How do you bring a short story to a satisfying conclusion. A short story is by one definition “a slice of life.” The audience enters at a certain point and exits at another point and we assume the story continues beyond our point of exit. Yet the reader looks for an ending to this exposition, this portion of the larger ongoing story.
The Point of Inspiration (Part 3 of 3)
© by Christine O’Brien
Fifteen years later, she was a hazy memory. He once thought he loved her but was now convinced that he only wanted to express himself creatively. She afforded him this avenue. Decorating cakes for special occasions became his secret obsession. By August of that summer, he had invested in a cake decorator’s starter kit. He bought cake circles and boards, a turntable, one plain and one patterned side scraper, an acrylic board (recommended) and a rolling pin. And, of course, a set of crimpers, a cake smoother, brushes, parchment paper triangles, a flower nail. Every hue of icing colors, piping gel, spatulas, stencils and the icing tubes and tips. He practiced piping congratulatory words, fluting flowers and leaves, scrolls, ripples. He bought instructional DVDs from cake decorating sororities the world over. He sketched the spires of Bryce Canyon (where he’d first met her) on large sheet cakes when he could think of a valid reason to do so. He did return to his job as a firefighter. You’d never catch him with frosting on his turnout coat.
I invite you to write about a secret revelation. How do you build a story? One that creates a bit of suspense and then the surprise conclusion when you reveal what was hidden?