Day 1 of Character-Building Week:
Things characterize. Possessions, accessories, and burdens.
Try this: fill in the blanks below. The passage is from the beginning of a short story. (Bonus points to anyone who can identify the story and/or its writer.)
While the plane was pulling up to the gate on a summer evening in 1974, Karin reached down and got something out of her backpack. A --- which she ---, and a --- which she --- and a ---- which she ----. The ---- and ---- had been filched from ----, and the ---- was something she had bought for herself.
PS. I got this exercise from an Alan Michael Parker workshop I attended some years ago. Alan, btw, has a new novel, Whale Man.