This was written as a 5 minute challenge using the word Broken. Alert
Serena haters--you'll love it.
Law & Order is the property of Dick Wolf--I just pilfer there from time to time.
The lock was broken. No doubt about it. With trembling fingers Serena pushed open
the door. It emitted a slight whine of protest as it allowed a wider view. Papers
were scattered everywhere. Cushions from the couch were on the floor. The rose
vase was overturned and dripping water onto the plush carpet. In the middle
of the chaos on the desk lay a box, wrapped and tied with a ribbon.
Cautiously Serena made her way through the clutter to the parcel. A
bomb? A severed head? The resentment of her co-workers had rapidly escalated
in the past six months. She wouldn't put anything past them. Slowly she untied
the ribbon, peeled back the paper. Lifting the lid to the box she saw--
a large, dead, brown rat. A note to one side: With love from the 2-7.