I got a writing prompt app on my phone today that truthfully I’ll probably only use once or twice, but it was an impulse buy and it could lead to more fun, or possible give me that kick in the ass when I need to get a move on writing anything.
The first part of the prompt already coincided with an upcoming scene, so with 3 minutes between each new instruction, I rolled with it. 🙂
Start writing a
story scene that..
Has a character who receives a mysterious message
Luke sat at the dining table feeling rather triumphant. The shooting lesson had gone as best it could (she was really a terrible shot), and now there was stew before her. It was getting a bit warm for stew, but cook had made it upon her request, and she was happy.
A footman appeared at the table then, bowing to her and handing her a folded card before excusing himself. Ever watchful, Aiden looked on curiously, but Wentworth was, as usual, engrossed in the evening’s news.
Surprised that any sort of note had come for her, Luke wiggled her shoulders and flipped it open.
You are sadly mistaken, my darling.
Taken aback, she set the card down.
Include this sentence: “She was so forgetful that…”
“What does it say?”
Wentworth lowered his paper then, glancing at the furrowed brow of Aiden and the slightly ashen face of the girl directly across from him.
“Is something the matter, Miss Avery?”
“Who sent this?”
Aiden began to rise to grab the missive from her, but Luke was faster. Her panic, however, set her mind at a distinct unease. She was so forgetful, that she failed to push her chair out before she rose, and her crinolines resisted the movement, shoving her back into her seat, her bare elbow smashing against the gilded wood of the arm.
Include a dialogue that begins with: “I’ll tell you the secret”
Hissing in pain, she clutched her elbow as Aiden reached forth and snatched up the note. He read it and his mouth turned down.
“What does it say?” Wentworth asked, pushing his newspaper aside and resting his own elbows on the tabletop.
Aiden turned it over in his hands and cleared his throat, announcing, “You are sadly mistaken, my darling.”
Luke nibbled on her lip, and the blonde banged his fist against the table. “What the devil does that mean?”
“I’ll tell you the secret of the Infection if you could tell me that,” Aiden snapped in return, tossing the paper into his wineglass and watching the liquid soak itself hungrily into the paper.
Add this word: boots
“Well I, for one, am not about to stand around waiting,” Luke declared, remembering to push back her chair, and lifting herself safely out of it, “Let’s get to the bottom of this prank.”
“It isn’t a prank.”
Both Luke and Wentworth turned their eyes to Aiden in question and he sighed, looking over at his partner. “Fly, you and I both know this. We’ve all received them now.”
Shoving a hand on her hip, Luke stomped her foot, wincing slightly. These boots were new and not yet broken in. “You’ve been keeping things from me?”
Add this word: island
Aiden shrugged. “We keep many things from you.”
“Well I think I ought to know if we’re all getting nasty letters at the dinner table!”
“It’s far better if you don’t,” he told her, doing his best to keep his irritation at bay. She opened her mouth to protest again, but he leveled his gaze, “Consider it your own blissful island of ignorance.”
She cocked her head, but didn’t break eye contact and he groaned inwardly. There’d be no stopping her now.
“I’m not very ignorant of it now then, am I? Nearly getting eaten up by cannibals in the library, no less.”
He rubbed his forehead, sighing. “Yes well, I suppose we hadn’t considered there’d be a connection until now.”