Sunday writing chat prompts for 25 Sept 2022

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      The Sunday Brunch Prompted Writing Chat is an opportunity each week to test your skills at writing under pressure — or to have some fun without the need to be brilliant — or both!

      The prompts are intended as both as a challenge and a starting point, open to creative interpretation. You can use these as an excuse to write anything that comes to mind, whether it’s fiction or creative non-fiction or a mixture of both. You can write a separate piece for each prompt, or try to link them all together in a single story.

      If you join in the chat, you can add “an excuse to complain about unfair prompts” to the entertainment, too. But even if you can’t attend the chat session, feel free to give the prompts a try anyway (and leave your responses, comments, or complaints in this thread if you like).

      This week’s prompts are posted below.

      1. Use the following five words: contact, free, circulate, explosion, electron. (10 min)

      2. Use the phrase, “a lot of water.” (10 min)

      3. Write about a lemonade stand. (10 min)

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      The night passed much more smoothly than I had expected.
      Dwayne was the consummate escort for the event. As we circulated, he made sure to introduce me to people I should meet to further facilitate my new role at Garrison Marketing.
      Having said that, his hand rarely lost contact with my back. Each touch was like a mini explosion with shock waves skittering across my skin. Damn his mother for insisting I wear the backless gown from among the ones she’d had brought over from her favourite boutique.
      The exploding electrons or nuclear fission that was happening wherever his fingers touched me made it almost impossible for me to concentrate of the conversations flowing around me. Despite knowing I should, I did nothing to shake myself free.
      Dear God, please don’t let Maggie quiz me on Monday about who I met tonight.
      An hour later, I spied Maggie on the other side of the large ballroom, looking as put together as if she’d gotten ready with me. I suspected she corralled the glam squad to rush through her prep after I left, so she wouldn’t miss the event.
      I couldn’t help but smile, sneaky woman.
      I leaned closer to Dwayne to get his attention without interrupting his conversation with… ah crap, I’ve forgotten his name too. Internally shrugging, I nodded over to his mother when he met my gaze.
      His eyes narrowed when he saw her.
      Within seconds he ended his conversation and guided me to intercept our puppet master. “Mom,” he said as we approached. “I thought you said you couldn’t make it this evening.”
      “Did I?” she faked surprise. “I thought I just said I had two tickets and that you two should come to represent the company.”
      Even I could see the mischievous glint in her eye. “Maggie.” I wagged my finger at her.
      She just laughed. “It’s a lot of water under the bridge, so hard to keep track of it all.” She glanced at where Dwayne hand was still at my back. If possible, her grin grew even wider. “How are you two kids doing? Dwayne, are you making sure she’s meeting everyone?”
      I want to be this woman when I grew up. Honestly, how did she pull off such a stunt and leave us no way to blame her other than it be just a misinterpretation of her words. Maggie was seriously skilled. No wonder she was the head of a major marketing company.
      “Dwayne, darling, why don’t you go to the bar and get us another drink. The champagne they circulate at these things always goes straight to my head, I’d much rather have a rye and ginger.”
      “Rye?” I asked. ‘Seems a rather odd choice for this crowd.”
      “Rule number one when establishing your personal brand. Find subtle ways to stand out. Drink choice, signature shoe style, or anything you can make a consistent thing people can describe about you to be immediately recognizable. It shouldn’t be loud or obnoxious, but it needs to be something you’ll be comfortable maintaining for years.”
      I nodded, “That made sense, it’s what we do for our customers, why shouldn’t we do it for ourselves.”
      “Advise to live by. Always have your personal lemonade stand set up and ready to sell.”

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