We continue our celebration of the release of Flipped for Murder with our own Edith Maxwell writing as Maddie Day. Write an opening line for a story inspired this photo snapped (appropriately) at the Story Inn in Indiana – the country store which inspired her series.
Liz: He didn’t belong in this neck of the woods, with his fancy tie and New York facial hair. I had to put his head up as a warning to any other fancy boys who thought they could come in here and beat me at checkers.
Jessie: When things were slow at the store Frank passed the time by playing checkers with his ventriloquist dummy, Leftie.
Julie: It was the best date I’d had in years. That explains a few things, doesn’t it?
Sherry: All I can say, is the guy had me over a barrel.
Barb: “Who’s that?” I asked, cocking my head toward the dummy by the checkerboard.
“Dunno,” Gus answered, “but he’s beating the pants off me.”
Edith: (These are hilarious!) “Ah, shoot, Jim Bob,” Wanda said. “You done wiped me off the board again. Now I guess you’re really ahead.”
Readers, what about you? Give us your best opening lines.