- Going forward, every prompt will stick to the same word count: 150 +/- 10.
- Each photo prompt will also be accompanied by a new mandatory element that must be included in the story.
This week's mandatory element is laughter, in a story based on this prompt:
Grant couldn’t make it stop, and he should have been used to it, but the twittering was still distracting. Focus.
Deliberately, he drew stale air into his lungs. Focus.
There was work to be done. Jittering fingers rifled through papers, seeking the next piece in this puzzle of history stacked before him. He had to make sense of it.
Ink-stained fingers opened the leather-bound journal filled with his notes, and still the hushed giggling persisted.
Just look. At this picture, see? What do you see?
A black-and-white photo drifted to the top of the pile, coaxed by the dance of his fingers. A man, a boy, a boat. Out on the water, in raggedy clothes. He jotted the details down, for posterity.
The melodic tittering continued.
Look, Grant. Focus on what you see.
His fingers stilled on the fishermen’s faces.
What do you see, Grant?
For a heartbeat, the laughter stopped.
Death, the voice inside him answered.