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Tell the story, the whole story in five sentences, one scene

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This exercise attempts to tell a whole story in one quick scene. 

Write only 5 sentences. 
It can be prose or written with line breaks and an ear for the music of the line. 


There are two preliminary steps.         
            1. Remember a person you know well, or invent a person.
            2. Imagine a place where you find the person.

 Is s/he waiting at the airport? Is s/he grilling steak in the kitchen? Is s/he opening a back   door? 

Now write:

1. Describe the person’s hands.
2. Describe something he or she is doing with the hands.
3. Use a metaphor to say something about some exotic place.
4. Mention what you would want to ask this person in the context of 2 and 3, above.
5. The person looks up or toward you, notices you there, gives an answer that suggests he or she getspart of what you asked.

I don’t remember where this exercise came from, but thanks to whoever, wherever; happy writing.