Thursday, February 7, 2008

excerpt from a short story...

Nina Williams

Every block has one – a fast girl, and the one on my block was named Nina Williams. Nina was the subject of wet dreams and wagging tongues. Oh, how they talked about her! Whispered rumors blew hot and fast (no pun intended) over well-manicured lawns and hedges as soon as Nina stepped out of her house. It didn’t help matters that she preferred walking down the middle of the block, strutting on her own private runway. And the walk…grown folks stopped in their tracks, mid-whisper, to watch that walk. Even with her hair in an “onion”, a pinched ponytail – just enough hair to snatch back, and her generic dirty sneakers, Nina’s walk said that she was grown and ready for whatever.

Every time I saw her, I wondered in amazement. I mean, she wasn’t that pretty. In fact, she was kinda plain - light brown with cinnamon freckles sprinkled across her nose and onto her cheeks, average height, slim, almost flat-chested, average size butt that sat up high, and a smile that reminded me of the Grinch. Every time someone called to her when she walked by, Nina would poke out her lips at them in a silent hello. Like, “I’m too cool and too grown to offer you kids words!” What made her so cool? What did she do so bad that the adults talked about her? Where was she always going? I had no idea but I was intrigued.

6 comments:

I AM GVG said...

You need to run the rest of that story. You can't get me all interested than not give me the rest.

asha said...

thanks for the interest. maybe that will inspire me to finish it, lol. so far, it's all in my head.

sweetpea said...

She sounds familiar lol! Pretty-please finish that! You have me jumping to conclusions about that girl and I don't even KNOW her!!

asha said...

well sweetpea, if you were from my neighborhood, i'd say that you might know her but i see that you're a ny transplant.

while i write more about her, please read the latest lyrical prose that i've posted and let me know what you think.

Anonymous said...

This is some good material, so where's the rest. you need to focus on your writing skills and get it published.

Auntie M

asha said...

did you guess who this was based on, auntie m?