by Michael Seese
Still giddy from reading not one, but two ARCs by author Allison Montclair, super agent Janet Reid created a contest with both books (The Right Sort Of Man and A Royal Affair) as the prize.
Paying homage to the author and title, we were to craft a story using the words:
I wanted to use "Mont" in some form of "I'm on the..." I settled on the idea of being on a plane. At first, I had my antagonist be an old lady with knitting needles. Then I came up with the "punchline," and the rest fell into place.
What a day.
One minute, I'm on the plane, fingernails etching trenches into the armrests of 22B. The next, I'm sweating in a Turkish prison.
A little éclaircissement...
Despite my fear of flying, I booked a midsummer dream vacation to Rome. All was copacetic, until some fancy-pants parked his royal attitude in 22C and pulled out a quill pen the size of a javelin. I freaked, and slapped his shiny pate with a partially eaten Twixt Bard.
And to think, the whole affair could have been avoided had I remembered Shakespeare's words.
22B, or not 22B: that is the question.
I have to say, I'm quite proud of myself for working Shakespeare and Airplane! into the same 100-word story.