This is my response to the writing exercise, writing about an act of crime, revenge or deceit. I found it really hard to think of one to start, and then suddenly, it just all came out. So, here it is!
“Ya Mum has a big fat bum”
James held his eyes firm to the book. If he didn’t move his eyes, he couldn’t hear them. He really hated these dickheads. They were at it again.
He knew the drill. ‘Don’t retaliate, ignore, turn the other cheek, la, la, la,’ but really, this just sucked.
It was time to do something about it. It had been going on for years now. That bloody cackling laughter of that shithead Steve. Poncy Steve. Steve the Jock. Surfy Steve. Steve, always good at everything, Steve.
James lived next door to Steve and was exactly 2 hours and 3 minutes younger than Steve, but it you looked at the two of them, you wouldn’t know it. James was a whole head and shoulder shorter than him. His legs and arms were like toothpicks.
Steve’s favourite games over the last 12 years of his life had been to have fun having a laugh at James and seeing if he could make him cry. It didn’t help that their mums were the best of friends.
‘Steve, here’s something my mum made.’
James pushed the coconut jam slice over. It was kind of squashed up in the cling wrap.
‘What’s wrong with it?’ Steve sneered. His mates, the Klingons, laughed.
‘Nothin’, she just wanted to you ‘ave it.’ James replied.
James waited to see if he would open it and eat it or pass it over to his right hand man, Pete. Pete the loyal, always there, silent and strong, ready to carry out Steve’s orders at any time.
‘Please eat the slice’, James prayed.
Steve looked at James steely and undid the cling wrap, then stuffed the whole thing in his gob.
James’ heart was pounding and he thought he was going to piss himself. His heart was beating in his throat now. He thought he might stop breathing. There was no room for breath to get through.
‘What the hell do ya want, loser?’ then Steve suddenly grabbed his throat and his stomach all at once and collapsed onto the ground. He was mouthing something, but no words were coming out. Pete and the other loonies were crowding in around The Big Guy.
James slipped away with his skinny legs shaking to find another hidey hole in the playground and waited for the siren.