Tonight while at the bookstore grand re-opening, I picked up the December issue of The Writer. After returning home, I curled up on the couch ready to spend the rest of the evening reading.
In each issue there are writing prompts scattered through the pages. Immediately after I read the prompt on page 5, I put the magazine down and got out pen and paper.
The prompt from the magazine:
“The woman smoothed down the knots in her hair, not noticing the ragged rip in her skirt or the dark stain on her blouse.”
This is what I wrote from that…
The woman smoothed down the knots in her hair, not noticing the ragged rip in her skirt or the dark stain on her blouse. It had been a night of passion unlike any she had ever known or would likely ever know again, for today was her wedding day and the man who lay in the bed still asleep was not the man to whom she would be wed in less than 8 hours.
Quietly she walked barefoot to where she’d kicked off her shoes and dropped her clutch the night before. The clasp of the purse clicked open softly. She withdrew several large bills and laid them on the nightstand before leaving.
He would hate her when he woke and found her gone… found the money. But he wouldn’t hate her or the money enough not to use it to get back home.
Perhaps to the woman whose name he’d mumbled in his sleep. Perhaps not. But now the choice would be his.
And then after I finished, I thought it might be fun to see if anyone wanted to play along and add to what I’ve written. If so, set a timer for 5 minutes. Then in the comment section begin to type. At the end of 5 minutes, if you wish you can take a few seconds to finish the last sentence you’ve written.