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Picture Prompt Example

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View the prompt below and read the short story that was written about it. This should help to assist you in writing your own short story. Remember to consider all the points that the example highlights.

Perched at the entrance of the central city train station platform, John greets passers-by with a hello and smile.  People quicken their pace as they walk past him and many turn their head and attention in the opposite direction, as if to say, ‘I’m not ignoring you, I just can’t see you’.

He sits patiently, hoping to catch the eyes of passers-by.  Hoping for a reciprocal smile, a hello and maybe some spare change.

His smile masks the brutal reality of living on the streets, but it is this small act of goodwill – a smile, rather than pity, that creates a connection between John and fellow human beings.

Clink, clink, clink.  A wave of relief and gratitude washes over him. ‘They see me’, he thinks, and the possibility he’ll have enough money for a safe bed to sleep in tonight, and perhaps a small meal, fills him with hope.

Perched at the entrance of the central city train station platform, John greets passers-by with a hello and smile.  People quicken their pace as they walk past him and many turn their head and attention in the opposite direction, as if to say, ‘I’m not ignoring you, I just can’t see you’.

He sits patiently, hoping to catch the eyes of passers-by.  Hoping for a reciprocal smile, a hello and maybe some spare change.  

His smile masks the brutal reality of living on the streets, but it is this small act of goodwill – a smile, rather than pity, that creates a connection between John and fellow human beings.  

Clink, clink, clink A wave of relief and gratitude washes over him. ‘They see me’, he thinks, and the possibility he’ll have enough money for a safe bed to sleep in tonight, and perhaps a small meal, fills him with hope.

Perched at the entrance of the central city train station platform, John greets passers-by with a hello and smile.  People quicken their pace as they walk past him and many turn their head and attention in the opposite direction, as if to say, ‘I’m not ignoring you, I just can’t see you’.

He sits patiently, hoping to catch the eyes of passers-by.  Hoping for a reciprocal smile, a hello and maybe some spare change.

His smile masks the brutal reality of living on the streets, but it is this small act of goodwill – a smile, rather than pity, that creates a connection between John and fellow human beings.

Clink, clink, clink.  A wave of relief and gratitude washes over him. ‘They see me’, he thinks, and the possibility he’ll have enough money for a safe bed to sleep in tonight, and perhaps a small meal, fills him with hope.

Perched at the entrance of the central city train station platform, John greets passers-by with a hello and smile.  People quicken their pace as they walk past him and many turn their head and attention in the opposite direction, as if to say, ‘I’m not ignoring you, I just can’t see you’.

He sits patiently, hoping to catch the eyes of passers-by.  Hoping for a reciprocal smile, a hello and maybe some spare change.  

His smile masks the brutal reality of living on the streets, but it is this small act of goodwill – a smile, rather than pity, that creates a connection between John and fellow human beings.  

Clink, clink, clink.  A wave of relief and gratitude washes over him. ‘They see me’, he thinks, and the possibility he’ll have enough money for a safe bed to sleep in tonight, and perhaps a small meal, fills him with hope.

Perched at the entrance of the central city train station platform, John greets passers-by with a hello and smile.  People quicken their pace as they walk past him and many turn their head and attention in the opposite direction, as if to say, ‘I’m not ignoring you, I just can’t see you’.

He sits patiently, hoping to catch the eyes of passers-by.  Hoping for a reciprocal smile, a hello and maybe some spare change.  

His smile masks the brutal reality of living on the streets, but it is this small act of goodwill – a smile, rather than pity, that creates a connection between John and fellow human beings.  

Clink, clink, clink.  A wave of relief and gratitude washes over him. ‘They see me’, he thinks, and the possibility he’ll have enough money for a safe bed to sleep in tonight, and perhaps a small meal, fills him with hope.

Perched at the entrance of the central city train station platform, John greets passers-by with a hello and smile.  People quicken their pace as they walk past him and many turn their head and attention in the opposite direction, as if to say, ‘I’m not ignoring you, I just can’t see you’.

He sits patiently, hoping to catch the eyes of passers-by.  Hoping for a reciprocal smile, a hello and maybe some spare change.  

His smile masks the brutal reality of living on the streets, but it is this small act of goodwill a smile, rather than pity, that creates a connection between John and fellow human beings.  

Clink, clink, clink.  A wave of relief and gratitude washes over him. They see me’, he thinks, and the possibility he’ll have enough money for a safe bed to sleep in tonight, and perhaps a small meal, fills him with hope.

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