Today’s writing prompt has the potential to take you in a myriad of different directions. Will it take you in a more whimsical, pensive, or frightening direction? Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Out at Sea
Today write about two or more people who are out at sea together. But before you begin writing, consider: Why are they out at sea? Where are they going? Are they lost? You might also want to consider including dialogue in what you write today.
Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt
Out at Sea, by K.E. Creighton
As the boat gently rocks back and forth, I weigh my options. But there aren’t many options to weigh because we’re surrounded by nothing but water and heat. There isn’t a soul or creature in sight, nothing brown or green.
At first, I had thought his idea to sail around the islands for our honeymoon incredibly romantic. Just the two of us. Alone in fresh matrimonial bliss. But now the sun is oppressive and the sea, a prison. And I’m praying to the sky because I don’t want to die.
He’s below deck preparing our drinks. And I can’t help but feel like prey. That I’m next to sink. So, while I wait for him to reemerge, I try to plot my escape from him, my newlywed.
Who is this stranger, monster, lurking below? Who told me point-blank that he had killed someone less than a week ago. For me, he said. But it had been quick and quiet, so I shouldn’t worry now. It was that coworker who was getting too close. Who was becoming a danger to me, to us, he said. And he’d do it all over again if he had to. To keep me. Keep us.
But there is no us when he was a mirage all along. I don’t feel shielded from the storm ahead. And never will again. Because all I can wonder at this moment is if he’s lacing my drink with poison. Or if I’m about to drown in the middle of the sea. There is no evading the fact now that it is either him or me.
[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]
Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt
My writing for this prompt took a more sinister turn today. But I did consider writing the more romantic version of this writing prompt, as well, in which the couple is enjoying a peaceful honeymoon together out at sea. Maybe I’ll write that version some other time?
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