So far, your Unbreak My Heart playlist has included “Beautiful Girl” by INXS; “Must I Paint You a Picture” by Billy Bragg; and “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. Melissa Walker (through her protagonist, Clem) has a pretty great ear for music. That’s good, because the only way Clem can escape from her life as a social outcast, stuck aboard a sailboat all summer with her family, is by plugging in her iPod and jamming out.
Yesterday, we mentioned the playlist that Clem made for Ethan, her best friend Amanda’s boyfriend. “Skinny Love” may be a revealing song, but the first song that Clem includes on the playlist is “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift. Clem was clearly swimming in dangerous waters before she headed out on the Illinois River!
Write a story of 150 words or fewer inspired by “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift.
All I could think about was how much I wanted that playlist. I had never felt so excited and tingly and buzzy about a guy.
I copied and pasted out back-and-forth messaging sessions into a doc, then put it in a folder that, for stealth’s sake, I called “Every Once in a While.” That’s the name of a country song that my mom always turned up the volume for in the car, and it makes me feel warn inside to hear it.
That’s when I started planning a mix for him too. The first song on it? “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift. I was in deep.
—Unbreak My Heart, Mellissa Walker
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with UnbreakMyHeart and UnbreakFlash4 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.
The Figment team will choose the 10 best entries from the entire week and send them to Melissa, who will choose one grand-prize winner to receive a copy of Unbreak My Heart, a copy of Small Town Sinners,and a $15 Amazon gift card. For every daily prompt, the Figment team will also choose one winning entry. Each of those five writers will receive a copy ofUnbreak My Heart and a copy of Small Town Sinners.