Here’s my second set of The Writing Prompt Rorschach Challengeresults. I’ll post my musings on the two sets of answers this weekend. Enjoy!
Monday: I wrote this in the evening, during some downtime in a relatively easy shift.
Prompt: You arrive at work to find that something is missing and has been replaced with something else.
Being a test pilot is about the best job I could hope for, really. Not that it’s an easy job to get. It isn’t. And it’s not that it isn’t dangerous either. It is. It’s just that, really, I can’t think of a more exciting sentence to say to yourself: “I’m a test pilot.”
So, imagine my surprise when I went to work, opened my locker to take out my flight suit, and found a fairy costume made out of pink netting, sequins, glitter, and pink spandex tights.
I do not think I will be flying today.
Tuesday: I did this one in the morning again, after breakfast, drinking coffee. I was in a pretty good mood.
Prompt: During your morning coffee, you open the newspaper and read something shocking about someone you know.
The old man who lived next door was almost 90. He lived quietly and never asked for anything. When someone asked if he was all right living on his own, he replied that he could take care of himself. When someone asked if he had a family that might stop in and check on him, he simply changed the subject. I used to stop in and check on him. As the years went on, I used to go grocery shopping for him. He was almost 90 when he went into the hospital. We were sad when he did not come home, but not surprised.
No one knows who provided the information for the obituary. But, as I read the paper I smiled as I learned that before he’d retired almost thirty years ago, he’d been at the top of his profession.
That profession was as one of the world’s foremost spies.
Wednesday: I was up pretty late when I wrote this, but my spirits were pretty high.
Prompt: You go swimming and while you’re at the pool, you meet someone from very far away, who is in need of your help.
When I was a child, I used to love to swim to the bottom of the pool. It made me feel like I was exploring something, the depth was exciting. It felt dangerous, even though I knew that I was safe. Even as adult sometimes I go to touch the bottom while I’m swimming.
One day, in late summer, I was swimming in the deep section, and swam down to touch the bottom. It was more a repetition of a habit than something I consciously decided to do.
As I was reaching out to touch the rough concrete, a scream bubbled up from me. A head reached out to touch mine. Kicking wildly, I broke the surface panting and gasping for air.
Next to me bobbed a small head, a beautiful face, and long matted green hair.
“I need help. Please.”
I didn’t know where the mermaid had come from, but I was happy to drive her to the beach.
Thursday: Morning again. I was kind of tired though, and was stiff from sleeping in a bad position.
Prompt: Prompt: Write about the best possible way to meet the love of your life.
“Oh please, the Harry Potter books are full of plot holes!”
“I agree, but the writing and characters still carry it. I appreciate Tolkien, but frankly I always found it inaccessible. I might even agree that Tolkien is better, but ultimately Rowling just reads better.”
“How can you say that?”
“How can you say that you actually enjoy slogging through Tolkien’s chapter-long passages about history and battles and dates? It’s so long winded!”
“If we agreed, I would be so bored right now.”
Friday: I was in a really good mood Friday. I had a good lunch and watched a good movie. I wrote this mid-afternoon.
Prompt: It’s the end of a long work day. All you want to do is relax, but something keeps preventing it.
Friday, the week was over and time to unwind. I was in a good mood, had no obligations, and was ready get everything together. All I wanted to do was make some popcorn and enjoy a movie and enjoy the afternoon. After a long week, I felt like just being lazy.
I sat down on the couch and realized that I wanted something eat while I watched the movie, so I went into the kitchen to make some food. Microwaves are a great invention. Once I had some warm food, I sat back down. “It would be so nice to put on some pajamas, since I don’t have anywhere to go today.” But, I could not find them. They were dirty. So, time to do laundry. Well, they’ll be better nice and warm from the dryer.
As I sat down to watch TV, I realized there was dust on the screen.
Relaxing can be hard work sometimes.