With your group (or individually), write a brief narrative that extends the scope of “Where Is Here?”
Make sure that your narrative stays true to the characterizations, style, and tone of the story.
Choose one of the following topics:
Write a prequel that reveals the stranger’s past.
- Who is he, and which details of the story he tells to the family are true?
- What is the stranger’s goal in visiting the house—does he simply want to see his home again, or does he have another, more sinister reason for
wanting to return?
Write a sequel in which the stranger returns to the house after some time has passed.
- How has he changed, having seen his childhood home earlier?
- How is he greeted by the family this time?
- Are the mother and father more or less suspicious of him and his motives?
Write a police report filed after the stranger leaves.
- Imagine that the mother and father call the police to report the incident.
- What kinds of questions are the police likely to ask about the stranger?
- What kinds of answers are they likely to receive?