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Your setting is Venice, Italy. Your main character could be a native Italian, an American traveling through Venice on business, or a young girl visiting her aunt for the first time. What if your main character is one of the many cats loitering between the buildings in this marvelous city, quietly aware of everything? Perhaps the water taxis are nowhere to be seen and the only mode of transportation is by gondola. Many options await you! The gondolier could misunderstand the address you give him and take you someplace else: a street fair, a cathedral, a museum, a bookbinding shop… The previous passenger could step out of the gondola in a hurry and leave a package, letter, or list behind. The gondolier could be a spy. He could also be related to one of your cousins. He could know the aunt your main character is visiting. Where will this photograph take you?
Another view of Venice.
Two gondolas parked side by side.
Your main character observed the two gondoliers exchanging more than conversation.
What lies beneath each canvas cover?
Where are the gondoliers?
For that matter, where have the Italians and tourists disappeared to?
A stillness has fallen over the city.
Where are the birds?
The shops are empty.
Windows are dark.
curtains are drawn.
Gelato stands are abandoned.
Or perhaps on a less gloomy note, it is early in the morning, the city is waking up, and the first day of your vacation awaits you.
As always, I wish you happy writing!