Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #35

Writing prompts to kick-start your muse.


I dunno. That might not be so bad.

Who is today’s prompt? Why is he lost? Does he have amnesia? Made terrible decisions throughout his life? Took a wrong turn in a strange new town? Had the woman he deeply loved left him in some heart-rending way?  What does he find on the island? A sobering experience which will help him find his way back home? The girl he once had a crush on? Every unmatched pair of socks? Gilligan?

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.

3 Responses to Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #35

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    There were many things Arnold could not remember:
    * where was he before this?
    * how long was he in the water?
    * WHY had he been in the water?
    * who, if anyone, had been with him?
    * how long he’d been asleep?
    It’s difficult to tell how large an island is until you walk all the way around it. Arnold had seen enough movies to know that nearly every section of beach looks like most others, so he’d have to establish a landmark… or construct one.
    Just because this was his landing zone didn’t mean it was the best spot on the island to settle into (until he could figure out a way to leave the island).
    No landmarks on this stretch — you see a hundred palm trees no matter where you’re standing.
    No mountain peak to aim for… or even a small hill.
    He walked what he estimated to be half a mile clockwise, saw nothing different… and then walked back to his starting point, marked only with a large X he’d carved into the sand with his foot. From there, he trod half a mile counterclockwise.
    Nothing that way either.
    Still intent on establishing a landmark of his LZ before beginning his exploration in earnest, he returned to his starting point.
    Easy enough to locate his large X because it was far enough up the shore from the waves. But now he noticed something was different.
    Now someone had carved a large “O” right next to his “X”.

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    Oh, how fun! Is this a rousing game of tic tac toe? Or something more Twilight Zone-ish? My imagination is running wild! Love it, Jeff.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    could go either way. if the “O” is an evil genius… he’d toy with Arnold.
    But if the “O” is a lovely young lady, also stranded with that mysterious tide, she’d want to meet Arnold and join forces.

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