Works in progress.
“Put it down,” Kari Dell said, never turning from the window. “Over there.”
“Very well,” said the hotel attendant, setting down the silver dome. “Will that be all?”
“No,” she snapped before softening. “I would like to see some sheep today.”
“I’ll ask the doctor to bring the car around.”
“And Monday,” she added. “It would be good of you to return it.”
“You took it yesterday. I would like it back.”
“But that is when you checked in, Madame.”
“Codswallop,” she frowned. “You made that up. It’s clearly a plot to kill me.”
“It was,” he slumped. “Yesterday.”
Lost Monday doesn’t read like much at a glance. It’s 100 words drawn together after Janet Reid, literary agent announced a contest inspired by author Kari Dell. Dell was on a rodeo vacation and forgot what day it was. So she suggested someone kill her with words in a hotel just down the road from a state mental hospital.
Reid tossed in a few more rules for the informal contest with less than 24-hour notice, including the words: kill, dell, plot, sheep, and codswallop. Win, lose, or draw: It was fun to throw in with about 100 others. Enough so that I thought to share the scrap on Facebook.