Over on Jenny Matlock's blog, she posted her Saturday Centus challenge. Participants are to use the words "I'd catch a grenade for ya" and write a story of no more than 100 words (not counting the prompt).
If you don't recognize these words, they're part of the lyrics from a popular Bruno Mars song.
Here's my attempt.
Digging through a dumpster, Rudy’s stomach growled.
Heck of a way to celebrate his eighteenth birthday. Parents killed last summer by a drunk driver, Rudy ran away rather than live in foster care.
Humming a Bruno Mars song, he read an ad while nibbling a half-eaten pizza.
“HELP WANTED. Free: Housing. Meals. Training.”
After memorizing the address he cleaned up in a gas station restroom.
Later that day, the man in green asked, “How badly you want to join us?”
Remembering the song, Rudy answered, “I’d catch a grenade for ya.”
The Army recruiter extended a hand. “You’re just what we’re looking for.”