Prompt by Joyce Juzwik
Magicians use sleight of hand to confuse and deceive when they perform their tricks. Metaphorically speaking, clever criminals do the same. Some leave false clues and plant evidence to direct suspicion away from themselves. During the investigation of a crime, the curtain may be pulled back many times, but does it reveal the truth or only what the perpetrator wants revealed? Such is the nature of mystery stories. They give, they take, they hide and they reveal. But in the end, are we presented with the solution, or simply another mystery?
This week, we’re giving your story a start. Where it goes from there is up to you. Will you give us the key to that locked room at the top of the stairs? Will you take us on a guided tour of an abandoned house’s secret passageways? Will we be invited to a party where no one is who they appear to be?
Let us tag along with you through all the twists and turns of your riddle within a puzzle.
Prompt: Write a story that begins with one of the following sentences:
- What have I done?
- It was obvious that he had been lying all along.
- When she opened the safe, it was empty.
- They had to find the diary before midnight.
- We couldn’t let anyone know we’d been inside.
Word Count: 1,500 or less
Deadline: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.