“Call me Harry,” she said, “Harriet’s a bit much.” She shook my hand with vigor and entered the hall. She glanced around the entryway admiringly, handed me her fedora, and removed a top coat to reveal a man’s tweed suit. She wore men’s shoes, too.

“Mr. Hemingway is back here,” I said, thinking that Mr. Hemingway wouldn’t be as charmed by dear Harry as he’d expected. “Follow me, please.” I led the way.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “Harriet.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

One thought on “Harriet”

  1. Harriet. She would be a character in one of my short stories. She would be known as “Dirty Harriet,” a take on Clint Eastwood’s character, but in her case, she would be an inmate in a women’s prison working undercover for the FBI as a snitch. Her mission: extracting the real, gory story from her cell mate who’s about to be released secondary to a technicality pointing to insufficient compelling evidence that would convict her as the actual perpetrator and mastermind behind the gruesome crime that lead to her incarceration.

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