CW: It Ain’t Easy Being Rich.

Liam knocked at the door twice, second-guessing himself. After all, the past few days with Olivia had been fantastic.

“Stay strong!” Liam reminded himself and cleared his throat.

A tall brunette with legs for miles answered the door.

“Liam,” she said in acknowledgment, opening the door wider.

Before entering room number 2005, Liam looked to his left, to his right, and then to his left again as if he was about to cross the street. Aside from a maid pushing a cart filled with cleaning supplies, the hallway was empty. Quickly combing through his hair with his fingers, Liam walked inside and then instinctively put his hands into his pockets.

“I made you coffee. Black. No sugar. Just as you like it,” the brunette announced, pointing towards the table in the living room.

“Thank you, Sophia,” Liam said and took a spot on the leather sofa.

Sophia wore a graphite grey skirt suit, quite a contrast to Liam’s blue, worn-out jeans and a red Polo T-shirt. She sat down in the armchair next to the sofa, picked up her glasses from the coffee table, and crossed her legs.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” she asked and tilted her head to the side.

Liam wasn’t sure what he wanted his answer to be. “No,” was his initial reaction. Olivia was a wonderful woman – so beautiful, caring, and kind.

“Yes,” he said out loud and rolled his neck. “Let’s do this,” he added.

“Does she know where you are?” Sophia asked.

“Of course not,” Liam answered and snickered. “I told Olivia I was going shopping for something special for her.”

“I thought the newlyweds don’t leave each other’s sides during the honeymoon,” Sophia said and looked at Liam.

He was looking around the room, playing with his wedding ring.

“The wedding was beautiful,” Sophia added and put on her glasses.

“Uhum,” Liam said, pursing his lips. “Enough chit-chat. Let’s get down to business,” he added, still glancing around.

“Alright then,” Sophia said and grabbed the pen and paper from the table. “It will go something like this: I Liam Peters, of 26 Upper Ladue, St. Louis, MO 63124, being of sound mind and body…” Sophia paused and looked up.

“As sound as I will ever be,” Liam replied and rolled his eyes.

“…hereby declare this to be my Last Will and Testament,” she finished reading the first paragraph.

Liam undid the top button of his Polo shirt. He normally liked it all buttoned up, but at that time, he felt like he had trouble breathing and that the room was abnormally warm.

“Look at you sweating already,” Sophia remarked. “The juicy part is only to begin,” she added with a smile.

Liam got up and paced back and forth in the room.

“Calm down. It will all be alright. She won’t be the wiser,” Sophia said, touching Liam’s arm. “Here, sit down, and I will make you a cup of green tea. Maybe coffee wasn’t a good idea,” she added, making her way to the kitchen.

Liam sat down on the sofa and looked out the window. The shore gently embraces every wave that came in. The palms swayed to the rhythm of the tide. It was so peaceful out there.

It’s just a short storm in here today, and then it will be peace for the rest of my life,” Liam reassured himself and took a big sip of his coffee.

He could taste the almond extract in the brew. Most people preferred hazelnut, but Liam could never understand it. Hazelnut was the poor man’s choice, and he was anything but poor.

After a few minutes, Sophia returned with two mugs in hand.

“One cup of green tea for you…” she said, placing the cup in front of Liam. “And chamomile for me,” she added as she returned to her armchair.

“Chamomile? Since when do you drink chamomile tea?” Liam asked as he scratched his jaw.

“It soothes my nerves,” Sophia answered and took a sip.

“I wish you ‘soothed your nerves’ back when-“

“Yea, well, better late than never,” Sophia interjected. “Let’s go back to drafting your will. Shall we?”

Liam cleared his throat. He uncrossed his legs and leaned forward. He wanted to control his restless right leg.

“Olivia won’t like this,” he said quietly.

“Like I said before: ‘She doesn’t have to know,'” Sophia said and took off her glasses. “Well, not until it’s time for her to find out, of course,” she added and put the glasses back on.

Liam nodded slightly, remembering the advice he got from his best friends.

“I’m ready. Let’s write my will and testament and keep my wife out of it,” he said and straightened his back.

***

“Before you leave…” Sophia called after Liam as he was about to exit the room.

He turned around and saw her disappear into what he presumed was the bedroom. As much as he loved his new wife, he could not help but think about Sophia. She looked so good that day, and he had to admit to himself that he missed her a little. She was sexy AND smart. He considered following her into the room when Sophia came out.

“Take these for Olivia,” she said, placing her glasses on top of her head.

Liam looked at the diamond earrings, which were gorgeous. He knew Olivia would love them.

“I can’t,” he said with sadness.

“Yes, you can. She will love those, and you won’t need to go out shopping. She’s probably already suspicious what is taking you so long,” Sophia said and placed the box of earrings in Liam’s jeans’ pocket.

“Thanks, Sophia,” Liam said and Sophia on the cheek, inhaling her patchouli perfume.

***

That night, Liam laid in bed, wondering if he had done the right thing.

“Olivia’s a golddigger,” his friends insisted.

“Don’t let her take all of your money,” they warned.

“We signed a prenup,” Liam mentioned. “She doesn’t care about my money. She loves me for me.”

“Have you seen how she looks at that guy?” Liam’s groomsman asked during the wedding reception. “Liam, she’s 30 years younger than you. Be honest with yourself,” he added.

“28!” Liam corrected him as his face reddened.

“A prenup guarantees nothing. If she kills you, all the money goes to her anyway,” the groomsman continued.

Yes, he did the right thing. The wise thing.

***

“Mmmmm,” Liam smiled as he sipped his coffee.

The almond aroma always calmed him down.

He massaged his temples. He never got headaches.

“What the h-” Liam said as his body weakened, and he began to have trouble breathing.

***

“Olivia? I’m Sophie – Liam’s personal attorney,” she said, extending her hand out.

“Yes. Hello,” Olivia confirmed, shaking Sophia’s hand.

“I’m sorry for your loss,” Sophia said, placing her glasses slightly higher on her nose.

“Thank you,” Olivia answered, sniffling.

“I will try to get through this reading as fast as I can so you can go back to grieving your husband,” Sophia said as she took the seat behind the desk.

“I leave all my assets to Liam Jr,” Sophia read out and looked up from the will.

Olivia’s eyes were wide with surprise.

“Who’s Liam Jr?” she asked.

A man in his early 20s entered the room.

“That’s Liam Jr,” Sophia announced, pointing at the newcomer. “Liam’s only son. Our son,” she added.

***

Write a story that starts with someone writing their will
— one they know people won’t like.”
– prompt used for this CW piece.
[Source: Reedsy]

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42 thoughts on “CW: It Ain’t Easy Being Rich.

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    1. Okay, to explain. I think it’s sad that just after he got married she was so intent on his money that she killed him. Not letting him build a relationship. O. Left alone. Just married. With nothing. It’s just sad. Sad that it could even happen in fiction. That’s my view…

      Sending sunshine and sparkles and hugs….
      Was thinking of you earlier. That I appreciate that you’re here.

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      1. It’s true. People do some sad, sad things.

        🙂 It’s always good to see your comments. Although, when I went to check your blog earlier, there were no new posts. It had me slightly worried. I see that you posted something since. Let me go check it out.

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        1. I posted because someone commented. It’s just, yeah, dunno. Tired, everything I have to say is the same as I’ve already said and what’s the point in that if I’ve not done anything to change it around…

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  1. Nice one Goldie.

    You do an excellent job creating stories from writing prompts. I knew Liam was in trouble as soon as he smelled the almond aroma in his coffee. I see Sophia as the culprit. If she put the cyanide in his coffee she would not be the main suspect, since Liam’s fortune went to his son. Sophia would benefit later.

    I don’t understand how Oliva didn’t know Jr. existed. Was Jr. not at the wedding? Liam never spoke about him during courtship? Was he mentioned in the prenup? Good questions but not relevant to the prompt.

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    1. Definitely good questions. Maybe Liam Jr. was upset that his parents split up and he didn’t apporive of Olivia. Maybe he didn’t want to be a part of his father’s life and so Liam Sr. pretended like he didn’t exist to ease the pain. But it could go in other directions, too.

      You always make me think!

      Stay golden!

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  2. Well executed. An O’Henry to be proud of.

    I never got a sense of Liam’s age until the groomsman’s comment. You might allude to grey hair, or slow pace, or something up front to give us clues as to what might happen later. blue jeans and red shirt sounds like he’s 25. And he doesn’t come across as powerful, rich or in command at all, something I would have thought he’d be, now that the full story is revealed.

    You could tighten up some of the dialog, remove some of the saids and just go with the dialog.

    Liam said and took a seat… to just Liam selected the comfy chair.
    Liam added — nix that.
    Sophia asked. — nix that too.

    Go through and see what you can delete without wounding the story. Readers are smarter than you think and tight writing is better than verbosity (not that this is verbose, it’s much more compact that your other stories.)

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    1. I didn’t want him to appear “in command,” in fact, I wanted him to appear unsure of things. A man torn between his heart and his brain. I was focused on setting up the appearance of a potential affair hence I might have overlooked the whole age thing when describing Liam. But thank you for the feedback. There definitely is some substantial merit to it. Note to self made.

      As far as the dialogue is concerned – I hear you. But how exactly would you rewrite: ““I will try to get through this reading as fast as I can so you can go back to grieving your husband,” Sophia said as she took the seat behind the desk.” or ““Thank you, Sophia,” Liam said and took a spot on the leather sofa.” I understand that you would nix the “said” part but then what? “She took the seat behind the desk” or “Liam took a spot on the leather sofa.” Aren’t those rather weak sentences on their own?

      I really appreciate your feedback.

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      1. Sophie swung around the desk and sat down. “I will try to get through this reading as fast as I can so you can go back to grieving your husband.”

        OR

        “I will try to get through this reading as fast as I can.” Sophie swung around the desk and sat down. “I know you want to get back to grieving your husband.”

        Liam selected a comfortable spot on the leather sofa. “Thank you, Sophia,”

        If you put the action tag behind the text, yeah, you often have to add the dialog tags.

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        1. Thanks a lot for this. Definitely very helpful. I will try to think about this when I’m writing my next piece. Although, when I’m writing to hit a certain word count, I add words for a reason. (Now you know why some pieces are “wordier” than others.)

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    1. It’s funny because I had someone talk to me about hazelnut coffee the other day and it made me think of different flavors. I came up with almond before I made the poison connection. It’s funny how a story can work out sometimes.

      Good to see you around!

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  3. Well, well. I do enjoy a bit of ambiguity. I notice you don’t tell who actually poisoned the man… And I also notice that I’m not the only one who suspects Sophia.

    I do have a tiny issue, but it’s of the nitpicking variety. Is “Olivia” supposed to go into a bedroom, and then Sophia come out of that same bedroom with earrings FOR Olivia? Because I suspect that’s a typo, and a slightly confusing one.

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    1. You know what? I think I will start making this an actual thing. It allows me to see who reads and who READS these pieces. (Or maybe who’s brave enough to share the truth?)

      So, I fixed that. Naturally, it was Sophia. Thank you for catching that.

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  4. Nicely written, Goldie. I love a mystery story that has a good denouement but still provokes certain questions like Why is Lucifer now invulnerable around Chloe? Will Newt Scamander ever join the Aurors?. . . Who the hell poisoned Liam???!

    While reading, I assumed Sophia made Liam leave her all his assets, and that the story would go along the lines of Olivia killing him and meeting up later with her lover, who would then turn out to be Sophia. Well, so much for that theory.

    I’m still curious to know, though—did Olivia poison Liam because she thought she’d inherit all his assets? Or was Sophia really the culprit?

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    1. I think you spoiled the show for me. I still have not seen episode 8! It’s definitely getting confusing, though.

      Great questions. I like your twist with Olivia and Sophia being lovers. Would make for a great story! You are yet another person who comes up with an interesting plot as a result of pondering my work. I challenge you to write it! No, you don’t have to. I’d be excited to read it, though. Like part 2 to my story.

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      1. I am soooo sorry! I assumed that you’d have seen it by now, given how enthusiastically we talked about it the other day. So, so sorry.

        Thank you for the kind words! I’ve been so into fiction stuff lately that I just might take you up on that challenge. But let’s wait and see. In the meantime, I look forward to your next story.

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  5. I grew up a huge fan of Agatha Christie murder mysteries the second the there was an almond flavour I knew murder would be served..
    I love how its a tad ambiguous that you cant say for certain who really offed maybe none of them even hahaha that would be poetic.
    ~B

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