An Exquisite Prompt inspired by Exquisite Corpse author Lemony Snicket and Isabella C.
Isabella C. from Wilmette, Illinois, met the Exquisite Prompt challenge inspired by Lemony Snicket. She wrote a cliffhanger — a story that leaves the reader in suspense about what will happen next — about a character that is having a particularly nice day and is walking to the park to meet a friend when something goes horribly wrong. Since it is a cliff-hanger, Isabella really left us wondering what happens to her characters. Read Isabella's story and pick up where she left off. We're ready for the main part of the story and an ending. It can be a funny, silly or scary conclusion but it is up to you to save Isabella's characters from danger!
Walking to the Park on a Sunny Day
by Isabella C., Wilmette, IL
One fine day when the birds were chirping and the flowers were blooming, I decided to go the park. I was walking and I was close to the playground when something stopped my eye. Then I saw a footprint, and another, and another. It had a big palm with eleven sharp claws. It glowed bright red like lava. It was very strange indeed. The footprints looked scary. I didn't touch it.
I walked on. Suddenly I saw a path. It was very dried up. It looked a little eerie. There was a sign blocking the path. It was gray with a big note saying, "Don't enter this path, please DON'T". So weird. It had a bid read "X" on it. But there was something that caught my eyes. It was a locket that dangled from the sign. It was gold with Roman numbers on it. It looked ancient. I wondered who it belonged to. It said "Watch out or else" on it. It was going "tick, tick, tick". I didn't go down the path. I felt that something bad was bound to happen if I went down the path.
I heard a noise. It was a noise that fit with a squirrel, a yell, and a bird all together. I went left. It grew fainter. I went right. It grew stronger. What could this be I asked myself. Then I remembered I was supposed to meet Ava at the park. I waited and waited and waited. Finally, Ava came. She was looking happy, grinning and her cheeks were bright pink. But I saw something on her neck. It was the same locket that was on the danger sign. I wanted to ask her where she got it, but the words wouldn't come out. This was so strange. I was usually a very talkative person. "Come on," she said and took my arm. "Let's play on the tire swing. You push first."
I didn't know what to do. Should I play with Ava or not? What would happen to me? Would I ever see anyone again…
St. Petersburg, FL
I want to have fun, I just don't know what will happen to me, but Ava is my friend and I don't want to let her down. So I played with her. We went on the tire swing, I pushed Ava first and she pushed me next. We were having fun the whole time when suddenly I remembered about the locket. I asked where she got it from, she replied "My Mom and Dad bought it from the Antique store as my good luck charm". I was curious and wanted to look closer. I asked Ava if she can open it which she did. Suddenly a cold wind carried me to same eerie dried path I saw earlier. Ava was no where to be found, I'm beginning to get nervous. "Maybe if I'll follow the path, I might find her along the way. I have no choice" I told myself. As I was walking, I heard a faint noise which got louder and louder as I went forward, could this be the same noise I heard earlier or is it Ava? I called out loud, "are you there Ava?" I did not get any response.
Things became more eerie, winds started to blow colder. I kept on walking when I saw footprints. "It's strange? could these be the same footprints I saw earlier?. I must be imagining things I thought. I went farther down the path when way ahead; I saw a figure coming closer towards me. As it came nearer, I started to recognize. It was Ava, running, panting and catching her breath. "Ava", I cried. "What's wrong?" Ava shouted, "run!" long way behind Ava was a big, furry, brown animal. It was a big angry bear, growling and running after her. So, it was the bear's footprints that I saw. We run as fast as we could but the bear came closer and closer and caught up with us. As the bear started to grab us with his big paws, I suddenly heard a loud voice that said "time for breakfast". It was my mom's; I opened my eyes and realized it was only a dream, a bad dream that was. So, I jumped out of bed, went to the dining room and enjoyed my breakfast that day.
I decided to ask Ava where she got the locket. She didn't answer; she just gave me an odd look and told me would you please excuse me?" She was gone for a while. I was worried. Then suddenly Ava came out and did not look like my friend at all. She had razor sharp teeth, claw-like nails and big red glowing eyes. She looked at me and started chasing me. I had no clue where to go and wasn't paying any attention to where I was headed. I bolted down the path. You know the one that said "Do Not Enter"! Well unfortunately Ava got bigger and bigger! AAHH! HELP! How was I supposed to know she would get bigger and bigger? Well as I said I ran down "the path" I got lost!
There were hundreds of trees and flowers at the end of "the path" but why would the sign say "Do Not Enter"? Well as I went on exploring and looking at the sights I forgot that Ava the monster was chasing me. I started to enjoy my surroundings, when out of the blue, she grabbed my arm. She took me to her hiding place. When we arrived at her hiding place, it looked very eerie inside. When I saw her dinner menu it said Finger fries and eyeball soup. The drink menu said "Shirley Temple". I KNEW A SHIRLEY ONCE! WAIT A MINUTE! THERE SHE IS NOW COOKING ON THE GRILL! AAHH! HELP! Then Ava gave me a BONK! On the head and I fainted. I woke up of the sound of the crackling wood and the smell of gingerbread. I could hear people downstairs in my living room and my mom saying Grace come open your presents! Huh? What in the world is going on? I opened my first present and guess what I got A GOLDEN LOCKET. Will this ever end?
I decided to play with Ava. Just why was she wearing that locket? That was my only question.
The next day I decided to explore. I ignored the sign. I walked in a little, and then I decided to turn right. Inside there was a throne. And on that throne sat Ava, wearing the locket.
I didn't know what to do. I decided to go towards the throne. It sort of pulled me towards the throne. And it pulled me through the throne. Did it mean Ava was a ghost?
It was pulling me through this tunnel when it stopped! I was falling through everything! Was I a ghost? 3 questions that I just had to answer