Remember Me

“People will remember me,” Jerry said as he gathered the things he needed and put them in the trunk of his car.  “When I become famous, people will talk about me and remember what I did today.”  He was a model son, student, and neighbor, and always did everything that others expected of him.  No one could have seen this coming.

Jerry was a senior at Jimmy Carter High and would be graduating next month, at the top of his class.  All of his teachers would remember him as a good student, and wish they had more like him.  He participated in class discussions, always turned in his assignments on time, and did exceptionally well on tests. He didn’t have a lot of friends at school, but he wasn’t considered a loner.  He was always helpful and regularly took part in after school activities.  People would never imagine him as the kind of person that would do something like this.

While driving to the mall, Jerry thought about his plan.  He’d gone over every detail and knew what he had to do to.  No one would be expecting this, and that would give him the element of surprise.  He gathered his equipment from the trunk of his car and walked towards the mall.  This was a crucial moment.  If someone got suspicious and stopped him before he was ready, his plan would fail.  But, fate was on his side, and he entered the mall without being stopped. 

He headed to the food court, as he had done a million times in his head. It was Saturday, and the crowd of people was exactly what he had hoped for.  Stopping at the spot that he had wisely chosen because of the central location, he set his case on the floor and opened it.  He had chosen his tools carefully, and had practiced assembling them quickly.  The people nearby began to notice, and as he removed the last item from his case, they began to understand what was about to happen.  But it was too late, they were frozen in place.  They stood and watched as Jerry began performing his first magic trick.

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JimsGotWeb

I write short stories, love to travel, install auto glass, and collect Beatles memorabilia.

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8 Responses to Remember Me

  1. Rooster Smith amatuer psychologist, you get what you pay for...
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    “People will remember me,” Jerry said as he gathered the things he needed and put them in the trunk of his car. “When I become famous, people will talk about me and remember what I did today.” THAT’S NOT GOOD. NOBODY WHO TALKS LIKE THAT EVER WENT TO THEIR 9-5 JOB AND CAME BACK HOME AGAIN. He was a model son, student, and neighbor, and always did everything that others expected of him. No one could have seen this coming.

    He headed to the food court, as he had done a million times in his head. It was Saturday, and the crowd of people was exactly what he had hoped for. Stopping at the spot that he had wisely chosen because of the central location, he set his case on the floor and opened it. He had chosen his tools carefully, and had practiced assembling them quickly. The people nearby began to notice, and as he removed the last item from his case, they began to understand what was about to happen. But it was too late, they were frozen in place. They stood and watched as Jerry began performing his first magic trick.

    HAHA! IT’S LIKE HE KNEW HOW MUCH THEY WERE GOING TO HATE IT!

    I LOVE THE, IT WAS TOO LATE, LINE. PERFECT PAY OFF!

    So what’s your stance on this, Jim? as the author?

    are you pro magician? does this piece speak for the masses who do card tricks in secret and dream of one day owning an albino tiger?

    or is this a horror piece? meant to terrify those poor souls who ever had an overenthusiastic cousin who owned a magic kit?

    either way, well done, sir!

     
    • JimsGotWeb
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      Hey Rooster, I was thinking about how difficult it is to watch, listen, or read anything from someone that’s just starting out.
      It can be painful, but that’s how everyone begins. It’s hard to have the confidence in yourself and not let others bring you down with their negativity.

      I’m a musician, started playing at the age of nine, and my family and friends had to listen to my early attempts for years. But, it eventually paid off and I traveled all over for years, performing. I’ve never done magic, but I have seen some terrible performances from beginners, but they have to start somewhere. Jerry took the plunge and started performing in front of people at the mall, that took a lot of nerve.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jim
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      • Rooster Smith amatuer psychologist, you get what you pay for...
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        yeah, the little bugger…

        he’ll be alright.

         
  2. Scott L

    Jim,
    You know, when I first saw the title, I was sure that you had made a sequel to another of your stories, “Remember.”

    Obviously this one is completely different, Remember Me is the tale of a good boy gone bad! Such high hopes, so many great aspirations, only to end up in a mall atrium flashing cards and pulling rodents from hats. Tragic …next thing you know, he’ll be doing bar-mitvahs!

    You ought to try one of these as a forum game.
    Nice Work,
    Scott
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    • JimsGotWeb
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      Thanks Scott, it is sad. Have you ever been to a magician’s performance that was terrible? It’s painful to watch as is anything with someone just getting started.
      I plan on finding some time to make it the #WriterNation forum and website.
      Thanks,
      Jim
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  3. Scott L

    Jim,
    I hear you. I look at some of my own stuff that way and wonder, “What was I THINKING!?” But that’s the process, we write not to display our brilliance but to LEARN to become brilliant. That’s why I like this WN thing, we’re here to support each other’s passion and the key is always patience and perseverance.

    See you on the next Mi Amigo,
    Scott
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  4. Jaja
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    I like the suspense, it kept me on edge as I wondered what action he was going to take.
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  5. Charmain Mitchell

    Hi Jim,

    Great story :-)
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