Guilty or Innocent Part – 15

The following was written for a challenge called #SixSentenceStoryover at Denise’s. This week’s prompt word is “Thumb”.
My story is ongoing and I began writing it on March 18th. It is about a boy by the name of Pete Patterson. During a random locker check a bag of pot was found in Pete’s locker. If you’d like to read this from the beginning, it starts here.


mage by elizabethaferry from Pixabay

While Jane waited for Emma to arrive at the coffee shop, she had a feeling that Emma would shed some light on this dilemma but couldn’t quite put her thumb on what exactly it would be.

Emma arrived, said hi to Jane, sat down, and ordered a tea.

Jane started the conversation getting right to the point, no need to pussyfoot around. “Do you have any idea why Principal Taylor is beating around the bush and needs to have your permission to discuss anything further with us?”

“Jane, I’ll be quite honest with you, over the last few years, Sam has been having behavioral problems and has just started therapy so that is the reason Mr. Taylor feels he needs permission from us to talk to you. I’m pretty sure it was Sam that planted the baggie of leaves in Pete’s locker, but he refuses to take responsibility for it.”

Continue on? I’ll let your guys decide.




Published by Susan Zutautas

A Canadian girl, born in Montreal, mother of three grown boys that lives with her husband in Ontario. Published author and poet. Loves to write flash fiction. Author of New In Town and two children's books which can be found on Amazon.

25 thoughts on “Guilty or Innocent Part – 15

  1. Both.
    (lol “And the representative from the District of Cake-and-Eat-It has weighed in,”)

    I’m enjoying your serial for two reasons. First it’s engaging and the story holds my interest. The second is that I’m hooked on serial writing (as the writer), so as I read each installment I’m also trying to learn for my own efforts.
    The best of these (serials), imo, are told by the characters, written down by the authors and enjoyed by the readers.
    I agree with VTA and D.Avery… there is potential in the branching of the narrative… and, I would submit, is a near fatal attraction for us as writers…. lol (No, seriously! How can we not follow the breadcrumbs?)
    That said, I enjoy the sense of ‘live performance’ that writing a serial can give us… true seat-of-the-pants story-telling.

    (Hey! you want to try some cross-serial writing sometime? I did it once with a couple of the others here in the Six Sentence Story. Basically, I took an installment of my then-current serial (the Case of the MIssing Starr) and wrote a scene that continued the narrative but also included new, peripheral characters, in that case a new dancer at the club (Valerie and, if memory serves, Pat Brockett) joined me in what amounted to an expanded entry (to my serial).
    Making it sound more complicated than need be*
    If that sounds like fun, let me know.
    No, despite what Ms. Avery or Denise might say, I’m not suggesting this just to get a chance to get that principle’s ass kicked a little for being such a jerk.


    *am a clark, after all

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    1. Thank you so much, Clark! I’ll message you about cross-serial writing in the future as it does sound like fun.
      My characters are going on a hiatus (not sure for how long) but will more than likely return. Thanks for all your support!


  2. Maybe another chapter that wraps it up, perhaps from Sam or Pete’s POV? but also leaves things a wee bit open – in case you wish to return to them all in the future? Sometimes characters enjoy a long rest, other times they demand to be handed more work.
    I enjoyed this meeting at the coffee shop between the two female characters – away from Principal Taylor, though his presence is still felt. It’s been an intriguing series!

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  3. I don’t have an answer to this. It seems as though it could go on for a bit longer, but this would also be a good time to wrap it up and move off in a different direction with your writings. Whatever you decide to do, I am sure you will always have those who follow you.

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  4. Dang it, I am desperately avoiding decision making. More important, continuing on or not is all up to you. (Don’t be that sitcom that went on even after it was clearly all done) Are you finished with the story? With the characters? If they don’t motivate you it is okay to let them go and to move on.
    I thank you for the ongoing entertainment and suspense but it is okay to put this aside and let other stories bubble up and out. (Six sentences at a time, or 99 words, no more no less)

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