This month you have two options for a prompt. Build a story using one or both of these prompts as inspiration, as loosely or literally as you like... Prompt Option 1: Your story must contain the line, "Gently put the teddy bear down. I don't want to have to pull the trigger." (Proposed by @halisme and very popular with the forum) Prompt Option 2: Take inspiration from this photo: I'm excited by this month's prompts and I can't wait to see what everyone does with them. Requirements 1,200 - 5,000 words Any genre Any style Polished to the best of your ability How to Enter Post your entry as a reply to this thread. It will be automatically anonymised. Please title the story and include the word count. You will be able to post entries until 14 December at 23:59 GMT. Voting Voting will run from 15 - 31 December. There is no fixed voting criteria: voters will choose the story they think is the best. Winner The winner will be announced on 1 January. He or she will get a shiny medal under their avatar, automatic entry into the annual Hall of Fame contest, and their winning story featured in the WritingForums annual ezine. Get writing!