Since he grew up with a multiple murderer for a dad, Jazz, the hero of Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers (which you can begin reading on Figment for a limited time here), knows all about serial killers’ weird compulsions. For instance, his dad’s specialties were collecting trophies from his crimes and visiting the memorials of his victims. So when Jazz’s fellow students suggest erecting a monument to one recent victim, Jazz recoils: the last thing he wants is to give the killer on the loose a reward like that.
Today’s Prompt: In Remembrance
“Look,” he said, hesitant at first, but gaining confidence with each word, “if you want to memorialize her, you don’t do it with a . . . with a thing. That’s not what life is about. Life isn’t about”–gloves, and iPod, a driver’s license, a lipstick–“things we own. If you want to honor someone, you don’t do it with things. You do it with action.”
—from I Hunt Killers
Your challenge: Write a tribute to someone (real or fictional, alive or dead). You have until Thursday, April 12 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 IHKthree 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!
Check out the full list of I Hunt Killer prompts.