Write a story that started
with a rumor. This prompt was contributed by Maria Jones who submitted her story to me to post on Your Words. I thought I’d feature it on my post for today. Here it is!
Rumor Had It
The rumor was wrong, but that didn’t matter. You
couldn’t say much to change people’s minds when you were walking about
with a seven-month-pregnant belly.
Rumor had it that Tiana also slept around with the
football star. That rumor was almost true. She and Aaron had studied
together once and fell asleep in front of their parents. So…that rumor
had it true (to an extent).
Rumor had it that Tiana was an uncontrollable slut,
unable to keep her legs closed. That rumor was false. Case closed.
Rumor had it that Tiana went around seducing the
boyfriends of girls who could barely hold on to their men. She had never
dated a boy in her life. This rumor caused her to lose her best friend,
who was afraid of losing a guy she had only dated for six weeks. He
broke up with her the very next day.
Rumor had it that Tiana smoked fatties behind the
school, her matted hair the scent of fresh weed. The only reason her
hair smelled like weed was because her mother couldn’t control herself.
The woman just had to have a smoke…and she used up all of Tiana’s meager
college savings to do it.
Rumor had it that Tiana liked to cut herself just to
get people’s attention and pity. That was wrong; her father cut her when
her mom wouldn’t take any crap off of him. Tiana was her father’s
little whippin’ boy, even while expecting. Daddy didn’t care that he
added yet another rumor to Tiana’s burden. Tiana was his little whippin’
boy, his stress reliever.
Rumor had it that Tiana tried to kill her child in
her eighth month. That was twisted. Tiana had protected her child when
her mother snapped, screaming, “I ain’t taking care of that bastard!”
The broken beer bottle went across Tiana’s belly, and she panicked as
blood poured everywhere. The baby barely made it.
Rumor had it that Tiana named her daughter Misery
because she wanted people to feel sorry for her. No…Tiana named her
daughter Misery because that was all she had felt for nine straight
Rumor had it that Tiana gave Misery up for adoption because she was a
lazy girl who didn’t want to take responsibility for sleeping around.
That wasn’t the reason at all. Tiana didn’t want Misery to have to deal
with the bloody rumors and the painful truth that her father was her
Rumor had it that Tiana jumped off the school roof because she couldn’t take the rumors anymore. That was true.
The rumor had it right.
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