Your Story #82: Vote Now!

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 10.14.17 AMWrite the opening sentence (one sentence only, 25 words or fewer) to a story based on the  photo on the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Vote now to help choose our winner for Your Story 82!

Read the finalists below, then vote for the one you like best by sharing your vote in the comments or emailing the name of your favorite story to with “Your Story 82 Vote” in the subject line.

A. With a soft click, Eddy knew his victim’s futures and pasts, loves and hates, their favorite shops and how they’d die, all from a picture.

B. “Same image on their retinae at the moment of death explaines why all the victims had frozen smiles and eyes wide open,” the detective said.

C. Myron’s camera bomb was set to go off in fifteen seconds and he was powerless to stop it.

D. As retirement, I decided to stop shooting people between the eyes and focus on shooting as a beautiful, harmless career.

E. He silently turned the lens bringing the couple into focus as they surreptitiously slipped out of the building into the soft glow of the streetlight.

F. He would not learn until almost a decade later what he’d captured on his Nikon, in Paris, during the summer of his 65th year.

G. He mastered the camera as a social crutch, clutching it like a ticket to life’s party, hiding his face behind its enormous black lens.

H. The forbidden box in Grandpa’s Dallas home, opened only after his funeral,
contained just one roll of undeveloped film and a note: “11-22-63”.

I. My Dad continued snapping photos well after the dementia set in, and his last roll of film contained the only clues to his abrupt disappearance.

J. The date stamped on the photo was years after the old man had passed.

K. He could have saved himself by turning to run, but instead stayed and took the photo that saved thousands of others.

L. While he thought he was snapping his money shot, Frank didn’t realize that the real action was right behind him.


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6 thoughts on “Your Story #82: Vote Now!

  1. mrmr1234

    The choice is hard this month but I feel I have to vote for “A” because it is unique among the entries in that the sentence is both forward and backward looking while at the same time taking place in the present. This is the type of sentence that a writer can use in developing a page turning story. I say well done to this writer and best of luck to all contestants.

  2. AJ Stewart

    Mine (which was snubbed):

    In his dotage, President Truman’s photo skills proved invaluable to intelligence gathering, but questions lingered about the propriety of it, and yes, his real motives.