For today’s writing prompt, imagine what happens in a crowded space when the power goes out. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it: Rippling Waves Two Stops Away.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: When the Power Goes Out in Public

For today’s writing prompt, write about what happens when the power goes out unexpectedly in a crowded public place. Before you begin writing, consider whether the scene takes place in a crowded supermarket, library, subway, airport, etc. — as long as it occurs in a crowded public space. Next, determine what your main character or characters do, say, hear, smell, etc. when the power goes out.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Rippling Waves Two Stops Away, by K.E. Creighton

I was on the blue line headed downtown for the afternoon when everything went dark. The doors were about to open when the car slowed at the Jackson station but didn’t. They stayed shut.

We were two stops from the stop I had to get off at when I heard the whir of the power shutting down. It was dead silent for a few beats before a baby in the car started wailing. But the wailing was soon drowned out by the high school kids in the far corner of the car giggling at something they were watching on a smartphone. Then whispered curses could be heard throughout the car.

The air in the car quickly became stagnant and warm and reeked of urine. My thighs started sticking to the plastic seat.

An elderly man sneezed loudly and a woman’s voice was telling someone that she would be a few minutes late.

I could feel the tension in the air of the car growing as the oxygen was sucked up when the car hadn’t moved, and its doors remained shut, for nearly ten minutes. Luckily, however, the clamor of odor and voices was soon interrupted by the rippling waves of a violin that someone started to play.

[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.]

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