This is the progress of Snaps (working title), a dialogue-heavy novel with tongue-in-cheek elements.
Snaps – Dishwasher at the Cast Iron Skillet. He is trying to save up for a digital recorder, so that he can record his beats. He isn’t very tech savvy, so he seeks the help of co-worker Harvard. Harvard – Waiter at the Cast Iron. Norma Jean – Hostess at the Cast Iron. Manny – Busboy at the Cast Iron Dougie – Special needs dishwasher at the Cast Iron Cedric – Owner/Manager of the Cast Iron
Diane – Wife of a small deli chain owner Stanley -Deli chain co owner, Diane’s husband Carl – Stanley’s business partner Skippy and Gray – Low-level con men. Diane and Carl use them as middle men. Soaps – Loan Shark Billy – Soaps main heavy Lan -Bartender at Soaps’ business, The Corrugated Lounge. Lan is also Squid’s contact. Squid – Local hit man
What’s happened so far
Snaps decides he wants to save up for a digital recorder so he can record his beats. But on his dishwasher’s salary, he’s having a difficult time. A homeless friend of his offers to sell him a cell phone he found in the alley, which he’s sure Snaps could get reward money for.
Saps purchases the cell phone and, with Harvard’s help, tracks down the owner. Or the owner’s wife, to be specific. The wife, Diane, is shocked that someone’s calling on the phone of her husband (Stanley), whom she and Stanley’s business partner, Carl, supposedly had killed. When Snaps asks for $50 as reward for the return of the phone, Diane thinks that he is blackmailing and actually wants $50,000.
Carl and Diane scramble to get the money to pay off their alleged blackmailer, and end up deciding to get the money from a loan shark (Soaps). Not being the type to deal with loan sharks, Diane utilizes a couple of low-grade con men (Skippy and Gray), suggested by her brother.
Not literally. Although she may have spilled coffee on herself at some time in her life. But tonight, she is buying coffee for everyone in the group.
It seems the Statement of Purpose she’d brought in for our review has gotten her into grad school. Congrats Heathyr! And congrats to all those who put her work through the wringer. See, it can be worth it.
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