A Chuck Wendig Prompt - create a character (about 250 words) Hint: The man answering the phone is Steve Garner.
“`Llo?” The man answering the phone sounds drained. His crumpled voice seeps through the landline.
“Hi. I am Vincent.”
“So?” Drowsiness dissipates slowly, “nobody’s perfect.”
“You’re looking for me.”
“Am I?” A soft slapping noise in the distance, “enlighten me. Please.”
“Do you remember Mr. Stanculescu and his two daughters?” Vincent waits for a response. No recognition on the other end, so he continues, “you know, the strange girl with the red mane and green eyes, one missing upper incisor? Was all over the newspapers.” Nothing. “The one legged kid, who disappeared for three days?” Silence. “The cabin at Lake Eden?”
“Oh. Lake Eden! Of course!” The voice tightens, picks up momentum and rhythm. “I remember laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe, just imagine that. A one legged kid hopping around on the shore and the woods, like an oversized toad– ”
“I brought her back.” The amused chuckle fades into stunned silence.
“You? You– ” The man stutters in disbelief, “did that?” A sharp clacking sound echoes. Porcelain hitting porcelain, or maybe teeth hitting teeth. “How fast can you be here?Where can we meet?”
“You remember him now, huh? He says it’s important…”
“Yes, absolutely.” The breathed voice cracks. It is a bit too fast, for someone still needing to negotiate a fee. The man proceeds to attack. “May I invite you? No limits, just tell me what you need. A room, a flight, cars, booze, women… Men. You name it.”