Vanessa, a teenage girl, recalls her father humming when he left the family on weekends; perhaps it didn't rate the full-out whistling he did when he finally walked out on the family forever. She cried when he left that time, but wonders if it wasn't from her sense of relief, knowing she wouldn't have to experience his disappointment in them anymore. (drama)
An older servant directs a younger one in preparing the king's body for burial. After specific procedures and treatments with special oils and herbs, the body is ready. The older servant then tells the younger one how to die peacefully herself as the two servants are finally sealed in the royal tomb to serve their master in the afterlife.
Wendy, a teenager, always wanted to be a surgeon. She used to operate on her little sister's teddy bears. After a while that lost its appeal. Now she's started cutting on other things, even herself. (drama)
A woman prepares her testimony with her attorney before taking the stand in court. Bruised and battered, she tells how her husband would get angry at her "stupid" mistakes. She wishes her story had a fairy tale ending. Her attorney hopes to get her charge knocked down to a second degree. #7812 About 280 words / 1 minute.
Paige, in her late teens, reflects on riding in the car with her grandmother. Even though her grandma was a safe driver, Paige often seemed to foresee a terrible accident. When her grandmother does die in a car accident, Paige feels her visions are the cause. (drama)
Shakespeare is a guest on a TV talk show to promote his updated classics: no more archaic references to fishmongers and codpieces. Instead, as various scenes are acted out, we see product placement now plays a huge part. There's a soft drink logo on Yorick's skull in "Hamlet"; the Weather Channel is plugged by the three witches in "Macbeth"; and a GPS device helps keep tab on Romeo. Where will it all end?!
A Yankee soldier describes his dread before and during a fierce battle against waves of Reb soldiers. The sounds, the sights, and even the smell of battle assault him as he tries to survive while shooting from a small hole in a low rock wall. He wonders what is the difference between bravery and sheer stupidity.
A MAN and a WOMAN are in a restaurant on a blind date. They find they have a lot in common and everything is going great until it comes time to order ice cream for dessert. She orders vanilla, which in his mind isn't even a flavor. Will they break up over something so.vanilla?
Mr. Shakespeare is serving as a substitute teacher but the young students are not very cooperative. When he starts to tell them the story of "Romeo and Juliet" they respond they can't be exposed to any stories that are too mushy or violent. Well, it is a story with treachery, sword play, poisoning and
Young Melanie is carefully showing a friend the newspaper article. It was Take Your Daughter to Work Day and Melanie's father had taken her to his office. A man who had recently been fired-though not by her dad-returned waving a gun, pointing it at her. She recalls everything happened in slow motion as her dad jumped over his desk to shield her from the shot. The newspaper called him an innocent victim. She calls him a hero. (drama)
A high school girl wonders why, after being in the chorus for so many previous school productions, she can't get the lead role. She should consider other careers for her future, but she loves the warm lights, the smell of makeup, and most of all, the applause.
Monica, 27, reflects on the lack of love or romance in her life. While her girlfriend has already been married and divorced twice, Monica's dates, when not disasters, lead no where. Her parents still hold hands and love each other deeply. She wonders if she'll find that forever kind of love. (drama)