Day 207: I've Contracted An Agreement

Alex suddenly realized what had been bothering him about his new contract. –The Genome by Sergei Lukyanenko

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who signs a contract without understanding all of the implications.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you made a bad deal. 

Art Prompt: Sneaky contract

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a bad decision you made.

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3 Responses to Prompt #1283 The New Contract

  1. J. Richardson says:

    Prompt #1283: The Contract

    It took a moment for it to kick in, for the totality of what a fool she’d been. “To sign a contract without looking it over or having someone else look it over was just dumb! Dumb! Dumb!” Shannon screeched before flinging a glass across the room. “Whoa!” her best friend Carlene cautioned. “How could you have known they’d screw you over?” Carlene said to try to calm Shannon’s anger mostly at herself and offer her some comfort. Only there was little she could do to help Shannon out of the situation. Carlene knew she had made a colossal mistake in signing a contractual agreement with the music company without a lawyer. Shannon continued pacing the room, replaying the scene in her head. Carlene didn’t know what else to say. Her friend had done something really stupid, so stupid she could hardly believe it either. But it was true. “The office was crowded. I was so excited, I….I…I don’t know. I guess I was too eager.” It was obvious to Carlene the producers knew full well what they were doing and took advantage of Shannon’s naiveté. “Still, I can’t understand your being bonded for ten years and half the royalties for your own music with no recall?” Carlene did have a little experience in a law firm, and began skimming through the lengthy document. After awhile she raised her eyes excitedly. “Hey, wait a second,” Carlene interrupted Shannon’s ranting, holding up one hand to silence her so she could speak. “Did they tell you that you were locked in by this contract once it was signed?” Before she could answer, Carlene added, “That’s a lie. There’s a clause right here giving you ten days to revoke it hidden at the bottom of page nine: the fine print. Prince said it best, you become a slave.”
    “Thank you. Thank you. You’re so much sharper than me. I thought it was a done deal, even though I considered pleading mental duress at the time. I wanted a deal so much I was willing to sign over my soul to those devils. What kind of desperate fool does that?” Shannon uttered with both regret and relief at her loyal friend’s good instincts.
    Carlene responded, “an innocent artist, eager and ambitious,” as Shannon held out her arms to embrace her.

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