As some of you may know, I run a prompt blog in which I post various writing snippets designed to kickstart people’s creativity. Somewhat belatedly, here are ten of my favourites so far.
“It’s adorable how much you want people to think you’re dangerous,” they said. They took a step forward, slow and sauntering, eyes shining in the burnt orange streetlight. “Would you like me to teach you?”
It is a terrible thing to want happiness but not know what to do with peace, because we were raised on war and I learnt to love you fighting. But you love gently, arms laid down, and that is not the version of you I fell in love with.
“Did you just kidnap the crown prince?”
“Would you believe me if I said it was an accident?” he replied weakly.
“How do you accidentally kidnap the most heavily guarded person on the planet?! We need to put him back.”
“Put him back where? We can’t just leave him on the side of the road!”
She lived life like a pulled back fist, but never quite had the courage to punch.
“You looked at me like I was so strong,” she crooned. She clambered to her feet, blood dripping down her skin as she swayed on the spot. “Like I could do anything.”
“Please – don’t – you can’t -”
“How could I ever give that up?”
You are my salvation and my devastation, but I suppose angels were always the ones who first taught humans how to fall.
“You save everyone, that’s your thing, I get it. But who saves you?”
“I’m being serious. You’ve seen me in a fight, I’m rubbish.”
“Maybe, but I don’t need another fighter. Maybe sometimes I just need a little peace.”
I watered myself down because you told me that’s what flowers needed to bloom. Now, I’m drowning and you tell me it’s because I was never strong enough.