I like to enter these monthly competitions as often as I can, to test my imagination, and keep myself thinking about the value of each word.

They are 50 word story competitions set by the Scottish Book Trust, you are given a photo prompt to set your story on.

You can read previous winners, and enter yourselves, here

Image credit: by Free Photos at Pixabay

Write a story featuring a pair of headphones

He sits opposite me, smiling to himself, lost in his own world.

He’s not hearing the screech of the brakes as the train creaks to a stop.

Or the bitterness of our fellow passengers as they tut at a rucksack.

Just something that’s making him happy, and smile.