September 8, 2015 – Prompt (something new)

To challenge the group to think outside the box and let there imaginations soar I am trying out something new from the book 1000 Awesome Prompts. For this a scenario is given and then a number of items from the 26 that can be chosen  are randomly selected: This weeks scenario was: You are a delivery man dropping off your last package of the day. Your truck gets in a fender bender and that last package has split open spilling out five of the random items. You have to call the authorities…what was in the package and why was it so serious?

The five items: 3 dice, a belt, a red marker, a plush bear and a key.

Andy cringed as his freshly washed TRS truck was struck as he entered the intersection on Elm street. How could it be that just as he is about to make his final delivery and on this always quiet street he been hit in the rear fender by a blue Chevy pickup. As he stops and prepares  to get out he is astounded to see the truck back up, hang a Ueee and speed away.

“Damn! My shift was almost over. Just one last stop to make.” He steps on the gas hoping his vehicle is drivable but when he looks in his rear view mirror he can see the rear doors are open and spies the corner of a brown package on the ground.

He stops. Sets the emergency brake and lights and gets out. He sighs as he walks to the back of the truck. Yep, it is his last package on the ground and it contents are spilling out. “Holy Cow! What the ****.” It’s the strangest assortment of items he’s ever seen, “Shit,” he says as he lifts a gun belt complete with a  holster containing a semi-automatic pistol from the ground. He whistles. Company rules say “no guns may be sent by TRS. There are three red dice that feel slightly weighted when he shakes them in his palm. “I think these are loaded dice.” He whispers to himself and put them in his pants pocket. There’s a brass key on the ground too and it has the number 13 on it and looks like it opens a locker. Maybe at the bus station, he thinks. There are a stack of documents to which a red marker is attached. At the bottom in red are instructions saying,” Take the bear to pier 30.”

“Bear! What bear?” Andy pulls the torn edges of the box apart and then he sees the bear. Just like one he got his son when he was little. “Holy Cow!” he says again for a stream of white powder is trickling from a hole in the plush toys foot.

Andy knows he has a mess on his hands. Someone is sending illegal merchandise using the TRS delivery service. This is about drugs and guns. “I’ll call Joe. He’s the boss. He’ll know what to do. Who should be called.”

Andy the bear, gun belt, key and red marked documents back in the box. He shuts the rear doors and carries the box with him to the front of the truck. He sets the box on the floor beside him. Checks his manifest for that last address and drives on down the street.