I looked at you and felt every cell in my body react. It was like an allergic reaction, my body unable to cope with your presence, or unwilling.
This week’s Friday Fiction Writing Prompt is about explaining why you really, really hate someone. Now I know that all of you reading this will find that difficult. You are all such loving and wonderful beings, the thought of you not liking someone, let alone detest them is anathema. Yet that’s today’s prompt.
Being able to describe how someone feels about someone else is key to storytelling. It enables the reader to understand the dynamic between your characters. Even characters on the ‘same side’ don’t always get along, and this can have interesting implications for your plot.
Explore how this ‘other’ person makes you feel. It will be a test if you really like all people, to try and get inside a character who hates someone. You will need to try and twist the positives you know and understand and turn them into negatives. Why do they hate them? Has something happened in the past, by this other person or someone else in the narrator’s backstory? Does your narrator hold prejudices?
No restriction on the rhyme and reason for the hatred. See how far you can take the narrative. But remember it is only a story, it is only fiction. No one in the real world really hates someone… do they?
No word count, just write and have fun.