It’d been weeks since I was able to watch television. I had newly arrived at prison and at last I had a moment to flip through all of the channels. I gasped with glee at what I saw…every major news station was covering my story.
I’d finally gotten what I wanted…everyone knew my name.
I crossed my arms and sat back in my chair with a satisfied smile.
“That you?” The woman on my right nudged me with her shoulder. “Yep!” I beamed at her. “Well lookie here.” She announced loudly. “We got ourselves a celebrity in our midst.” There was a few scattered claps and whistles throughout the room. “Welcome to Southside. I’m Winnie.” She stuck her hand out for me to shake. I quickly learned that she had a very firm grip.
“Thank you for the warm reception. This place isn’t that bad actually. Plus I got some REALLY good news today.” I chattered away happily. “I found out that there’s this lady who wants to write my biography. I can’t believe it! A book about me? That’s crazy!” Winner snorted. “Yeah…crazy.” Some of the other women snickered quietly. Oh! That’s not all either! She said there could be a movie if the book sells well!” I squealed excitedly. “When I get out of here, I’m going to rich…and famous!”
“Out?” The young girl to my left asked me with raised brows. “You must’ve gotten a good deal.” She tried to smile but failed miserably. “I guess I did.” I shrugged. “20 years. But I’ll be up for parole in 15 with good behavior.” She didn’t seem to like my answer. “That’s nice. At least you have a chance to be free one day. Some of us are stuck here forever.” She placed her cards on the table. “Fold.” She muttered. “So who are you bunking with?” She swiftly changed the subject. “A few other new arrivals but the officer told me not to get too comfortable.” She nodded her head. “Yeah, you’ll get transferred to a more permanent cell soon. Hope you get someone you can tolerate…because 20 years is a looong time.”