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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Writing Prompt: The Chain Story: Bring on the Rain

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

This week’s prompt is a chain story! I’ll give you the first line, and someone else comments and builds off that line. Next commenter will build off that line, and so on.

In the event of two commenters posting at the same time and sending the story in different directions, just pick the line you like best, or try to incorporate both if can.

The rain fell on a city that had seen better days.

Let the fun begin.


  1. But no amount would wash away the sins of its past.

  2. Sins of omission are sometimes the worst kind, and the citizens knew this.

  3. No one mentioned what happened the day of Ellie Galloway's 30th birthday or what her brother did afterwards, but they thought about it often.

  4. Nothing ever happened in their sleepy little town, especially nothing like the heinous crime Jacob Galloway committed.

  5. Jacob tried to raise the dead. But when that didn't work, he dug up some graves and brought the corpses to Ellie's birthday party.

  6. The party forgotten, Ellie only cared about Jacob and the reason he dug up the corpses of their dead parents.

  7. Everyone told Ellie that Jacob was never right in the head. He acted in ways that made others question not only his motive, but his sanity. Ellie tried to ignore them, but Jacob's latest action had crossed the line.


  8. Ellie had Jacob admitted to the local psychiatric hospital a few days later. Examinations were conducted and Jacob was diagnosed with schizophrenia...

    The following month, Jacob was found dead in his room. Reports claimed that his wrists were slit from a razor that had been stolen from one of the guards. It was ruled a suicide.

    At least, that was the official story...

  9. It was discovered that one of the graves Jacob dug up was the Grandfather of Dr. Spillage Brewhauser, the head of the psychiatric hospital.