Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #385

This is a writing prompt. Bet you can’t do it! Take the 10 random words below and crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story! And remember: after (if) you finish entering your submission into the comment field, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.) NOTE: Our bolding plugin is gone, so you’ll have to put <b> and </b> around each of your words if you want them to stand out, but NOT REQUIRED THOUGH.

  1. Halo
  2. Troubled
  3. Living
  4. Subterranean
  5. Stockpile
  6. Edgy
  7. Wrestle
  8. Seeping
  9. Gift
  10. Appointment

NOTE: Don’t copy and paste from MS Word. Use a program like notepad that removes formatting or just type in the comment field itself. Also, finish your submission, THEN bold the words. Thanks. (And don’t forget to tweet this and share it with your friends.)

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11 Comments on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #385”

  1. Tanja Cilia says:

    Water from Above was seeping into his subterranean abode, threatening to spoil the stockpile of foodstuffs he planned to sell later, on the purple market, or gift to Her and Him in the equivalent of greasing their palms. It was a troubled age they were living in. People were antsy and edgy, because they had to wrestle with wars as well as sickness and poverty. With his index finger, he hooked his halo off the hook on the cavern wall; he realised that covering his cache with tarpaulin had made him late for his appointment.

  2. Anklebuster says:

    Every (day), Devon had to wrestle with the “gift” of Transtemporaneous Teleportation. On the plus side, he never missed an appointment and was forever free of the need to stockpile rations, supplies and entertainment material. On the minus side, the forced minimalist lifestyle left him mentally edgy. He woke up in different environments when he least expected it.

    Human beings craved order and predictability. Transtelling all over the place (and time) meant living without social attachments. Devon had total control of his jumps during the waking (hours), but he knew it was selfish to continually pop into and out of other peoples’ lives—especially when he was away for an extended (period).

    Just last (week), he’d returned from (2702), filled with knowledge he had no business acquiring. That world was a teeming hive of subterranean dystopia, populated with sightless mole people, ruled by ruthless pachyderms. He had to make his way, Hunger Games-style, to a safe haven from which he could return to his preferred (point in time).

    Sarah picked up on his pensive, troubled mood—obviously unaware that he’d spent a (decade) in a world where elephants were more numerous than roaches. She nagged and pried until he couldn’t take any more. In a violent outburst, Devon ranted about (time-travel), underground dead-zone traps and eating water bugs for protein. He ended with a wild tale about a scientist who launched the Anti-perspirant Apocalypse with an aerosol can of n-prolixus.

    Of course, Sarah looked at him as if he were crazy which, by any measure, he surely was! As she warily eyed the sweat seeping into his undershirt, she got a sense of (déjà vu). She told him to leave.

    The breakup was nasty. Devon cursed himself for snatching Sarah’s halo of blissful ignorance. He’d described hellish scenes that only Dante could love. And then he did something unforgivable: he showed her a fire-damaged diary from (2017). It was charred, covered in blood but still legible.

    It was hers.

  3. A diminished halo glow masked a troubled soul.Living had become a luxury rising above the subterranean stockpile of emotions. Marion felt edgy as she tried to wrestle with the idea of another night sleeping next to him. God’s gift only in his eyes as their life had become an appointment of no return.

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