This week’s excerpt for Six Sentence Sunday comes from the opening of “Sunny’s Last Dance,” Part LIV of my magnum opus Cinnimin. It’s set between September 10-19, 1998, and revolves around a pet monkey owned by Cinnimin and Violet’s mutual granddaughter Clarissa. Cinni’s youngest son Ainsworth bought a monkey and a chimp as service animals for his Deaf daughter five years ago, but the monkey’s behavior has been getting progressively worse over the past year. He finally crosses the line over the course of the first day of the story.
The trouble all started the morning the children went back to school, September 10, when Violet reached into her jewelry box and found her engagement ring missing. When she looked around to see if she’d dropped it, a pile of monkey feces on the floor greeted her. Sunny was nowhere to be seen, but she was positive he’d stolen it. Violet was frantic, and worried. Following the development of the monkey’s obsession with the ring, she’d taken it to be appraised and had been told it was now worth $3,751,162.79. If Clarissa’s pet had stolen, lost, or destroyed that 20-carat ring Jesse had paid half a million dollars for in 1947, she would be ready to kill someone.