A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Never trust a pencil. Belinda knows this and yet time and time again, she's surprised when they disappear.  

"What did I tell you?" her best friend Jessamine says. Jessamine is a paper-weight and loves to give out advice. "You should be dating someone more reliable. Like the copier. Or that orthopedic roller chair, Colin. He's nice and very supportive. Don't be so choosy. It's not like you don't have some tears in that blue seat of yours."  

On the other side of the office, Colin listens. He feels a sudden surge of joy upon hearing his name. Colin has loved Belinda since the moment she emerged from her box. But the next day, Belinda sets her sights on Ted, a new mechanical pencil.

Then, on a particularly dull Tuesday afternoon in the office, one of the employees does something strange. He picks up Stanley, the tape dispenser and puts him into his briefcase. The sound of the briefcase snapping shut echoes through the office like the closing of prison bars. Stanley is gone. The following day, the man swipes Vic, the stapler. 

One by one the office supplies grow frightened of being next. The paper clips chitter nervously. The erasers let out a low, slow moan. 

"Do you think it could happen to us?" Belinda asks. 

"Ha!" Jessamine says, "not likely." 

But the following day, the man comes back and his hairy grasping hand reaches for Jessamine. 

"No!" Belinda shrieks. "Help!

Something strikes the man from behind, knocking the paperweight from his grasp. It rolls beneath a filing cabinet. He turns, ready to fight, and finds only a grey office chair sitting beside him. 

"What the--?" The man grabs his briefcase and runs. A cheer goes up throughout the office.

No one cheers louder than Belinda, who really sees Colin for the very first time.

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