- The story is to be between three and five pages in length;
- The action happens over a long weekend;
- The story opens with a line of exposition as the protagonist watches the antagonist arrive;
- The antagonist has something the protagonist wants or thinks he or she deserves;
- Over the course of the weekend, the protagonist is presented with the opportunity of taking this object of desire...or not;
- Important, this "thing" should have metaphorical suggestiveness. It should be the controlling metaphor and the title of the story;
- As important, nothing is explained; we are told nothing or almost nothing. Everything - meaning, feeling, thought-unfolds through action, detail, description.
The object of desire...the protagonists friend arrives for a long weekend at her friend's cottage on the lake, unexpectedly bringing her grandchild (a toddler) with her. The protagonist, who is yearning for a grandchild of her own, becomes secretly angry with her friend for the way she feels she does not love or appreciate the child enough, and begins plotting ways to abscond to Canada with the child.