Footprints in the sand creative prompt

aFa Footprints Short Story Challenge Accepted!

Recently, Frank at A Frank Angle challenged bloggers to write a short story based on the image above. It had to be 150 words or less, be posted after his entry goes live on July 10th, and bear the title “Footprints in the Sand.”

Challenge accepted! Here is Frank’s creative entry and below is my submission. I’m happy to have had the photo prompt and Frank’s encouragement. Here is where my imagination led me:

Footprints in the Sand

It was all that Magnus had left. Amy’s footprints in the sand. No more coconut aroma as she rushed up to hug him. No more circling his arms around her waist and pulling her in for a kiss. He moaned at the mental image of her soft lips coated with strawberry gloss brushing against his own.

Kneeling down, he put his hands gently over the marks left by the soles of her red runners. Amy’s words “on my own” and “growth” repeated in his head and he wondered how long he would hear the breaking of her voice as she said, “harder on me than you.”

As he drove his fist into the sand, he noticed a hint of blue to the side. Her woven bracelet. He grabbed it with a new vigor. He could drive to her house in 20 minutes. He could almost taste the strawberries again.

 

©2017 Christy Birmingham

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The badge for Completing the aFa Short Story Challenge. Woohoo! Image via A Frank Angle.

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75 thoughts on “aFa Footprints Short Story Challenge Accepted!

    1. aFrankAngle

      Pamela,
      I approved the comment, so it’s showing now – but I haven’t read it because I’m working myself down the page. …. but I’ll get there. Thanks for joining in the fun …. and a friend of Christy’s is a friend of mine.

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Thank YOU Frank for inspiring this write. I’m glad you enjoyed it as I liked yours too. We both surprise readers at the end – part of the fun, right?! I like that Pamela came to play too 🙂

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        1. shehannemoore

          Yes… I well do. ( know what it don’t matter, like if he gets a slap that way next bit. That is a kind of hook. Cos we re still waiting to see what happens. So long as you give a reader hope I reckon I it’s ok re whatever wringer you put your characters through. x

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  1. Mahesh Nair

    You depict romance and longing beautifully in the beginning. There’s no way I don’t want to know what happens next. He doesn’t want to swim in the sea of guilt anymore, is desperate for that rare outlet (or woven bracelet).

    What really satisfied me was the motif of strawberry. You used it commendably well.

    An emotional roller coaster!

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Mahesh, how great to see you! It’s been too long. I am glad you picked up on the strawberries and felt the rawness of emotion as that means I conveyed them successfully. I’m hoping to extend the story and include it in my next book, which will be a collection of short stories 🙂

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  2. Resa

    Love it! You’ve written a very sensitive and exciting story, in very few words. I just submitted mine. I was hesitant, but I overcame the jitters of answering my first writing challenge. ♡♡

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    1. Christy B Post author

      So sweet Amy how you caught up on all my posts and left me supportive comments. I value your friendship! If you want to guest post on either blog, please let me know 🙂

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        1. dgkaye

          Thanks girlie. Unfortunately, we’ve barely had a full sunny day without rain this summer yet. Last night it was jacket time. I think summer has forgotten us 😦 Wishing you a lovely weekend. ❤

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        2. Christy B Post author

          Ohhh I hope you get more sunshine soon. Actually I wish I could trade your weather for ours as we have wildfires over in another area of BC right now (they could use the water!). Hugs and enjoy the days ahead, no matter the weather 🙂

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        3. dgkaye

          Arg, nobody is ever just right, I know about the fires. I guess our weather is like Goldilocks and the 3 bears, finding the right temperature. 🙂 xx

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  3. Sageleaf

    Oh, I love this!! It sounds like the start to a fabulous novel!! And so good to be back…for now. Nearly a month of travels complete (and limited internet). Hope you’ve been well, sweet friend! Love your words here – love the mystery and all the thoughts my mind conjured up as I read. What happened to her? Was it a date? Was it something else? Could he get to her in 20 minutes? All these questions mean that there is some good, good reading here. 🙂

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Ohhh I ended up writing a lot more for this one, Cyndi, and I’ll put the completed story into my short story collection (book 3, when it releases). Thanks for appreciating the read! Have missed you 🙂 Welcome back for a bit and nice of you to visit xx

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