Who doesn’t like a good story centered around a heist of ancient artifacts? Today’s writing prompt about seized museum loot is based on something that happened in real life. Apparently, the Met Museum in New York looted ancient artifacts, according to charges brought against them in September of this year. Keep reading to see today’s writing prompt and my completed version of it.

Artifacts on display in a museum
Created by K.E. Creighton in Canva

Today’s Writing Prompt: Seized Museum Loot

Today, write about seized museum loot from the perspective of a character who works at the museum or who works closely with museum staff.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

The Stolen Vase, by K.E. Creighton

Herman had just stood there, staring at the podium behind the glass, dumbstruck. Five minutes prior, there had been a blue and white vase with a mosaic on it. Supposedly the vase had been created when Jesus walked the earth. At least, that’s what they had told him at his orientation the day before. And then, the podium was just… empty. The vase was gone. Without any warning. No alarms had gone off. No lights had flashed. No glass had shattered. He hadn’t even heard footsteps or a door open and close in the distance. For a while, he couldn’t move and didn’t know what to do. He just stood there.

They hadn’t provided him with a firearm, and he was no detective, so he had called the authorities –who didn’t show up for hours– for help. When they came, they seemed to shake their heads, like they were saying to Herman, “You only had one job to do.”

He was fired after that night, his first night on duty. And now he’s reading about the heist in his news feed. Apparently, it was a team of three who had taken the vase. They had hit three other museums that same week. Eventually, they were caught. And when asked about the heists and their stolen loot, they said they had done it for the thrill and nothing more, and that they weren’t even sure of what they took or its value. Just a group of rich kids who could have probably bought the vase outright if they had wanted, but they were bored that week, they said, according to the article he was reading.

Herman put his phone down and went back to eating his bowl of ramen before he left for his third interview this week.

[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.]

If you complete this writing prompt, share your draft by tagging #DailyDraftsAndDialogues and @kecreighton on Medium, WordPress, or Facebook.