The front door to your three bedroom rancher stands ajar. Anxious, you search the house, but nothing seems out of place. Then you look into your bedroom. A photo has been carefully, neatly, placed on the bed. A plain black cell phone lies beside the photo.
With trembling fingers, you pick up the photo. It’s your 5-year old daughter. Her long hair has been caught in the wind and she absently brushes it off her face. In her other hand she holds a copy of today’s newspaper.
“Oh my God!” Your heart pounds in your chest. You’re lightheaded. Breathe! Breathe!
The phone on the bed rings.
That’s the prompt! Here are a few questions to get your started:
Does the main character answer the phone? What do they say to the caller?
Who is calling? Why are they doing this? What do they want?
Who is the main character? Who do they work for? Where do they live? Why would someone want to take their child?
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