I seem to be up for challenges lately. So I plunged in when Suzanne at Tales of Extraordinary Ordinariness asked her readers to write a short story using the opening line "It all started with a fortune cookie" and the closer "The roses bloomed in Orkney."
First, I considered a humorous story of a guy shanghaied and ending up pressing shirts in a steamy laundry, then a cookie factory where he pens personal messages. But I went for a relationship-driven story instead. There are so many amazing stories that have been submitted, you really can enjoy yourself by dropping in for a visit. The entries prove that if you give a bunch of writers the same prompt, you will get vastly different stories. The human brain is a magnificent thing.
If you read this post Sunday, there is still time to enter and possibly win Suzanne's great prize.