Sleeping in the Morgue
By Jennifer Tressen
Paige Thorton, a sweet overachieving high school senior only has one month to come up with ten thousand dollars to pay for college, but her family mortuary has no business. Desperate to escape her little town and go to her dream school, she decides to take matters into her own hands and drum up some clients. Soon “accidents” begin happening to local residents. However when her boyfriend, Brock Harrington, the rookie hotshot cop begins to investigate things get hairy. Will Paige be able to pull it off in time or will she be doomed to forever sleep in the morgue?
Paige swallowed and looked at him serious, “Would you mind my asking why you came here specifically if your wife’s plans were already taken care of?”
“Not at all,” he set down his tea cup. “I want to die.”
Paige nearly spit out tea, “What?”
“I have no purpose here. I’ve lived a good life. But now I’m done. I want to be with Isabelle.”
“Um, I think there was a misunderstanding. We deal with people who are already dead here, not people who wish they were.”
“I know,” he stared at her blankly.
“I’m not sure I know what you’re asking?”
“I think you do.”
Kill you? You want me to kill you? Paige thought, quite perplexed.
“There’s an ‘ingredient’ I believe you have here that’s odorless, colorless and virtually untraceable. I think it would be a delicious addition to say, some tea,” he stared at her for a moment. “My services would of course be held here. Think of it as…charity. Or business. It could always be business. You just might need the money.”
Is this really happening? This is sick.
“I’ll put it in myself,” he offered, trying to sweeten the deal.
What, so I don’t get charged with murder? Thanks.
Paige shifted nervously.
Wait, am I on one of those hidden camera shows?
She looked around suspiciously.
“Might I have another cup of tea, darling?” he smiled at her and held up his cup.
Paige bit her lip.
Jennifer Tressen is a wife, mother and writer. A former actor, she spent nearly ten years in the entertainment industry appearing in commercials, print ads and television shows. It was her love of storytelling that pushed her to the other side of the camera and sent her to film school at Chapman University. Although she entered as a Cinematography major, Jennifer graduated with a degree in Screenwriting after a single required screenwriting class forever changed her path. She found a passion for writing she had forgotten in her childhood. Everything she learned about screenwriting and especially storytelling she attributes to her mentor, the late Blake Snyder.
After several years of writing and editing for producers and other screenwriters her curiosity led her into writing novels. As a huge fan of Young Adult and New Adult literature this is where her pen tends to lead her. However, she does have plans to release a few middle grade fiction and adult novels in the future.
Jennifer attributes her love of reading and writing to her mother who always reminded her of the power of literacy. Besides telling her and her siblings that they could do anything they wanted if they knew how to read and write, she said, “You can go anywhere in a book. You can be anyone.”
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