I hammered this beast out in just a couple days and had a lot of fun with it. If you don't win a writing contest, the next best thing is to have fun in the competitive process.
The writing prompt was "The room was empty." Now, I almost didn't compete just based on the principle that I'd never write an opening sentence as weak as that. "The street was busy" or "The man was standing" are equally drab descriptive passages that don't really accomplish much. After further consideration, I decided that as a competitor I should try to overcome the poor start and see what I could make with it.
The story i wrote for this competition is about a lovestruck college kid who's school project in time travel doesn't go exactly as planned.
Find it here.
Winner is here. The story is a good one, but I have to admit that I thought it is a bit of a cop out to immediately contradict the opening sentence. If the room wasn't actually empty why would anybody say it was?