen today,” he asked as he sat down at the kitchen table. “Why? What did you hear?” She snapped before she realized what she had said. “What’s going on Izzy?” Denny asked knowing his wife only to well.” She reached into her pocket and handed him the letter.
He opened up the letter and read what it wrote. “What the hell?” He asked looking at her in astonishment. “What did you do?” “Why does everyone automatically think that it’s for me?” She said shaking her head. “Who else have you shown this to?” He asked. “Just Stephanie of course.” “Of course,” he said “Sherlock Holmes herself” rolling his eyes.
Denny kept looking at the letter as he finished the rest of his dinner. “Maybe, I should call the Sherriff,” he said look at it again. “I was wondering the same thing,” Izzy said rubbing her arms as she looked out the window for the thousandth time since receiving the letter.
Mike and Timmy came in from basketball practice as he was speaking. “Why are you calling the cops dad?” They both said simultaneously. “Your mom received this letter in the mailbox today without a return address or stamp.” Mike took the letter as Timmy read over his shoulder.
Timmy started snickering as he started taking his jacket off to wash up for dinner. “What’s so funny? This could be something serious. Your mother could be in danger!” “Who says it’s for me?” Izzy said throwing up her hands. Timmy started laughing harder.
“Nobody is in danger,” said Timmy laughing hysterically, “well except maybe Mike.” Both Izzy and Denny turned to look at Mike as his face turned several shades of red. “Son, do you have something to tell us?” Denny said ready to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Mike threw up his hands and headed for the refrigerator. He opened the door and stuck his head in ostensibly looking for something to drink with dinner. They could hear him mumble, but not what he said as they looked at each other worriedly. He raised up from the refrigerator with the juice.
“What did you say,” they both said in unison. “He said it was his girlfriend Milly and she’s mad because she saw him walk Valerie to 5th period,” Timmy said cracking up. “Shut up Tim! At least I have a girlfriend.” “That’s enough! Well, at least that mystery is solved.”
“Good,” said Timmy. “Now we can concentrate on what kind of meat this is for dinner.” He said lifting the offending piece of meat up with his fork. They all started laughing.
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado http://www.BakingInATornado.com
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy http://dinoheromommy.com/
Spatulas on Parade http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/
The Lieber Family Blog http://thelieberfamily.com
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/
Simply Shannon http://shannonbutler.org
The Bergham Chronicles http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Confessions of a part-time working mom http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
Not That Sarah Michelle http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com
Southern Belle Charm http://www.southernbellecharm.com
The Angrivated Mom http://www.angrivatedmom.wordpress.com
When I Grow Up http://kimberlyyavorski.com/whenigrowup/