Writing Prompt – Writer’s Digest 06-12-2012 – “today’s the day you save a life”


You’re on your way to lunch when you walk by a crowd of people staring up toward the sky. You look up and see someone at the top of a building getting ready to jump to his or her death. Quickly you realize you know this person—in fact, it’s someone from work. Something about this moment overtakes, so you rush to the top of the top of the building to save this person’s life.

Post your response (500 words or fewer).

As I walk out the door heading for lunch I can hear Connie and Gina laughing and giggling under their breaths. I wonder what they are up to?

Not sure what I want for lunch I turn left and start to walk downtown. Nothing strikes my fancy so I turn around and head back in the other direction.

As I get closer to work I notice that a crowd has gathered out front. As I draw closer I ask the first person I see what is going on.

Someone is jumping,” she said so I follow the pointing finger and shock rocks through my body. I recognize that dress. I saw her wearing it earlier while she was yelling at me for yet another thing I managed to do wrong in her eyes.

I know her,” I told the cop who had just gotten out of the car.

Think you can talk her down,” he asked.

I don’t know. I could possibly make things worse. She is my boss and nothing I do is ever right.”

Well,” he says, “let’s see if you can do this right. We need your help”

Uneasily I grasp the door and pull it open. I take the elevator and get off at the top floor. I head for the door marked “Roof” and hesitantly pull it open dreading what I am about to do.

I open the door to the roof and step out. I take a deep breath and call “Susan, what is going on?”

Haven’t you done enough,” she yells at me.

What do you mean, haven’t I done enough? What have I done to you?”

I just got fired,” she said and I could see she was crying.

Fired? Why?”

Like you have to ask,” she screams at me.

Look Susan I have no idea what you are talking about. Tell me what happened.”

I was fired because you, Connie and Gina complained to Human Resources about me and my attitude towards you three.”

Wait one minute here,” I said dumbfounded. “I haven’t talked to anyone in Human Resources about anyone’s attitude. Who told you I was part of this?”

Connie and Gina said you were mad about me yelling at you and filed a complaint and that they just agreed when they were questioned.”

Did you bother to check with HR to be sure just who complained?”

She must have seen something in my face because she came away from the edge. We will never be friends, but I think she finally realized that our coworkers were responsible for the firing and not me.

The two of us headed downstairs to talk to HR about the incident and see if we could save her job. 

Until the next time,


About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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2 Responses to Writing Prompt – Writer’s Digest 06-12-2012 – “today’s the day you save a life”

  1. jannatwrites says:

    I’ve worked in places that remind me of junior high school… so annoying. People like Connie and Gina eventually do themselves in though 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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