Secret Subject Swap.
This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
My subject is: pick an entry from the police beat section of a newspaper (print or online) and write the backstory leading up to the actual event. This prompt was submitted to me by Alicia of Moms Don’t Say That. Thanks for the great prompt, girl!
12/4 at 4 p.m. John Chukoda, 32, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Charlie Ried on a charge of disorderly conduct.
It’s an arrest that happens thousands of times a day all over the country. But not like this. Because on this day John Chukoda was arrested in Portland, Oregon. This is how it went down:
2:29 p.m. Officer Charlie receives stress call that a male customer in GRASS restaurant on Riverside Street is causing a disturbance. The officer begins to pedal his bike to the scene.
2:34 p.m. Officer Charlie stops to let chickens cross the road. To get to the other side.
2:43 p.m. Officer Charlie arrives at the scene and speaks to the manager of GRASS. Manager explains the suspect has upset his waitperson and surrounding customers by getting increasingly belligerent about the menu options. The suspect seemed distracted by the androgyny of his waitperson, and his/her many tattoos and piercings.
2:50 p.m. Officer Charlie speaks to the man in question. Suspect’s appearance: bewildered, no visible body adornment, wearing restrictive clothing, clean shaven, clean-cut short hair, and not wearing ear phones with constant stream of Indie music. Obviously a foreigner. The following conversation takes place:
Officer: Not from around here, are you?
John: No, I flew in from Dallas this morning. Sir, can ask why I seem to be in trouble?
Officer: You’ve apparently offended some people with your unruly behavior.
John: Unruly behavior? All I did was ask about the menu! I mean, I understand the sustainable/grain-fed/organic meat, but how is vegan beef even possible?!
Officer: There’s no need to shout. Shouting kills birds.
John: And what’s up with the water? Can’t a guy just get a glass of water? Why do I have to get spring-fed-by-lesbian-water-nymphs-oxygenated-vitamin-fortified water? I JUST WANTED WATER!
Officer: Sir, it’s yoga hour. I warned you about shouting. Step outside, please.
John: What? Are you serious? *grabs briefcase* *follows officer outside*
Officer: What’s that awful smell *sniffs air* Is that….is that leather?
John: *holds up briefcase* Of course.
Officer: ACK! *covers nose* *recoils in disgust*
John: Where am I? *gets keys out of pocket* I’m leaving! *points keys at SUV to remotely unlock*
Officer: I suppose that Earth murderer is your rental?
John: *shakes arms in anger* (briefcase pops open, books and a granola bar spill out)
Officer: OH MY BUDDAH.
Officer: Those aren’t even used books. And that granola bar has high fructose corn syrup. That’s IT. You’re under arrest. Come with me to the station, please.
John: For what? I can’t belie –
Officer: Your conduct is unacceptable. Please sit on the back of the bike. Mind your pants don’t get caught in the gears. *GASP* Those pants aren’t even organic cotton, I can smell the pesticide. And they’re…new!?!?
John: Whaaa? Wait…you’re taking me in…on your bike?
Officer: Of course. Will you hold my mandolin? Oh, and on the way we have to stop at the park. My sister’s in an art show benefitting animals without education…..
DO NOT forget to visit the other awesome bloggers and see what they did with their secret subjects!