First Person Writing Prompt “The Man in Black”

Theme: The Man in Black

A little girl is sitting next to a man in black. “What do you do mister?” She asks him.

Taking off his sunglasses with a faint smile, he says, “I make bad people go away.”

The story must be written in the first person, you may write from any character’s perspective.

The mentioned scene must be somewhere in the story, and you may re-write it to suit your version.

*If you use the words exactly as a story opener the 88 words will not count against your 1200.

Story Requirements:

  • A little girl
  • A man in black
  • Sunglasses

Word Count: 1,200 (*1288)

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