Lesson 2 – Story Starters – Optional – Testing the Waters

There was a tornado that hit this small town of Spinesville.  In the aftermath of the storm, two people, a man and a woman, John and Leslie were roaming the wreckage trying to find a place to park themselves before help would arrive.

“Oh, my house was totally destroyed,” exclaimed the woman.

“Mine was too,” replied the man.  “I’m looking for a spot in this countryside to rest and reflect what will happen next.”

“Me too,” said the woman.

Leslie continued to follow John.  They are both single and childless.  The other neighbors  stayed behind staying close to their spouses and children.

They find a private spot by an abandoned demolished home that was also destroyed by the tornado.  They have a seat on top of some of the debris.

“My name is Leslie,” she said.

“My name is John,” replied John.

“Are you married?” asked John.

“No, are you?” asked Leslie.

“No,” replied John.

Leslie looked over John as they both sat there quietly.  She noticed his brown hair and brown eyes.  He was wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans.

John noticed Leslie.  He looked her over.  She had shoulder length dirty blond hair.   She was wearing a fishnet blouse over a tank top and was wearing blue jeans.

“What do you suppose we are going to do?” asked Leslie.

“I don’t know,” said John.  “I lost everything.”

“So did I,” said Leslie.  “What did you do for a living?”

“I was an engineer,” replied John.

“I was a secretary,” replied Leslie.

“That’s nice,” said John.  I had a secretary.  She was cute.”

“Oh?” said Leslie.

“She was hot,” said John.  “She had the legs, blond hair and figure to go with it.”

“Is that so,” said Leslie kind of perplexed.

“Those were the days,” said John.  “Now all is lost.   But I’ll be able to catch up on it all soon.”

“How do you suppose you’ll do that?” asked Leslie.

John put a hand on Leslie’s leg.

“Excuse me,” exclaimed Leslie.  “What are you doing?”

“What do you think I’m doing,” replied John.

“You snake.  I’m not interested.  Leave me alone,” said Leslie.  She then got up to leave.  What gets into some of these men’s minds when they lose everything and I guess they figure they have nothing to lose.  How sad!  And I’m getting out of here away from him.  There is no mercy for the downtrodden.








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I have taken two different fiction short story and novel writing courses with two distance learning schools. There is more to learn is why I've decided to enroll with Creative Writing Now.
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2 Responses to Lesson 2 – Story Starters – Optional – Testing the Waters

  1. Bill says:

    Good use of dialogue.

    Not sure how realistic the story premise is, but I guess a single man is always on the prowl.

    • klevy says:

      Dear Bill:

      Thank you for the comment. And it was not intended to be of any offense to single men or to men in general. Sorry, if the story left that impression. I am just trying to conform to the subjects that we were instructed to write about in this course.

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