The sky was dark with clouds, from which huge buckets of rain poured down. The droplets splashed against the trees of the park, sliding slick across benches and temporarily obscuring light from lamposts. It was a terrible night to be out.
But Emaline didn't care. Perhaps it was late. Perhaps it was raining hard. Perhaps there was lightning streaking across the sky. Perhaps she was running the risk of being electracuted. It didn't matter to her. She had somewhere to be.
The lights of Succulents & Sorbet were flickering when she arrived under the stripped awning. Emaline opened the door, the bell attached to it chiming cheerfully despite the dreadful weather outside. Not to her surprise, the shop was deserted. There was but one lonely employee behind the counter, who nodded miserably to Emaline.
In the back near the thermostat sat a figure, their back to Emaline. She grinned.
Plunking down beside them, Emaline leaned her elbows on the table. "Hey, Adriel."
Her friend started. "God, Emaline. Was that really necessary?" She just smiled slyly, and he rolled his eyes. Already settling into a familar routine. "What are you doing here, anyways? It's kind of late, if you haven't noticed. And wet."
Emaline made a pfft sound. "Since when does that stop me? Besides, you know I don't need any sleep. I'm like a bat, remember?"
"Even bats have to sleep at some point." Adriel shook his head. "What do you want?"
"Who says I want anything?"
He gave her a look. "Come on. You wouldn't be here if you didn't want something."
Pretending to hesitate, Emaline pursed her lips. "Well... I don't want to ask for too much."
"Fine." She gave him a poke on the arm. "I may or may not need some money. Theoretically. And it may or may not involve some time travel."
Adriel's eyes widened. "Emaline."
"Em. You're kidding, right? The last time you tried this..."
"I know, I know," Emaline sighed, laying her head on her arms. For once, she wasn't acting. "But I swear it's for a good cau
The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:
Begin Start typing to begin
Event It pours
Location A city park
Words Reach 50 words
Words Reach 100 words
Prop Include a thermostat
Words Reach 200 words
Letter Use the letter B
Sentence "I don't need any sleep."
Sentence "I don't want to ask for too much."
Words Reach 300 words
Character A cowardly moneylender
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