I'v e been on a bit of a short story writing kick and they start off great, but when I take a break a come back to them it always seems difficult to pick back up. For example, I have a story where two people visit a place which is the centerpiece of the story. At the time they are just passing through but live close by. after they leave their attention has been hooked, and this is in this particular instance where I'm struggling to find out how to fill in their lives the next day and before they come back. SPOILER ALERT I was being vague above not to give the story away. The story in a nutshell is a guy and a girl stop at a roadhouse late at night on their way back from the beach. The roadhouses main attraction is bloodsport, i.e. gladiators. the extra twist I was going to include is that the loser is served up as cheap bar food to unsuspecting patrons the next night. the idea here was to grab their attention, draw them back, and trap one of them in the gladiator arena. like the local sheriff pulls them over one night for drunk driving, and has an agreement with the roadhouses owner. one gets "sold" to be a gladiator and the other friend either wasn't with them or is with them and must save their friend somehow. I've just set the first hook, and they have discovered the place, and are on the way home. In relation to my title, I don't know if this is where I should spring the trap, immediately after its caught their attention, or wait for them to come back.