Myrna Holguin’s English class for adults speaking other languages at the Harlem Library were shown unrelated photos – a hotel, a drowning/rescue scene, three people reading newspapers on a subway, an ambulance, a romantic dinner—and invited to weave one or more into a story. Here are some of the results:
Murder in the Hotel
By Jennifer Ranfla
Mary and Paul met in New York City a couple of months before the murder …
When Paul met Mary, he fell in love with her at first sight. After all, Mary was very kind, beautiful and so smart. Paul was a successful businessman and Mary was the new secretary in his office. Paul dated Mary for many months. One day, he decided to ask her to marry him. She accepted his proposal immediately, of course because she had many plans for her life.
One week after the wedding, they flew to Miami for their honeymoon. There they spent their days on the beaches and in the malls. All it was perfect! One night before they needed to come back to NY, he took her to a fancy restaurant for a romantic date. After dinner, they came back to hotel room. There, her real plans came true.
She prepared two drinks, one was very special for her husband and other for her. But Paul didn’t know was that in his drink was his death. She poisoned her husband’s drink, and after a minutes, Paul fell down completely dead.
She started very fast o clean the crime scene because she planned to escape to Europe with all the money of her husband.
She transferred all his money to her accounts in a couple of minutes. Then she took her luggage and ran away. But when she was running, somebody saw her, and thought: Why she was acting so nervously? While she was going to her car, the hotel employee went to their room and saw Paul on the floor.
He tried to save Paul, giving him CPR, but it was so late … Paul was dead.
The employee called 911 and reported all that he had seen
Immediately. The ambulance came to the hotel and the police went to find her.
Mary at this moment was in the freeway and the cops caught her very soon.
When she saw her situation that she hadn’t other exit, she only did a dump to the river and she couldn’t control her car. So her car crashed!
When the cops arrived at the scene, she was fine inside the car. The police took her out. Of course, she went to jail to pay for her crimes. The crime was news for many weeks. This was in all the papers of the country.
She couldn’t do that because the perfect crime does not exist.
Jennifer Ranfla was born in the United States, but was raised in Peru. She began studying English at the Harlem Library in 2014. She will attend LaGuardia Community College.
The Suite Hotel
By Alex Retroso
In the ’80s in Florida, one of the most famous hotels in the area was called “The Palacio del Mar.”
This hotel had the best lobby I had even seen, and six floors with amazing balconies with views of the beach. It had excellent food and the most interesting Latin disco of all time.
The weekends were wild and crazy because the disco nights got larger and larger, but when you finally got inside, you never forgot that moment.
Alex Reynoso was born in the Dominican Republic. He enjoys politics and history. He is taking English classes at the Harlem Library.
A scary week-end
by Francesco D’Ambrosio
As every morning, George was reading the New York Times in the train going to work. While he was reading he noticed a very nice black haired girl sitting in front of him. He suddenly felt in love with her. He didn’t know how but he decided he wanted to know that girl. He folded the newspaper, put it in his bag, stood up and went to that girl. “Hi, I wouldn’t like to bother you but I’m really impressed by your shining eyes. May I ask you your name?”
She was a little surprised at first but when she crossed her eyes with George’s, she felt butterflies in her stomach. “My Continue reading