Writing Contest Prompt from Jim for W 7/01: Masks

Aloha “WriterWednesday, I hope you had a safe and healthy June.  Today’s #WritingPrompt is


Use it to inspire a piece of writing and the post that piece as a July contest entry below, or as a non-contest entry on the Shoot da Breeze page: https://www.bambooridge.org/bambooshoots/shoot-da-breeze/

We would love to read it, and it may be selected for publication in a future issue of Bamboo Ridge.  Enter every day if you like.  Use any of the July prompts : )

Here’s today’s draft.

Survey (Part Twelve)

“My mom didn’t notice what was going on until the new neighbors started putting up a fence one day on her property.  She asked them to stop, said that they were putting up the fence illegally.

“They stopped, but their realtor, this fucking piece of shit here, started calling her right away.  He told her she was a crazy old woman who didn’t know what she was talking about.  He said his surveyor, an expert, had done a perfect job staking out the new neighbor’s property, that they had every right to put up the fence.

“So the neighbors had the fence crew come again.  My mom asked the neighbors if they’d rather put up the fence and have to tear it down, or just wait until the issue was resolved.

“They agreed to wait, but this fucker kept calling my mom.  Not only did he keep calling her and berating her, but he began coming to the house and telling her in person that she didn’t know what she was talking about.

“My mom became afraid to answer the phone, afraid to answer the doorbell.  She was a nervous wreck.  Crying all the time.  Unable to sleep.

“But from the first time she asked the neighbors to stop putting up the fence, my mother sought out and hired the best surveyors in the State.  Their survey took months.  They ended up mapping almost the entire subdivision, locating all the original points.

“And you know what happened in the end?”


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