Thursday, November 22, 2012

Day 22

For each day of November, I am going to post an excerpt of the novel I'm working on for the next 30 days through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal is to reach 50,000 words in 30 days. And, go!

The theater teacher was a man named Tallant Jones. Everyone was convinced that he legally changed his first name but he insisted it was his given name. He was a total tool. Mr. Jones was a very odd man, and despite being married to a woman, had always struck me as someone who, to quote a line from Good Will Hunting - liked to ‘put from the rough.'

About 20 years after I graduated, I ran into Mr. Jones at the movie rental store. I casually shadowed him to be certain it was actually him. Heaven forbid that I would actually say hello. 

I quietly waited behind him in line and then after he walked away, I boldly asked the clerk what he just rented. I half-expected the clerk to get all, “THAT INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL” on me - but he was totally game, especially after I explained that he was my high school drama teacher. 

I confided, “I mostly wanted to see if he just rented porn.” He hadn't and it wasn't. 

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