Okay, I admit the above is 662 words. I FAILED. It’s well over the word limit, and I couldn’t even finish the story.
It occurs to me that the purpose of a writing prompt is to light a fire under you to WRITE! So I should be able to continue on with the story – offline, I guess.
Brian, if you read these posts, could you possibly extend the word limit to 1,000? It’s just impossible to fit anything but the shortest short-short story into 500 words. A dialog, a scene or character description, yes, but not a story.