Writing prompts can help us get our fingers moving over a keyboard when we are fresh out of ideas. Photos often act as writing prompts for me, but I wanted to throw this one out for any of my readers who might want to use it.
Whenever I walk the boardwalk at Moonstone Beach, I can’t help looking to see who, if anyone, is sitting on what I call “Lovers Bench.” I don’t know if anyone else calls it that. It sits here close to and looking out at the ocean. It is partially hidden by a tree. It is a private hideaway, which although visible, seems to be respected. People may peak (or even take a photo from a respectful distance), but few would approach or disturb anyone sitting there. You can usually see a couple sitting on this bench, but I waited until they left before taking this picture because I didn’t want to cause embarrassment.
When we visited Moonstone Bach on another Sunday, the bench was empty and the light was right, so I took this shot of the bench itself, up close. That is how I happened to see all the hearts and initials. I am quite sure this bench would tell many stories if it could talk. I am not good at making up these stories, since I don’t write fiction. I would love to see what any flash fiction writers reading this are able to come up with. Perhaps someone with a good imagination might even use it as a seed idea for a novel. If you can’t see all the initials and hearts, just click to expand the photo.
So I throw out the challenge. Write a story this bench might tell and leave a link to it in the comments. If you are a member of BlogJob, you might leave a note on my wall that says you took my challenge and post your link to it. If you don’t belong to BlogJob yet, why not join today? I am looking forward to reading your stories.
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