Going to try something new today - a literary version of the random CD prompt, if you will. The random book prompt!
We all have books lying around. Go grab one. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, all the better. Read the very first line of the book and stop there. Now go use that opening line as your own.
Poetry is welcome, as always, but I think it'll be more fun to stick to prose - up to each of you though, obviously. I've chosen my book but I haven't looked at the first line yet - I'm thinking I'll just go a few paragraphs, but we'll see how it goes.
AFC Word Count: 26,087
AFC Word Target: 24,000
I haven't read this book yet - hopefully the first line isn't so good that I end up being dragged into the story before I have the time to read it!
From: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him.
"Good," he would say softly to himself before retracting his hand and returning it to the relative warmth of the threadbare blanket he had cocooned himself in.
He knows that he would hear them coming, that their clumsy and heavy footsteps would rouse him from sleep before they could take the child, but it was still a comfort to find him there beside him. If one night he were to reach out and touch only air he did not know what he would do.
Lose his mind, most likely.
But he did not dare to think such thoughts. Instead he would take solace in the child still being there and return to the long wait for morning.