I rarely do these things, but this one caught my attention:
Writing Prompt #381 Charisma Does Not Equal Good: Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem about an evil charismatic leader.
So, here is my scene:
A wave of malevolent energy crashed through her, causing her breath to catch. Someone isn’t happy about my presence. She worried her bottom lip with her teeth and scanned the crowd. So many strange faces. Her skin prickled and her muscles tensed as a dark stare drew her attention over to a tall man with a militant hair cut standing by furthest table.
His intense blue gaze settled on her and he saluted her with his glass, flashing her a white smile. His face was that of a boy, rather relaxed, as if nothing worried him, yet the vibes she got from him told her he was more than alert to his surroundings.
“Who is that guy?” Her head inclined towards the stranger.
Her companion spun them around and glanced in the man’s direction. “He’s one of father’s… peers.”
She frowned. Why does he stare at me so intently? She fought the urge to shiver. The air of malice had dissipated, but her stomach knotted. She didn’t know how to describe it, but something told her he would be lethal in battle. Perhaps it was the way his shoulders looked tense, as if prepared for battle, or his casual interactions with the crowd? All she knew was she didn’t want to be alone with him. No matter how cute, or charming he appeared.
“Don’t worry. He doesn’t bite, much.” The hint of humor in her companion’s voice relaxed her. If he wasn’t worried about the stranger, then she wouldn’t either. Could be my imagination playing tricks on me. She shrugged it off as she and her companion continued dancing.
Not bad for five minutes of writing.
How did I do? Do you think it’s too obvious that the stranger is evil? Should I focus more on his appeal?
Do you ever participate in writing prompts? What kinds of exercises do you do for free writing, to shake the cobwebs before you sit to work on your manuscripts?