Write a story that starts with the line “So, what’s the catch?”
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“Retirement Planning” by Michał Przywara
“So, what’s the catch?” asked Wilbur, his mouth quivering in anticipation of the answer. He fiddled with his glasses with his left hand, and his wife Enid squeezed his right hand and beamed at the nice young lady sitting across the bureau. Karen stopped typing, looked up from her PC, and blinked a couple times. “Um,” she said, blinking again. “Well, you’ll go to Hell.” “Uh-huh,” Wilbur said. “What’s that lo...
“Coming Out” by Thom Brodkin
So, what’s the catch? Now there’s a question. It’s actually a secret. Wait, I don’t mean I can’t tell you. I mean that the catch is I have a secret, and that’s a problem. The odd thing is that my secret shouldn't really be a secret at all. This is 2023, not 1923. We’ve had an African American president, an orange president, and for good measure a female vice president as well. It’s the era of #MeToo and rainbows and non-binary acceptance. Why then, is revealing my secret so hard?&...
“Of Magic Forbidden” by Hannah P. Simmons
“So what’s the catch?” I asked, my heart pounding in my chest.The Fae stared at me, her golden eyes pondering my question. For a moment, I couldn’t breathe. And I wondered if all this was a mistake. When I was little, I was told by my guardian, Orna, that magic was everywhere. I asked her to show me, and Orna lifted me onto her hip, taking me into the forest beyond our cottage. She walked until we came to a grassy spot with a perfect ring of white toadstools. Orna had stepped carefully into the center, a...
“CATCH OF THE DAY” by Susan Catucci
“So, what’s the catch today? Would you be the Skip in Skipper?”“Ahoy! You must be the new owner of the Rustic Scup.”“That’s me. I’m Chet. I hear you’re the man to see for seafood. You the Skip?”“Last I looked. How do, Chet. So, I hear you’re also the chef, that right?”“Guilty.”“Well, then, that’s what I’ll be calling you. Welcome to Skipper’s Slip, Maine’s finest, at least here in our little hamlet called...
“I Do?” by Amanda Lieser
CW: cursing, infidelity January 3rd, 2017 “So, what’s the catch,” Piper asked. She reached for some Goldfish crackers in the top of her pantry, vaguely feeling her phone as it started to slip from her shoulder-cheek grip. “No catch,” Alex said. Her voice was brimming over with happiness and Piper knew she was staring at that giant diamond ring on ...
“A Forever Home” by Rebecca Brothers
(TW: death, allusion to death of a child) “So, what’s the catch?” Margaret Foster wasn’t about to be had. She knew that a house in the Grove Hills neighborhood shouldn’t be on the market for any less than half a million dollars. Not in this economy. Each street was lined with giant hemlocks and oaks, slow-growth trees that spoke of real history, not nouveau riche water maples or ...
“Arthas and the Admiral Go Out Shooting” by Graham Kinross
Warning: guns and their inevitable consequences.Detective Arthas Jacques prodded the artificial skin that covered his new leg. It was lighter than the old one, stronger and had a built-in pistol holster.“So, what’s the catch?” asked the Martian Off World Crime detective, looking at his droid.“Besides the king’s ransom it costs?” asked the black Spectrum droid, the lights behind its eyes were emerald in colour as it spoke with its Dublin accent. “Rumour has it the manufacturer’s install kill switches in all ...
“The Catch” by Jeannette Miller Mickenham
“So, what’s the catch.” I asked without the usual inflection at the end which would have given the impression I was asking the question when, frankly, I already knew the answer and didn’t have the energy to fake the uptick in tone in my voice. Full disclaimer: I was also asking myself this question as a means to ponder my current situation and not a real person. If it had, indeed, been a real person on the other end of t...
“The Fine Print” by Kendall Defoe
“So, what’s the catch?” To be honest, he was getting ready to go out that night and did not expect that he would have to deal with such nonsense after making the offer, but nothing ever worked out the way he expected it to with these people. There was always some small little problem that was never anticipated. All these years and all those surprises… “I beg your honest pardon?” “Honest, right… What ...
“Holes In My Story” by Mary Bendickson
Holes in My Story “So what's the catch?” “The catch is I can't get the clasp to catch. This is bad!” “Nah, that's good.” “Why is that good?” “I really didn't want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane anyway. Makes no sense.” “Okay, that's good then.” “Nope, that's bad.” “Why is that bad.” “I'll never get my bucket list completed.” ...
“The Seduction of Herb” by Murray Burns
The Seduction of Herb“So, what’s the catch?” Even the Party of the First Part was surprised at the quick response, the ease with which the words were spoken, void of any serious consideration of the required consequence. The implication of the message from the Party of the Second Part was that all prior elements were agreed to. “There’s no catch, Herb. That’s the deal, straight up. You get everything I’ve pro...
“You have to be my Child for a day.” by Hope Linter
“So what’s the catch?” I asked, thumbing through my paperback book, happy to hear my daughter Lillianne’s glee, instead of her moping, after finding Bubby, her birthday rabbit, lying in his cage, dead. Of all the stupid things for her seventh birthday, I’d surprised her with a fragile, mortal creature, when her mother, my wife, had passed away a year ago. I put my book down. She clapped her hands. “You have to ...
“Tea and Biscuits” by Anja Barker
‘So, what’s the catch?’ I asked, confused at Gabriel’s immediate agreement to my plan. ‘That’s not the right question to ask’ he responded sharply, his still powerful eyes boring into mine. I took a deep breath in, trying to remain calm, in control. I was trained for this kind of situation; I just hadn’t expected it to happen that way. I had hoped I’d be given more time, a few more chances to prove myself,...
“ Catcher in the. . . Sigh. ” by Andrew Fruchtman
“So, what’s the catch?” “No catch, man, it’s just like I told ya.” “Really? When it’s too good to be true, well, you know, it usually is.” “I’m being straight with ya, man. This ain’t like that Nigerian Prince scam ya get in your fax machine. No, no. This is one hundred percent, full disclosure, top notch, no bullshit stuff I’m talkin’ ‘bout here.” <...
“Prompt Problems” by Kevin V
"So, what's the catch?" I heard as my apartment door suddenly flung open and my neighbor across the way bounded in. Tucked under his armpit looked to be a large roll of newspaper. "Ron, we've talked about this," I said as my heart rate slowed to normalcy. "You need to knock!""Why Pete? You don't knock when you come over.""But I don't come over…""Well that's not my problem, now is it?"I dropped my head onto the table barely missing my coffee. I r...
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