What if?: Exercise Two: First and Last.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Exercise Two: First and Last.

This is an easy one. Below is what we accumulated as potential first and/or last lines of a story. If anyone has other ideas please continue to submit them as a reply to this post. There are no hard and fast rules; if the line reads like a last line, use it that way and vice versa. Word count should be no more than 500 words. Let's say, next Thursday for your results. (I will actually attempt to post something this time, instead of being lame and not finishing mine. LOL)

Bonus if you use two; one at the beginning and one at the end. :)

(Hooligan, I will sure to get to giving your post a read through and make comments.)

1. Woke up in a strange room again and it took me a while to remember it wasn't mine.

2. The tapping on the window grew louder, then stopped altogether.

3. It started out like any other day. The dreary dirt of the cobblestone caked to his shoes and the black coal colored coat hung over his thin and bony shoulders. He had his pick in hand and was racing to the lorry, wouldn't do to be late yet again.

4. Matilde closed her eyes. Yes, it was an end.

5. "See you later," she said, but what I heard was the damning finality of "goodbye".

6. "Damn.", he said, and died.

7. "Mary knew she should have worn underwear that day."

8. "What a moment to realize your parents really weren't your parents."

9. "He could not help but stare. She seemed perfect, absolutely perfect, sipping on her iced tea in the neighborhood café. Her hair, a tuft of which was expertly tucked behind her right ear, was perfect. Everything about her looked like an Italian painter had created her image for that moment, including the early evening light, highlighting her beauty.

10. "He looked at his watch. 6:30. With disgust, he exhaled audibly. He had missed the train."

11. As "Skinny" Kenny McAdams hauled his corpulent body to the top the stairs, the pain raced through his left arm like a shot of boiling heroin. Stumbling forward, he barely made it inside his apartment before he fell over and died. It was only when the paramedics rolled his corpse over that the true tragedy was revealed: Underneath lay the lifeless body of Vienna, the lovable star of the SouperPup dog food commercials.

6 Comments:

Blogger Lisa said...

Should we leave a comment with the number of the line(s) we're planning to use, so there aren't duplicate posts for each one, or should we just jump in and who cares if several people choose the same one?

9:27 AM  
Blogger Giovanna said...

I thought about that, I think it's a free for all. All the more fun if people choose the same and we see the different way a line gets used.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

Yeah! Free for all. I love alternative stories.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Awesome. :)

I'm already working on mine...
(of course, that means I'll still turn it in late, but ssshshhh...)

1:03 PM  
Blogger hooligan said...

Count me in. I'll somehow figure out a way to write between finals!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Pater said...

I guess it would be too easy to do something like:

"Damn.", he said, and died. Mary knew she should have worn underwear that day.

10:13 AM  

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