I was meeting friends for lunch when one friend, Wendy, a nurse, rushed to the table explaining she was late because of a peculiar incident in the parking lot. A man in his thirties was reclining in the driver’s side of a car seemingly asleep. What drew her attention to him was that his door was open and his foot stretched onto the pavement. Just his foot.
Was he sleeping before his shift? On a lunch break? Drunk? Drugged? Or worse?
Writing prompts are a excellent way to practice the what if scenario, and they present themselves all the time.
If it weren’t for his wayward foot, Wendy wouldn’t have peeked at him to be sure he was alive. He was there when we all left, perhaps waiting for his girlfriend to finish shopping, but that scenario wasn’t nearly as interesting as what we came up with at lunch.