Yesterday’s writing prompt was about creating a space, even if it was only imaginary. Today’s writing prompt is about demolishing a space, even if it’s only metaphorical. Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt and my completed version of it.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Demolition Day
Today, write about a character who is sad while witnessing something being demolished. That “something” can be a physical thing, like a building, or something that may not be physical, like a relationship or a family legacy.
Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt
Demolition Day, by K.E. Creighton
Walking through the building one last time was bittersweet. Although it was technically barren now, it still held so many palpable memories. And she navigated the space with the small crowd like it was all still there, like everything was as it had always been.
It was on the thinly padded cushions lining the large bay window that she had learned to read and write. And where volunteers had read dozens and dozens of fairytales to her and a small group of children every Friday for years, as they sat on the multi-colored checkered carpet. It was in between the rows of history books that she had been kissed for the first time when she was supposed to be doing her French homework. And in the back corner of the reading room in the frayed lime green armchair where she had cried softly after the first time she had been dumped. All of the desks and bookshelves had been removed but she could still sense them there, and all the space they had taken up. Especially the desk she sat at for days and weeks while applying to colleges and universities. The desk where she learned that she had been accepted to her top-choice university at the same time her best friend was also accepted.
In a way, it was fitting that her childhood space was being demolished the weekend before her adulthood would officially begin. She left for college, two states away, tomorrow. And as she looked on as the first round of dynamite was detonated, she hoped the new library that would be erected here would be a space for a new generation to grow and learn, too.