Been a good long while, but I’m back with a writing prompt from Reddit:
You have died. While waiting to be judged, you are offered the chance to clear one entry from your file before the decision is made.
There were no other parameters so I took a couple small liberties, as I am known to do. Hope you enjoy!
The Deciding Factor
by Rick Cook Jr.
I was staring at a physical manifestation of all the deeds of my life. It was curious, in that it seemed much smaller than I expected, maybe the size of a petty criminal’s rap sheet. As I flipped through the pages and came to what should have been the end of this small file of paper, the pages just kept being there to turn. And the stack of read pages never grew larger as I flipped pages onto it. Curious.
This is in response to a writing prompt over at Reddit, in /r/writingprompts. As of this posting it was the highest rated story for that particular prompt. The prompt was simply “In this world, you can instantaneously teach somebody a new skill and trade or give them a precious memory of yours, but once you give it away, you lose it yourself.”
An Artist’s Legacy
by Rick Cook Jr
I’m old and my time is coming to an end. The Department of Traded Skills has advertisements everywhere, targeted at people like me.
Sell your experience on the DoTS market! Apprentice and Journeyman rates comparable to your experience! Master rates pending evaluation!
Don’t want to wait for those drum lessons? Shred like Neil Peart in a fraction of the time! In the fine print it reads: Results not guaranteed to make you a rock star.