Riveting Writing Prompts #5: If Only I had Read The Paper This Morning

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All of my prompts for this series so far have come from Reddit, so this time I thought I would switch it up. This time, I have a prompts from a blog called daily-prompts, which has a lot of cool and interesting ones, so I would highly recommend checking them out. Here is the prompt I’ll be using today:

I was going to read the news today, but I didn’t get a paper. Can you tell me what happened?

Definitely an exciting one. Now, without further ado, my story.

I remember waking up this morning with a massive headache. My head was throbbing and it was hard even to take my head off the pillow. Eventually, I managed to sit upright and take a sip of water from the glass on my nightstand. It felt good to concentrate on the smooth, effortless flow of liquid down my throat. The morning sunshine that came in from the windows made it even better.

The pounding lessened soon after, and it became possible for me to stand up and walk downstairs. I made it to the front door expecting that when I opened it a fresh edition of The Wall Street Journal would be sitting on my doorstep. However, as the door turned and I looked with anticipation, the paper was noticeably absent from my view. Even taking a few more steps outside didn’t place it in my view. I looked at my phone, wondering if I had forgotten what day it was, but my phone only confirmed what I had already thought, that it was Tuesday, my one day off this week.

It was also 11:45 that morning, meaning I had done some serious sleeping in. As I walked from the door to the kitchen, A cold chill ran down my spine. The ghost of something important that I had forgotten suddenly haunted me, and I couldn’t recall it for the life of me. I chose to ignore it at the time, but I would soon come to regret that decision.

I spent the day as I normally would on my days off: Writing short stories and poems while eating an amount of food that I knew I would regret the next day. When my phone showed 6:45, I realized it was time for dinner. Of course, since it was my day off, It was time to get some fast food. I quickly got into my car and headed toward the nearest shopping center.

As I approached the closest Wendy’s, something felt off. There was almost nobody there. In Fact, the entire area was all but abandoned. Suddenly, it hit me like a bolt of lighting. A singular sign struck fear into my heart, a sign which read “Time to Purge.” The sign was held by a singular man who wore a menacing mask. As the time reached 7, a notification came up on my phone which read “This is an official notification for the start of the purge. For 12 hours, all crime is legal. Enjoy the Purge.” As I looked up from my phone I suddenly saw hundreds of people who wore similar masks. Before I could even think, they started pulling out guns and shooting at my car. It was no longer time to think. All I could do was respond with survival instincts. But, before I could turn away completely, the shot out my tires. They quickly ripped off the doors of the car and pulled me out, and when I tried to fight back, one of them put a cloth over my face.

Suddenly, I’m awake. I feel barely conscious. My arms and legs seemed to be restrained with rope. The more I try to move the more it hurts. I looked up, but all I saw were those same menacing masks. If I only I had the paper this morning.

Definitely did not expect this to be a Purge Fanfiction but that is how it turned out. What did you guys think though? 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!



  1. “Riveting” is the correct spelling. You might want to fix that. I’m not sure what a rivot might be. Perhaps some kind of Russian canape? Or a hubcap for a 6 wheeled all-terrain drive truck?

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