Mental Shrillness Blog Tour
Today on the blog I have author Todd Russell, who is here to promote his thriller, Mental Shrillness. We're doing things a bit different today though. Todd Russell has given you a challenge. That's right a challenge. Read the story below and see if you can guess the ending. Leave your answers in the comments. The person who guesses the right answer or the closest to the right answer wins a copy of e-copy of Mental Shrillness by Todd Russell. Be sure to check out all the rules below. Good luck!
A Guess The Ending Contest and with Mothers's and Father's Day coming up the timing is good. This story was written during the same era as the stories in Mental Shrillness
Ricky and Jake, twin brothers, battled for Dad's attention until graduation night at Peadman's Cliff when they decided to settle it.
The crowd had gathered from school, alcohol carelessly involved, the torches flaming against the ebony chill. Wendy Simmons stood between the two beater cars, raised a makeshift checkered flag, her sweet fragrance kissing the air.
Jake raised a thumb to his brother. Ricky showed him his middle finger instead.
The checkered flag dropped and they both slammed on their respective accelerators. Dirt and gravel spit from tires and the crowd raged, pumping the torches.
Jake stared at his brother and saw Dad. Jake was the son who never won at anything. Dad loved winners and Ricky fulfilled those desires better and more often than he. Ricky won his first fight when the bully, Billy Watkins, wanted his lunch money. Jake got beat up by Billy three times before finally returning the favor.
The cars bobbed for position. The cliff a football field's distance away and closing. Ricky smiled with his perfect teeth. Jake returned his crooked grin..
Ricky was Dad's jock. He could do it all: football, track, baseball, soccer, name it. Jake could do it all too, just not nearly as well. Ricky's wall overflowed with ornate plaques and ocean-colored ribbons and impressive trophies. Jake's wall smelled of honorable mentions.
Closer to the cliff edge. Night breathed through the inch slit in Jake's window. Jake looked at Ricky's clenched hands on the steering wheel, his determined eyes.
Dad's eyes. He had Dad's eyes too, but Dad always remarked how the girls loved Ricky's eyes. I HAVE HIS EYES TOO, DAD! Jake complained but it was always after the crowd had gone home. Ricky owned the stage, Jake the backstage pass. Just a roadie in the concert of their disproportionate lives.
Ricky smiled at Jake with those damned straight teeth! He raised his middle finger to his brother. HE wasn't jumping out, not Ricky The Stud Johnson. No way. He'd go to the edge. Maybe over the edge. No chickening out with his big breasted girlfriend, Wendy Simmons watching.
Wendy, oh Wendy, Jake's thoughts burned his brain. Wendy was the first girl Jake had loved. Still loved. Why wouldn't she look at him? Why Ricky. Why did Ricky always win all the time? Dad loved winners. "The winners circle, sons. Strive for that winner's circle."
The edge one hundred feet away. The jagged rocks four hundred feet below mocking the brothers.
Jake turned, screaming, "JUMP! JUMP!"
80 feet....closing...quicker, quicker.
It's your turn. Can you guess the ending of "Father Knows Winners Best" The first person that comments on this post with a guess closest to the ending of this story will win a Smashwords coupon for free download of Mental Shrillness in the ebook format of choice. The author, Todd Russell, will monitor the comments and announce the winning guess. This contest will go until the closest winning guess is made or until the end of the Mental Shrillness blog tour at 12:01am PST May 15, 2011, whichever comes first. On May 14, 2011 if no winner has been announced yet, then the author will choose the closest guess and work with Marcie in getting the email of the winner to award the prize.
Tips from the author: Make your answer as detailed as possible.
Rules: A maximum of three (3) guesses per person, please. No purchase necessary to play. This contest in international.
Mental Shrillness Factoid #4
The story in Mental Shrillness that still disturbs authorin a certain way to this day is "Falling The Bobbitt Way" The author explains in the author notes at the end of the book specifically why this bothers him.
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