The fine folk at The Angry Hourglass, a hot bed of talented flash writers, always set an intriguing prompt. Yet this week had me completely stumped, a porcelain lucky cat sat in a restaurant. For hours I tried to imagine what the cat was about, what story would unfold … Yet nothing, no hint of a tale, a character, a situation.
To compound things my twitter feed kept updating to the entries being submitted by writers far more talented than this humble scribe. I turned off the computer and walked away.
It seemed the best thing to do.
An hour before the deadline I was helping one of the jnrs with their homework, in particular how to use a line-jump technique to add numbers (they are only just beginning their own academic journey). The linearity, the jumping forward and backward, the sense of one thing led to another.
I apologised profusely, rebooted the Mac and started typing …
A piece I entitled Cause and Effect.
and it came first ….
hope you enjoy it
(image courtesy of Ashwin Rao)