Weekend Writing Warriors – Deferment

Because I’m running out of buzzworthy 8-sentence excerpts from Jasper, at least until I pick up the manuscript and add more content, this week for WeWriWa I’ll focus on a short story I’ve also been working on.

It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky list with your name, blog url and email address on Mondays, 8:00 AM EST. Each week, the list remains open until Saturday, 11:59 PM. Then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.

Deferment is a story about Cassie, a young woman swamped with student debt and tired of being taken advantage of by a loan provider that seems hell-bent on financially ruining her.  Its setting is not unlike the current climate for modern college students/graduates with heavy debt, but I’ve taken it up a notch for the sake of this story.  My intention is partially hyperbolic, and partially political in that it’s a warning of just how far many corporations will go if given free reign.

The following are the first eight sentences:

I felt the walls would close in on me as I sat.  This lawyer took up residence in a room that looked and felt more like a closet than a true office.  The room was also too warm, stuffy, and smelled of dust.  Was he not given access to air conditioning or a cleaning service?  Or an office where one could breathe?  Perhaps this lawyer was deemed not important enough for such luxuries.  Just as well; all of the better lawyers I had contacted before him shooed me out within five minutes.”

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