Constraints are excellent for sparking new ideas. One of my favorite characters, Darren Gilbert, was created because of a random NYC Midnight prompt. I needed to write a fantasy at a shoe store and feature a pancake. So, when my patrons selected horror as one of my monthly genres over on Patreon, I selected another prompt and created a character with a passion for wiping out creatures that go bump in the night. Despite not giving this character a name in his initial work of Flash Fiction, I was intrigued by his character that I focused on him in a piece of Micro Fiction.
When I selected the prompt for my Action/Adventure, it didn’t take long to connect the action of evading the police with this unnamed character. Beyond keeping him one step in front of the cops, I wanted to highlight some benefits of his war against the supernatural. But before revealing that perk, I needed to come up with an interesting situation for my protagonist to survive. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for me to blend those two into the crux of this mini-escapade.
Come, sit down and allow me to give you a mini-escape and kindle your imagination.
Solomon slammed the door shut and held his ear against the cold metal.
Solomon’s hands flew up while the rest of his extremities froze. “I’m armed but this isn’t what you’re thinking.”
A barrel bore into Solomon’s cheek as hot air blew across his neck. “Strangers barging into our home don’t have the best odds of survival.”
Slowly, Solomon interlaced his fingers and rested them against his head. “I am trying to hide until the police abandon their search.” Solomon’s eyes focused on the barrel as he licked his lips and banged his head against the door. “If you remove your pistol, I’ll leave, and we can pretend I was never here.”
Another barrel dug into Solomon’s back as the warm breaths intensified. “Do you think we’re fools?”
As the pistol vanished from view, a finger flicked Solomon’s forehead. “Why are the police looking for you?”
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