SCENARIO: Inside one of those big warehouse stores, at one of the food sample tables . . . .
What if . . . the old woman elbowing people out of the way knows this is her only chance to really eat today? What if she gives the little food she has at home to her sick husband? What if he doesn't know how dire their circumstances are?
What if . . . a fistfight breaks out between two women over the last sample on the tray? What if the women know each other and they're really fighting about something else, like one had an affair with the other's husband? What if their kids witness the fight?
What if . . . the middle-aged man handing out samples has a deadly virus that will ultimately cause the apocalypse? What if he doesn't know he has it? What if he does, and spreads it on purpose?
What would you do with this scenario? Who are all the people who could become characters? Does it trigger an idea for an essay, a blog post, a flash fiction story, a scene in your novel?
[Thanks to my niece and nephew for the title of this post!]