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The Form of a Question

by Steve Edgehouse

Of all the times to have dumped me, I would have never guessed she'd choose four minutes before I went on Jeopardy! She drove me to Chicago for my audition, she called me at work and played the congratulatory message into her cell phone, she's been reading me practice answers from index cards for the last three months. Trebek's out under the lights warming up the crowd, my competitors' eyes are slits of concentration, and here I am, getting a half-assed apology for her choice of timing. I'm begging for an explanation and she can barely look up from her Blackberry. I didn't have a good "get to know you" story for the producer with the clipboard when he asked me for one an hour ago. Do I ever have one now.

6S

Steve Edgehouse teaches writing at Bowling Green State University.

7 comments:

Christian Bell said...

There are just some people that insist on pulling the rug out from under you just before your moment of glory. Why must they do this?

I love the scenario portrayed of getting jilted just before going on a game show. Now I’m going to look at the people on these shows and wonder what’s happened to them that day (unless I'm watching a Seinfeld rerun, and then I already know them intimately). Nice work here.

Laurita said...

I enjoyed this whole package, but the last two sentences were priceless.

Dustin Parsons said...

Fantastic Steve. I read it to Pascal and he said, "What is good fiction?" Seriously, great tension and lyric sentences. Well done.

peggy said...

What a great premise for a six! The sentences flow too. Thanks for the story.

Joe said...

I agree with all of the above. A great six. Well-done and written with a great, if subtle sense of humor. I echo Dustin and answer: "What is a great six?"

quin browne said...

well done, nice flow, excellent plot.

Crybbe666 said...

Nice job, agree with Chritian about viewing people on game shows just a little differently now. Sign of a great 6!!!