Jazz Dent, the main character in Barry Lyga‘s I Hunt Killers (which you can begin to read on Figment) is an excellent detective because his father, the infamous serial killer Billy Dent, taught him everything he knew before he got shipped off to jail. Unfortunately, “everything he knew” included a whole lot about breaking the law—specifically, how to murder beautiful young women. Yesterday’s prompt asked you to write a story about the discovery of a dead body. Today, we take a step further into the investigation.
Today’s prompt: Evidence Collection
“Ever hear of Locard’s Exchange Principal?”
“Oh, sure,” said Howie said. “I saw them open for Green Day last year. They rocked.” He played a little air guitar.
“L-O-L,” Jazz deadpanned. “Locard was this French guy who said that any time a person comes into contact with anything at all, there’s a two-way trip involved. Stuff from the guy gets on the thing—hair, maybe, or skin cells, dandruff, whatever—and the thing gets stuff on the guy—like dust or paint or dirt or something. Stuff is exchanged. Get it?”
—from I Hunt Killers
Your challenge: Write about something that gets unintentionally left behind. You have until Wednesday, April 11 at 11a.m. ET to enter.
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 100 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with KillerFlash and IHKtwo on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
Remember, we’ll be selecting three winners per day to receive copies of I Hunt Killers, 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad, and The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi (which won’t be out until May 1!), and, of those three winners, the writer of the best entry each day will also win a “I Had a Killer Time with Barry Lyga” t-shirt. Check back every day this week for a new prompt and a new chance to win!