Monday Matchup Writing Challenge: Uncashed check, bad movie, Shakespeare



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Write a story featuring an uncashed check, a bad movie, and the word “Shakespeare.”


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    Natalie made a point to balance her checkbook at least twice a year. She enjoyed the surprises, and thought of her check register as more of a diary than an accounting record. She might have attacked the task more frequently, but seeing that one remaining outstanding check every month just pissed her off.

    Three thousand dollars for Samantha’s rehearsal dinner at the Shakespeare Pub. It had been the one thing that she had asked to do, one little thing to be involved in her daughter’s big day. For three years the funds had sat in limbo. Natalie could not bring herself to reclaim the balance, even though she knew that Eldon would never cash the check, just as Eldon knew that Natalie would never tell Sami.

    Getting caught up in Eldon’s schemes had been ridiculously ignorant on her part, but Natalie had been young and over-the-moon in love. Plus, the money had been pouring in, a tempting elixir to a girl from the wrong side of nowhere. Eldon had pulled off a real estate scheme, selling the same property to numerous investors online, then pulling the plug on the whole thing just before he got caught. Natalie hadn’t known it was a scheme. When Eldon had shown her the papers revealing that everything was in her name, and had told her that it was his proof of how much he loved her, Natalie had lapped it up. The irony of the proof of the extent of Eldon’s love had only recently dawned on her. The authorities had never caught up with Eldon, but if they ever did, all he had to do was blame everything on Natalie.

    On Samantha’s third birthday, Eldon had cleaned out the savings account, cancelled the credit cards, loaded Sami and a pile of toys into the Range Rover and driven back to his boyhood home in Texas, the returning, self-made millionaire and single father. The 23 inch waisted, teased-hair debs had been lined up before the engine cooled.

    Natalie had signed every paper that Eldon’s lawyers had put in front of her: full custody, summer visitation, every other Christmas. For over two decades life had played out like a bad movie, and Eldon still held power over her, like an un-cashed check.

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