Story Ideas About Mysterious Events and More

Here are some story ideas that you can develop into stories. All of these prompts begin with the idea of a sudden inheritance.

1) A distant relative dies and leaves your character a fortune, on the condition that s/he marries a particular person, someone your character doesn't even know. Your character is curious about this person, and contrives an excuse to meet him/her...

2) A distant relative dies and leaves your character a fortune, on the condition that s/he must live in the relative's house. This house is big and creepy, and ever since the owner died, the neighbors report strange lights going on and off in the windows...

3) A distant relative dies and leaves your character a fortune, on the condition that s/he must take care of his/her beloved pet. No problem, your character thinks. But this pet turns out to be a lot more trouble than s/he'd bargained for...

4) A distant relative dies and leaves your character a fortune, on the condition that s/he take special care of a particular sculpture. After accepting the money, your character decides to sell the sculpture, which is both very ugly and very valuable. Who will ever know? But after s/he breaks the condition in the will, unlucky things begin to happen. Your character had never been superstitious in the past, but s/he begins to feel as if the dead relative is taking revenge...

5) Your character is left a fortune by a complete stranger. Who is this person? Why did s/he leave everything to your character? Your character decides to investigate the mystery...

6) Your character inherits a fortune. Soon afterward, the man/woman your character has secretly been in love with finally begins to pay attention to your character. But is it your character s/he is interested in, or the money? How can your character be sure?

7) Your character's coworker is very ill and desperately needs money for the operation that would save his/her life. Your character has just inherited enough money to pay for the operation. Your character has always disliked this particular coworker and doesn't want to spend all of his/her money on him/her! But s/he feels so guilty withholding the money when the coworker will likely die without it...

8) Your character inherits a fortune. Soon afterward, s/he begins to see signs that someone is trying to kill him/her. Is it because of the money? If your character dies, all of the money will go to your character's spouse. But your character loves his/her spouse and can't believe that s/he would be capable of murder...

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