Daily Prompts, Writing

Creative Writing Challenge: The 2AM Photo

From : DP get involved guys!

It’s 2AM and your phone has just buzzed you awake, filling the room in white-blue LED light. You have a message. It’s a photo. No words, no explanation. Just a photo. Tell us all about it. And what happens next


The blue lights filled the room and Jack awoke instantly with the immense fear that someone was coming to get him. He couldn’t breathe and the only thing he could hear was the rapid pounding of his heart.

2AM? He never gets texts, he hasn’t got any friends and his family are entirely against technology, despite buying both his parents Blackberrys, and his little sister an iPhone. He opened his BBM. DadHe relaxed, despite the unexpected contact.


It was a picture.

It was a picture of his mother and his little sister Emily, they were sitting on the  sofa in their family home, opening presents. He couldn’t figure out why they would be opening presents at 2AM.

Dad, great picture. What are you doing up so late?

His dad was typing, but before Jack had time to contemplate the response, a second picture had come through. As he opened it, he felt his heart begin to race again. He noticed that the second picture was almost exactly the same, but opened it anyway.

Jack froze. His phone hit the floor, the back cover flew off in an odd direction and he faintly heard the screen crack over the beating of his heart.

He would never need to look at the picture again to remember it. It was permanently embedded in his memory. Something he knew instantly would haunt him for the rest of his life.

His family living room was smeared with red. Blood? It was everywhere. On the sofa his mother lay over his sister as if she was trying to protect her. Who could have done this? His parents had been married for 35 years, they loved each other.

He opened the draw to the bedside table and pulled out the revolver he had kept with him for the last few months. It was loaded and as he bought it up to his temple, finger slowly pushing more on the trigger.. He had nothing to live for any more, but Jack failed to notice his beaten up Blackberry flashing once again.


Son, just joking – we’re all fine, just very bored tonight. Mum, Dad, Emily xx

Daily Prompts

Daily Prompts

You wake up tomorrow morning to find all your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and $10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.

The next week? No work for me then, at all.
Firstly, I would open a bottle of wine, lie down on the sofa and … breathe.

I’d enjoy my afternoon and evening doing nothing and follow that up by definitely having a blissful sleep. I would wake up bright and early tomorrow morning, drive down to the bank and deposit all of that money.
£1,500 to pay off my overdraft, £5,000 to my parents..

That leaves me a little to play with.
With the week off, I would clean this flat top to bottom, every corner of it.
I’d re-arrange my room, make sure it was spotless.

Without a doubt I’d spend £100 or so in Tesco/Sainsburys on some decent food, and cook something new and different every night.. You see the trouble is at the moment is I can’t afford to buy all these different ingredients for cakes and dinners that I’m dying to try.. and Lidl isn’t exactly star quality..

I deserve a break!  Which means booking a last minute holiday to somewhere sunny, just for remaining 4 days of my week off.. It wouldn’t cost much at this time of the year. I would do nothing but sit on a deckchair, read a few of my University books, sip ice cold drinks and dip in and out of a clear-blue pool.

I’d make sure my best friend had a wonderful birthday present for next week.

I’d treat my cousin to something nice, after all, he has bought me countless concert tickets, driven me there and back, sends me the best birthday and Christmas cards and I never do enough to show how much I truly appreciate it all.

Last but not least, I would buy my boyfriend these gaming headphones he’s been dying to get his hands on for months. Silly, in my opinion, but half of the things I want a pretty silly too. If there’s any spare, it would be put aside for his birthday at the end of the month.

Is this a boring way to spend my money? Is it sensible? I don’t see much of it going on myself to be honest, but that’s not my style when it comes to money. Share, share & share some more.