Riveting Writing Prompts #1: An RPG Pawn Star

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Ever have the itch to write a story but not sure what about?

Yeah, I get that all the time.

Welcome, friends. Today, I thought I would start something new for The Aniwriter. Most of the time when I do anything writing related, it’s for poetry, but I also love writing longer form stuff, which is why I have decided to share my love of short stories by doing some writing prompts from around the web. I’ll try to do at least one of these a month, maybe more depending on how inspired I am. Either way, without further ado, here is the first prompt I’ll be writing about:

You run an RPG pawn shop. You haggle with adventurers who try and sell you their loot.

From: r/WritingPrompts on Reddit

by: theboddha


The sun shone spottily through the elegantly patterned window on the side of a small building in near the middle of a small town. Inside the small home, a man was beginning to wake from his sleep, moaning and groaning as he attempted to stretch under his covers. Not realizing he was much closer to the edge of the bed than when he went to sleep, the man fell from his taller than average bed. He was no longer sleepy.

After getting from his fall from the bed while comforting his back with a rub from his left hand, his gaze fell upon a framed sitting on the shelf near his bed. The shadow created by the light from the window left most of the picture hard to see. “grandfather,” the man murmured to himself. “I know you left me this shop for a reason, but what was it?”

The man suddenly lost himself in a distant memory. He was a young boy, sitting down on a chair while his grandfather showed him some rare artifacts he had bought from travelers passing through town. “Listen to me Mason: When I die, I want you to take over this shop for me. Can you do it?” “Yessir,” the boy shouted back gleefully, after which he giggled, and laughed merrily alongside his grandfather.

After returning back to the present, Mason went downstairs to get ready. The time on the clock near the staircase read 6:30. “Shit, looks like I slept in a little bit too much!” Mason quickly began his morning routine, including dusting around the shop, taking out the trash, and feeding his dog Ramsey, who usually sleeps outside. Having finished his morning duties, Mason then went to check the time again. The clock read 6:58. “Well, time to start another great day.” His forced smile didn’t even convince himself, but he still tried to be positive. Mason went to change the sign on the shop’s door from closed to open, then went back inside and sat at the front desk.

As the clock turned 7:30, the shop sat barren, with only Ramsey sleeping behind the counter. While looking at his sleeping friend, Mason began to drift again. This time, he was in the backyard of the shop, sitting together with his grandfather and enjoying a meal.

“Grandpa, why did you decide to open up a shop for adventurers?”

“Well, you see Mason, ever since I was a boy your age I had always had a fascination with rare objects. Whether they be shining jewels or brilliant, flashing swords, I wanted to collect them. So, when I saw the opportunity to collect those cool things, I took it.”

“But, didn’t you want to go on adventures too, grandpa?”

“Sure, a little bit. I think everyone secretly wants to go out and see the world. But, I’ll tell ya this kiddo: You don’t need a quest to find your own adventure…”

The sound of a small bell and the familiar creak of the front door woke Mason back up. Two men, both in uniform entered and quickly walked towards Mason. “Excuse me, sir, we are looking for an older man. He is wanted for crimes against the kingdom of Argonith. Have you seen him?” The man asking the question then held up a photograph of what at first appeared to be an unfamiliar face, but as Mason further examined the picture, he came to an unsettling realization.

“Grandfather?!”


What do you guys think of my first attempt? Should I do more? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support the Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

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