…merely players. They have their exits, and their entrances...(William, you DID write that!)
Mac Eagan returns for a curtain call. This is his second entry into our contest You Didn’t Write That.
With an election just a month away, this piece is appropriately titled:
Power and Responsibility
by Mac Eagan
“John, look at me. You had nothing to do with this.”
John’s only response was to take a slow sip of Scotch and set the glass back on the table.
“John, you told the truth. Like always. And you know she had issues to begin with.”
John ran his finger around the rim of the glass.
“You aren’t being fair, John. To yourself or me. I can’t stand seeing you suffer this way.”
“It’s true, Sarah,” he sighed, “the pen is mighty.”
“Not this time. No mightier than it has been in the past, anyway. I know you. So do your readers. They know you didn’t write that to be hurtful. You may not sugarcoat, but your reviews don’t have razors embedded in them, either. It was a bad performance – especially for Opening Night. You were honest. What happened was her doing, not yours.”
John emptied his glass, then looked back at the newspaper he was holding. Without speaking he stood up and dropped the paper on the table.
“I’m getting a refill,” he said as he headed toward the kitchen.
Sarah felt the tears as she re-read the paper’s headline:
STAGE ACTRESS COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER NEGATIVE REVIEW