Officer’s New Partner

While exploring the possibilities of how to write a piece of flash prose, while considering what person it should be written in, don’t completely throw out second person. I know that writing in first and third persons are the best and most popular ways to go—and that a lot of people don’t like second person because it seems like it’s forcing you too much to be a part of the story—but there have been some success stories. One such success is Jamaica Kincaid‘s “Girl.” Inspired by Kincaid’s short prose piece, I have written my own in the second person as well; the story is a police officer’s advice to his new partner, you.

“…this is how you get free coffee; this is how to devour a box of chocolate glazed doughnuts; this is how you watch my back when we find ourselves in a sticky situation, unrelated to doughnuts…”

This is how you turn on the siren to catch a bad guy; this is how you turn on the siren to get around traffic; this is how you park so that the college kids driving back to their apartments won’t see you; this is how sweet your power over them is; this is how you fill your quota; this is how you stay quiet about the concept of quotas to appease the masses; this is how you stand up straight; this is how you straighten your uniform; this is how you hold your gun; this is how you grip the gun; this is how you hold the gun with steady hands; this is how you get free coffee; this is how to devour a box of chocolate glazed doughnuts; this is how you watch my back when we find ourselves in a sticky situation, unrelated to doughnuts; this is how you go into the perpetrator’s house, the drug dealer’s house, the gang leader’s house, the devil’s house; this is how you hold your breath in the moment it takes for them to draw a gun; this is how you bite your tongue; this is how you decide to pull the trigger; this is how you pull the trigger; this is how you look away as life leaves them; this is how you do what no one else can do, what must be done; this is how you make coffee in the break room without giving yourself a zero-calorie-sweetener headache; this is how you deal with a zero-calorie-sweetener headache; this is how you deal with the heartache of killing; this is how to not break your spirits; this is how to forget; this is how to tuck your kids in at night; this is how to tell them that you’re one of the good guys; this is how you convince them you are different from the bad guys; this is how you are just like the killers; this is how you lie to yourself; this is how you sleep at night; this is how you are different from the killers.

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About evinhughes

I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University located in Statesboro Georgia. I have a bachelors degree in Information Technology and a bachelors in Writing and Linguistics.
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