Your character’s an extremely talented pickpocket. He learned the skill when he was young and poor. Now he has a good job, a healthy bank account, and a respectable lifestyle, but he thinks it’s a shame to let such remarkable talent go to waste.
Deanna Denny is retired after many years of working in Human Resources. She became interested in writing in 2014 and started her blog with opinion pieces, but has since been exploring different forms of writing. She has taken Writing 101 through WordPress, and Gentle Introduction to Meter through Allpoetry. Deanna will be joining the Story A Day challenge to adventure into short stories. You can follow Deanna’s journey into writing at deannadenny.com.
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36 thoughts on “Sept. 02 – The Pickpocket”
day 2! woohoo! 😀 love that there’s so many comments here these first few days! 😀
Still running a day late. I’m not entirely satisfied with this one, but it is what it is. Now it’s time to lose myself in a maze!
There is my story, I tweaked it a bit, but I hope you all still like it.
This was fun, I think I may just have yet another novella + length story out of this short. Thanks for the ideas!
So this story kind of went off on it’s own and explored areas I was not entirely expecting. http://notwhereilive.ca/2015/09/02/story-a-day-september-day-2/
Oh NO, he threw it in the wastebasket! He must retrieve it because I want to know more.
Excellent prompt, Deanna. I wrote two stories (well, they’re only a hundred words each), but they are not online yet. I’ll post the links tomorrow, I hope…
Here they are:
I wrote this afternoon to get ahead of the game, since it looks like the new day’s prompts are available here (ahead of the emails) before my usually writing hour. Day two! https://fynralyl.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/story-a-day-challenge-day-2-silence-pickpocket/ Still feeling rusty, but my husband told me he liked this one best of what I’ve written recently, so making progress!
I am glad you did not like the prompt and you were rebellious. That rebellion brought forth a story you should be very proud of. Congratulations on another day of writing.
Congratulations on writing today! I am curious what it was that he took out of her purse. Tell me more.
I love what my silly little brain came up with. This is definitely one that I will be visiting again. https://untitledunfinished.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/stada-september-2015-the-pickpocket/
You must come back to this. Who is Lily and how did she manage to get the note in his wallet? Keep writing.
Oh, I have *every* intention of coming back to this! I’ve run through two different plotlines and all of a sudden other characters appeared! 🙂
My pickpocket is a she. Had fun with this one!
I love what you did with the prompt. I like George!
I loved this! Unexpected at the end.
Wow, what an excellent prompt. I’m not able to use it today, but i’ve filed it for use further down the road.
This prompt struck me as unusual. Writing about a pickpocket? Sounds like a good time to write something funny. And I think I pulled it off just enough. You can read the story here: https://storiesbystolle.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/day-2-avenging-sleights. The password is 2.
Well done Chris, an interesting take on the prompt. It kept me engaged all the way through.
Thanks, Malcolm. I never know what I’m doing until I get going. And even then, it can still be a mystery. 🙂
Congratulations for writing today Chris. I love the use of the phrase “returning the universe to competitive balance.” Your story is well written and I could see your niece handing over the good candy to her father.
I’m sure I didn’t exactly come up with that phrase, but I felt it fit whatever I was trying to do. I sometimes rely too much on a real event to get me going with what I write. But that’s sometimes a good thing.
Well I wrote one but I struggled. I might write another going in a completely different direction but for now:
Yes! Great story. I hope Greg and the boy work together and we get to read further adventures.
Thank you! I do have a few ideas to play around with.
Here’s mine! http://jahangiri.us/2013/thief-of-dreams-storyaday/
A different sort of “pickpocket,” and not a “he” – but I think there’s a bit of a tie-in, there, anyway.
Kellen, a lucid dreamer and pickpocket, how imaginative. I enjoyed reading your story. Thanks.
Thanks, Deanna! I’m glad.
One short story done for yesterday’s prompt and a good start on another for today
I’m using it to continue my story from yesterday…it fits right in! 🙂
Isn’t it crazy how, once you commit to creating something every day, you start to see connections and possibilities everywhere? That’s one of my favourite things!
I just started a story with a character like this a while ago. This is an excellent opportunity for me to send her off on a little side quest to keep her skills in!
Don’t you love side quests.