Sunday, September 09, 2018

Writing Prompt: The Chain Story: A Lousy Invention?

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 you can.

Whoever invented chocolate-covered coffee beans was either a genius or a madman.

Let the fun begin.


  1. Definitely a genius. In fact, I know who it was. Mr. Wald invented chocolate covered coffee beans. Mr. Wald owns that whole-in-the-wall dry cleaning place. Um, I can’t remember the name. The one on first and Pike, right next to Starbucks.

  2. Coffee and chocolate in one - bliss indeed! I wonder if Starbucks sells Mr. Wald's chocolate covered coffee beans or if they sell another brand.

  3. Chocolate-covered coffee beans was a good money-making and delicious invention, and although teasing to our taste buds, not too good for our health if you happen to be a diabetic or need to watch the amount of caffeine you consume. However, the inventor was a genius knowing most people don't care about this when indulging themselves on these scrumptious chocolate covered coffee beans. Ruth Maltese

  4. And it all went well for several weeks. Folks gobbled up Mr. Wald’s scrumptious little beans, everyone smiled, praising the taste and texture. But, then, one, then two townspeople were admitted to the local ER, where they died, their only connection was their propensity for the beans.

  5. The Seattle Police Department put their top detective on the case, Sergeant Diane Turner. Officer Turner arrived at first and Pike. But wait, before she visited Mr. Wald’s dry cleaners she surly had time for a latte. She pulled her car into Starbuck’s drive thru and ordered a Venti. The drink came with a chocolate covered bean atop the plastic lid. Officer Turner grasped the greasily, glistening bean between her index finger and thumb with dainty precision. It slipped from her fingers and rolled down her freshly dry cleaned uniform.