I like happy endings. I get teased about this a lot because I will cheat and check the ending of a book before reading it. Some of you out there are probably groaning and saying to your computer screen, “What’s the fun in that?”
I will occasionally read a book with a not so happy ending, especially if the story is compelling, but it’s not my favorite form of entertainment. I prefer to read the last paragraph of a book with a big smile on my face.
In some ways, the same is true of my photographs. I don’t usually take distressing photographs. I appreciate others who do. For example, Dorothea Lange is one of my favorite photographers. I imagine it wasn’t easy to find too many happy photos in the depression.
That’s why the photograph above interests me. I’m not sure why I took it. Looking at it, you wouldn’t think a happy ending is possible. There are way too many feathers on the ground for this to be the case.
Your challenge today is to write a happy ending for this picture. You can use any form of writing, but the limit is 50 words. Remember, you are only writing the ENDING.
To keep it simple, INCLUDE and respond to this line, “Although the picture appears to have an unhappy ending, here’s what really happened. …” This line will NOT be included in the word count. If you’re writing poetry, just add this line and continue with your poem.
BTW I realize you could just write “the story had a happy ending,” but what’s the fun in that? The idea of this challenge is to be creative and use your imagination:~)
Here’s my take on it:
Although the picture appears to have an unhappy ending, here’s what really happened…
Elfrida shed the gray feathers. They’d served their purpose. Until today, no elf from Ulthuan had used feathers to fly. She’d flow over Naggarond, home of the dangerous Dark Elves, without detection! Thanks to her, High Elves could now use feathers to escape the deadly raids by the Dark Elves.
You will have a full week to do this. Even if I put up my usual Thursday post, you are still welcome to add entries to this post. I give extra stars for those who make me laugh while reading their entry:~)
In next week’s Story Photo post, I will include links to the sites of all who dare to take on this “Happy Ending Challenge.” NOTE: You only get credit if you stay within the word count AND include the opening line, which is not included in the 50 words you have to write your happy ending.
Have fun, be creative and enjoy playing with words!