1.2 – Or Buckle the Shoe

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Hello again, dear reader! Still here? Well, here’s day two’s prompt and challenge:

Mind control
The ability to control someone else’s mind
A character is manipulated into doing something against their will/better judgment.
How might a character try resisting being controlled?

Murray slammed the hood of the car, wincing as he narrowly missed sandwiching his finger.

He should have suspected that Jinelle was up to something when she offered to go up to the attic for him if he went into the basement. The offer was too easy, too convenient – the whole nonsense that ‘Ms. Mountain Climber’ would do better climbing down with boxes than he would coming up with his was just… wrong. (He continued to curse Nioma for the stupid task of sorting the stuff for the various charities, but he’d wait until the globetrotting friend returned to let her have it.)

Turning the key in the ignition, Murray hoped that he fixed the engine properly. He hated the feeling of dread that Jinelle was holding out on him and that Cole Portewr wandered into something he shouldn’t have; something Murray should have been aware of sooner than now.

It was that guy, ‘Dublin’s’ fault. If Jinelle hadn’t brought ‘Mr. Intrigue’ over to distract Yvonne, then none of this would have happened. The stupid game of trivia didn’t help, either, with a hidden theme of questions and answers that wove this web trapping Murray’s friend.

No, it was Nioma’s fault. She left. She set Cole Porter up for cat-wrangling and house sitting. She was the one to mail the postcards, then letters, then that forsaken package…

The engine turned as if to shut Murray’s racing thoughts down once and for all.

 

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