Everyone has a sentimental object (or many) that they’d hate to lose. From a child’s favorite stuffed animal to a soldier’s photograph of their lover, sentimental objects provide comfort and positive memories that often soothe a person. But what if the object is fairly unconventional? What if the anti-gun advocate still owns his great-great-(great?)grandfather’s civil war rifle, which he hides in the basement from his dinner guests? Or what if an anti-feminist had a Riot grrrl poster hanging on her bedroom wall? That is this week’s challenge. Are you up to it?
Challenge: The Cherished Object
Word count: 4,000 words or less
Genre: flash fiction, poem, short story, essay, song, a scene from a film script or play, etc.
Due date: next Friday*
Prompt: Write about an unconventional object that your character cherishes. Explain why the character loves this object through flashbacks or more subtle methods. Show us how this object impacts the character’s life.
*If you want to share your writing with us, link your work to A Vase of Wildflowers on your blog and make sure to place the link to your story in the comments of this post.
The previous challenge: THE RAVEN