Taking the link to 213′s Top Ten Wrong Song Lyric, Pick one of the song titles listed and use that as the title and inspiration for your story
Prompt: Title Prompt – Choose a title from the list of songs whose lyrics commonly are sung wrong.
Word Count: Up to1000 words
Deadline: Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:30 pm EST
THIS IS HOW YOU REMIND ME
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
The alarm clock signaled the end of another less than restful night. The woman opened her eyes slowly, blinking the sleep away, then turned and shut off the alarm. She lay back on the pillows, making no attempt to get up… waiting. While she waited, she went over the day’s “to do” list.
Hair appointment at 10:30… last minute shopping for tonight’s dinner guests, David and Nina … stop by “On Its Side” and pick up another bottle of merlot… check that the silver is polished… and, the most important thing on today’s list… do a…
And then… the waiting was over…
The pain came… right on schedule… starting low and small… then slowly spreading throughout her body… like someone had been hitting her from the inside… a deep, dull ache. And that was on the good days. On a bad day… on a bad day, it felt like her insides were being twisted… stabbed… those were the days when it took every ounce of strength not to cry out.
But… she couldn’t cry out. Her co-workers would hear. They would try to help, but there was nothing they could do. And, it would get back to Paul. He would be waiting for her when she got home from the office. And he would demonstrate to her… once again… reminding her… once again… what happens to weak little girls who complained about things that were strictly between a man and his woman.
“You’re weak, Maddy… now, I know it’s not your fault… all women are weak… just a fact of nature. But, I want to help you Maddy… I’m doing this to make you stronger… I’m doing this because I love you, Maddy. Why can’t you understand that? Why? Why? Why?”
Each “why” would be punctuated with his fist, until he felt that he had made his point… or until his arm became tired. Mercifully, that was usually only eight or ten punches. The irony was not lost on Maddy… Paul telling her that she was weak… he had all the upper body strength of a two year… and that was probably being generous.
Of course, Maddy would never voice such thoughts… it was dangerous even to think them.
Maddy knew… as soon as she sat down at the table that evening… she knew. It was in his eyes. Once again, Maddy had done something wrong… something to disappoint Paul. Sighing inwardly, she did her best to put on her “happy face”, as Paul called it… and pretend.
After dinner, the men retreated to the library for brandy and cigars, and the women did what women were supposed to do… tend to the kitchen. During dinner, Nina had noticed a subtle change in Maddy. Later, out in the kitchen, when she brought it up, asking if everything was all right with Paul and her, Maddy had replied… “…happy as newly-weds!” Her eyes said something else, but Nina knew better than to push… David had taught her that little lesson.
Immediately after their guests had left, Paul gave Maddy the “look”, and headed down to the basement. Maddy knew from experience that every second that she kept Paul waiting, would only make it worse, but tonight… she didn’t care… she just plain, damn did not care.
Maddy took her time upstairs, before going down to the basement. She could hear the music before she opened the basement door… Nickelback… god, she hated Nickelback. Of course, Paul thought they were “gods”, so Maddy had to just smile… and pretend.
As Maddy walked down the basement stairs… “… ‘Cause living with me must have damn near killed you…” floated up to her ears. A sound rose up in her throat, and Maddy quickly clamped her hand over her mouth to keep it in. Damn near, husband… damn near…
Paul was bent over the workbench when Maddy walked up to him, stopping a few feet away. Several seconds elapsed. Then, with an exaggerated sigh, Paul turned to her, saying… “Not good, Maddy… keeping me wait…”
Paul didn’t get a chance to finish the sentence… 50,000 volts tends to leave one speechless. Maddy held the trigger of the Taser for several seconds… the manual hadn’t been real clear on how long you were supposed to, but she wasn’t taking any chances.
Paul came to a few minutes later… trussed and tied securely to the big rocking chair he had been refurbishing… his mouth stuffed with rags and duct-taped over. The music must have been looped, because the same song had started over… “… these five words in my head, scream…”
Maddy swore that she wouldn’t cry, but she did anyway. Through her tears… “Do you know what five words screamed in my head, Paul? Every time you hit me? Every fucking time? Every single blow? Do you? Do you?”
“Please don’t hit me anymore!” She sobbed softly.
Maddy wiped the tears from her eyes… a calm coming over her. “No more, Paul… it ends tonight… it ends tonight!”
The look that was in Paul’s eyes… well, if looks really could kill…
Maddy sat down on the stool in front of the workbench and pulled a cell phone from her skirt pocket… a throw-away she had purchased a few days before. She dialed the number… “Hello? Yes… its time.” She disconnected.
Some time later, Maddy heard sounds above her, and then footsteps coming down the basement stairs.
The man walked over and stood between Paul and Maddy. He spoke. “Once I take the money, you can’t go back… no changing your mind… it’s done… you do understand that?”
Maddy slid the thick envelope from her pocket and handed it to the man. “Perfectly. Two things…”
“Take your time. And… I don’t want his body ever found.”
The man turned to Paul…
“Guy shouldn’t oughta hit a lady, Paul… he shouldn’t oughta…”
Paul stared at the size of the man’s hands… the gag in his mouth didn’t quite muffle his screams.