Have you ever wondered what your cheques you leave behind could reveal about your life?
Here is my interpretation of “Ordeal By Cheque” by Wuther Crue:
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Lawrence Exeter sat patiently in the dark hospital with sweaty palms, waiting for his soon-to-be-born baby, who was going to be named after him. Each minute passed by slowly, and Lawrence became impatient. He paced the halls, breathing heavily. Suddenly, a door swung open loudly. “He’s here!” Dr. David McCoy exclaimed.
When Lawrence Exeter Jr. was born, his father, Lawrence Exeter Sr., was ecstatic about his new baby son. Exeter ran into the hospital room, followed by Dr. McCoy. His beloved wife was cradling his baby boy in her arms, tears streaming down her eyes. Lawrence walked over slowly, and in his mind, promised his son a life filled with as much joy as he felt when his son was born. Promising to fulfill all his son’s wants and needs with the only thing he was familiar with… money.
Time passed by quickly, and Jr. grew up, living a luxurious life. He was privileged, attending private schools and academies. Very often, he got anything he wanted from his wealthy parents. Not only did Lawrence Jr. have money, but he also had wit. His academic achievements made his parents proud, and for his eighteenth birthday, he is gifted a Cadillac from his father. Working hard all throughout high school, he got into Stanford University with a scholarship, having his parents only pay for his school supplies.
Two years into his son’s college, Lawrence Sr. started feeling lonely, with his wife constantly away working and his son busy with school. He soon has an affair with his colleague Miss Daisy Windsor. Daisy was skeptical about this affair, knowing that Lawrence Sr. had a wife. To convince her to stay with him, Lawrence Sr. offered Daisy $25,000 and a trip away with him to Paris.
She accepts his offer and on their rendez-vous, he decides to propose to her. Daisy was not expecting this at all. As Exeter Sr. was on one knee, holding out the huge diamond ring, she was speechless. Exeter Sr. could tell that she was hesitant, and he promised to divorce his wife as soon as they got back to America. Finally, Daisy accepts his proposal, her love for him too strong to say otherwise. They then spend their honeymoon in Hawaii, and Lawrence Sr. tells his son out of pure excitement. Since his son was not happy with his father, he threatens to tell his mother about the news. Without hesitation, Exeter Sr. pays his son $200,000 to keep quiet for the meantime. Lawrence Jr. takes the money with joy and spends his money without thinking twice, buying everything for his girlfriend, Miss Flossie Wentworth. In addition, Lawrence Jr. pays back his associate from college, Tony Spagoni, money he owes.
After three years of dating Flossie, Lawrence Jr. decides that he is finally ready for marriage. He proposes to her, and she is hesitant about marrying him. Following his father’s footsteps, Exeter Jr. cannot think of any other way except to bribe her with an offer of money she couldn’t refuse. Quickly, Flossie became pregnant with his baby and after only eight months of marriage, they get divorced. Flossie takes this to court and Lawrence Jr. is forced to give the unborn baby $175,000, which leaves him with very little money left to spend on his own life. During his college years, he owed many companies and people money that he never got to pay back. They all demand that he had to return their money, with an extra interest rate. This leaves Exeter Jr. even more broke, which led to depression.
After weeks of constant drinking, he decides to stab himself. After a neighbor reported suspicious activity, he is rushed to the hospital. There, he dies from his fatal wounds with his father is right next to him. As his father writes the cheque to Dr. David McCoy, he automatically writes “Lawrence Exeter Sr.”. Realizing his son passed away, he crosses off “Sr.” slowly as tears welled up in his eyes. The next day, he goes to a mortuary for his beloved son and signs off the last cheque with “Lawrence Exeter”.
This time, he didn’t forget he was the only Lawrence Exeter.