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MHS's WORD Literary Magazine

Room With A View

Lauren Gomez

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • 2:23pm

This is the eighth in a series of pieces from Millburn High School's award-winning literary magazine, WORD, that will be published on TAP Into Millburn once a week. The author, Lauren Gomez, is a rising senior at Millburn High.

 

Room with a View

Lauren Gomez

An aged man glanced toward the foot of his hospital bed, where a woman emitted a bored sigh. “Am I in hell already?” he yawned.

The woman stiffened, “Very funny, Mr. Williams. You fell asleep in the middle of our last ‘interview.’ Care to continue?”

“Why not, doll face? I got nothing better to do while I wait for my heart to give way.”

 

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Way back, in the days when people knew the difference between moonshine and a fine Pinot Noir, our ‘gentleman’ was not a man you could see without recognizing him. He had the strut and swagger of a man who was doing well and wasn’t afraid to show it. Some said that every step of that man in pinstripes ended with another life ruined. But ‘Mr. Williams’ knew better.

 

            He’d been playing the part of a man who knew the ins and outs of the criminal underworld for a long time, and he wasn’t about to stop any time soon. People feared him, but he didn’t mind. The money was good and he liked the benefits of his position. But, on that day, he got a good taste of the less savory parts of his job.

 

            From above, the gentleman spotted a thrashing garbage bag plummet into the pavement in front of him. The entire street froze and every onlooker gave him a look that said “it’s all because of you.”

 

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The gentleman put on a brave face. He smiled and stepped over the mass of blood and death without any sign of hesitation or regret. A young shopkeeper spat at his feet. The kid was brave, for sure, but bravery didn’t count for much when a certain gentleman’s associates are leading you to a back alley to be ‘dealt with properly.’ Then, ‘Mr. Williams’ gave himself a moment to glance up at the ostentatious building where the true rulers observed their city from afar. Those men were probably celebrating their latest victory in the lap of luxury while that gentleman took the flack. It was all part of the job, after all.

 

The good cop listened quietly from the edge of the sickly man’s bed. She took a moment to fully grasp the situation, staring at the chuckling storyteller, then grabbing his shirt collar.

 

“You’re a... decoy?” The well-regarded investigator scowled as her captive hummed an old show tune. “Where’s the real culprit now?”

“I hear the Canary Islands are lovely this time of year.”

 

She rushed out of the room in a fury. Taking time out of her busy schedule to interview her best lead: smart. Trusting a famous criminal: not so smart.

 

    The Millburn High School Literary Magazine, WORD, is a juried publication that showcases the extraordinary talents of this school's writers, artists, photographers, craftspeople and illustrators. The editors and staff take the process of creating the magazine very seriously. We hold regular open meetings from September to February to read submissions and to identify potential pieces for inclusion in the next volume. Then we choose selections that exemplify the diversity and strength of our student body and spend several months working on a unifying theme, on layout and production. Since we are constantly amazed by the abilities of our peers, we consider the magazine a tribute to the virtuosity, skill and creativity of our student body.

The Millburn High School Literary Magazine, Word, is a juried publication that showcases the extraordinary talents of this school's writers, artists, photographers, craftspeople and illustrators. The editors and staff take the process of creating the magazine very seriously. We hold regular open meetings from September to February to read submissions and to identify potential pieces for inclusion in the next volume. Then we choose selections that exemplify the diversity and strength of our student body and spend several months working on a unifying theme, on layout and production. Since we are constantly amazed by the abilities of our peers, we consider the magazine a tribute to the virtuosity, skill and creativity of our student body.

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