Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Letter

Just words on a page, but they stung like a lover’s unexpected slap. Harsh. Vivid memories of four years of sheer hell rushing in. A knot tying itself in my belly.

I blinked. Trying to clear my vision. Trying to calm my thoughts.

The instant I saw the envelope I knew. The emblem by the sender’s name separated it from all other envelopes that arrived in today’s mail. Numbly turning it over in my hands.

I read the words again. All of them.

Your tax return doesn’t match the information we have on file.

I picked up the phone and dialed.

Saturday Centus time again. I think Mrs. Jenny's been sifting through my mail. How else could she have come up with this week's prompt (in red above), unless maybe she got some ugly mail, herself. Not only did she give us the prompt, but she also gave us a 100 word limit. I hope you never get one of these in YOUR mail, cuz it ain't no fun. Makes me want to hop in a balloon and float away.

Read your mail carefully. And when you're done with that, be sure to float on over to Mrs. Jenny's and see what unpaid bills the other Centusians have by clicking HERE


21 Wits said...

Oh no! I will come back as I began to read this it dawned on me that this is your Sat. Centus! I can't read until I do mine! I'll be back!!!

Anonymous said...

Great take! and the creativity is so on. 'separating it from the rest of today's mail" is a perfect way to say the import. Well done!

Judie said...

Yikes! That's a scary letter for sure. Hope it never happens to me!

Gail said...

Very scary!!!

Susan Mystery said...

OMG that is a scary letter to get. Great take on the prompt

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

OOO, I could feel the fear. Good job! I've dealt with those people before, and you're right, it's no fun! Hope I don't have to deal with them again. laurie

Carrie said...

Ohhh, evil tax people. Audits are not fun! Great job building that tension.

Visiting from Saturday Centus

Susan Anderson said...



Jenny said...

Ummm...I got one of those for real once.

I almost swallowed my tongue.

Until I realized it was someone elses name on the envelope.

Thank heavens for the ineptness of the post office on occassion!