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The Conversation by Debb Bouch

 Prayer of a Western Relic by Amber McGlothlin (Winner!)

 Glory to The Olives by Joey To

 

 

 

This week’s award is something a little different. We’re asking you to rewrite, reinterpret, and reimagine a short piece by author Jason Fink.

Write about  either one or both of the characters featured in this piece.  We are looking for submissions that can surprise us. Read on below for the details.

 

The RE:RE Award

Announced: March 14 2013

Submission Date: April 4 2013

Short List: April 5- 19 2013

Winner Announced: April 20 2013

Word Count:1500 – 2200

Prizes: $300

Eligibility: Open to everyone

 

From:  [email protected]

Sent:  October 10, 2021 12:19PM

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Subject: Goodbye, but not forever
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Leeza:

By now u know I’m not home – plz tell Pa not to worry.  I’ve gone East.

I know u won’t believe me, but I’m doing this for u.  I’m sad tht u aren’t coming with me, sad that u will be mad, sad tht u won’t get it, but in my heart, I know I’m doing the right thing.  This is what Ma would have wanted.  It’s what Our Lord Jesus Christ would have wanted.

I know ur rolling ur eyes at tht; it makes me smile and a little choked up.  I don’t know when I’ll see that eye –roll again.

I never fit in Seattle. U know that.  When the tensions started growing and dad moved us from Tulsa because he got a job in Seattle, I was pissed.  U seemed happy enough, Dad did, too. But Mom and I, we never fit there. Even in high school, I knew I needed something else, something different.

As u can see from the header, I’ve joined up.  They took away our cellphones, and all our communications are monitored, but they let us email, as long as we don’t  REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED

I’m kidding.  I think they know that it’s important that we keep in touch with family, and think, maybe, we can show u that ur a little misguided.  Maybe someday u’ll come.  Maybe u’ll come to understand that Seattle is not ur home, that the West, like many family members, is misguided.
Your loving brother, in Christ’s Name,
-s

From:   [email protected]

Sent:  October 10, 2021 12:21PM

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Subject: RE: Goodbye, but not forever
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SIMON
WTF.
Seriously. WTF?
You bug out East, and you bug out without even saying goodbye?  Except in this stupid email?
And. You. Joined. Up???
WTF?

 

From:  [email protected]

Sent:  October 11, 2021 1:07AM

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Subject: RE: RE: Goodbye, but not forever
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Leeza:

I know that u don’t believe me, but I really have done this for u.  I know that u r 47 minutes older than me, and u never let me forget it, but in this, in this 1 thing, I know tht I am right.  U will see, I know u will; God will show you the way.  In this I have Faith.

I don’t expect u to follow, and I don’t expect you to approve.  I’d been thinking about going East for years; really, since we moved away.  I could not in good conscience, not as a human, not as a Christian, allow myself to be complacent and take the path laid out by Satan and his minions, the path tht leads to Evil and damnation.

U never came with Ma and me to church.  Pa didn’t really come much, either; I know at the end, he was doing it to comfort Ma and make her feel better.  After she passed on, he never went back. But u, u never came, except when they made u at Christmas and Easter.  Religion wasn’t for u, u said.  It never really stuck, u said.  U were a Scottish Buddhist at heart, u said.

If u were, I’d be less worried.  If u picked God up anywhere, I’d be less worried.  But u didn’t. U just made fun.  And tht’s ok, because I know that u have a good heart, good enough tht I know u will come around when the time is right.

I know it’s late and ur the one who likes these dark hours, but the drill sergeant has me up on watch.  It’s hard to stay awake.  Plus, I am worried about u.
Your loving brother, in Christ’s Name,
-s

From:   [email protected]

Sent:  October 11, 2021 11:35AM

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Subject: RE:RE: RE: Goodbye, but not forever
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OMG, Simon; really OH-EMM-GEE.

And I say that with the complete and utter conviction that you will not for one second understand the sarcastic implications of that little abbreviation.

Simon, I’m not the one who is misguided, YOU are.  YOU, little brother (by 47 minutes, not by height, I know, THAT’S what YOU won’t let ME forget).  Don’t try to say that this is for me or for Ma, cause it’s not, it’s for YOU and your overly-zealous attitude.  You’re going about this all wrong, you’re not thinking, you’re just jumping in.

I’m sad about this Simon, and I’m pissed, and I’m disappointed.  But mostly, I’m afraid.  Afraid of what’s gonna happen to you, to us.  We shared a womb, we grew up side-by-side, and I thought that I knew you, knew YOU better than I know ME.

Apparently not.

I know about the whole christ thing, and I don’t really give a shit about it, never have.  You have your little mythologies that you need to call on to help you feel better about Ma dying, about moving, about who-knows-what-the-fuck, and that’s OK.  But going East.  going East and joining up?
I won’t be joining you.  The United Christian States of America is no place for a woman.  At least, not one who likes to use her brain and exercise free-will.

 

 

 

If you want to read more of Jason’s work, you can check it out at his scribd page here.