Today, envision what it’s like to be in a situation where you’re dealing with someone who refuses to talk about something you need to know about, and who refuses to reveal the truth. See the full writing prompt below, and my completed version of this prompt The. Evidence. Speaks.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: When he said, “I plead the fifth…”

Complete this sentence: When he said, “I plead the fifth…” for the first sentence of your piece of writing today. Try to write at least 300 words or three paragraphs.

Keep in mind that while “pleading the fifth” is a legal expression, it can also be used in nonlegal or non-courtroom settings and situations, where a person “pleads the fifth” so they don’t have to talk about anything that might incriminate themselves.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

The. Evidence. Speaks., by K.E. Creighton

When he said, “I plead the fifth,” I closed my eyes and sighed. Deeply.

At that point, I was so exhausted. So incredibly exhausted. My fury around this years-long legal battle had started to wane a long time ago and was no longer sustaining me. And my hope was ebbing and flowing in inconsistent waves now, as everyone was beginning to act unreasonably, on both sides of the aisle. They were potentially even acting illegally.

It was getting difficult to stay focused. How had it gone this way? I was starting to lose my sanity. Or was it everyone else who had gone insane?

The only thing that was keeping me going now was the objective incontrovertible facts. Facts that no one else wanted to pay attention to at the moment, however. Instead, we had to engage in this game. Wasting time. Abide wasting time. And talk around the facts and evidence. Or talk about the facts and evidence as if they were or ever will be debatable.

The facts established by all of the evidence right in front of our faces were so painfully clear that it made no sense to be sitting around for hours asking questions we all knew would only be answered with, “I plead the fifth…” over and over and over again. He was clearly being manipulative and had all the power players in his pocket.

After reviewing the evidence, any reasonable person would conclude that he did it. That he lied about doing it. And that he covered it all up. Or attempted to cover it all up.

The past few months had been a whirlwind of documents and recordings and messages and ledgers and testimonies and other various pieces of physical evidence. But everything revealed the same thing over and over again. He bribed or blackmailed or bullied or coerced people into doing his bidding. And he bid on a lot of things– everything from tax fraud and other shady business practices to coordinating and allowing foreign interference in domestic elections.

Does it matter that he’s not fessing up now? He’s pleading the fifth because he doesn’t want to incriminate himself, which implies that whatever he is refusing to say would be incriminating… right? More than that though, his testimony is unnecessary anyway because all the evidence speaks for him and on his behalf. The. Evidence. Speaks. And there’s no shortage of it either…

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

For this writing prompt, I was thinking about Trump pleading the fifth for hours the other day. And as I was completing this writing prompt, I found it interesting to consider when one would plead the fifth and why. It seems to imply there may not be viable evidence for an indictment and or that it’s an implication of guilt itself (consider the term “self-incrimination”)… so when there is a mountain of evidence, and an implied implication of guilt when pleading the fifth, what does that mean? …

I will probably come back to this writing prompt eventually. As it is right now, my “completed” version of this writing prompt seems incomplete to me for some reason. It is definitely more of a draft…

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