Annie On Writing

June 22, 2016

The Note by John Holland

Filed under: Twisted Tales,Writing Tools — Annie Evett @ 1:20 pm

Harlan T. Spank III, aged 10, round, red-haired, putty-faced looked like a difficult child. Was a difficult child. He was cruel, selfish and argumentative, traits he inherited from his parents. His mother Marcie and his father Harlan T. Spank II had not wanted a child and tended to gratify young Harlan’s wants rather than satisfy his needs. His father was a multi-millionaire property developer, although some said he had links with the underworld that went back at least one generation, and that he made his money in less than legitimate ways.

The note from the kidnappers read-

For the kid, leave $1 million in used notes in the big burnt out oak tree by the crossroads at 2 am on Tuesday.

At 2 am on Tuesday, the kidnappers went to the tree and found only a note from his parents. It read-

Did you mean this tree? There’s another burnt out tree just across the meadow. Which tree is it? We will pay no more than $500,000.

The next note from the kidnappers read-

Of course this tree. It’s an oak. The other tree is a lime. And it’s nowhere near the crossroads. $800,000 then. Put it in the burnt-out oak tree in used notes at midnight on Monday.

At midnight on Monday the kidnappers went to the tree and found only a note from his parents. It read-

Midnight is like zero hours, so did you mean midnight from Sunday going on Monday, or Monday going on Tuesday? Jees, can’t you be more exact? Also can we change to the other tree? It’s real muddy by this one. $500,000 is all we got.

The next note from the kidnappers read-

For Christ’s sake, forget the other tree. $500,000 it is then. Leave it in the burnt out oak tree by the crossroads at fifteen minutes past midnight (00.15) on Wednesday morning the twenty seventh (27th) of March in the year 2013 (Twenty thirteen) DST (Daylight Saving Time). This is your last chance.

His parents paid up, and, much to their relief, within days the kidnappers had taken young Harlan.

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1 Comment »

  1. Ha! Oh my, that poor kid…

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    Comment by ganymeder — June 27, 2016 @ 3:51 am | Reply


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