Summary: I always believed that music was my one true love. Little did I know, I’d find a much greater love along the way – one that would make my world spin off its axis. One I might never be able to erase from my heart.
This story was a true challenge for me to complete. But I definitely enjoyed the journey, even though at times it was quite a bumpy ride. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Brittney for hosting the challenge, and to Rebekah for reading my huge crazy mess of a story before it was submitted.
Suitcases & Songs was largely influenced by “Dying Day” by the amazing Brandi Carlile. As always, this story is a work of pure fiction, as are these characters. While some of them are named after people who exist in real life, please don’t be misled – I don’t know Hanson or any of their affiliates, nor have I ever claimed or pretended to.
Behind the Challenge:
The event that gets the story rolling: The story starts when your protagonist goes to a movie
A secondary conflict: Another character is being haunted
One setting: a coffee shop
Theme: Love – plot involves the Protagonist overcoming the obstacles to love that keeps them from consummating (engaging in) true love
One challenge: buying a fish
One random plot point/twist: A character gets sick or injured at an important time
One cardinal character trait: Selfish
One character weakness: always convinced they are right
Character’s most prized possession: a pair of chucks signed by Leonard Nimoy
One every day character problem: always late
One character fear: fear of birds
One character quirk: bites his/her lip a lot
One character problem: Your character has an ex with such a profound impact on them that they won’t acknowledge or admit them
One non-Hanson song: Michael Franti – Say Hey
Dialogue: Character 1: At what time today did you decide to become such an asshole?
Character 2: About 11:52