Creative Prompt: Sound the Alarm!

I saw this whistle on the floor at the end of my road. It was early in the morning and the sun was still rising so the light wasnt great when it took the photo, but the brightness of the red against the dirty yellow parking lines caught my attention.

It struck me as an unusual thing to see laying around. When I was a kid I remember quite a lot of people having whistles, and not just school teachers, but these days I rarely see them. I think the last time I saw one was during a safety demonstration by a flight attendent who was showing us how to fit our life jackets on a short haul flight, but I have not flown anywhere for a number of years now.

Blowing a whistle used to be associated with sounding an alarm, although I doubt many police men carry them these days. I’m sure they will have been superceded by some kind of technology, although I do not know what.

It got me wondering who was out early in the morning with a whistle? Why did they have one, and how did it come to be dropped on the pavement?

I’m not a huge fan of creative exercises, so it’s not my habit to tell people what to do with these prompts. There are lots of options – a scene, some flash fiction, a short story, an idea for a short film or a physical piece of art. If you do have a go with this one and would like to drop the result in the comments please do so. I would be very interested to see what people make of these so please do link to blog posts or comment below.

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