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EXERCISESPosted by Alicia B. 07 May, 2009 10:21PM

Task:

· Choose an opening sentence from a book (unknown when choosing).

· Choose an ending sentence from a book (unknown when choosing).

· Write a short story in thirty minutes using these two sentences as the beginning and ending.

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice, down by the frozen lake.”

“don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

A really short story :D

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice, down by the frozen lake, situated not far from his house. The large, isolated house was layered with dense snow, smothering the old wooden logs that screamed their untold stories of days gone by. The air was crisp and refreshing as it whipped past his face.
His six year old self was walking, hand in hand, with his father, two piercing blue eyes stared back at the child giving him a sense of security and protection. Then they reached the lake that was covered in a thick blanket of ice. Snow began to fall landing in his thick brown hair. A shiver ran down his spine as warmth began to escape his body, and leave nothing but coldness travelling through his body.
In that moment he snapped back to the present, back to his predicament. Suddenly, as a tear for his beloved father began to fall, the words his father once told him, before he died, entered his mind 'don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody'.


Posted by Martin Oakshaft 08 May, 2009 03:29PM

im always impressed and amazed at these excersises... its a great short story, even without knowing that you tied in the first and last sentences.

way to go :)