The neighbourhood has seen better days, but Mrs. Pauley has lived there since before anyone can remember. She raised a family of six boys, who’ve all grown up and moved away. Since Mr. Pauley died three months ago, she’d had no income. She’s fallen behind in the rent. The landlord, accompanied by the police, have come to evict Mrs. Pauley from the house she’s lived in for forty years.
Today’s prompt: write this story in first person, told by the twelve-year-old sitting on the stoop across the street.
Okay, so maybe I won’t continue on with the Writing 101 assignment. I have too many questions about the holes in this story line.
- If Mrs. Pauley lived in a house for 40 years, why the heck didn’t she own it? Does anyone live anyplace that long and still rent? Really?
- Knowing what I know about eviction (which is very little), does the landlord ever really show up with the police or just let the police do the job?
- Does it really only take three months to go that behind on the rent that the police show up to evict you? Did Mr. Pauley die on the first of the month without the rent being paid?
- Why isn’t Mrs. Pauley moving in with one of her boys? She has 6 of them for heaven’s sakes. Surely, they wouldn’t just let her get evicted!
- How could Mrs. Pauley have absolutely no income? It just doesn’t seem feasible that she wouldn’t at least have some kind of social security or something. Maybe I’m just ignorant of it all.
- Which way are most people going to take this story – will it be very sad, and what is to happen to Mrs. Pauley? Will she become homeless living on the streets. Will some try to put a positive slant on it? Will Mrs. Pauley be saved in the end by one of her boys, or the life insurance person showing up, or what?
- Is WordPress based in Canada or something? Who spells neighbourhood with a “u”?
I know, I know, I was supposed to have answered these things, but I couldn’t wrap my head around all the questions I was supposed to answer. Yes, I have an imagination, but I guess I tend to reality, of which I do not know how this could happen, if it could happen, how it could happen, why did it happen. Didn’t someone once say, “Write what you know?”