Exquisite Corpse: The Prompt

During a recent Jersey City Writers session, the attendees collaborated on an ‘Exquisite Corpse’ prompt. Exquisite Corpse is a writing challenge where one person begins a story, then passes it down through a chain of writers to continue the narrative.  The group had only two guidelines:  1) you can write up to 2 lines/sentences and 2) you have to keep the story going (i.e., all the characters can’t die).

Our group enjoyed it so much we have decided to keep it going.  Below is the story’s start.  Please add your thoughts–let’s see where this story goes!

Write on!


It was a dark and stormy night, Tom was having a hard time keeping the car on the road.  Ed wove back and forth on his inline skates–the rope taunt behind Tom’s mom’s Hyundai.  Ed yelped with joy as Tom tried to keep the steering wheel from coming off completely.

The roads were slick with ice and at every turn the vehicle would skirt the edge of the cliff side.  Then Tom saw a mountain lion ahead, and he jerked the wheel to the right.  He threaded through the trees, and Ed was yanked sideways.  His skates had been caught a crack in the road, and he tumbled to within a few feet of the beast.

Fear froze Ed.  His instinct was to just ‘play dead.’  The beast ran to him.  Ed could feel the lion’s warm breath over his face.  Ed swore he heard the lion murmur something, which was impossible because it was a lion afterall.  He gazed into the monster’s eyes, and as the lion came closer and sniffed, Ed swore he heard the lion say again, “Human.”

With a yawn the lion’s jaw opened revealing a few bones lodged in his teeth.  Tom luckily carried on his person at all times a bottle of spice hot Sriracha and shook a few drops into the lion’s massive maw….

One Response to Exquisite Corpse: The Prompt

  1. Jim March 7, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    The lion licked his chops. Flares of lightening illuminated his pristine white teeth. The lion said, “Mmmmm…. I like my food spicy.”