Julie and Benjamin – Part 4 – GRAND FINALE!

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Benjamin and Julie were running straight towards the men in uniform. Police cruisers were chasing behind them. A helicopter flew overhead.

“How are we gonna get out of this?” Screamed Julie.

“I know a way out!” said Benjamin. “You just have to trust me!”

They continued running, and the officers ahead already had their guns drawn. The married fugitives were in plain sight, and every citizen on each side of the street was watching them.

“Are we going to die?” said Julie.

“I don’t know yet!” said Benjamin.

They continued running. The cruisers sped up behind them while The helicopter descended out in front.

“Ready?” said Benjamin.

“For what?” Said Julie.

The pair continued running, chain-linking jingling between them as they did.

“You see that helicopter?”

Julie looked. The copter was dangerously low to the ground and moving towards them.

“Yeah?” she said.

“Okay, when I say now, jump!”

“What?”

“NOW!”

Benjamin jumped and raised his hands over his head. Julie followed. The handcuffs linking them caught onto the railing below the helicopter. The chopper raised them up off the ground, and the cruisers skidded to a stop below.

“You’re crazy!” Screamed Julie.

Benjamin laughed. “I thought I was a coward?”

Julie looked down in terror at all the police and citizens watching them. “No, not anymore. Now you’re plain crazy!”

The helicopter heightened and headed for a tall apartment complex. The onlookers continued to gaze up at them.

“So does that mean you love me now?” said Benjamin.

Julie whined slightly, shook her head, then began to sob. “I’ve always loved you. You know I have.”

Benjamin smiled. “I thought I was too much of a bore for you?”

She scoffed. “If you weren’t so boring, I’d have wound up in jail a long time ago.”

The copter stopped, and their feet dangled near the roof of the tall apartment complex.

“I should have never talked you into my stupid plan. Stealing police uniforms for a stupid party was a bad idea. I’m sorry Benjamin, I only wish we didn’t have to go to prison apart.”

Benjamin looked at her, and smiled. “I’m sorry I’ve always been too cautious to try anything fun.”

“It’s fine, you keep me out of trouble. That’s why i love you.”

He smiled back. “And I love you.”

The copter lowered steadily and tilted, so that the married couple attached by iron handcuffs slid off the rail with ease. They landed on their feet.

“Come on,” said Benjamin, with a smirk. “I want to show you something.”

Julie looked at him curiously. “You don’t want to run?”

“No.” He laughed. “No more running.”

Benjamin walked Julie over to the ledge of the rooftop. There raised and stood on top of it. Down below all the townspeople began to clap. The officers took off their hats, and even the hillbilly with the rifle was there, waving his gun at them.

“What is this?” said Julie.

“I knew how much you wanted a fun Halloween party, so I got all these people together and spoke with the police. The whole thing was set up from the start. I tripped and dropped the bag of uniforms on purpose, Julie. I knew how much you wanted that rush of adrenaline, so I gave it to you.”

Julie gasped and batted her eyes. “You did all this for me?”

“Of course,” he said. “I love you.”

She laughed, cred a single tear, then leaned in and kissed him. The whole town below went wild.

“Happy Halloween,” she said.

“Happy Halloween Julie,” he finished.

THE END!

Thomas M. Watt

Julie and Benjamin – Part 3

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“You’ve done broken in to ma private property,” said the man with the rifle.

Benjamin and Julie stood staring at the figure. The lit cigarette in his mouth provided for the sole source of light in the shed. It was enough to reveal a foul interior – dead rats were hanging from the ceiling by their tails, and empty turtle shells covered the floor.

“What do you want?” said Julie.

The man chuckled. “All I wants is justice.”

“Justice?” said Benjamin.

“Yeah, ye know, justice! Two handcuffed law-breakers done break into my private property!”

“Just let us leave!” said Benjamin. “Please, sir!”

“NO!” screamed the man. “You don’t get to go.”

“Well what do you want?” said Julie.

“I wants to shoot ya, of course!”

Benjamin started to speak, but before he could get out a word his wife Julie shoved the shed door open and dragged him out, by the iron-chain handcuffs linking them together.

The shot boomed loudly, but the man missed. He fired a couple more rounds, but they escaped from his property alive and stopped to catch their breath on the sidewalk.

“That was close!” said Benjamin.

Julie punched his arm as best she could. “I hate you!”

“What? Why?” said Benjamin.

“You’re such a wimp! You would have let us die there!”

“Well we shouldn’t even be in this predicament in the first place! A police themed Halloween party, really? You made me steal regulation uniforms from the station for that? What’s the matter with you Julie?!”

Julie grew misty eyed. “I just wanted to do something fun. For once, I wanted to do something fun.”

Out of nowhere, three police cruisers pulled up and stopped on the pavement just short of them. The lights flashed brightly and one of them spoke over the loudspeaker.

“Get down on the ground! Get down on the ground!”

Julie sniffed, and started to lower. “Guess this is it then. This is where it ends.”

Benjamin looked at her, back at the cops, then back at his wife. “No.” He tugged the chain bonding them his way.

“What?” she said.

“GET DOWN ON THE GROUND!” Came the shout over the police speaker.

Benjamin smiled, then whispered. “Run.”

He bolted, and Julie followed behind. The cruisers burnt rubber to start after them.

“Benjamin!” Julie screamed. “How are you planning to get away? There are police cars covering the area, and police-in-uniform at the end of the street!”

“I have a way!” He said, yelling over the sound of their foot smacks. “We might die, but I think it could work!”

“We might DIE?

The husband and wife continued their flight. The cruisers were right behind them.

PART 4, COMING SOON!

– Thomas M. Watt

Julie and Benjamin – Part 2

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Julie and Benjamin sprinted away, shackled together by a chain-linked set of handcuffs. The police officer chased after them.

“I knew something like this would happen!” Said Benjamin.

“Well it’s hard to go unnoticed when you’re wearing handcuffs, Benjamin.”

The couple turned the corner and ran through a bush hedge into a backyard. The backyard was littered with bullet-holed beer cans and empty shell casings, along with a single rocking chair and a flaky wooden shed.

“In here!” said Julie.

“Are you crazy?” said Benjamin, as he tugged back his handcuffs and kept her from entering.

The sounds of approaching ¬†sirens were accompanied by the shouts of, “Police, police!”

“Fine,” said Benjamin, practically dragging his wife behind as he kicked open the door. They slammed the door behind and found themselves engulfed in darkness. The cruisers could still be heard outside.

“This is all your fault,” hissed Julie.

“My fault?” said Benjamin. “It was you who talked me into your stupid plan!”

“Shut up.” Said Julie. “Just shut up. I hate you. I hate that I’m here with you. I hate that I ever married you.”

“Oh,” said Benjamin. “That hurts. That really hurts, Julie.”

“You’re not a strong man. You’re a coward.”

“Well you’re fat.”

“I am not fat!”

“Shhh, keep quiet.” Said Benjamin.

The two kept silent for a bit, as the sound of footsteps trudging through soggy grass could be heard just outside.

“Nobody here,” a voice finally said. The officers could be heard stomping away.

Julie issued a sigh of relief. “If only you didn’t get so nervous, we would have gotten away.”

“Oh please,” said Benjamin. “We got caught because you didn’t keep the officers distracted long enough.”

Julie scoffed. “It was a fool-proof plan, Benjamin. I was sobbing like a baby, and all the policemen were trying to calm me down. All you had to do was go through their lockers, toss all their uniforms in the sack, then walk. But no, you had to trip on the way out and spill everything.”

“Well it was a stupid theft in the first place. The more I think about your reason for wanting the uniforms, the more I question your sanity. By the way, thanks for taking the initiative to bolt after we were cuffed together!”

“I can’t believe I married such a… bore.”

“I can’t believe I married an insane woman.”

A light turned on. Julie and Benjamin turned to see a man sitting in the shed, a rifle in his lap and a cigarette in his mouth.

“You two done woke me up.” He puffed out smoke. “Ain’t nobody supposed to be on my premises, this here’s private property. You know what that means, don’t ya?”

“What?” said Julie.

The man stood up. A twisted grin overtook his face, and he held the rifle at his hip, barrel pointed in their direction.

Part 3, Coming Soon!

– Thomas M. Watt

Julie and Benjamin – Part 1

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Julie and Benjamin sat across the table from one another, staring eye-to-eye.

“I don’t love you,” said Julie.

“And I don’t love you,” said Benjamin.

“So why are we still together?” said Julie.

“I don’t think we have a choice at the moment,” said Benjamin.

The two continued on staring, eyes locked on one another, and even after the waiter served the lobster, neither bothered to glimpse at the meal, let alone eat it.

“You know you’re pathetic,” said Julie.

“And you know you are fat,” said Benjamin.

“I hate you.”

“And I, you.”

The waiter came by, delivered the check, and Benjamin told him refused to pay for a meal he didn’t even eat.

“You ready?” said Julie.

“Are you?” said Benjamin.

The waiter returned and took the full plates of lobster back with him.

“Yeah, you go first.”

Benjamin laughed. “Nice try.”

“Fine, then I’m going first.”

“Someone is going to spot us. We are going to get arrested.” Said Benjamin.

“We don’t have a choice,” said Julie.

Benjamin scoffed.

“All right, on the count of three. 1…2…3!”

The couple stood up, knocking over the table when they did. Their wrists were handcuffed both handcuffed, and an iron chain dangled between, binding the pair together. They sprinted side by side out of the restaurant. After they charged through the front door, they ran straight into a police officer and knocked his cup of coffee onto his uniform.

The three all stopped and shared the same dumbfounded expression, until Julie finally tugged the iron chain and the couple sprinted away.

The policeman chased after them.

Part 2, Coming Soon!

– Thomas M. Watt

Dragging his Heart and Scoffing

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Fred walked through the crowded sidewalk with Melanie at his side.

“Why are you so quiet?” he said.

“Because.”

“Because why?”

“I’m thinking,” said Melanie.

He chuckled. “You and your thinking. It’s no good for you, ya know.”

“Isn’t it.”

Fred shook his head. “It’s just pointless. You should interact more. You should talk more. No need for you to be such a bore.”

“Oh,” Melanie continued walking.

“I didn’t mean it like that. It’s just, there is nothing wrong with having some personality. You should try to see the beauty in life more.”

She scoffed. “Beauty is all I see.”

“Then why do you seem so glum? Why are you always so short with me?” said Fred.

“Because you can’t keep up with me.”

“Can’t I?” said Fred.

“I see the way you chuckle and its ugly to me. The way you always try to act like everyone else. It’s unattractive. I don’t like that. There’s no beauty where you want me to look.”

“Then where should I look?”

“Where I look.”

“Which is?”

“Originality. Uniqueness. The same way one man wears a suit and another wears a hoodie.”

“I don’t understand,” said Fred.

“Because you’re an idiot.”

“What? Why?”

“Don’t you know why you’re in love with me?”

“What?” Fred laughed awkwardly. “I’m not in love with you.”

She walked away.

“Wait! Why would I be, if I was? I mean, why do you think I would be?”

“Because I don’t care about you.”

“Huh?”

“That’s the reason you love me, Fred. Because I truly don’t give two shits about you.”

Fred scratched his head, scoffed, then chased after Melanie.

– Thomas M. Watt