story prompt: Beanie Babies

This is one of my favorite prompts of all times. It’s worth revisiting.

Beanie Kangaroo Baby
Beanie Kangaroo Baby

At the border between United States and Canada, an irate father slugged a customs officer who was trying to pry excess Beanie Babies from his daughter.

The Economist 12/5/98

Is this the beginning of the story, or the end?

Is this guy a divorced father trying to win his daughter’s approval? Is his name George, Newman, Claude, Muhammed?

Is the customs officer an old girlfriend?

Is the kid manipulating her father or is she a pawn? Is her name Tiffany, Harriet, Meg, Susie?

Writing Prompt: Anxiety

You are in a foreign city, and you don’t speak the language. For two weeks you’ve been traveling with someone you love, but who has irritated you to distraction on this last day of the trip. You agree to spend the afternoon apart, and will meet back at the hotel at five. In case of a natural or political disaster, you agree on places to meet if you can’t get back to the hotel: the cafe where you had breakfast, the main post office, or as a last resort, the American Embassy.

You are now standing outside the American Embassy.