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Changing Fortunes

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There are a few online “fortune cookie generators” (like this one: http://www.myfortunecookie.co.uk) that can actually act as good writing prompts/jumping-off points. Like horoscopes, fortune cookie messages are normally purposefully vague so they can be open for interpretation, whether the fortune is more like a prediction or just a proverb. Use a random fortune cookie generator to write a short narrative. This narrative can be related to the spy theme or not. For example, “Financial prosperity is coming your way!” or “The time is right to make new friends” can be used together or separately to make for an interesting narrative. E.g., as a spy, you might need to cozy up to a rich new friend and come into some money yourself as a way to break into a secret society. Be creative!

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Changing Fortunes

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Fortune Cookie

The little piece of paper reads: “Do not be overly judgmental of your loved one’s intentions or actions.”

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Changing Fortunes

“Ha,” I snorted out. How ironic was it that my fortune told me I wasn’t the only person in the world. For all I know I was– I hadn’t seen another human in what felt like years. According to the date on my clock face, it had actually been three …

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The child, no older than ten years, quietly read his fortune while the rest of his family laughed around him, trading fortunes back and forth, giggling over the ones that were spot on or way off.  His mother, seated across from him reached her hand out across the table.  “What …

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Blonde hair,

Blue eyes,

Girl who is at peace when nature is applied.

Eyes as blue as the skies,

And a brain full of all the secrets in the world.

Her heart is compassionate.

It rarely crosses her mind that she should worry less about others.

But she cares,

And …

“You will be called upon to help a friend in trouble.”

Read my fortune cookie.  I am actually on vacation right now so hopefully this help will be a relatively small task.  I rest the cookie on my napkin and continue to slurp my noodles.  I tip the waiter and make my way back to my hotel.  This was much needed, …

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I woke up with a stomach ache. I had a bit too much chicken lo-mein last night, and it wasn’t pretty. Before I left for work, I saw Betty’s fortune cookie on the kitchen table. I forgot, Betty hates fortune cookies. I ate the cardboard tasting delight, and …

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