Bookmark Part 1

Avatar Author: Dockboy I'm a writer by no means. I do not think it was ever my strong point. But I come up with cool scenarios in my head sometimes, and I feel the need to put 'pen to paper' so to say. I write what comes to me and what inter... Read Bio

The bookmark.

Simple, usually free, but used by millions. It saves your spot. A placeholder haphazardly thrown in to a book. For most, the bookmark has the emotional value of pocket lint. For Arthur, his bookmark meant something.

Summer job. Nearing the end of the season. Nerves are frayed and cabin fever is setting in. Lying on his bed, staring at the roof, Arthur breathed deeply and angrily. He would later classify today as one of the worst in his life; not for sadness, but for anger and frustration. Nothing that happened that day seemed to make Arthur feel better, everything acting as a catalyst for more frustration. Enter the annoying younger cousin, Ted.

“Let’s go.”, Ted ordered through the door.

{Insert questionable language here}

“Come on. Clerks 2 is playing. It’s supposed to be hilarious. It’ll make you forget about today.”
Of all people Arthur expected to take directions from, Ted was the last.

But he had a valid point.

“Fine, let’s go.”

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  1. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    “Let’s go.”, Ted ordered through the door.

    There shouldn’t be a comma after the quotations.

    Other than that, I’ll be awating part two.

  2. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    This started off really interestingly, and I am slightly disappointed that you didn’t even begin to resolve the meaningful bookmark stuff, but I expect you’ll move back to that in the sequel…

    Anyhoo, despite being a story of two halves, both halves worked! Nice sense of dark comedy earlier, you give the reader an almost naughty insight to this guy’s utter misery!

    Well done, reading on… MH :)

  3. Avatar Gradual Uprising {LoA}

    Great…and I haven’t read the sequel yet, but I’m gunna be a neat freak. I love how you arranged your verbs.

    The entire first part of your story is perfect in present tense as well as the line about cabin fever and nerves because you are stating them as laws.

    And kudos for switching into past after that, it really works, but you missed…Enter*ed* …and minor sub note ‘in to a book’ should be into a book

  4. Avatar John Perkins

    Interesting set up, but like MH, I was expecting some payoff on the bookmark here.

    Personally, I like to use receipts and used gift cards as my bookmarks.