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Chance Encounter for #StaD May; Day Ten

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

Story A Day May 10 prompt,  is from Sarah Cain,  the author of the Danny Ryan political thrillers, The 8th Circle and One By One.

The Prompt:

The chance encounter. Have you ever run into someone you know when you look grubby? Or maybe you see an old boyfriend at Starbucks. Or perhaps, as in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous Stranger’s On a Train, you run into a stranger who offers to do you a service, like murder, in return for you returning the favor. Think of a chance encounter that could leave you shaken, stirred, or in deep trouble.

Main Project Premise:

  • Ophelia recounts the story of her parents’ first meeting.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • While attempting to settle an agitated Marilyn, Ophelia “makes up” a love story – but it’s actually a very thinly veiled account of their father’s first meeting with her mother – a sweet and touching tale of a tiny social tragedy and what it sparked. She doesn’t tell her sister that this is the story of her own conception.

My Favorite Bit of Rainbow Sprinkles:

He calls her ‘The Pot of Gold at the End of The Rainbow Sprinkles.”

Side Project Premise:

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

  • Trip wanders off into bittersweet dreams of a chance encounter with a Vulcan Surprise Package.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Trip’s finally getting some sleep, now that Lizzie got him good and drunk. And who’s waiting for him in Dreamland? Why, his beautiful, cowled Vulcan Surprise Package, of course – sitting there at the table in the corner like Vulcans visited jazz clubs every Tuesday night!

Word List:

Prompt Word Donors kitndavj:

  • Mist

  • Man Cave

  • Role play

  • Stitching

  • Parchment

  • Muster (like rounding up animals)

  • Gooey Cream Filled Eclair

  • Corona

  • Pleasure Knot

  • Overproof Rum

  • Thought Diary

  • Illustrated

  • Oriental Lily

  • tortuous

  • Flaming

  • Seared

Favorite Bit from An Oriental Lily”:

Trip wanted a man cave to hide in, but all he’s got is Jon’s couch. But Lizzie had gotten him good and drunk on overproof rum and Corona. “Dream of that gooey cream filled eclair you’re pretending you’re not mooning over.”

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my page! 

And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy and Story A Day May, click the links and learn away!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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