Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 6

It’s heartening to see the creativity and stories you spin from just one random sentence.

Last week’s prompt couldn’t have been easy. It was as random as can be and yet, some of the most interesting stories came out of it. Even the additional challenge doesn’t seem to anything more than an interesting angle for you to work on.

Ankita’s story gave me goose bumps and Mandi’s story was a fictional take but seemed so personal and real.

My personal favourite was the one written by Sonali. It was emotional and heart-touching. I also liked Sandra’s story a lot. It was different and vivid.

The best part was all stories were so good that all had an equal number of likes. There wasn’t any one story with maximum likes.

To read them all, head to the comments section of the previous week’s challenge.

Over to this week’s prompt –

The old man stared at the droopy white lilies.

Challenge Rules –

  • Please complete the story in a maximum of 3 sentences (the first line is the prompt, so you have the freedom to write either 1 or 2 lines more.)
  • Stories need to be shared in the comments section of that prompt’s post so that everybody can read them at one place.
  • If you feel inspired to write a longer story, please feel free to write it on your own blog with a ping-back to the respective prompt.
  • If a comment or story written by another blogger inspires you to write one of your own, please remember to thank them.
  • Creativity rules. The story could be told in a rhyming poem, free verse or prose. It could be funny, dark, thought-provoking or even a true incident retold creatively.
  • The Challenge will run from Tuesday to Sunday.
  • Most creative stories shall get a special mention in next week’s challenge.
  • The main purpose of this challenge is to have fun and learn. Those who are able to mentor and help others grow in their writing; you are encouraged to do so. All constructive feedback should be communicated in a kind and helpful manner AND received in a welcoming manner.
  • Please do read other stories and visit their blogs or give them feedback here. Each one of us is here to showcase our writing to others. Give first what you want in return.
  • If you are interested in participating in the challenge, please follow the blog to receive the prompts via email.

Prompt 6 Rules –

  • (You’re already following this rule, far better than I can imagine.) As before,  remember to go off the beaten track. Think out-of-the-box.
  • The flowers have to trigger off memories of something – could be the memory of one single incident or a person.  It could be reminiscent of an idea or an object even.

This prompt is open till Sunday , April 17th, 2016. Please remember to submit your stories in the comments before then.

My story is (Should I even be attempting this? 😀 You seem to beat me hollow) –

The old man stared at the droopy white lilies.
They brought back vivid memories of a romance from a bygone era. He had no inclination to replace them, now that his wife of 60 years was no more.

Go on, write your own story with the above prompt.
Look forward to being blown away with your stories, yet again!

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  • mandibelle16
    Posted at 01:24h, 12 April Reply

    Hey Wandering Soul. I’m going to do a ping back for my story again this week. Just wanted you to know last week’s story wasn’t personal at all. It was completely fictional other then having to look up a few terms for what WWII groups of soldiers were called. I’m glad you found it inspiring and that it seemed real. Jerry wasn’t a good guy but I sympathize with him being frightened of dying in a bloody war. Thanks 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 07:14h, 12 April Reply

      Oh, shall make the edit. It seemed so real and believable. Well Done! Look forward to reading your story.

      • mandibelle16
        Posted at 14:12h, 12 April Reply

        Thanks. It’s no worries. Glad you liked the story 🙂

  • suzannebowditch
    Posted at 04:29h, 12 April Reply

    The old man stared at the droopy white lilies. Once more, their elegance seduced him, their perfume thrilled him, and their pure white petals reminded him of her. Such a long time ago; the little French village, a lost love, flared by war. A time when men were loyal, passionate, patriotic and stoic.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 06:59h, 13 April Reply

      Sigh. They just don’t make them men like that anymore. Beautiful story! 🙂

      • suzannebowditch
        Posted at 08:40h, 13 April Reply

        Thank you. Love this challenge – its a great way to get the creative ideas flowing 🙂

  • sassandsauce
    Posted at 09:19h, 12 April Reply

    The old man stared at the droopy white lilies
    He waved his wand once and turned them into chillies
    And then pickled them in brine for lunch at Billy’s !

  • Lisa Pomerantz
    Posted at 09:59h, 12 April Reply

    The old man stared at the droopy white lillies. He couldn’t fathom how his tears alone could not maintain their sweet, gentle lives. But his tears have let him down once prior, with another sweet and gentle soul.

  • MindandLifeMatters
    Posted at 12:00h, 12 April Reply

    The old man stared at the droopy white lilies, he hated them! What was it about them that made his blood boil, he knew not? Well, this just meant that now it was time to pick his latest victim!

  • May J
    Posted at 16:44h, 12 April Reply

    The old man stared at the droopy white lilies, its innocence radiates from its sweet scent. It reminded him of his once young little girl, she has grown into a beautiful lady, and got picked by the best man – or so he thought. She came running back with tears in her eyes, he hits me, is what she said and he’ll never forget the first time he raised his fists to fight another man.

  • Sonali Mukherjee
    Posted at 18:06h, 12 April Reply

    Thank you so much😊

    Here’s mine for this week

    The old man stared at the droopy white lilies and then back at his granddaughter with tears in his eyes.
    “You just looked sad so I thought these would cheer you up”, the 5 year old explained seriously.
    Forty years ago, a girl in a white dress had said the same as he sat on a park bench one afternoon.
    As the little girl went back out to play, he chuckled to himself as he stuck the flowers in a vase beside a photo of his late wife.
    Some genes skip a generation, they say.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 06:57h, 13 April Reply

      Loved this version better than mine. I was not able to get the right message across. And you managed beautifully. This one is sad at all. 😀 Well Done!

  • Kay Mitchell
    Posted at 04:17h, 13 April Reply

    The old man stared at the droopy white lilies. He contemplated his wife’s life as he realized they were the last flowers she planted. It suddenly brought him back to a happier, more peaceful time and then he put the bottle down.

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