Here is a story my Comp. 100 class and I composed using the exquisite corpse writing prompt our last night of class. Starting with the letter “A,” each new sentence must begin with the next letter in the alphabet. There must also be an attempt at cohesion in the story. All together, we composed four stories. This was voted as best. (Remember, these are middle school aged ESL students.) I’ve copied it verbatim here:
Again and again the children asked their mother to push them on the swings. But their mother, her belly holding yet another child, shook her head, her face white. Children started to find out where their father had gone. Dad was in restaurant with his secret girlfriend. Every other day, he met this secret girlfriend for lunch at this favorite restaurant.
“Father!” the children cried in unison when they saw him – one with a shocked face. Girlfriend also stared at the children and asked father “Is they are your kids? Why are they calling you father?”
“Ha ha ha,” they are not my kids, they are kids who live in my town.”
“I am your son! I am your first son,” the boy cried, his tears streaking his cheeks and rushed home.
John, the first son, went home and surprised by strange man sit closely with mom.
“Kelly, I really think you should tell your husband we’re dating. I mean, look at OUR baby!”
“Listen to me, we can’t let anyone know about our love-child NOW!” Mom whispered and John the son hide behind the sofa, was so shocked that he cried
“NO, it can’t be – Mom and dad BOTH can’t both be having an affair! “Oh my god, what did you mean that both me an your father having affair?” Mom shouted.
“Please tell me it isn’t so!” she wailed. “Quickly, hide Luke!” she said to her boyfriend when she saw her husband coming.
“Really, I can’t believe this situation! I heard all things! How can you have affair” said father.
Suddenly the ground began to shake and rumble.
To be continued…
We ran out of time before we ran out of alphabet. But we didn’t run out of fun!