‘Camping Trip’ WIP Writing Challenge #Sketch #NextChapterPub

“Move aside, dirtbag, and hand me the shovel.” Chloe demands.

Steven rolls his eyes dramatically, but does what he’s told, knowing full well that eventually Michael will have to step up. Michael’s the only one with the muscle power to pull off the task at hand, and Chloe is the only one stubborn enough to insist on a try before someone else gets the job done. All three boys stand back, arms folded over their chests, and watch her dig… or try to anyway.

John and Steven laugh out loud at Chloe’s struggles. She’s never quite as tough as she’s certain she is, and with a growing smirk Michael finally steps in. He doesn’t say anything, but he doesn’t need to either. He plants a quick kiss on her angrily puckered lips, and softly removes the handle from her grip. Chloe’s cheeks darken a shade, and she gives up the shovel willingly.

Michael digs a narrow, yet effective hole in the impossibly solid ground. It’s circular in shape, and nearly a yard in width. The perfect size for a fire pit. The area is particularly dry this year, so they’re taking all the extra precautions that they usually wouldn’t before lighting anything on fire. Michael chuckles when he looks up to see that the flush on Chloe’s face is still fully in tact. He’s never been so bold, and despite their close friendship, he’s been tempted to catch her by surprise for as long as he can remember. The circumstance lined up, so jumped on the opportunity.

Together, the four gather plenty of large rocks to line the outside of the hole, and spread the fresh dirt around the outer edge, just to be sure there isn’t any dry brush close enough to catch a flame. The sun is setting, and one at a time the stars are beginning to appear in the sky, as if from thin air.

Chloe allows the boys to gather all the firewood and set up a tent while she takes in the serene ambience of their campsite. The woods are still, tranquil even, and the fresh air fills her with content. She takes a seat on a boulder that’s sitting on the opposite side of the fire as the boys. The wood beneath the fire pops and crackles. Chloe watches as the flames dance from a blueish-green to yellow and red, before lifting into a smoke that swirls over head.

She allows her eyes to wander in Michael’s direction. He runs a fist through is thick black hair, from forehead to crown. His shirt is off, giving Chloe a full view of his washboard abs and bulging arms. It wasn’t exactly what she imagined their first kiss to be like, so she licked it’s lingering presence from her lips and decided to brush it away. She’ll sweep the reality of it under a rug and wait for him to make a real move. One without an audience, one that counts.



Thank you everyone who participated this month!  I love camping, and I love all the scenes written about it! Check them out here:

All of these scenes are AMAZING!!  Thank you for participating!!


So every month I host a WIP writting challange. Tomorrow I’ll be posting the prompt for June, so stay tuned. Here’s how it all works:

As the initiator: Every month I’ll give a real time circumstance, hang out spot, or every day situation. I’ll post the exact scene/challenge the first week of every month.

As an Author/challenge joiner: All you need to do is use the characters from your WIP (work in progress), or even a published works, and plug them into the given scene for a short story style post. It can be funny, serious, deadly, really just whatever you want as long as it’s true to your characters (as in, what they would actually do in this situation)!! It’s a fun way to be creative with those personalities that you as their creator love so much. It’s also a fun way to introduce them to the world and your blogs, without giving away your plots and twists… Just pure ‘meet my characters, and get to know their personalities’ separate from their book.

How we work together as Authors and the Initiator:  I’ll do my own scene/challenge post on the very last day of the month (that way I can be sure to link in every joiner, and you can do your posts at your own leisure). Write your scene’s anytime you wish, at any point of the month. All that I need is your final challenge post link.


When local girl Misty is found dead in an underground bunker, the town is thrown into a whirlwind of panic and speculation. Times are tough, but the spaced-out farmer community pull together as one, trying to uncover who’s guilty.

Thrown smack in the middle of the chaos is a group of teens: local troublemakers, but with good hearts. Although they’re innocent, the local law enforcers believe otherwise, and the true killer is lurking far too close for comfort.

Will the four be able to uncover the truth before one of them pays the price for Misty’s death?

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