Writing 101 Challenge: The Lost Room

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Prompt: ‘Imagine you had a job in which you had to sift through forgotten or lost belongings. Describe a day in which you come upon something peculiar or interesting you find in a pile.’

Lost Room

You must have a valid invitation to enter.

Emma looked at the somewhat ordinary piece of paper in her hands. It was plain white with a typed message:

You lost something important. Go to the listed location open weekly 8AM-6PM. Please remember that there is no attendant or anyone to assist you. It is your responsibility to locate your lost item. This invitation is for only your eyes. You may not mention this experience to anyone. Enter code 1X2R5BW9

Good luck on your search!

Emma stood at the entrance to the lost room and laughed. She didn’t even know what she exactly lost, but was curious after receiving the ‘official invitation’ in the mail. It was actually stupid to be here, since there could be a murderer behind the door. She pushed in the code and waked inside the lost room.

The room was extremely organized. There were endless shelves with labeled boxes of numerous sizes. She scanned a few shelves and boxes. Emma was at a complete loss, because she didn’t know what she lost. She started to scan a few shelves and boxes.

An entire shelf was dedicated to lost keys with boxes labeled: house, car, locker, jewelry box, and even ‘keys to success’. Another shelf was organized by photos with boxes labeled: wedding, class pictures, reunion, summer, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc with a year and location. Another shelf was dedicated to kitchen items with boxes labeled: spoons, teacups, grandma’s gravy boat, wine glasses, etc. The rows of shelves of lost items continued until she reached the last shelf. The last shelf was slightly different, because it didn’t contain lost items that an individual could hold in your hand. This shelf had boxes labeled lost: humor, love, adventure, confidence, life, etc.

Emma stood still and confused. What exactly was lost in her life? She had all her keys, family heirlooms, and even kept photo books. Why did she receive this special invitation to this unique room? Did others receive a similar invitation? She would never know, since she couldn’t talk about this experience. Emma walked again down the last row.

She opened the box labeled ‘lost humor’ and heard laughter and saw many paper slips with jokes, photos, funny moments, and even weird objects. It made her smile and laugh. No, she didn’t lose her sense of humor.

She opened the box labeled ‘lost adventure’. There were photos of sail boats, mountains, bikes, animals, hot air balloons, parachutes, a movie set, her hometown at night, a farm, delicious foods, and even a photo of Earth. Emma paused and thought. She knew her life had too much routine and she never tried anything new. She decided that she lost her sense of adventure. Emma closed her eyes and picked a photo. She decided this would be her next adventure in life.

She picked a photo of the pyramids. It wasn’t the first place she thought about, but it would sure be an adventure. She was off to Egypt. Emma found her lost adventure.

What would you find in the lost room?



6 thoughts on “Writing 101 Challenge: The Lost Room

    granonine said:
    June 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Time, I think. I would have found lots and lots of lost time.

      Caroline responded:
      June 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Time is a good idea, since people often feel they lost time for something or their life passes by too fast. Thanks for your comment.

    Hugh's Views and News said:
    June 24, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Hi Caroline, what a brilliant short story. I really enjoyed reading it. As for what I would find in the lost room, I’d like to think I would find some of my lost youth. I’d love to be able to go back and experience some of those days again.

      Caroline responded:
      June 24, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Thanks, it was enjoyable to write. I started somewhere else, but my writing ideas took over. Lost youth is a good one we wish we could have back, since we may not realize how good it is back then.

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    June 25, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Lost thoughts. I always seem to go off track on what I was saying (in the middle of me explaining something, I pause… and forget what I was saying.) and I forget ideas sometimes, and even I forget what people have told be to do – 5 minutes after I am told. 😉 That was a wonderful story. You are a great writer. 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      June 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Lost thoughts is another great idea to find in the room. I often forget what I was thinking about too. Thank you for your positive comments about my writing. This is new to me.

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