New story just for you! Prompt was 'Man-child wonders why father didn't like him' given by CS.
Confession: I had to remember the prompt bc I wrote it on a little scrap of paper and may have washed it along with my jeans. I am 94% certain I have the prompt correct!
Special thanks to my good friend, AM, for being my first reader!
This is for KC who 1) begged me to put a new story on the website and 2) threatened me to add her to the Mac/Ferrymen Inc universe.
Her prompt was 'imagine meeting your ex in the middle of the woods while they are at the edge of a cliff'. (Not apologizing for the direction this took, KC, bc, like most unknown woodland paths, we don't always know where they will take us)
If this feels like an unfinished snippet, I won't take offense. The M/FI world is growing more and more complex and many of the shorts I'm writing for it are simply introductions to characters and ideas. When/If I choose to bring all of this together, these small stories will be immensely helpful to avoid too much world-building.
After chatting with @DreamOfFire today, she joked I could 'write a cool concept out of "paper bag" and "toothpick" like some sort of writer McGyver'.
I don't know about cool, but here is that story for your reading pleasure!
Before you all go running to J to ask him what happened between us, please know this is a FICTIONAL PIECE asked for by another writer friend of mine. She was having trouble getting the emotional part of broken relationship right and asked me to write a 'slightly poetic last chance before the breakup letter' based on what I knew of her main character. Below is what I gave her.
I have new stuff for you, just not today. I was working furiously this weekend on the Secret Short Story Society Feb and March issues and just ran out of time. Instead, I present an oldie back when I was in an impromptu writing group and was given random prompts.
My lofty dreams of being a famous & brilliant writer were literally smacked out of my head. Now I plan to fill the void with copious amounts of subpar writing!