I used a word game for last night’s writers meeting and it resulted in this piece. The idea is to pick three cards, two with letters on and one with a picture. Using the picture as the theme, you have to use as many words beginning with the two letters as possible in your poem or short story. It certainly stretches the brain, that’s for sure.
Last night the theme was Intrigue and the letters A & I. Obviously, having a 10 minute deadline makes this exercise more difficult and you can’t count the same word twice.
Why don’t you try?
Alfred needed to alienate himself from Irene. Her constant nagging irritated him and his thoughts always turned to violence.
“Why is it all dark in here you ignorant man?”
Alfred clinched his fists around the chair’s arm. Stay quiet let her go, don’t engage.
“I’m off to bed, lock up properly.” Her angry footsteps thudded up the stairs.
If I have to wait all night, I will. The clock ticked. The hours felt interminable but eventually her snores rumbled. Picking up the alligator case, he unlatched the door and ran. Freedom was his. No more nagging, no more bruises, mo more hurt.
His eyes opened as a hand shook his arm.
“Are you okay, Sir?”
The policeman’s concern allayed Alfred’s fear that it was her, Irene finding him and taking him back.
“Yes, I’m alright, thanks officer. Just waiting for a late bus to take me to Idaho.”